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University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Community Horticulture Program Master Gardener volunteers are hosting a free vegetable gardening education series on six consecutive Saturdays this spring. “Learn to Grow Vegetables” will be offered weekly via Zoom, April 17-May 22, from 9-10 a.m. The series consists of 10 short videos produced by University of Maine Cooperative Extension on different vegetable gardening topics, and includes live, facilitated Q & A sessions with UVM Extension Master Gardeners. The final session will be a live presentation on using high and low tunnels to extend the...

ILLUSTRATION BY ADELAIDE Murphy Tyrol
On a warm, rainy April night a few years ago, I drove up our muddy, rutted dirt road through the mist, steering around the wood frogs hopping across the road. As I approached the vernal pool, there were more frogs in the road, so I parked to avoid hitting them and walked the rest of the way. There were still patches of snow in the woods and two-thirds of the pool was covered with a floating sheet of ice. Hundreds of wood frogs, which had come here to mate and lay eggs, were swimming in the water and stationed at regular intervals on top of the ice, eyes glowing in the light of my headlamp....
A free, six-part series for youths, ages 8-18, will focus on resources and skills to grow and eat healthy food.  The biweekly program, offered through University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H, will take place via Zoom on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Sessions are planned for April 6 and 20, May 4 and 18 and June 1 and 15. Both new and experienced gardeners and cooks are encouraged to attend. Youths are welcome to participate as individuals or as a class, club or other group. Membership in 4-H is not required. To register, visit go.uvm.edu/4-h-gardening.  Presenters include UVM Extension...
Are we in a real estate bubble? How do you know and what should we do? Unlike the real estate bubble of the early 2000s, driven by speculative buyers and investors, today’s market is fueled by actual (not speculative) demand, low inventory, and mortgage interest rates hovering around 3%. Even in the bubble years, Vermont was insulated from the steep highs and lows the rest of the country experienced due to Act 250 and permit regulations. While Addison County ended 2020 with an average sale price up 8% — this market is unlike others we have experienced. The construction of new homes across...
FERRISBURGH — The following arms-length real estate sales occurred in Ferrisburgh in 2020. The total number of such sales came in at 64, just one fewer than in 2019, despite two spring months of inactivity during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. • Jan. 3: Yandow’s Self Storage to Spillane and Curley Properties LLC, commercial property at 5175 Route 7, $537,000. • Jan. 16: Deutsche Bank to Eric McEntee, home at 713 Quaker St., $207,466.95. • Feb. 5: Craig Brown to Justin and Blyhe Hurlburt, home at 1472 Basin Harbor Road, $210,000. • Feb. 14: Clark Hinsdale Trustee to Michael and Jessica...
VERGENNES — The following arms-length real estate sales occurred in Vergennes in 2020. The total number of such sales came in at 58, an increase of five from 2019, despite two spring months of inactivity during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. • Jan. 8: Rose Plankey Trustee to David and Chelsea Plankey, home at 3 Canal St., $140,000. • Jan. 22: Patricia Prime to Kory Cousino, home at 25 Victory St., $234,000. • Jan. 24: Timothy Price, Deborah Angier and Stephanie Kilbride to Michael Greenwood and Liam Battjes, home at 8 Ice House Court, $280,500. • Jan. 30: Ronald and Viviane LaFave to...

Former longtime Addison Independent photographer Trent Campbell has pulled out some of his best images of Addison County people and will show the work at the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History beginning on April 2 in an exhibit titled, “The Faces of Addison County.” Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Trent Campbell’s legions of fans will soon be able to get a gander at some of his particularly prized pictures taken during his two-decade career as the Addison Independent’s photographer. The 24 photos will be part of a show titled “The Faces of Addison County” that will be on exhibit at Middlebury’s Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History beginning Friday, April 2. The show includes Campbell’s favorite photos showing area residents of all ages at work, play, parades, Addison County Fair and Field Days and other familiar places. Trent Campbell amassed a mountain of awards and...

MISS POLLARD BY photographer C.M. Bell, c. 1890, Library of Congress
From the Sheldon Museum Archives: Last year we published several articles about remarkable local women in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which granted most American women the right to vote. In this two-part series, we focus on two amazing women who challenged the status quo of late nineteenth-century life. Their stories offer just a glimpse of what is hidden in our archives. This is the second article published in this series. Read the first here. Central to the stories of both Sophonisba and W.C.P Breckinridge, but absent from...

THE MIDDLEBURY PERFORMING Arts Series presents Christal Brown and Lida Winfield in “Same But Different” in a free broadcast on Friday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. Photo / Jonathan Hsu
The Middlebury Performing Arts Series proudly presents “Same But Different” on April 2 in a free, virtual broadcast. This collaborative dance-theatre duet between Middlebury dance faculty Christal Brown and Lida Winfield explores the two women’s similarities and differences in a cultural commentary on race, age, and gender. Middlebury’s virtual broadcast will premiere on Friday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m., followed by a live Q&A with the artists. The event will remain available online for a week to enjoy. This event is free and open to everyone. The performance can be accessed via the Mahaney...

KEITH MURHPY AND Becky Tracy will perform an evening of traditional music for the Ripton Community Coffee House’s online music series this Saturday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free; donations welcome.
The Ripton Community Coffee House will present Keith Murphy and Becky Tracy, dynamic performers of traditional music, on Saturday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. The duo focuses on music from Newfoundland, Quebec, Ireland, France and beyond. Everyone is invited to enjoy the music from their own comfortable, socially-distanced living room.  Tracy’s fiddling pulses through tasteful arrangements of dance tunes and resonates with beauty on traditional slow airs. Murphy’s gentle and expressive singing in English and French is balanced by the drive and power of his guitar playing and foot percussion....

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