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MORE THAN 75 people attended a meeting of the Vermont Cannabis Control Board in Bristol this past Friday, many of them concerned about the fate of small growers and businesses in the emerging adult-use market. Some of those in attendance were (above) Chris Copley of Richmond (left), Randy Russell of Bristol and Cassidy Neal of Portland, Maine; (below) Dave Silberman of Middlebury and (left) Martha Bruhl of Burlington. Independent photos/Christopher Ross
BRISTOL — Despite a limited budget and a four-month delay in the appointment of its membership, the Vermont Cannabis Control Board is still aiming to complete its initial work in time to allow the state’s first retail, adult-use marijuana shops to open next year. The Cannabis Control Board, or CCB, was created when Vermont legalized retail sales of adult-use marijuana last year. Its job is to establish and administer a regulatory system for commercial cannabis growers, wholesalers, product manufacturers, retailers and testing labs. To meet its deadlines, the board will have to tackle “a...
MIDDLEBURY — The public is invited to come to the Marble Works park overlooking the Otter Creek falls in downtown Middlebury this Saturday, July 31, at 7 p.m. to watch a dance performance. An ad hoc troupe of fewer than 10 dancers will perform “Distance Dances,” an improvisational installation, what they called “a hurrah born of this moment and dedicated to this place and this community.” Facilitated by Middlebury College Dance professor Laurel Jenkins and co-created by a collection of dance students past and present — none of whom know what shape the performance will take until it...

A MOTORCYCLE SCULPTURE constructed entirely of pallet wood memorializes Lincoln stunt and racing legend Dustin Apgar at Leaning Barn VT Hemp Company in Bristol this past Saturday. Randy Russell, Apgar’s best friend growing up, commissioned the sculpture as part of a daylong celebration of Apgar’s life. Independent photo/Christopher Ross
BRISTOL — The ashes of father, son, brother, partner, motorcycle racer, stunt rider, crew chief and paramotor flyer Dustin Apgar came down the mountain from South Lincoln on Saturday with a pack of motorcycles and rode one last “hot lap” up Fuller’s Flats (Route 116) to the place that used to be known as Fuller’s Dairy. That’s where Randy Russell, Apgar’s best friend growing up, was preparing to shoot them into the Vermont sky. Apgar died on March 27 while paramotoring in the sky near his home in Arizona. He was 41. Paramotoring is a form of paragliding in which the rider is harnessed to a...
WINOOSKI — A new grant program will offer eligible Vermonters the chance to obtain a college degree, tuition-free. The grant, called 802Opportunity, pays for up to two years of free tuition to the Community College of Vermont. Any Vermonter with a family Adjusted Gross Income of less than $50,000 per year can qualify. Students can choose from 33 flexible programs in highly sought-after career fields. Here in Vermont, most high-demand and high-wage jobs require college or training. An associate degree or certificate from CCV can provide the skills and credentials students need to pursue a...
MONTPELIER — The Vermont State Housing Authority (VSHA) has been allocated $110 million in federal Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) funding from the Consolidated Appropriations Act to administer the Vermont Emergency Rental Assistance Program (VERAP). The program was created to stabilize Vermont’s rental market by providing direct assistance to residential tenants and landlords to stimulate the economy of the state still struggling from the COVID 19 pandemic. The program comes at an increasingly critical time in Vermont’s rental market with state and federal eviction moratoriums coming to an...
MIDDLEBURY — It’s back! Following a year’s hiatus, the Middlebury Summer Festival on-the-Green brings fabulous music back to the heart of Middlebury, Aug. 2 through 6. Kenyan-born performance artist KeruBo’s dynamic ensemble will kick off the all-Vermont lineup on Monday, Aug. 2. Great music continues with The Paul Asbell Quintet; Treetop Mansion, the new project of Clint Bierman and Peter Day (of Grift fame); Beg, Steal or Borrow, Vermont’s hottest bluegrass band; and Low Lily, an American folk/harmony string trio. Performances are from 7-9 p.m. daily. Events are held rain or shine under a...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents on Aug. 31 will be asked to support bonding up to $323,000 to buy into the 500-kilowatt Bristol Community Solar Project (BCS), an investment that could save the municipality up to $180,000 in electricity costs during the 25-year term of the bond. And Middlebury voters will have a second reason to turn out at the polls on Aug. 31: The ballot will feature a second question, asking residents to support a financial separation agreement between the Addison Central School District and the town of Ripton. That agreement must pass muster in all seven ACSD communities...
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Folklife Center will host a series of four online presentations in conjunction with their Summer Institute programming, Aug. 2-13. These virtual events are free and open to the public. Through guided discussions with local educators, artists, and VFC staff, each session will offer a different perspective on how ethnography, an approach and set of methods for understanding and representing human experience, and can inform and strengthen community-based inquiry and knowledge creation. Visit vtfolklife.org/events for a full schedule and description and how to register....
VERGENNES — Vergennes officials are optimistic $3 million of federal funding is on the way to help fix a critical component of the upcoming complete overall of the city’s wastewater collection and treatment system. City Manager Ron Redmond told the city council last week that Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., is supporting that funding in a Fiscal Year 2022 infrastructure bill, along with other Vermont projects, and that members of Leahy’s office staff were also optimistic the funding would be approved. The money would be dedicated toward upgrading the city’s Macdonough Drive pump station. That...
BRISTOL — Mount Abraham Union High School incoming senior Carter Robinson Monks has been selected as a senator for American Legion Boys Nation in the Washington, D.C., area, July 23-30. Boys Nation is an annual American Legion program that includes civic training, leadership development and a focus on Americanism. At Boys State, he has been elected Secretary of State, Chairman of the Select Board and Chairman of the Planning Commission. At Mt. Abe he is a member of the honor roll and captain of the soccer team. His other activities include Eagle Student Activism Club, Environmental Action...

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