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PAUL TIPPER OF Bristol, back left, and Alexis Whipple, back, second from right, earned rosette ribbons for their high individual scores in the 10-11-year-olds age group at the State 4-H Bovine Bonanza. Photo/Terri Conant
11/21/2019
BURLINGTON — 4-H club members from throughout Vermont gathered at the University of Vermont campus on Nov. 9 for the State 4-H Bovine Bonanza. A number of Addison County 4-H-ers participated in the event formerly known as the 4-H Dairy Challenge. The sessions covered hoof care, tractor safety, nutrition and reproduction. Addison County 4-H-ers placed as follows: 10- and 11-year-olds: Paul Tipper, Bristol (fourth), and Alexis Whipple, Bridport (sixth). 12- and 13-year-olds: Avery Carl, Bridport (first); Natalie Atkins, Lincoln (second); Emma Oliver, Bridport (fifth); Brailey Livingston, New...
11/21/2019
MADISON, Wis. — Two Addison County teens and two local adults were among the 13 Vermont 4-H dairy members who experienced a whirlwind week of educational seminars, visits to farms and agribusinesses and other fun activities at the National 4-H Dairy Conference in Madison, Wis. The Sept. 29-Oct. 2 conference, held on the University of Wisconsin campus took place in conjunction with the World Dairy Exposition, an international dairy cattle show and industry trade show. More than 200 youths, ages 15-18, from throughout the U.S. and Canada attended this year.  Vermont 4-H’ers who participated...
11/21/2019
RIPTON — Vermont Land Trust (VLT) members, farmers and conservation supporters gathered at the historic Bread Loaf campus in Ripton last month, to celebrate innovations in Vermont’s farm economy and community. Over the past 10 years, VLT’s Farmland Access Program has helped beginning farmers grow 100 farm businesses across the state. The full-day annual celebration on Oct. 6 included a panel discussion among farm entrepreneurs, featuring Shannon Varley of Stafford Village Farm, Stephen Park of Full Belly Farm in Monkton and Paul Lisai of Sweet Rowen Farmstead in East Albany. All emphasized...
11/21/2019
It’s time for the annual Holiday Bazaar, hosted by the Monkton Friends Methodist Church, to be held on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is the time of year that you can get those wonderful, fresh homemade donuts (a tradition that goes back over 30 years). The delicious bake sale items will satisfy your sweet tooth, featuring lots of goodies along with a large assortment of hand-made chocolates that are ‘oh so good.’  Local crafters will show their wide variety of novelties at the craft sale.  There will be also be a lunch of hot soups and sandwiches available as well as dinner-to...
11/21/2019
LINCOLN — Join LCS fifth- and sixth-graders for lunch and a book discussion of the graphic novel, “March” on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Burnham Hall. “March” is a 2019 Vermont Reads book. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. followed by a book discussion ending at 1 p.m.  Readers can get a copy of the book from the Lincoln Library, the United Church of Lincoln and the LCS Library. To reserve your spot, email beth.nelson@mausd.org or call 453-2119. Thanks to the Vermont Humanities Council and Lincoln Ladies Aid Industria. Under the direction of Jerry Shedd, the Middlebury Community...
11/21/2019
SHOREHAM — Knock-knock! Who’s there? Wooden shoe. Wooden shoe who? Wooden shoe like to know. WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND TOWN Platt Memorial Library Preschool holds activity time Monday mornings from 10:30 to 11 a.m. and drop-in craft time from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday. The Shoreham Congregational Church and the elementary school are assembling Thanksgiving Baskets for those in need and are looking for donations. Suggested items include canned vegetables and fruit, potato mixes, stuffing mixes, gravy, pasta and sauce, cereals, canned tuna, canned meat, peanut butter, jelly/jam, muffin or...
11/18/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Author Adam Minter will travel a thousand miles for a good recycling story. And for his latest book, Minter racked up significant frequent-flyer miles from Middlebury to China and ports in between, in his effort to shine a light on worldwide efforts to extend the life of our prized possessions and thus stem the tide of waste into landfills. Minter’s book is called “Secondhand: Travels in the new Global Garage Sale.” It explores, among other things, our practice of accumulating clothing, electronics and other stuff, and what happens to that stuff when we are finally ready to part...
11/18/2019
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard wants the local planning commission to review a 5-Megawatt solar array that’s being planned for Middlebury College-owned land off South Street Extension. The plan has generated widespread criticism from neighbors and more than a dozen people who said they regularly walk, jog and bike near the proposed site, located near the Eddy Farm for Horse & Rider. A planning commission review of the solar farm — to be owned and maintained by Encore Renewable Energy — is expected to give the selectboard more insight into a plan on which they will invite public...

SIMON SAYS: A General Store for Kids and Families opened in downtown Bristol on Nov. 2. Owner Maura Donnelly sells new toys and gently used clothing for children up to age 14. The store is located at 12 Main St. in Bristol, between Cubbers and Bristol Cliffs, where the Images salon used to be. Independent photo/Christopher Ross
11/18/2019
BRISTOL — Simon Says: A General Store for Kids and Families, a new retailer in downtown Bristol, carries toys and resale clothing for newborns through age 14. “Ultimately I’d like the store to be about one-third toys, one-third clothing and one-third other things,” said owner Maura Donnelly. “The goal is to grow in a way that meets the community’s needs.” Part of that goal may already have been satisfied, at least where the store’s genesis is concerned, for it was with encouragement and support from the community and local businesses that Simon Says came into being. It opened its doors Nov. 2...
11/18/2019
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Unified School District board on Wednesday evening will host what the board is calling its third Community Conversation of the fall. At the 6 p.m. meeting, which was moved to Mount Abe’s larger cafeteria after the Nov. 5 Community Conversation drew an overflow crowd to Bristol’s Holley Hall, the board’s Community Engagement Committee will focus discussion on what it calls “a range of possible options for our facilities.” Those options will include the five different school closing and reconfiguration possibilities that were presented for discussion at the Nov. 5...

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