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VERGENNES — On Town Meeting Day, when Addison Northwest School District voters go to the polls, they’ll have four school board seats to fill — one in Addison, two in Ferrisburgh and one in Vergennes. A fifth seat, in Panton, will be appointed by that town’s selectboard. Two ANWSD board incumbents have decided not to run. Addison representative George Lawrence and Ferrisburgh representative Laurie Gutowski told the Independent that they won’t seek another term on the board. At least three district residents will be running to fill their respective seats. Ferrisburgh resident Chris Kayhart has...
MIDDLEBURY —  The imminent purchase of Foster Motors by Todd Stone, owner of G. Stone Motors, signals a start of a new era for two dealerships that have a lot of history. Gardner Stone, the patriarch of the business, is a self-proclaimed “motorhead” and self-made success story. Born and raised in Middlebury, he earned a degree in aircraft maintenance technology from Wentworth Institute in Boston, but found little market for his skills in his hometown. “You couldn’t buy a job in 1962,” Gardner told the Independent during a 2017 interview. “I got a job peddling milk on Lake Dunmore.” He loved...
SOUTH BURLINGTON — An internationally recognized leader in hemp research and the entrepreneurial founders of a Vermont CBD company will headline the second annual Industrial Hemp Conference, Feb. 20 in South Burlington. Jay Noller, director of Oregon State University’s Global Hemp Innovation Center, will open the conference at the DoubleTree by Hilton (870 Williston Road) with a keynote talk on hemp and its potential research implications. Luncheon speakers Alejandro Bergad and Jacob Goldstein will share the story of Sunsoil CBD, the company they established in Hardwick in 2015, along with...
ESSEX JUNCTION — The annual Vermont Farm Show returns to the Champlain Valley Exposition on Jan. 28-30. The annual statewide gathering — which has been going strong since its founding in 1931 — celebrates Vermont’s agriculture, farms, products and organizations. The three-day trade show also features exhibits of new equipment, farm supplies, food producers and agriculture education opportunities. The event is free and open to the public, according to Jackie Folsom, manager of the Vermont Farm Show. “This is a great time to preview products and machinery and network with Vermont’s farming...
BURLINGTON — The Vermont Department of Health on Thursday, Jan. 16, reported a statewide outbreak of hepatitis A, joining 30 other states including New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD, said the outbreak here is in the early stages, but that case number trends have prompted the department to make the formal declaration. “We’ve been anticipating an outbreak of hepatitis A cases here from monitoring how this has evolved in other states,” said Dr. Levine. “We are working closely with health care providers to ensure that Vermonters are vaccinated, and with our...
ESSEX JUNCTION — The Farm Show Board recently voted to sponsor a FARM (2+2) student through a four-year program that includes two years at Vermont Technical College and two years at the University of Vermont (with one semester at Miner Institute). The Farm Show’s sponsorship pays for half the yearly tuition for the two years at VTC and the entire tuition for the two years at UVM. Students are responsible for room and board as well as books, etc. The program develops: •  Leadership skills to become a spokesperson for the agricultural community. •  Understanding of the dairy business and...
MIDDLEBURY — The Champlain Valley Farmer Coalition will hold its annual meeting and celebration next Wednesday, Jan. 22, in Middlebury. It promises to be an evening of fun and farm community engagement with dinner.  The CVFC Annual Meeting is an opportunity to bring members together socially, to conduct the annual business of the organization, to hear and learn about current issues in agriculture, to be informed and stay up to date. Nick Richardson, president and CEO of Vermont Land Trust, will be the guest speaker. He will discuss farm viability and sustainability and the effects of dairy...
ESSEX JUNCTION — Among the special events at this year’s Vermont Farm Show will be Farmer Climate Change Focus Groups. On the second day of this year’s Farm Show — Wednesday, Jan. 29, at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction — there will be three sessions devoted to farmers talking about climate change. The sessions will be at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the Hamlin Room, upstairs in the entryway of the Miller Building at the Exposition. All are invited to join the University of Vermont at the Farm Show at those times for a focus group on climate change adaptation resources (such as...
MONKTON — From the Monkton Auditors: it’s time to put together the 2019 Town Report. All members who write the reports for their respective committees, please submit your report by next Monday, Jan. 20. The report needs to be proofread by you to avoid any mistakes. Because of having to get the Town Report in households early for the town meeting on the Saturday prior to the first Tuesday of March, the auditors will not have time to correct errors, so your report will be submitted as received. Please send to the town clerk at monktontc@comcast.net noting that it is for the Town Report in the...
LINCOLN — Hill Country Holiday (HCH) weekend begins Friday, Jan. 31 with a taco dinner brought to you by the Lincoln Little League from 5 to 7 p.m. downstairs in Burnham Hall. After you grab a bite to eat, head upstairs at 6:45 p.m. to play Military Whist. The cost is only $1 to play. On Saturday, Feb. 1, the parade starts at 11:30 a.m. This year’s theme is “Love Your Library” in honor of the Lincoln Library celebrating 20 years in its current location. The parade will have a new route this year. Vehicles in the parade will assemble at the pallet mill at 11:15 a.m. and walkers will lineup at...

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