SCULPTOR KERRY FURLANI is know for her lettering in stone. She will speak about and demonstrate her craft at Rokeby Museum this Sunday, Aug. 4.
FERRISBURGH — Vermont sculptor Kerry O. Furlani is passionate about slate. A resident of Vermont’s Slate Valley (running through Bennington and Rutland counties) Furlani is on a first-name basis with quarry owners where she sources slate for public monuments, plaques, benches and more. On Sunday, Aug. 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. she will be at Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh to talk about her work and demonstrate her art. Visitors who wish can join in to try their hand at “pulling a line” on a slate tablet with chisel and mallet. Furlani originally moved to Vermont to be near the heart of the historic...
First Friday Film: “Isn’t It Romantic?” Aug. 2, 6:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., Bixby . Ferrisburgh Grange King Pede card parties. Aug 3 and 17, 6:30 p.m. Slate Carving Presentation and Demonstration.  Aug. 4, 2 p.m., Rokeby. Wooden Spoon Carving Workshop and Demonstrations Aug. 10-11, Rokeby. Ferrisburgh Fire Department Chicken BBQ. Aug. 17, Fire Station Rabble in Arms and Revolution Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. Aug. 17-18. Pie and Ice Cream Social. Aug. 18, 1-4 p.m., Rokeby. Contemporary Art Exhibit Opening and Festival. Aug. 24, 3 p.m., Rokeby.  FERRISBURGH — August is here and that means it...
LINCOLN — Let the Bobcat Cafe take care of your dinner plans on Wednesday, Aug. 7, to help raise money for the Lincoln Library. The Bobcat will donate a portion of the dinner proceeds to help support the library. For reservations, call 453-3311. Grab your friends and family and enjoy a nice night out. We’ll see you at the Bobcat. The annual meeting of the Lincoln Historical Society will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 2 p.m., at the town office. Our program will feature Bobby Patterson, informing us of past local wildlife. The museum and barn will be open at noon. Plan a visit before the...
MONKTON — The historic East Monkton Church will again be open for worship services during the month of August. Services will begin at 8:45 a.m., followed by refreshments and time to socialize. Then Len Rowell, pastor of the Monkton Friends Methodist Church, will lead this year’s services. Weekly messages will be based on the book of Psalms with selected verses from Psalm 107 on Aug. 4, Psalm 50 on Aug. 11, Psalm 80 on Aug. 18, and Psalm 71 on Aug. 25. Dedicated in 1867, the East Monkton Church was once one of three places of worship for the Methodist Episcopal Church of Monkton. Although the...

Caroline Kapp and Nora Peachin visited many of Vermont's country, general and village stores to find out what makes them special — and how they are evolving. Read their companion article here. ADDISON FOUR CORNERS STORE ADDISON — The Addison Four Corners Store is a land of temptation. If the table of homemade chocolates when you enter the door doesn’t make you immediately stop in your tracks to fill up a bag, the cider doughnuts (made fresh daily) will certainly do the trick. These treats were all part of the updates made by current owner Terri Glidden and her husband, Herbert. Terri...

MELLON SQUARE IN Pittsburgh, Pa., restored by Simonds and Simonds, will be one of the featured landscape architecture projects highlighted in Patricia O’Donnell’s talk at the Middlebury Town Offices on Saturday, Aug. 3, at 2 p.m. Courtesy photo
MIDDLEBURY — Patricia M. O’Donnell, preservation landscape architect and urban planner, will present a talk “Revitalizing Modern Landscapes for Contemporary Life: Fletcher Steele, Louis I. Kahn, Simonds and Simonds,” on Saturday, Aug. 3, at 2 p.m. O’Donnell founded Heritage Landscapes LLC of Charlotte, in 1987 and has completed over 500 diverse projects and garnered 89 professional awards.  The talk takes place in the conference room of the Middlebury Town Offices and is part of the Henry Sheldon Museum’s summer-long exhibit honoring landscape architect Dan Kiley.  In her talk, O’Donnell will...
MONTPELIER — Hikers and rock climbers can return to Vermont cliffs starting Aug. 1 now that peregrine falcon nesting season has ended. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has confirmed that all the young falcons have learned to fly and will not be disturbed by human presence on the cliffs.  “The young peregrines have fledged, and nesting data suggest Vermont falcons had a successful year. A final report will be issued later this year,” said Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s bird biologist Doug Morin. He noted that the falcons’ nesting success is due in large part to the hikers and rock...
ORWELL — Hike into history at the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell on Sunday, Aug. 4. The site offers a special guided walk around the trail system, from 2 to 4 p.m., led by Mount Independence Coalition president Stephen Zeoli. It is included in regular site admission of $5 for adults and free for those under 15.  Stephen Zeoli is known for his story-telling and special knowledge. He will relate the stirring story of Mount Independence and its important role in the American Revolution and in the making of our nation. It was built as an American defense of New England against...
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police are looking into a spate of burglaries at Route 7 businesses this past Friday. Early on the morning of July 26 troopers at the New Haven barracks received information regarding three burglaries at three stores in Ferrisburgh and New Haven. Someone broke into the Dakin Farms and  Auto Creek A.C. Sports businesses in Ferrisburgh and into Cyclewise Inc. off Route 7 in New Haven. State police said that two cash boxes were reported stolen, though they didn’t specify from which businesses. Anyone with information regarding these burglaries is asked to contact...

A DEDICATED GROUP of Monkton residents is helping eradicate the invasive species from the meadows that surround town playing fields and the Monkton Central School’s playground. Independent photos/Steve James
MONKTON — “Is it weird to find it therapeutic?” asked Whitney Leighton earlier this month, after she had spent an evening helping pull up wild parsnip in Morse Park, near Monkton Central School. Leighton is one of 16 or 17 Monkton residents who have at one time or another this summer gathered in small groups to fight what is being called the Wild Parsnip Battle. And they’re making progress. Wild parsnip is an invasive plant, native to Europe and Asia that outcompetes bird- and pollinator-friendly plants, and contains a phototoxic sap that can cause burns, blistering and discoloration when...


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