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STATE GAME WARDEN Asa Sargent received one of two Vermont Warden of the Year Awards on July 22 from Gov. Phil Scott in Montpelier. Sargent is a Ripton native.
MONTPELIER — Middlebury Union High School graduate Asa Sargent was one of two Vermont game wardens recognized by Gov. Phil Scott and Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter recently for exceptional performance. Sargent, who now resides in Hartland, received the 2019 Warden of the Year Award. A game warden since 2016, Sargent received the award for his high motivation and effort, positive attitude, public outreach achievements, and outstanding casework resulting in a 100% conviction rate as of 2019. He is a certified Wilderness First Responder assisting in remote search and rescue...
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department reminds hunters that muzzleloader season antlerless deer permit applications are available on its website (vtfishandwildlife.com) until Wednesday, Aug. 4. The muzzleloader seasons on Oct. 28-31 and Dec. 4-12 will have antlerless permits available for 19 of Vermont’s 21 Wildlife Management Units. Landowners who post their land may not apply for a landowner priority muzzleloader antlerless deer permit. They are eligible to apply in the regular lottery for an antlerless deer permit. “Yearling antler beam diameters, fawn weights and other...
VERMONT — Hikers and rock climbers can return to Vermont cliffs starting Aug. 1, now that peregrine falcon nesting season has ended. The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department has confirmed that all the young falcons have learned to fly and shouldn’t 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 and Wildlife’s migratory bird biologist Doug Morin. “The falcon’s nesting success is due to a combination of factors, including good...
VERGENNES — The Ferrisburgh-based Vermont Nursery & Landscape Association last fall launched the Vermont Blooms Initiative, a planting program meant to improve and enhance public outdoor spaces across our towns and throughout Vermont. VNLA members choose small projects they identify and then the association and its members help secure the plants, materials and labor needed to complete these projects. These projects are intended to be relatively simple and easy to implement. This Saturday, July 31, a project will be worked on in Vergennes from 8 a.m. to noon. Member Ashley Robinson and...
ADDISON — Tick tock. It’s time to learn about your historic clock or pocket watch. On Sunday, Aug. 1, from noon to 4 p.m., members of the Green Mountain Timekeepers will be back in residence at the Chimney Point State Historic Site porch to talk with visitors about historic timepieces. The timekeepers will offer clock repair demonstrations throughout the afternoon. They invite people to bring their old pocket watches and clocks, or photographs of them, to show the experts. Ask questions about the history of your timepieces, how they work, and how they can be repaired. This program is included...

DANIELLE MORSE
VERGENNES — Miss Vermont 2021 Danielle Morse remembers well the month she spent at UVM’s Children’s Hospital when she was just 13 years old. Major complications left her with life-threatening complications, but the experience also left the now 22-year-old with a passion to help other patients at the hospital. The Addison County native is holding a dinner dance at the Vergennes Eagles Club on Saturday, Aug. 7, from 6– 11 p.m. All money raised will be used to help Morse purchase comfort items for the young patients being treated at Vermont’s only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. “I know...

ANOTHER CAMPER SHOWS Ella Bennette-Fizsimmons a toad he found while snooping about. One of the benefits of the counselor in training program is that with more supervisors watching campers, smaller groups of campers can more safely participate in the activities they most prefer (for Fitzsimmons, that’s looking for “weird, creepy mushrooms”). Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Ella Bennette-Fitzsimmons proudly held a muddy, blinking, red creature in her hands. The 7-year-old grinned, identifying her new-found friend as a salamander. As a camper at Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT)’s summer day camp, Bennette-Fitzsimmons has plenty opportunity and encouragement to safely look for reptiles and “weird, creepy mushrooms” — her favorite activities at camp — because of a newly set-up, volunteer counselor-in-training (CIT) program for middle and high-school students. Created by AmeriCorps members and MALT camp counselors Naomi Cutler and Celeste Venolia at...
MONKTON — The Monkton Museum and Historical Society was formed in 1976 with the goal of preserving the town’s history. The Society is dedicated to collecting, preserving and displaying items relevant to Monkton’s heritage.  We seek to educate and entertain residents and the interested public, which provides insight to Monkton’s past and present for future generations. With that goal in mind, a study group has been engaged in a feasibility study of the purchase of Monkton’s 1859 Town Hall. A survey was created to gather information from community members. The study group is hosting two...

GILLIAN AND RUSSELL COMSTOCK have been the “guides” for Metta Earth, A Center for Contemplative Ecology, for 14 years.
LINCOLN — In 2005, Russell and Gillian Comstock began crafting a letter to their friends detailing what they were looking for. A piece of land with wild space and the capacity to farm. Community, quiet, beauty. They never sent the letter. Instead, 158 acres in the mountains east of Lincoln village found them through word of mouth. And it felt like precisely the place where all their intentions could take shape. Fourteen years after they moved to the land in 2007, Metta Earth Institute is a multi-faceted center for what the Comstocks’ call “contemplative ecology.” Metta Earth integrates...

FORMER BEER BREWER Alexandre Apfel said he started Golden Rule Mead because of his interest in local ingredients and the adventure of creating and running a business. He hopes Golden Rule becomes a hub for the Middlebury community. Independent photo/William Haig
MIDDLEBURY — Self-described fantasy geek Alexandre Apfel first encountered the word “mead” while reading “Beowulf.” Little did he know he would wind up opening the first mead café in Middlebury in April of 2020. Golden Rule Mead, based in Apfel’s house on Elm Street, is set up with a furnished tasting room, a bar with mead on tap and a cellar where the fermented honey drink is brewed, in addition to Apfel’s personal living quarters. But everything has not gone to plan. When Apfel quit his job brewing beer at Fiddlehead Brewing Company in Shelburne in early 2020 to fully commit to his own mead...

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