SANDRA MURPHY CHATS with Elnu Abenaki Tribe citizen Melody Walker Brook, who appeared via videoconferencing at the Commons Conservation Congress at Mount Abe on Nov. 2. Brook, who spoke from her home in Virginia, emphasized the importance of helping people understand their connection to “place.”
Photo by Jonathan Blake
BRISTOL — Melody Walker Brook, a citizen of the Elnu Abenaki Tribe, never thought she would move away from Vermont and the land of her ancestors. But when her husband, a military policeman, was transferred to Virginia, she went.
“I’ve been on an incredible journey,” she said by video link on Nov. 2 during the Commons Conservation Congress at Mount Abraham Union High School. “I thought my entire identity was gone.”
When Brook arrived in Virginia she thought, There are no hawks here. No turtles. Nothing.
“But then a big hawk came and sat right out in my garden, on the post,” she said from her...
REP. AMY SHELDON (D-Middlebury) and five other members of the Vermont Legislature’s Climate Solutions Caucus convened a climate policy forum at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society in Middlebury on Thursday evening. The Climate Caucus has been working since last May to develop legislative solutions to the climate crisis and are traveling the state to report on their progress.
Independent photo/Christopher Ross
MIDDLEBURY — Members of the Vermont Legislature’s Climate Solutions Caucus are organizing a series of climate policy forums all over the state to share their legislative priorities for 2020 and bring more Vermonters into the climate conversation.
On a snowy Thursday evening, six caucus members convened at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society in Middlebury to share their work.
“Climate work is all improvised on some level,” said Sen. Chris Pearson (P-Burlington). “Nobody has shown us what to do. We have snippets all around the world that we can draw from, and some right here in...
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos brought his “2019 transparency tour” to Middlebury on Tuesday, a biennial visit designed to drill town officials on the information they must share with the people who elect them and/or pay their salaries.
And Condos’ message — delivered at Middlebury’s Ilsley Library to just two Waltham officials and this reporter amid the first snow of the season — was consistent: The custodians of state and local records must share all information — except for special circumstances outlined in Vermont’s transparency laws, its Public Records Act, and its...
MIDDLEBURY – Four Addison County businesses will benefit from a combined total of $59,600 in grants through the state’s “Building Community” program, money that will be used for such projects as creating a meat processing facility off Middlebury’s Exchange Street and upgrading a donut-making operation in Shoreham.
The Addison County Economic Development Corp (ACEDC) applied for, was awarded, and will administer the grants, which come through the Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services. The Building Community program requires that the funds be essential to each project’s success...
BRIDPORT — The Legislative Study Committee on Wetlands will hold a public hearing on the regulation of wetlands in Vermont on Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Bridport. The hearing will take place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Bridport Community/Masonic Hall at 52 Crown Point Road.
The committee was charged by Act No. 64 of 2019 to recommend to the General Assembly updates and clarifications to the requirements for the regulation of wetlands. The committee is reviewing wetlands permitting standards, exemptions from wetlands permits, permit fees, and other issues related to wetlands regulation....
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This month, we present General Writing responses.
Please don’t run over that butterfly.
I know it’s already dead and out of its misery,
and nothing can hurt it now...
Illustration by Adelaide Tyrol
Woolly bear caterpillars seem to be everywhere these days — creeping across the lawn, along the road when I’m walking the dog, hidden in the wilted cut-back of the perennial garden. Last week I found a woolly bear curled up in a shoe I’d left on the front porch. These fuzzy, black-and-brown-banded caterpillars seem intent these days to get somewhere. Where that is — and how they know — is a mystery.
“The purpose for their wanderings is not clear,” said Jack Layne, a biology professor and woolly bear researcher at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. “It starts well before they hibernate...
By now most people are aware of the serious health dangers of smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke in humans. What you may not realize is that cigarette and cigar smoke can cause severe disease in pets, too.
The harmful cancer-causing ingredients from cigarettes can be found in high concentrations on furniture, carpeting and flooring in the homes of smokers. Studies show that dogs, whose noses are close to the ground, breathe in these toxins and are at a higher risk for developing nasal cancer and may have an increased risk for lung cancer as well.
Cats are at an even higher risk of...
IN AN APPRECIATION ceremony at the Middlebury Inn last month, Judy Bourbeau from the Department of Labor congratulates Nichol Wolfe for successfully completing the childcare apprenticeship program.
Photo courtesy of Dawn Johnson and Jan Walker
MIDDLEBURY — Early childhood professionals came with their families to the Middlebury Inn last month to celebrate completing Vermont’s rigorous two-year registered childcare apprenticeship program. People came from throughout the state as well as Addison County on Oct. 5 for this annual event.
This was also an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the 20 years that the Vermont Child Care Industry and Careers Council Inc. (VCCICC) has been supporting and coordinating childcare apprenticeship in partnership with the Child Development Division and the Vermont Department of Labor.
Over the years...
BURLINGTON — With cases already reported in the state, flu season is upon us and Vermont health officials say now is the time for everyone six months and older to get their annual flu vaccine. It takes about two weeks for full protection from the vaccine to kick in, making it a just-in-time step as people prepare for holiday travel and family gatherings.
“Getting a flu shot is the best protection we have against the serious risks of flu illness,” said Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD. “The vaccine markedly lowers the risk of illness, hospitalizations and deaths related to the flu....