BRIAN KEMP, A member of the Payment for Ecosystem Services Working Group, said farmers should get paid for the work they do to help the ecosystem, but he doesn’t think taxpayers should be the source of payment.
Independent file photo/Emma Cotton
WATERBURY — A group of farmers, agricultural organizations and state and federal regulators last week began developing a plan for paying Vermont farmers to implement conservation projects on their land.
The case for this is simple:
Vermont has 1.2 million acres of agricultural land and must meet ambitious water quality goals set forth by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Clean Water Act. As Vermont dairy farmers face the fifth year of low milk prices — sometimes below the cost of production — some say those farmers should be paid for the conservation work and the environmental...
FERRISBURGH/ADDISON — After selectboards in Addison and Ferrisburgh early last week declined a school board request to hold votes on closing the elementary schools in those towns, the future of that vote proposal was only partially clarified by Friday afternoon.
What remains clear is that many residents in both towns are deeply skeptical of the Addison Northwest School District’s proposal.
On Tuesday, Oct. 1, both towns’ selectboards declined to honor the Addison Northwest School District board’s request to warn a Nov. 5 vote for the purpose of asking Addison and Ferrisburgh residents if...
BRISTOL — Building scientists who were hired to study indoor air quality in Mount Abraham Unified School District have given a passing grade to all six schools.
But there’s room for improvement.
“Overall, efforts to keep the buildings running have been pretty good,” said Fred McKnight, senior vice president of the H. L. Turner Group, during the Sept. 24 meeting of the MAUSD board. “You’re ahead in some places, in terms of systems and operations than maybe most schools or districts this size.”
The Turner Group’s report, which was recently submitted to the district, contains three takeaways,...
ADDISON — Addison residents on Sept. 24 backed by a 61-46 vote a bond of up to $780,000 to build an in-ground septic system on land west of the current town clerk’s office. The system would serve the town’s Route 17 fire station, current office building and potential future town offices, and the Addison Community Baptist Church.
For more than a decade Addison officials have been working on creating a community septic system that would provide a solution to what they say are the troubled systems that now serve the fire station, existing clerk’s office and church, and provide septic service to...
ADDISON/FERRISBURGH — While the fate of the votes on whether to close Addison and Ferrisburgh central schools remained uncertain late last week (see related story), many in those communities remained deeply skeptical of the Addison Northwest School District board’s proposal to ask them to consider those school closures.
The ANWSD board has stated its preferred option is to close both schools and educate district students in kindergarten and in grades 1-4 at Vergennes Union Elementary School and create a new middle school for grades 5-8 at Vergennes Union High School.
A second option could...
ESSEX JUNCTION — The organization hosting Vermont’s one-stop number to call for information about health and human services has announced that it is no longer able to offer 24/7/365 service by phone. Effective Oct. 1, Vermont 2-1-1 contact center hours are 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
The new hours are the result of an increase in service charges from a partner 2-1-1 agency contracted to respond to calls from 8 p.m.–8 a.m., weekends and holidays. “Unfortunately, the increase in the proposed contract exceeded our current budget capacity, and no other providers...
A HANDCYCLIST is joined by three bicyclists along the course in the 14th Annual Kelly Brush Ride on Sept. 7. She was one of 27 handcyclists taking part in the annual fundraiser.
Caleb Kenna Photography
MIDDLEBURY — Those who thought they may have been seeing more cyclists on the roads of Addison County on Saturday, Sept. 7, probably were right. That’s because it was the day of the 14th annual Kelly Brush Ride powered by VBT Bicycling Vacations drew a record 940 participants.
The event has raised $705,000 for adaptive sports and ski racing safety.
Funds raised support the Kelly Brush Foundation mission to inspire and empower people with spinal cord injuries to live active lives and support the foundation’s ongoing collaboration with the ski racing community to improve safety in the sport...
THE REV. RACHEL FIELD processes at St. Thomas and Grace Episcopal Church in Brandon,
where she recently took the position of Priest-in-Partnership.
BRANDON — St. Thomas and Grace Episcopal Church on Aug. 29 welcomed the Rev. Rachel Field as its Priest-in- Partnership. The position is a quarter-time role at the 19 Conant Square church; it will enable Field to pursue her call as both a sacramental minister and an environmental educator and activist.
Field is part of the parish’s Core Ministry Team, the group charged by the parish’s leadership to address the spiritual needs of the parish. She is in Brandon for Sunday worship two or three times each month; on other Sundays, worship is led by visiting priests or lay people. This arrangement...
This is Yuki. She is four years old and turns five in April. We call her Yuki because it means “snow” in Japanese. Yuki loves playing with toys (and ripping the stuffing out of them), long walks in the woods, and bike rides on the TAM trail. Once, we made chicken for dinner and left it out on the counter to cool. When we came back, almost all of it was gone and Yuki was asleep in her bed, with a few pieces of chicken lying by her side. But we couldn't be mad at her, she had learned her lesson from eating waaaay too much chicken.
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Governor’s Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities (GCEPD) recently announced that the Inn at Baldwin Creek in Bristol will be the only Addison County business to be given a 2019 Spirit of the ADA Awards. The awards are given to employers who reflect the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act in their employment practices.
• Recruit people with disabilities.
• Use on-the-job accommodations and creative solutions to train and employ people with disabilities.
• Provide accessible physical structures, equipment and...