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VERMONT — After five years of depressed milk prices, dairy farmers may be getting some relief. A prediction by one of the region’s largest dairy cooperatives says prices at the bulk tank should rise by a dollar per hundred pounds of milk over the next year. “The average Vermont farm produces 3.4 million pounds of milk per year,” says Diane Bothfield, dairy chief for the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets. “A dollar per hundredweight is $34,000. That’s a big raise in a year’s time.” However, Agri-Mark Senior Economist Catherine de Ronde, who last week issued the milk price...
VERGENNES — The officers of the Vergennes Police Department have voted to unionize by affiliating with the New England Police Benevolent Association (NEPBA), a union that represents many law enforcement agencies in New England, including in Vermont. The proposed union includes non-supervisory personnel only, and not Chief George Merkel. Merkel took no position on whether his department should unionize. “That’s up to the guys,” he said. There are currently eight officers in the department, not counting Merkel, but one is funded by a grant to serve as a countywide traffic-safety coordinator....
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard at its July 24 meeting formally OK’d a grant agreement with the Vermont Agency of Transportation for $228,750 to be used to help downtown businesses during the downtown rail bridges construction in 2019 and 2020. This grant money can’t be used as direct payments to merchants for losses they might incur as a result of construction disruption. Rather, the grants will  be used for such things as creating a regional marketing campaign for downtown Middlebury as a shopping/tourism destination, providing ongoing funding for the “Bundle” pop-up event space at...
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh homeowners will soon be opening tax bills that will include an 11.66-cent hike, or a little more than 6 percent. The Ferrisburgh selectboard met on Tuesday last week to set the town’s 2019-2020 tax rate at 31.34 cents per $100 of assessed property vale, an increase of 1.82 cents, also about 6 percent. The homestead school tax rate to support Addison Northwest School District schools was set by state officials at $1.6991, also a roughly 6 percent increase from this past year’s rate in Ferrisburgh. Declining ANWSD enrollment, higher fixed costs, and rising health...
MIDDLEBURY — The Milk and Honey Quilters’ Guild is inviting quilters throughout the area to display their quilts in the guild’s fifth biennial show to be held on Oct. 12 and 13 at the Middlebury Recreation Center. “Quilting in the Land of Milk and Honey is a great opportunity to display your quilting talents and share your passion for quilting with others in this non-judged show” says show co-chair Priscilla Leng. The Middlebury Recreation Center offers a large and open space with plenty of room for quilts of all sizes; the guild encourages quilters of all skill levels, including local youth...

OSCAR SCHROEDER AND his steamboat, ca. 1900.
SALISBURY — Bill Powers will bring to life a photographic steamboat tour of Lake Dunmore at the next meeting of the Salisbury Historical Society on Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 7 p.m., at the Salisbury Congregational Church. Powers’ presentation is based on the adventures of Oscar Schroeder who, in the late 1800s and early 1900s, operated a steamboat on the lake. It includes more than 200 pictures, along with commentary on many of the views. Some of the photos include the glass factory, Loyal Kelsey’s farm (now Branbury Beach), Cove Point Pavilion, former hotels and tea houses, Satan’s Kingdom, and...
MIDDLEBURY — With the downtown bridge project, Middlebury is experiencing change on a large scale. This is not the first time such changes have occurred. With this in mind, Story Matters and the Ilsley Public Library will host “Back in the Day,” a special storytelling event to share stories of downtown Middlebury in days of yore, at Bundle, 60 Main St., on Monday, Aug. 5.  Anyone who remembers downtown Middlebury in the 1940s, ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s is invited to join in this story telling exchange — or just come and listen. No doubt there will be recollections of the time when pharmacies...

ARTIST DAWN WAGNER created this hat out of paper. She will be lead a paper hat-making workshop for kids at the Sheldon Museum on Sunday, Aug. 11, from 1:30-3 p.m. Kids can then wear their hats at the Mad Hatter Tea Party following the workshop.
MIDDLEBURY — A Mad Hatter Tea Party and Hat Workshop is coming to the Sheldon Museum on Sunday, Aug. 11, from 1:30- 3 p.m. Artist Dawn Wagner will conduct this fun-filled afternoon of extraordinary paper hat-making, offering a chance for families to celebrate summer and enjoy the beauty of the Sheldon Museum’s garden. Children will create up-cycled masterpieces perfect to wear to the Mad Hatter Tea Party that afternoon. Tea will be served in the garden, weather permitting. Wagner, who currently resides in Vergennes, left Addison County to pursue a career in theatre stagecraft in New York City...
A good friend was in touch; her son was enduring allergic reactions to mosquitos and, like any good parent, she sought solutions. I told her that the most practical, non-toxic way to deal with the problem was to consider a mosquito’s lifecycle, and interrupt it where it starts.  Mosquitoes begin their lives in eggs laid singly or in rafts, in most cases on the surface of water. We purchase mosquito egg rafts at Saint Michael’s College to run student experiments with the hatching larvae.  A female mosquito, potentially using your blood or mine for energy, delicately alights on the water to lay...
ADDISON — The John Strong Mansion and Museum is open for the season.  The Vermont Daughters of the American Revolution invite all to visit the home of Revolutionary War patriot John Strong. The home was built in 1796 and housed five generations of the Strong family. The tour includes period room displays and the story of a Colonial family’s life in the northern wilderness.  Guided tours are offered from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Special tours are offered by appointment. Adult admission is $5, seniors and students $3, families $10.  The...

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