FARMER GRANT RECIPIENT Jordan Kramer of Winnegance Oyster Farm in Maine will share his experiences with the program in an Oct. 23 webinar hosted by the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program.
BURLINGTON — The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program is seeking applications for 2020 Farmer Grant projects. Proposals are due online by Dec. 3 at 5 p.m. Funded projects will be announced and may begin in late February 2020. Farmer Grants provide research funds for commercial farms to explore new ideas in almost any aspect of production, marketing and other topics that influence successful farming in the 12 Northeast states and the District of Columbia. Reviewers look for innovation, potential for improved sustainability and results that will be useful to...
BRANDON — The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources is taking public comment on its 2019 Draft Otter Creek Tactical Basin Plan. The agency seeks public feedback on the plan at an informational meeting in Brandon next week and will take written or electronic comment through Nov. 8. The plan covers portions of Bennington, Rutland and Addison counties and all lakes, rivers and wetlands within the Otter Creek, Little Otter Creek and Lewis Creek watersheds. The plan provides an assessment of the health of the basin and identifies 55 water quality strategies across the following sectors: agriculture...
MIDDLEBURY — RiseVT has awarded The Blueprint for Health, in partnership with Porter Hospital, a $1000 grant to offer free cooking classes as part of the Blueprint’s Diabetes Prevention Program. The cooking classes will take place once per month for 12 months immediately following the one-hour-long Diabetes Prevention class. The cooking class will be led by Hannaford Career Center’s Culinary Arts Instructor Woody Danforth. More than 1 in 3 people have a condition called prediabetes. This means their blood sugar levels are too high, but not yet high enough for a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes....

JOY MINNS, IN red, Rena Trepanier, and Susan Ferland from the DAR Seth Warner/Rhoda Farrand Chapter and Maureen Labenski, left, from Green Mountain Chapter, get to work at the Bixby evaluating the Strong box’s contents. Courtesy photo
VERGENNES — In 2017 the Vermont State Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) embarked on a joint project with Bixby Library in Vergennes to conserve specific Samuel Strong papers found in Bixby’s collection. These papers date from the late 1700s to the mid-1800s and contain documents related to the Strong family and the early history and culture of the Vergennes and Addison County area. During a huge rainstorm more than 10 years ago an escutcheon on the roof of the Bixby Library failed and water streamed into the History Room where the Strong documents are kept. Many of the...

AKOL AGUEK, ONE of the Lost Boys of Sudan and currently an International Student Advisor and Designated School Official at the University of Vermont, will present his life story at Lawrence Memorial Library on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m.
BRISTOL — In 2001, 40 young Sudanese refugees were welcomed to Burlington. They represented a few of the estimated 17,000 Lost Boys of Sudan. To hear the story of one man’s amazing journey, the public is invited to “Akol Aguek: Lost Boy to Refugee to American Citizen.” The presentation takes place on Thursday, Oct. 24, at Lawrence Memorial Library in Bristol, from 7-8:30 p.m. This event, sponsored by One World Library Project, is free and fully accessible. Akol Aguek was nine years old when he became separated from his family as a result of the Sudanese Civil War. He was part of an entire...
LINCOLN — The fire departments in our five-town area will once again open their station doors for the annual Fill the Firehouse Food Drive on Saturday, Oct. 26. The drive will benefit the Have A Heart Food Shelf in Bristol. Join us at the Lincoln Firehouse as we will be accepting donations from 9 a.m. to noon. Members of the Lincoln Fire Department will be on hand to talk with kids and show them the fire trucks. Join your neighbors in helping to Fill The Firehouse and make a difference in our community. Cash/check donations welcomed and greatly appreciated. Suggested donations include:...

KEVIN RUSSELL OF Waitsfield gets ready to hit the trail in Goshen last week for his last day of hiking on the North Country Trail in Addison County. Independent photo/Abagael Giles
EAST MIDDLEBURY — As the sun was coming up on Oct. 1, Kevin Russell embarked on a journey by foot and bike across Addison County. He aimed to hike the 44.3-mile stretch of the North Country Trail, which winds its way on a proposed route through the Champlain Valley, up and over the spine of the Green Mountains to the Appalachian Trail’s junction with the Green Mountain Club’s Long Trail in Bridgewater, Vt. Russell’s goal was to bolster support and awareness about efforts to officially complete the trail in Vermont and beyond. Like the Appalachian Trail, the North Country Trail is a National...

THE OWNER OF the historic Haviland Shade Roller Mill overlooking the Otter Creek falls in Vergennes and its Annex along West Main Street hopes to rehabilitate the two buildings and create 23 apartments. The city has given its approval for the proposal, and it has earned $330,000 from the state in tax credits to support what could be a $3.45 million project. Photo by Holly Weber
VERGENNES — Longstanding efforts by the owner of the long-vacant Haviland Shade Roller Mill overlooking the Otter Creek falls in Vergennes could finally be paying off. Shenandoah LLC, of which Ferrisburgh resident and prominent Vergennes property owner David Shlansky is a principal, has its local permits and $330,000 in state Downtown and Village Center Tax Credits in hand to support what could be a $3.45 million effort to install 23 apartments in the main structure and related building known as The Annex across Canal Street. The project is planned to include four two-bedroom units in The...
VERGENNES — It’s official. The Addison Northwest School District has scheduled school-closure votes for Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the towns of Addison and Ferrisburgh. The ANWSD is asking voters in those two towns to approve its plan to close the elementary school in their towns — Addison Central School and Ferrisburgh Central School, respectively — on June 30, 2020. According to the ANWSD board, closing the schools would be the best way to preserve student programming without imposing what it assumes will be unacceptable tax increases. At a series of informational meetings over the past month in...

'LIGHT RING' BY Bruce White (foreground) acts both as a work of art and a window onto its surroundings. In the middle distance John Clement’s “Hot Tamale” coils into itself, while Peter Lundberg’s 30-foot, 60,000-pound “Leap of Faith” seems to hold up the sky. Independent photo/Christopher Ross
SHOREHAM — Every July, when the Lemon Fair Sculpture Park in Shoreham opens for public use, the fine summer light seems to clarify every detail of the large-scale artwork gathered there. Colors pop. Reflective surfaces sparkle. Dark shadows emphasize density and weight. The art seems to stand out from the landscape. Three months later, however, the park tells a very different story. “Autumn everything changes,” said Frank Ittleman, who owns, curates and maintains the park with his wife, Elaine. “The woods offer a more variegated background and the autumn light has more subtle tones to it. The...


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