PANTON — The Panton selectboard has scheduled a special meeting for Monday night at 7 p.m. at Panton Town Hall, to which it has invited Vermont Agency of Agriculture and Agency of Natural Resources officials to address the issues of manure spreading, particularly in the winter months, and water quality, particularly in Lake Champlain.
Selectboard Chairman Howard Hall said the board invited state officials to the meeting to explain the permitting process for manure spreading and protecting the lake. The agenda also includes a chance for residents a chance to question officials and comment on...
COMPETITION WAS KEEN among the 12- and 13-year-olds at the State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest, June 28, at Audet's Blue Spruce Farm in Bridport. Among those placing in the group were Whiting’s Morgan White (in pink t-shirt), and Elisabeth Crawford, second from right. Missing from the photo was honorable mention winner Emma Deering of Middlebury. Photo courtesy UVM Extension
BRIDPORT — The annual State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest, held June 28 in Bridport, saw a good turnout with 53 4-H dairy members from throughout the state competing for top-10 rosette ribbons in their respective age groups.
The judging took place at Audet’s Blue Spruce Farm, a third-generation family farm. The 4-H’ers, ages 8 to 18, judged two classes of Holsteins (junior three-year-olds and senior three-year-olds) and three classes of Ayrshires (three-year-olds, fall calves and winter calves).
The top Addison County finishers included Brianna Vander Wey of Ferrisburgh, who received third place...
MIDDLEBURY — Dr. Diana Barnard, a palliative care physician and long-time member of the Addison County medical community, who works at both Porter Medical Center and the UVM Medical Center, has been awarded the UVM Health Network Home Health and Hospice Madison-Deane Award for Excellence in End-of-Life Care. This annual award is given by the Madison-Deane Education Fund, formerly the Madison- Deane Initiative (MDI), which is the educational arm of the UVM Health Network Home Health and Hospice’s Hospice and Palliative Care Program.
According to the MDI website, this award is given annually...
LINCOLN — There will be a walk-a-thon to raise money for the Haiti orphanage on Saturday, July 13. The event will start with registration at the park in Bristol at 9 a.m. The two mile walk starts at 9:30 a.m. and will take you on sidewalks through beautiful Bristol village. The event is suitable for all ages, including strollers. The money raised will be used to purchase beds and bedding and to meet ongoing monthly expenses. Sponsor sheets are available at BFit in Bristol or fill out the sheet the morning of the walk. Please bring money raised with you to the walk. Register with Karen Wheeler...
BOYS AND GIRLS Club of Greater Vergennes volunteer Carol Safori serves up dogs and burgers on Wednesday at the organization’s Armory Lane clubhouse during the club’s 20th birthday celebration.
Independent photo/Steve James
VERGENNES — There were many reasons for more than 100 people of all ages to gather on this past Wednesday evening at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vergennes’ Armory Lane headquarters.
The biggest was to celebrate the youth organization’s 20th anniversary. The club, the brainchild of the late Sam Allo, officially came into being on July 4, 1999, and opened its doors soon afterward in the Vermont National Guard Armory, nearby on Monkton Road.
Youth clubs can be hard to establish, never mind nurture through two decades. Jill Strube, the Vergennes-area club’s director for the past three...
MIDDLEBURY RESIDENT ART Howard is mourning the death of his son, who passed away unexpectedly in Manchester, N.H., on June 19. Howard is praising Middlebury Police Officer Chris Mason for delivering the news in a compassionate and respectful way. Independent photos/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — Art Howard was happily tapping away on his computer at 7 a.m. on June 21 when he heard a knock at the door.
It was Middlebury Police Officer Chris Mason.
“I jokingly said, ‘I didn’t do it,’” Howard said in reaction to the officer’s impromptu visit.
Now 74 and temporarily confined to a wheelchair, Howard certainly hadn’t been on a crime spree.
But his good-natured joshing quickly evaporated when he saw that Mason wasn’t playing along with the joke.
“He looked at me and I could tell it wasn’t good news,” Howard recalled somberly.
“It’s Scottie, isn’t it?” he asked Mason, referring...
MEMBERS OF SHOWING Up for Racial Justice demonstrated their patriotism in the Bristol 4th of July Parade on Thursday by protesting U.S. migrant-detention policies at the southern border. Draped in the same style of “space blankets” that are distributed to children at those facilities, protestors carried signs, passed out flyers and received applause every step of the way. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — Dozens of people organized under the banner of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) marched in the Bristol Fourth of July Parade on Thursday, to protest both U.S.-run concentration camps on the southern border, and the increasing presence of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in Vermont.
The marchers ranged in age from three and a half to 76, and they carried signs with messages like “Keep families together,” “No cages for kids” and “Asylum seekers are not criminals.”
“I don’t think there was anything more patriotic that I could have done today,” said SURJ organizer...
BRISTOL — Water and sewer bills are going up in Bristol Village.
According to the rates set by the Bristol selectboard on June 24, “normal users” will see about a 6 percent increase in the water portion of their bills, and a 5 percent increase in the sewage base rate.
In terms of dollars, this translates — again, for “normal users” — to about $1.25 per month for water (or about $15 per year) and about $8.22 per quarter for sewage (or about $32.88 per year).
Customers with higher flow rates, however, will see much steeper increases.
According to Bristol Town Clerk and Treasurer Jen Myers, the...
BRISTOL — Karen Wheeler of Bristol and Patrice Wassmann of Lincoln will host a walk-a-thon in Bristol this Saturday, July 13, as part of their ongoing efforts to raise money for a Haitian orphanage.
Like the rest of Haiti, L’Orphelinat Notre-Dame de Perpetuel Secours, which is an institution eight miles north of Port-au-Prince that currently home to 26 children, has struggled to recover from a devastating earthquake that struck the country in 2010.
Wassmann and Wheeler are members of United Church of Lincoln, which has sponsored the orphanage since 2011. In fact, the two are known at UCOL as...
VERMONT — After the group Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) raised the flag of protest against current U.S. immigration policies, more protests in the Green Mountain State are planned.
Lights for Liberty, a loose coalition of grassroots activists from long-standing immigrants’ rights organizations, has organized a day of protest for July 12.
As of press time, more than 450 communities in the United States had signed up to host events, including eight in Vermont.
Though none are currently scheduled in Addison County, SURJ organizer Caitlin Gildrien said she expects her group will organize...