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10/15/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Ilsley Public Library is offering a free four-week course, “Writing for Work,” beginning Tuesday, Nov. 3 and continuing on Nov. 10, Nov. 17, and Dec. 1. Instructor David Weinstock has designed the course for those who write as part of their job, profession, business or community role.  Its aim is that no matter what kind of writing — letters, proposals, reports, business plans, performance reviews, recommendations, advertisements, press releases, speeches and more –– the course will provide basic principles, guidance for specific situations, and individual attention. ...
10/15/2020
LINCOLN — The Fill the Firehouse Food Drive will be held on Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Lincoln Firehouse. The fire departments in our five-town area will once again open their station doors from 9 a.m. to noon to accept non-perishable food and toiletry donations. All items collected benefit the Have-A-Heart Food Shelf, which serves the communities of Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton, New Haven and Starksboro. Cash and check donations will also be accepted. Suggested donation items include: pasta sauce, pasta, soup, canned beans (black & kidney), baked beans, canned vegetables, canned fruit,...
10/15/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Migrant dairy worker Lenin Ventura spent his first four years in Vermont laboring and living under poor conditions. On one dairy farm, “we used to live in a small home where there was only one bathroom for six people, and there were problems with the heat,” he said in a phone interview Tuesday.  Ventura, 42, spoke in Spanish, which was translated by Marita Canedo of the group Migrant Justice. “We were not paid by the hour but by a set amount, so extra hours were not paid and there were many hours worked without pay,” he said. Workers found it difficult to obtain the...
10/15/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Through a grant provided by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, the Otter Creek Conservation District will be providing broader services to landowners and the public in support of the Vermont Clean Water Act (VCWA). Activities began late in 2017 and will extend through the fall of this year. The grant provides support for conservation districts to conduct targeted outreach, coordinate monitoring programs to support science-based water quality investments, organize local workgroups, and develop priority water quality projects among other services. As part...
10/15/2020
MIDDLEBURY — While the Marble Works Pharmacy closed on short notice at the beginning of September leaving customers scrambling, a companion business that shared a front door and provided essential medical equipment and other services will stay open. Addison County Home Health and Hospice (ACHHH) last week announced it had completed its purchase of the Medicine Chest, a well-known Middlebury business with deep roots in the Addison County community.  “With the assistance of our all-volunteer board of directors and our excellent legal counsel from Dinse, we were able to quickly develop a plan to...

MILLARD COX
10/15/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — All of Addison County’s incumbent state senators and representatives will run for re-election Nov. 3. Addison-2 Rep. Peter Conlon is the only one running unopposed. But Millard Cox of Ripton has mounted a write-in campaign. We asked him to answer the same questions we asked the other candidates. Addison-2 encompasses the towns of Cornwall, Goshen, Hancock, Leicester, Ripton, and Salisbury. The questions and Cox’s answers follow:   ******* MILLARD COX   1) Economy. Vermont faces a multi-front threat to its economic wellbeing, including slow sales in many sectors and high...
10/15/2020
CHAMPLAIN VALLEY — The Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP), in conjunction with NEIWPCC has announced a Request for Technical Pre-Proposals for services to further the goals and objectives of the Lake Champlain management plan Opportunities for Action. The total request for each project may range from $20,000 to $300,000 for projects anticipated to begin in early 2022. Applicants may propose projects that address any strategies and tasks outlined in Opportunities for Action. LCBP is particularly interested in funding projects that address the following priorities: •  Development of a...
10/15/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department will be completing several infrastructure improvement projects on Snake Mountain WMA (Wildlife Management Area) in Addison/Weybridge, Dead Creek WMA in Addison, Little Otter Creek WMA in Ferrisbrugh, and Lewis Creek WMA in Starksboro from October through mid-December. “We recognize that this is an unfavorable time of year to conduct this work, which could interfere with hunting access and other activities on these lands,” said wildlife biologist Amy Alfieri. “However, unanticipated federal funding became available in recent months...

WREN’S NEST PRESCHOOLERS study a salamander with new nets, tubs and magnifying glasses. Photo by Suzanne Young
10/15/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Otter Creek Audubon Society (OCAS) is again offering Environmental Education Grants to Addison County educators. Teachers of all age levels are encouraged to develop proposals of up to $800 to support the OCAS mission of encouraging a culture of conservation. The deadline for application submission is Monday, Nov. 2. Funds will become available Jan. 1 for use during 2021. Last year Environmental Education Grants supported outdoor learning for students in 14 schools. Funds were used to help defer the cost of field trip transportation, equipment, admission fees and outside...

RONNIE ROMANO PLAYS a keyboard in the “Cathedral Studio” at the bottom of the Elderly Services stairway with a group of seniors watching and enjoying the music via a Zoom connection. Photo courtesy of Ken Schoen
10/15/2020
MIDDLEBURY — If there was one silver lining to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was that arrived at the beginning of spring, when people of all ages could at least congregate outdoors with appropriate face attire and social distancing. But a Vermont winter is nipping at our collective heels, prompting concerns about how seniors will be able to interact with other people and access diversions when their universe becomes distilled to just a few rooms at home. “It’s not a happy picture,” said Joanne Corbett, executive director at Elderly Services Inc., known as ESI. “We, at ESI, feel like what you’re...

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