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ADDISON COUNTY — Hunger Free Vermont has appointed Pete Antos-Ketcham as the new co-chair of the Hunger Council of Addison County. Antos-Ketcham steps into this leadership role at a time of great urgency. Since the onset of the pandemic, hunger has been at record levels in Vermont. Local, state, and national agencies and organizations have been working hard to provide assistance, and the Hunger Council of Addison County has been an important platform for groups to share information and coordinate efforts across multiple organizations and sectors. “As a result of the pandemic, one in three...

PHLOX CAN ADD wonderfully vibrant color to late summer gardens. Photo/Bonnie Kirn Donahue
Phlox is a highly versatile perennial with powerful blooms that can extend through much of the season. From spring-flowering, low-growing creeping phlox (Phlox subulata), to its taller, summer relative, garden phlox (Phlox paniculata), there are many cultivars with an endless variety of flower and leaf color, height and bloom time. Garden phlox’s powerful presence and rainbow of colors, from pinks, purples and blues, to reds, oranges and white, can add incredible visual impact to the late summer garden. That is, if they make it that long. Unfortunately, phlox is susceptible to being eaten by...
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department said many people are having problems with bears looking for food near their homes, and with the food scrap ban in effect the department is providing tips for people who are composting at home so they can avoid attracting hungry bears. “We have been receiving lots of reports of bears on decks, tearing down bird feeders, wrecking beehives, killing chickens, and getting into trash, compost and garbage containers,” said bear biologist Forrest Hammond.   “First though, to deter bears, bird feeders need to be taken down until we have a foot or...
BURLINGTON — A free webinar series offered through University of Vermont (UVM) Extension covers a broad array of topics of interest to maple producers, from maple production and forestry practices to business management. Eight online sessions will be held from late July to October. Presenters will include Abby van den Berg, a UVM plant physiologist; Anthony D’Amato, UVM Forestry Program director; Mark Cannella, farm business management specialist; Mark Isselhardt, maple specialist; and Chris Lindgren, forest business coordinator, all with UVM Extension. A separate registration is required for...
BRADFORD, Vt. — The pilot of a hot-air balloon was killed after falling out of its basket Thursday in Bradford, according to Vermont State Police. Post Mills Airport owner Brian Boland, 72, died in the incident, state police said in a news release. His body was being taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Burlington for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death. Bottom of Form Justin Galenski of Bethel, a longtime friend and former neighbor of Boland in Post Mills, said Friday afternoon that Boland got into ballooning decades ago following the death of his son.  “He...
VERGENNES — When Vergennes City Manager Ron Redmond presented a sheet with a list of looming infrastructure projects and their costs to councilors at their July 13 meeting, the potential expense of one item sparked some debate — fixing the city docks on the Falls Park, or west, side of the Otter Creek basin. The council has already agreed to spend $6,500 to get an engineering estimate to fix the deteriorating steel-sheet wall to which the docks are attached. Redmond and his predecessor in 2020 have said it could cost $100,000 or more to replace it. A central benefit many in Vergennes —...
LINCOLN — The summer edition of Hill Country Holiday, sponsored by Lincoln Sports, will be happening on Saturday, July 31, from 4 to 8 p.m. Festivities include potluck and picnic, kickball, basketball, tennis and pickleball. Make your own teams or join some others. The rain date will be Sunday, Aug. 4, from 4 to 8 p.m. The Lincoln Community School Library is looking for a volunteer to re-shelve library books every Thursday morning for three or four hours. If you would like to spend some time at LCS and are able to commit to Thursday mornings, please email Librarian Beth Nelson at beth.nelson@...

THE PEASANT MARKET returns to Middlebury this summer with adjustments for COVID safety that include outdoor-only sales. Photo courtesy of St Stephens Episcopal Church
MIDDLEBURY — Many will be happy to hear that St Stephen’s Peasant Market is back and set for Saturday, July 31, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The members of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church weren’t sure that they could pull off their annual community fundraiser this year. With pandemic restrictions and the ongoing Triangle Park construction, the possibility was questionable right into June. “We finally decided we had to go for it,” said Linda Horn, co-chair of Peasant Market 2021, “and so far it seems to be working, though we needed to pare things down a bit for this year.” One change will keep all...
VERGENNES — Vergennes homeowners will see slightly lower tax rates when they receive property tax bills mailed on Thursday but owners of commercial and rental property will be looking at increases of a little more than 2%. The city’s homestead property tax rate is dropping 3.38 cents, or a little more than 1%, to $2.7379 per $100 of assessed property value. That decrease translates to about $85 less in taxes for $250,000 homes, assuming the owners pay on their properties’ full assessed value. Two-thirds or more of Vermont homeowners pay property taxes based on their incomes, and the effect of...
MIDDLEBURY — Art supplies, refurbished furniture, an old-fashioned ice cream parlor experience, home-and-lifestyle products, arts education and physical fitness are among the goods and services that will be offered by a half-dozen new enterprises setting up shop in Middlebury. All plan to open before the end of this year, thanks to an economic development incentive program spearheaded by the Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP). The six new businesses will each be awarded a grant of $15,000-$20,000 — along with a wide range of support services — to occupy some of the Middlebury storefront...

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