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ACCORDING TO THE Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association, Vermont produces around 1 million bushels (40,000 pounds) of apples each year. Statewide, pick-your-own orchards sell about 200,000 bushels and grocery stores sell another 300,000. Of the more than 150 varieties grown in Vermont, the McIntosh is the most important, accounting for about half of the state’s entire crop. These apples grew in Addison County this year. Independent photo/Steve James
11/04/2019
ADDISON COUNTY — Kent Ridge Orchards in Cornwall did not have its best apple season this year, but it could have been worse. “We had an odd bloom pattern this spring,” said orchard manager Blake Harrison in an email to the Independent. “The orchard is located across an east-facing ridge, and I saw a distinct stripe running from north to south across the ridge, where the (McIntosh) trees had a really low bloom count.” Roughly eight trees out of each row at a particular elevation had a poor bloom, he explained. “Whether that was due to the drought and heat of the summer of 2018 or some micro-...
11/04/2019
ADDISON — In a letter mailed to town residents on Oct. 31, the Addison selectboard has outlined a number of questions and concerns about the Addison Northwest School District’s proposal to close Addison Central School next year. “We believe the school district is rushing us into voting to close our school before the town and residents have had an opportunity to weigh all the facts and participate in the decision-making about this issue,” the letter says. The ANWSD serves Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes and Waltham, and oversees four schools — Addison Central School (ACS), Ferrisburgh...

DIEUWKE DAVYDOV, A talented cellist, suffered a painful injury in the woods last month, but thanks to a crew of skilled first responders she received prompt medical care and is expected to return to the stage soon.
11/04/2019
Editor’s note: Cornwall resident Dieuwke Davydov shared this piece with Independent readers. On Sunday the 13th of October I had quite an adventure: My husband Sergei, daughter Tania, her friend Chris and I — plus our three dogs — went on a lovely hike by Belden Falls close to Middlebury. It was beautiful weather and we hiked for about a mile to a great boulder where Sergei and Chris had nice fishing. Chris caught a beautiful rainbow trout, the dogs had some good swimming and sliding on the slippery rocks and I said to Tania: They have four legs, if I did that I would break a hip. The next...
11/04/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center this Saturday will begin its transition to “Epic,” a new electronic medical records system that will greatly enhance the institution’s ability to share and protect patients’ information, while also allowing consumers to become more involved in their health care. Dr. Fred Kniffin, interim president of PMC, said the importance of Porter’s conversion to Epic can’t be underestimated. The new system replaces a patchwork of computer programs that haven’t communicated across hospital boundaries, which can be a barrier to providing the highest quality and...
11/04/2019
BRISTOL — The next step in the Mount Abraham Unified School District’s months-long community-engagement process comes this Tuesday in Holley Hall. The MAUSD’s Community Engagement Committee will host a forum beginning at 6 p.m. that will review input from the seven conversations the committee hosted in October, one in each district town and one each with district students and staff. Those who come to Holley Hall at 5:30 p.m. may sample refreshments and listen to live music, according to the committee. According to the summary sent out after each of the conversations — dubbed Conversation 1 —...
11/04/2019
VERGENNES — With a land area of only 2.4 square miles, the city of Vergennes is one of Vermont’s smallest municipalities. But it nonetheless faces the same problems with sprawl and land use as some of its much bigger counterparts.  This week, Vergennes will take part in a process designed to help municipal planners and zoners figure out how to refine their rules to allow more of the type of residential development that planners are seeking: affordable, low-impact and close to downtowns.  Vergennes was one of six municipalities chosen to participate in the Vermont program aimed at modernizing...
11/04/2019
Hi my name is Roscoe and this is the position you can normally find me in. I love to take baths and chase my tail (which is a new thing I just learned I had). I am 2 years old and live with my humans and my daughter Bagheera. I don’t go outside but my favorite thing to do is sit upon my cat tower and watch all the excitement happening outside especially the neighbors kitty who likes to sit on my front porch and tease me. Carrie Lussier Bristol
11/04/2019
MIDDLEBURY — The widely successful “Sister-to-Sister” Program is hosting its 15th summit for female-identified students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Middlebury College’s Kirk Alumni Center. “Sister-to-Sister” brings together students from Bristol, Middlebury and Vergennes with female-identified Middlebury College students. In a one-day summit and monthly follow-up events during the rest of the school year, the students try out new things outside of the classroom (a-capella singing, hip-hop dancing, yoga, journaling, etc.). “Sister-to-Sister” also...

DAVID BOLLIER
11/04/2019
BRISTOL — Activist, author and commons expert David Bollier will discuss commons and commoning at the Walkover Gallery in Bristol on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 6:30 p.m. His presentation will draw from his latest book, “Free, Fair and Alive: The Insurgent Power of the Commons,” co-authored with Silke Helfrich. From community land trusts and volunteer monitoring of water quality in local rivers to indigenous governance systems and open-source design and manufacturing, commons and commoning are about creating durable social systems for sharing and caring for our common wealth. Bollier will explore...

STATE WILDLIFE OFFICIALS will show off specimens in their Operation Game Thief trailer when it stops in Middlebury on Nov. 10.
11/04/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont State Game Wardens are inviting the public, and especially young hunters, to visit their Operation Game Thief mobile exhibit from noon to 3 p.m. at G. Stone Motors on Route 7 in Middlebury on Sunday, Nov. 10 – the second day of Vermont’s youth deer hunting weekend. G. Stone Motors and Vermont Field Sports, as well as other local businesses, are hosting a youth hunting celebration at that time with some lifetime hunting licenses, hats, shirts, and other items plus a free meal for kids.  Operation Game Thief (OGT) is a joint nonprofit program sponsored by the Vermont...

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