MIDDLEBURY — ACORN’s 2019 Producer and Buyer Forum is slated for Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at Middlebury College’s Kirk Alumni Center. The forum, hosted in partnership with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets, Vermont Farm to Plate and ACORN, is designed for all growers, food producers, retail and institutional buyers and distributors.
Dan Horan of “Positively Local” Five Acre Farms in New York will give the keynote address. Horan will bring a comprehensive perspective on the rewards and risks of growing a business. Having attended two of the three past...
BURLINGTON — Two VTeen 4-H Science Pathways Cafés will be offered this fall to give Grade 7-12 students an insight into the science behind medical diagnoses and infectious diseases.
University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H will sponsor the cafés, which are planned and run by a teen leadership committee. There is no charge to attend although preregistration is required.
The first café, “When Will I Know the Results?” on Oct. 19 will focus on biomedical science. The café will be led by Katrina Moreau, clinical assistant professor, and Koela Ray, senior lecturer, with the UVM College of...
REV. BARNABY FEDER
RIPTON — The Rev. Barnaby Feder, minister of the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society in Middlebury, will deliver the annual Rabbi Victor E. Reichert Bible Talk at the Ripton Community Church (United Methodist) at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6.
The Rev. Feder was raised in a Unitarian Universalist congregation in San Mateo, Calif., that his late mother helped organize in the early 1950s. He has been a member of numerous UU congregations as an adult. After a long career in journalism, culminating in 27 years at The New York Times, Feder entered seminary in 2008. He served Unitarian...
THE SHOREHAM CONGREGATIONAL Church will throw a celebration of the community on Saturday, Oct. 12, just prior to the commencement of renovations in its lower level.
Photo courtesy Shoreham Congregational Church
SHOREHAM — The Shoreham Congregational Church has been an important part of the Shoreham community for 225 years. Established in 1794 as the First Congregational Church and Society of Shoreham, over the years the Church has served as a town meeting hall, a schoolroom, an emergency shelter, a pre-school, and a gathering place for receptions and celebrations as well as a house of worship. The current 1846 church is the second building to house the congregation.
The Church will honor its place in the community on Saturday, Oct. 12, with an event called Celebrate Shoreham! The celebration begins...
LINCOLN — The Lincoln Library presents “The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman” on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. According to the medieval Icelandic sagas, a Viking woman came to the New World 500 years before Columbus. Gudrid the Far-Traveler, sister-in-law of the explorer Leif Eriksson, tried to set up a colony on the shores of the Gulf of St Lawrence around the year 1000. While this story was long thought to be a myth, author Nancy Marie Brown tells how more and more of Gudrid’s story is being proved true by recent archaeological digs in Newfoundland, Greenland, and Iceland. This event...
SHOREHAM VEGETABLE FARMER Will Stevens ran a trial this summer using wool pellets as fertilizer. The crop came in earlier than plants that got conventional fertilizer.
Independent photo/Steve James
SHOREHAM — Will and Judy Stevens of Golden Russet Farm & Greenhouses in Shoreham spent a little extra time with their broccoli harvest this year.
They counted and weighed it, head by head.
Earlier this summer Golden Russet had planted a 300-foot row of broccoli without any soil amendments, Will Stevens explained. In a second row, they had fertilized 100 feet with peanut meal, which is commonly used, and another 100 feet with a trial organic fertilizer provided by UVM Extension as part of a new study.
The trial fertilizer, it turned out, produced nearly the same size broccoli as the peanut...
THE BURLINGTON CATHOLIC Diocese is considering closure of St. Genevieve’s Church in Shoreham. The 142-year-old building that needs major repairs, and attendance at masses has flagged.
Independent photo/John Flowers
SHOREHAM — Christopher Coyne, bishop of the Burlington Catholic Diocese, is expected to decide later this fall whether to close St. Genevieve Church, a majestic place of worship that has also helped define Shoreham village’s streetscape for the past 142 years.
If it does close the Shoreham church, the Burlington Diocese could choose to maintain or dismantle the building, and either sell or rent the property.
“These are separate decisions, and the proceeds remain with the parish,” said the Father Luke Austin, who serves the congregations of St. Mary’s Church in Middlebury and the St....
SHERI SULLIVAN HAS been hired as the new food programs manager and operations assistant at the Charter House Coalition’s warming shelter at 27 North Pleasant St. The shelter is adding new staff and completing renovations in anticipation of increased demand for services this winter.
Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — The Charter House Coalition (CHC) has hired additional staff and is putting the finishing touches on major upgrades to its Middlebury warming shelter at 27 North Pleasant St. in anticipation of serving a steady stream of homeless clients that will grow as the weather gets colder.
CHC is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization dedicated to providing basic food and housing to those in need in and around Middlebury. The organization operates a year-round shelter for individuals, and can also accommodate up to five families during the cold season, Oct. 14-April 20.
BRISTOL — When the Bristol selectboard meets on Oct. 7 to fill the seat recently vacated by Ted Lylis, it will have to choose among at least six candidates.
Two of those candidates ran or considered running for Lylis’s seat last March.
Ian Albinson, who challenged Lylis for the seat last March but was defeated by 11 votes, has declared his interest in being appointed.
Eric Carter, who owns and operates Carter Insurance, considered running for the seat—because Lylis asaked him to—but decided not to.
Those expressing interest as of Friday afternoon also included four more candidates, though the...
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Development Review Board on Wednesday voted by 5-0 to instruct the city’s zoning administrator to write a permit approval for Massachusetts addiction counseling firm SaVida Health to open an office at 214 Main St.
According to zoning administrator Peter Garon the DRB is expected to issue the permit to property owner James Amble at its Oct. 21 meeting, and it will contain conditions that ensures that SaVida will not operate as a medical office.
Garon said those conditions include that SaVida employees will not conduct blood or urine collection from its clients at the...