MIDDLEBURY — Everyone interested in reducing the amount of plastic in our environment — and anyone else who uses disposable plastics in Vermont — is invited to a program called “A Campaign to Stop Single Use Plastics: A Forum on Next Steps in Combating Plastic Pollution.”  The forum will take place Thursday, March 5, from 5-6 p.m., at Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St., in Middlebury.  Join the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG) and Keep Middlebury Beautiful for a presentation on how Vermont passed the nation’s toughest ban on single-use plastics and how the state can continue the...
ORWELL — The Fortnightly Club of Orwell, a member of the General Foundation of Women’s clubs of Vermont (GFWC-VT, has announced the availability of scholarships for Vermont women beyond the traditional college age seeking to further their education or training or to upgrade their skills in preparation for advancing in the workplace.  The scholarships range from $500 to $1,500. GFWC-VT has been awarding this financial aid, which is funded through contributions from state federated clubs and from individuals, for many years.  The scholarship is named for Barbara Jean Barker, late of Poultney,...

AFTER LEARNING TECHNIQUES participants get to try their hand at releasing and pruning an apple tree at a Vermont Coverts-sponsored workshop on Saturday, March 14, from 9 a.m. to noon, at 1118 Buffalo Farm Road in Granville Photo/Lisa Sausville
GRANVILLE — Apple trees are an important food resource for many different species of wildlife. The best way to improve productivity of apple trees is to provide for direct sunlight. On Saturday, March 14, from 9 a.m. to noon, at 1118 Buffalo Farm Road in Granville, there will be a free workshop focusing on the art and science of releasing and pruning apple trees. Apple trees are a great source of food for a variety of wildlife species. They grow best in full sunlight. As the forest matures around the apple trees, they become shaded, lose their vigor and produce fewer apples. Apple trees can...

YELLOW HOUSE FRIENDS and staff from left, Kim Franklin, Pierce Murray, Hillary Stone, Sally Thodal, Owen Heminway and Elizabeth "Bip" Brown look forward to the fall, when, thanks to its new Therapeutic Community Residence licensure, the Yellow House Community plans on welcoming its first residents. Photo courtesy of Yellow House Community
MIDDLEBURY — The “Yellow House Community” an intentional, residential community in Middlebury based at 29 Seminary St. in a beautiful, historic yellow house, was recently approved for state licensure as a Therapeutic Community Residence. YHC provides adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities with safe, residential family households, meaningful vocation, and the support needed to continue developing skills, interests, and relationships. The Yellow House Community was founded by two local families, Andrea and Chris Murray and Kristen and Joe Brown, planning for the future of their...
MONTPELIER — Hunters, landowners and anyone else interested in deer and moose should plan on attending the Vermont Fish and Wildlife public hearings being held in March. The hearings will include results of Vermont’s 2019 deer seasons and prospects for hunting next fall as well as an opportunity for people to provide their observations and opinions regarding deer. The hearings, held March 19, 23 and 24, will also include information about the proposed moose hunt to improve the health of moose in Wildlife Management Unit E in the northeastern corner of Vermont. The hearings are scheduled for 6...
MONTPELIER — The Vermont House on Feb. 26 voted 90-54 in favor of a bill that would tax and regulate recreational cannabis for those 21 and older. The chamber, as expected, then gave final approval to the measure on Thursday, Feb. 27. The move comes a year after the Senate passed tax-and-regulate legislation. Bill S.54 now needs a final nod from the Senate and then tweaks from House and Senate conferees before heading to Gov. Phil Scott’s desk. Scott has said he’s open to a measure to tax and regulate cannabis, but has insisted it contain a saliva screening provision to flag drivers under the...

OLLIE THE CAMEL, who died on Feb. 21, gets a snuggle from owner Judith Giusto in this 2017 photo. Since 2002, Oliver has lived on Giusto’s Ferrisburgh farm, where he became a fixture for motorists passing by on Route 7. Hundreds of people expressed their sadness on Facebook over the loss of the good-natured camel. Independent file photo/Christy Lynn
FERRISBURGH — Oliver the camel, 17, better known as “Ollie,” died in the early evening of Feb. 21, 2020, following an illness and well before his typical life expectancy of 40 or 50 years. A regular sight in his Route 7 pasture along with the flock of Merino sheep also owned by Ferrisburgh resident Judith Giusto, the Bactrian camel was known for his friendliness and willingness to pose for selfies with those who stopped to see him. The seven-foot-tall, 1,500-pound, two-humped camel first moved to Ferrisburgh as a youngster in September of 2002 and had provided companionship to Giusto’s family...

MIDDLEBURY, VT--Margaret MacMillan, one of the most influential historians of our times, will deliver this year’s Charles S. Grant Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Dana Auditorium in the Sunderland Language Center on the campus of Middlebury College. The topic of her lecture is “The Long Shadow of the Great War and the Paris Peace Conference.” Professor MacMillan specializes in British imperial history and the international history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her most well-known books focus on World War One, including Paris 1919: Six Months that Changed the...

RESIDENTS OF 23 area towns (and one little city) will gather this coming Saturday, Monday or Tuesday in traditional Vermont town meetings. Here, a Middlebury resident seeks to be recognized during her 2019 town meeting at MUHS. Independent file photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — Whether you agree with your neighbors on all issues or think they are possibly a little nuts, we all have to live together. Here's an opportunity to do your civic duty and share your views with others in your municipality at the upcoming town meetings. This Vermont tradition begins this Saturday in Ferrisburgh, Monkton, Starksboro and Salisbury and culminates when the gavel falls Tuesday night in Whiting or Granville, whichever holds the longest meeting. Prep for your town meeting by reading about the issues that will be discussed and the budgets and questions you will vote...
BRISTOL — Residents of the five towns of the Mount Abraham Unified School District (MAUSD) will be asked on Tuesday to say yea or nay to a $31,399,182 spending plan to fund the district’s six schools for the 2020-2021 school year. The budget, if adopted, would increase the five-town district’s spending by 1.45%, and, according to MAUSD officials, maintain all current programs. Residents are expected to face increases in their towns’ school tax rates ranging from about 5.8% to 8.2%; see below for details. However, only about a third of district and Vermont taxpayers pay education property...


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