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07/09/2019
WEYBRIDGE — 4-H Day at the University of Vermont (UVM) Morgan Horse Farm is planned for July 24 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The event, which is open to the public, offers a chance for 4-H’ers and other visitors to tour the farm, located at 74 Battell Dr., Weybridge, to learn about the Morgan horse, the breed’s history and the farm’s breeding program. Farm staff also will share information about apprenticeship and internship programs. In addition to guided tours of the barns and grounds, visitors will learn about tractor safety and how to properly muck out a stall, watch a driving demonstration and...
07/09/2019
Editor’s note: During the 8th-grade graduation ceremony at Middlebury Union Middle School in June, 8th-grader Camilla Blanco delivered the following address. Before the conclusion of our ceremony I would like to invite Dalton Rheaume and Lille Gee to join me. The Class of 2023 would like to donate a very special piece of artwork that will be hung in our main lobby for all to admire. Many students worked together to create this beautiful handmade glass snowflake. Several more students worked together to write the following dedication and they asked me to share it with you today. Middle school...
07/09/2019
VERMONT — Vermont streams, lakes and woods are teeming with high-quality, local food that is rooted in the Vermont’s heritage — as long as one knows how to cook it. That’s why the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is partnering with Rooted in Vermont, a program of the Vermont Farm-to-Plate Network, for “Field-to-Fork: Wild Food Cooking Series” this July and August. The series is designed to help Vermonters learn more about what game foods are available all around them and how to make them into a delicious meal. “Similar to sourcing food from our local farms, hunting provides many of the...
07/09/2019
WEYBRIDGE — Weybridge will hold its 20th annual town picnic on Saturday, July 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Weybridge School. This free event is rain or shine. The picnic will have something for townspeople of all ages. Come enjoy live music, community-building games, food, and fun. There will be a book swap bin if for those who like to participate.  The Weybridge Energy Committee will have a table and there will be a table where residents can sign up to do volunteer work in Weybridge. The town provides meats, drinks, and some desserts for the picnic. Residents are encouraged to...

THIS IS A stretch of Lewis Creek in Starksboro that was recently protected by dairy farmers Eric and Jane Clifford, Vermont Land Trust and the Department of Environmental Conservation. The Cliffords gave up the right to dredge or build on the banks of the creek.
07/09/2019
STARKSBORO — Dairy farmers Eric and Jane Clifford worked with the Vermont Land Trust and the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation to protect 1.7 miles of Lewis Creek frontage on their farm. The protections create a 33-acre “river corridor area”—land where the river can meander and change its course naturally, without disruption or constraint. While most of the land can still be farmed, the river cannot be dredged, and no structures can be built along the banks. In addition, land within 50 feet of the river must be kept naturally vegetated with trees and shrubs. In the past,...
07/09/2019
LINCOLN — The Lincoln Conservation Commission would like to extend their X Out Xotics Day to do an even better job of controlling invasive wild chervil and poison parsnip. If you are willing to adopt a section of road on an ongoing basis near your home, please contact Tina Scharf at cmscharf@yahoo.com. Even if you’re not up for that kind of commitment, it would still help if everyone pulls parsnip near their driveways and in their yards. It is blooming now, and easy to see. Help keep these two exotics from taking over our roads and crowding out our beautiful native roadside wildflowers. Don’t...
07/09/2019
Public Reading of “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” Friday, July 5, 3 p.m., Rokeby.  Ferrisburgh Grange King Pede card party. Saturday, July 6, 6 :30 p.m., town hall. Exhibit opening: The Legacy of Stuff. Sunday, July 14, 2-4 p.m., Rokeby. Curating Rokeby’s: Sunday, July 14, 2 p.m., Rokeby.  How to Weed Your Attic Presentation. Sunday, July 14, 3 p.m., Rokeby. Hike up Mt Philo with Judy Chaves. Sunday, July 14, 10 a.m. Ferrisburgh Town Selectboard meeting, Tuesday, July 16, 6:30 p.m., town hall. Ferrisburgh Grange King Pede card party. Saturday, July 20, 6:30 p.m., town hall. Food...

TEAM “PULL 4 Paul” honor Paul Hoeppner on their way to their two mile row during the Rowathon for Teen Suicide prevention. Photo courtesy Nick Patch
07/09/2019
FERRISBURGH — Community from around Vermont and New England gathered at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum on Saturday, June 29, to raise money and awareness for teen suicide prevention. This first “Hope for TomorROW” rowathon was a collaboration between Project HOePpnEr and the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in honor of Paul Hoeppner, a Hinesburg resident and Champlain Valley Union High School rower who took his life last fall.  Paul was a devoted member of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum rowing program for all of his high school career at CVUHS. Over 200 participants and over 100...

THE MOUNT ABE school district has hired Shannon Warden as interim principal of Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School.
07/01/2019
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Unified School District has hired Shannon Warden as interim principal of Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School for the 2019–2020 school year. Warden, who was appointed to the one-year position by MAUSD Superintendent Patrick Reen, was scheduled to begin the job July 1. She is excited to continue the work that is happening at Mount Abe, Warden said in a video announcement released by the school district this past Thursday afternoon. “I think connecting learning in the classroom to learning outside the classroom — and then for what is coming after high school — is...
07/01/2019
CORRECTION: In a June 24 story regarding this topic, it was incorrectly stated that land within the buffer of a Class II or Class I wetland that is allowed to lay fallow for “a year or more might not be able to be returned to its fullest use, when in fact it is “five years or more.” CORNWALL/SALISBURY — Meetings in Cornwall and Salisbury aimed at providing information on a proposal to strengthen protections of wetlands along the Otter Creek south of Middlebury brought out a lot of people and a lot of questions last week. Conservation officials offered some answers and promised to come back...

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