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01/02/2020
MIDDLEBURY/VERGENNES — As part of the Addison County Solid Waste Management District’s Merry Mulch Program, volunteers from the Middlebury Rotary Club and the Vergennes Lions Club will be picking up old Christmas trees in their respective towns this Saturday, Jan. 4. The holiday greenery will be repurposed into garden mulch, which members of the public can collect for free in the spring. If you would like your tree to be picked for free up in Middlebury and Vergennes, the solid waste management district asks that you leave your tree, stripped of garlands, ornaments, tinsel and wire, on the...
01/02/2020
BRANDON — Brandon-area schools are taking “See something, say something” to the next level in handling student threats to schools and classmates. That’s good news for parents concerned about procedure and Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union school officials who can’t share specific information due to privacy policies. In January, schools across the district are rolling out a new threat assessment preparedness program called PREPaRE. It is a national, team-based risk and threat assessment program that RNeSU Superintendent Jeanne Collins said allows school officials to be more preemptive in...

FOOTPRINTS IN THE snow suggest that hikers are using the Bristol Trail Network year round. Photo courtesy of Bristol Trail Network
01/02/2020
BRISTOL — Winter weather may have hit pause on Bristol Trail Network (BTN) construction, but evidence suggests that the existing trails are getting plenty of use. “We’re seeing footprints in the snow on all of the sections,” said Porter Knight, who for more than two years has overseen the building and maintenance of the BTN, a project of the Bristol Recreation Club. The BTN is a developing network of trails around Bristol that promote access to and appreciation for natural, historical, and cultural resources and support the recreation and education of residents and visitors alike. Seeing the...
01/02/2020
The Vergennes High School/Vergennes Union High School Alumni Association will hold its annual alumni/seniors basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Commodore Thomas Macdonough Gymnasium at VUHS. The good-natured joust raises money to help fund projects benefitting the school and its alumni. The women’s game starts at 6 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 7:30 p.m. Adults $4, students $2, under 6 free. Family package $10. For info or if you are interested in playing, call Lissa Gebo at 877-2879. The Bridport Book Club will meet Wednesday, Jan. 8, to discuss “Their Eyes Were Watching God...
01/02/2020
PANTON — The Panton selectboard has requested that the Vorsteveld Farm LLP obtain a permit before cutting down any trees along what is known as South Road trail, which runs eastward from Jersey Street to Dead Creek through farm property. Hans Vorsteveld, one of the brothers who are partners in the farm, met with the board on Dec. 10 and said the farm would like to clear-cut trees along the trail. One resident and Panton Planning Commission Chairman David Raphael came to the Dec. 10 meeting and objected, and the board on Dec. 26 voted to write a letter to the Vorstevelds stating that “you...
01/02/2020
FERRISBRUGH — Ferrisburgh Central School students will put on a circus on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 6 p.m. in the Vergennes Middle School Gym. The performance is the culmination of a two-week artist-in-residence program at the school. For two weeks, Troy Wunderle, a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art and the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, will work with FCS students, exploring the skills needed for circus performance. Wunderle is a former international performer with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. For the past 23 years he has toured...

MIDDLEBURY’S TRAIN TRESTLE collapsed on May 5, 1893. Danielle Rougeau will discuss the wreck on Thursday, Jan. 9, at noon, at the Henry Sheldon Museum in Middlebury. Photo courtesy of the Henry Sheldon Museum
01/02/2020
MIDDLEBURY — This month the Henry Sheldon Museum will host two talks about trains in conjunction with the museum’s annual elaborate model train layout. Paul Bortz, a member of the Sheldon Museum’s train crew, will present a brief hands-on talk, demonstration, and discussion entitled “The History of Lionel Toy Trains and Others,” on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 11 a.m. Bortz’s talk will explore what makes Lionel wonderful. The short answer to that question is: innovation. Bortz is an enthusiastic collector and operator of over 1,200 trains and two layouts dating from the early 1900s to today, and he...

MARTHA BRUHL IS one of three Mount Abraham Union High School graduates who will present on her study abroad experience at the next One World Library Project event at Lawrence Memorial Library in Bristol on Thursday, Jan. 2, from 7-8 p.m. Photo courtesy of One World Library Project
01/02/2020
BRISTOL — Each year, Vermont schools send young graduates out into the world. To learn how some of these young people are making their mark, the public is invited to “Bringing Our Community to the World,” a discussion with three Mount Abe graduates. The program takes place on Thursday, Jan. 2, at Lawrence Memorial Library, from 7-8 p.m. The event is sponsored by One World Library Project. It is free and handicapped accessible. The mission of One World Library Project is “to bring the world to our community,” and to that end a small scholarship is offered each year to a graduating Mount Abe...
01/02/2020
VERGENNES — Age Well is sponsoring Tai Chi for Fall Prevention classes in Vergennes beginning Tuesday, Jan. 14, and ending Tuesday, April 28. Classes are free to all participants age 55 and over. Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese movement form that uses sequences of flowing motions to build internal strength. Most people today practice Tai Chi to relax and improve their health. Tai Chi’s simple, gentle movements are easy to learn and suitable for people of all abilities, practiced sitting or standing. With regular practice, students may find improvements in strength, balance and stress management...
01/02/2020
MONTPELIER — A questionnaire will be mailed on Jan. 6 to some Vermont anglers asking for information about their fishing activities, as well as their interests and opinions on fishing and fisheries management in Vermont. The survey is directed and funded by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and is being carried out under contract by Responsive Management, a survey research firm specializing in attitudes toward natural resource and outdoor recreation issues. The survey will be mailed to 4,500 resident and 900 nonresident anglers who have been randomly selected from Vermont’s 2019...

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