Francis E. Tatro
STARKSBORO — Francis E. Tatro, 69, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington. He was born May 28, 1950, in Burlington, the son of Lloyd and Barbara Larose Tatro. He was a member of Sons of American Legion Post 19 in Bristol and the Eagles Club in Vergennes. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and playing pool and golf. Francis is survived by his wife Joanna; two daughters, Mona and Nicole and her husband Tom; two sons, Seth and his wife Amanda and Nate and his partner Melissa; six grandchildren, Evan, Dom, Abby, Natalie, Justin and Kaleigh;...

GOATS AND SHEEP at Lost Woods Farm in Starksboro nibble on a discarded Christmas tree Monday morning. Holiday greenery makes a great snack for such animals because it contains vitamin C, among other nutrients. Last year Lost Woods Farm went through 10 Christmas trees. This year they’re just getting started. Independent photo/Christopher Ross
STARKSBORO — Now that the holidays are over, Addison County residents are recycling, composting or otherwise disposing of thousands of Christmas trees. Andrea Craft of Lost Woods Farm in Starksboro would love to snag a few of those, if possible. “Our goats would love to help you take care of your Christmas tree!” Craft wrote in a Jan. 3 online post. Seasonal evergreens, it turns out, make a great meal for goats, sheep and other animals — as long as tinsel, ornaments and hooks have been removed. On Monday morning, as poofy wet snow fell across the county, Craft and her 9-year-old daughter,...
STARKSBORO — The annual Starksboro Village Meeting House Christmas Candlelight service this year will be held on Sunday, Dec. 22, at 7:30 p.m. The program of lessons and carols will be led by the Rev. John Burbank. All are welcome. If you enjoy singing holiday carols, this one is for you. Lois Burbank will play the piano, and Joanne Russell will provide a special holiday solo. This nondenominational service has been held for nearly 60 years and many families treasure it as a holiday tradition. This year the sanctuary walls will be repaired and looking their best in many decades. Afterward the...

ABOUT 40 VOLUNTEERS from the five Mount Abraham Unified School District towns gathered on Dec. 5 in Starksboro to write letters to district residents seeking support for the MAUSD mentoring program. The program currently matches 94 district students with long-term, trained adult mentors from local communities.
STARKSBORO — Around 40 volunteers from Mount Abraham Unified School District towns gathered on Dec. 5 at Starksboro’s Common Ground Center to write 1,000 fundraising letters to residents of Bristol, New Haven, Starksboro and Monkton on behalf of the school district’s mentoring program. Six Lincoln residents attended to help process the donation letters, but that town’s volunteers opted to approach the Friends of Lincoln organization for a gift rather than send letters, according to organizers. Other funds come from foundations and town budgets. Starksboro has regularly donated $2,000, and...
STARKSBORO — Land along 1.5 miles of Lewis Creek, which flows through Starksboro farmland owned by Peter Briggs, has been protected for clean water. Briggs worked with the Vermont Land Trust (VLT) and the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to establish a “river corridor” area along the creek.  “Within this area, Lewis Creek is free to meander and flow naturally, without constraint, and no structures can be built along the banks,” explained VLT’s Bob Heiser. “Land within 50 feet of the water must also be kept naturally vegetated.” All of this helps keep the water cleaner...

YOUNGSTERS IN THE Unbound Grace program at Sentinel Farms in Starksboro gain a connection to nature through regular interactions with horses and other livestock.
STARKSBORO — Kerry Kurt is one of many farmers around the state who have been busy stockpiling feed so her animals have food to last them through Vermont’s long winter. But she’s not just any farmer, Kurt’s beef cattle and horses on Sentinel Farms are part of a larger effort to provide opportunities for Vermont’s youth to gain confidence and the communication and social skills necessary to be thoughtful and engaged members of our communities. Sentinel Farms off Route 116 in Starksboro is home to Unbound Grace, a nonprofit celebrating 10 years of farm-based programs that re-root our youth back...

STARKSBORO — Bristol resident Eric LaRose, 29, has been charged with several counts of assault and reckless endangerment after allegedly firing a gun toward three people on Bluebird Lane in Starksboro Monday evening. LaRose had been involved in a physical altercation with Starksboro residents Gary LaRose, 41, and Melissa Preston, 40, according to a press release issued by state police Wednesday morning. During that altercation LaRose assaulted the couple and “recklessly discharged a firearm in the direction of three individuals,” police said. State troopers from the New Haven barracks...
STARKSBORO — Starksboro’s annual Harvest Supper will be served beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2 in the Robinson Elementary School’s multi-purpose room. Tickets will be available at the door: $10 for adults, $5 for 12 years and younger, and families (two adults and two children) for $25, with each additional child $3. The menu will include roasted Stonewood Farm turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, butternut squash soup and roasted root vegetables from Lewis Creek Farm, as well as apple crisp, apple and pumpkin pie served with cold cider or hot tea and coffee. Takeout can be...
BRISTOL AREA — Like many neighboring communities in Addison County, the Mount Abraham Unified School District is facing significant challenges such as declining student enrollment and aging facilities. On the district website, the Community Engagement Committee posted a notice saying, “We need to figure out, together, how to address these challenges and give our kids the education they deserve.” A group of school board members and community volunteers is sponsoring a series of interactive, professionally facilitated conversations this fall. There will be one in each community in the 5 Town...

MANY USEFUL HERBS, including the pink Joe Pye weed shown here, grow along the Starksboro Creekside Trail off Route 116. On Saturday morning, herbalist Margi Gregory will lead a Guided Herb Walk along the trail, explaining the various uses of 10 of the herbs that grow wild there. Photo courtesy of Margi Gregory
STARKSBORO — The Starksboro Creekside Trail, which makes a 1.5-mile loop around a short stretch of Lewis Creek off Route 116, has been getting some special attention lately. “There are many wild, medicinal herbs growing along the (trail),” wrote Starksboro resident and practicing clinical herbalist Margi Gregory in a Front Porch Forum post last March. “I thought it would be fun, interesting and hopefully helpful to the community to begin a project to identify the herbs, mark them, learn how to harvest them sustainably, learn basic uses and safety considerations and create an educational tool...


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