June 20th, 2016
BRANDON — The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets is seeking feedback from farmers and other members of the public on the latest update of proposed farm practice rules aimed at cleaning up Lake Champlain.
The agency will hold a public hearing on the Required Agricultural Practices (RAP) Proposed Rule in Brandon this Wednesday, June 22, 12:30-3:30 p.m. at the Brandon American Legion, 590 Franklin St.
VERGENNES — During a Tuesday, June 14, meeting the Vergennes City Council authorized Wi-Fi for the Otter Creek Basin, approved a second bicycle rack for the city green, and tapped the Water Tower Fund to pay for work to City Hall that created office space for the Vergennes Partnership.
VERGENNES — In baseball terms, Vergennes resident Matt Birong’s performance at the recent Democratic state convention in Barre was like hitting a walk-off homer while trailing in the bottom of the ninth.
The-38-year-old owner of Vergennes eatery 3 Squares was a relative novice in the political world, faced scores of others seeking the same spot, and didn’t even get to campaign — and yet he was elected to be a delegate to next month’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Folklife Center is hosting a daylong workshop, titled “Minimal Resource Filmmaking,” on Friday, June 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. led by New York documentary filmmaker Myles Jewell.
FERRISBURGH — For 27 years, Monique Thurston beat a steady path from Mexico, Maine, to the state’s capital of Augusta in order to advocate for a variety of issues — most notably, lowering sound standards for wind turbines.
Now she’d like to blaze a similar path from her home in Ferrisburgh to the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier, as a representative of the Addison-3 House district.
BRANDON — The SOAR (Success through Opportunities, Academics and Recreation) summer program is again participating in the Summer Food Service Program for Children. Funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, the program is designed to ensure that children who rely on free or reduced-price meals during the school year continue to have adequate nutrition throughout the summer.
MONKTON — Brothers Greg and Rob Cota have been farming since they were old enough to reach the tractor pedals. Now, at ages 69 and 78, respectively, they are ready to sell their land and retire.
But the idea of selling their rolling acres of prime farmland to a developer is not appealing.
“I don’t want to see houses on the land, I want to see cattle on the land,” Greg Cota said. “That’s what rural Vermont is about — it’s farming.”
ADDISON — Members of the Addison County Amateur Radio Association will gather at the Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison on Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26, for their annual Amateur Radio Service Field Days, part of a nationwide field days event. On Saturday, from 2 to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., they will have a simulated emergency station. They will be happy to talk with the public about what they are doing.