August 18th, 2016
This week’s writer is Rachel Edwards, M.S., L.Ac., a licensed acupuncturist. She has a private practice in Bristol, Vermont and is a provider at Mountain Health Center in Bristol offering acupuncture as part of the Center’s new integration of complementary care services. Going into its third year, Rachel continues to offer Acudetox treatments at CSAC every Tuesday afternoon. Rachel is a member of the Addison County Committee on Opiate Addiction.
We arose early to beat the oppressive August heat and humidity, strapped on our bike helmets, and headed out for a quick loop before breakfast. As it turned out, the early morning departure wasn’t necessary to beat the heat. Though only an hour and a half away from our house in Middlebury, the temperature on Grand Isle was 7 or 8 degrees cooler and the breeze coming off the lake wonderfully pleasant.
VERMONT — Following a successful first year, farmers across Vermont are once again opening their barn doors and garden gates to the public for a behind-the-scenes look at Vermont’s vibrant working landscape. Vermont Open Farm Week 2016 will be held Monday, Aug. 15, through Sunday, Aug. 21.
MIDDLEBURY — There was only one problem with the original 1884 loading dock door at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater. It was too small to actually load anything into the theater.
“The original door gave us a 4’ by 6’ opening, far too small for the kinds of set pieces we use in productions today,” said THT executive director Douglas Anderson. “The old door was historic and lovely, but it seriously limited the kinds of productions and events we could host here at THT.”
BURLINGTON — The 20th annual Rabies Bait Drop began Tuesday, Aug. 9, in eight Vermont counties as part of a continued effort to stop the spread of rabies among wildlife. Rabies is a viral disease that is mainly found in raccoons, foxes, bats and skunks, and can infect domestic animals and people. Rabies vaccine, if given soon after a human is bitten by a rabid animal, is highly effective. However, rabies is almost always fatal without immediate medical treatment.
BRISTOL — At its Monday meeting, the Bristol selectboard agreed to sponsor an application by the organization Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) to the Vermont Community Development Program for a $30,000 planning grant to renovate two subsidized housing buildings on Hunt Farm Road.
“We really do need housing for low-income people,” said HOPE Executive Director Jeanne Montross. “We desperately need housing for low-income people.”
MIDDLEBURY — Homeward Bound, Addison County’s Humane Society, has turned to Two Brothers Tavern in Middlebury for help in finding a permanent, loving home for two dogs — Atticus and Mandi —surrendered to the shelter in July.
Homeward Bound Executive Director Jess Danyow explained that the two dogs came to Homeward Bound because one of their elderly owners died and the other was unable to care for them alone.
MIDDLEBURY — Sitting in her Barre living room,Abenaki basket makerJeanne Brink first moistened thin strips of ash to make them more flexible and easier to work with. The Abenaki artist picked up the base of the basket that she had earlier made out of ash, and began to weave the strips so that they built up from the base.