July 27th, 2015
BURLINGTON — The Porter Medical Center Paddlers, United Technologies Team UTAS and the Woodchuck Cider Pink Paddlers are racing for fun and fundraising at the 10th annual Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival and Races Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 1-2, at Burlington’s Waterfront Park. Each team is composed of 20 paddlers and a drummer. Teams race in a full sprint, head to head in 41-foot long dragon boats over a 200-meter course.
FERRISBURGH — Mary Langworthy, the daughter of Charles and Margaret “Meg” Langworthy of Ferrisburgh, and a rising junior at Hamilton College, is spending her summer analyzing how science writing informs or fails to inform the public.
ORWELL — Orwell native and dairy farmer Louis Hall can’t exactly recall how he ended up on the Orwell Volunteer Fire Department 48 years ago.
“I really don’t remember how I got started,” said Hall, now 71. “I joined in ’67, and I don’t remember if somebody asked me. It wasn’t one of those things where I had a burning desire all my life. I just joined.”
VERGENNES — The first book of its kind to offer a comprehensive study of the secrets, traditions and techniques of Japanese wooden boatbuilding is now available for purchase. “Japanese Wooden Boatbuilding,” written by Vergennes-based boatbuilder and writer Douglas Brooks and published by Floating World Editions, is a fascinating book that fills a large and long-standing gap in the literature on Japanese crafts.
SOUTH BURLINGTON — There are currently over 83,000 Vermonters who receive 3SquaresVT benefits to help them buy more food for their families. Now when Vermonters use their 3SquaresVT benefits at the farmers’ market, they can double their money with “Crop Cash,” which allows them to buy more fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers. The program began June 27.
CORNWALL — More land in western Addison County will soon be available to the public, and protected for wildlife. The public is invited to attend a celebration of the Lemon Fair Wildlife Management Area, and the 330 acres being added to it, on Tuesday, July 28, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The celebration will include a reception with refreshments and speakers, followed by a short tour of the lands. Speakers include Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Deb Markowitz and Fish & Wildlife Department Commissioner Louis Porter, among others.
VERMONT — The Kauffman Foundation ranked Vermont as the fifth best state in the country for business startups, according to a news release issued by the Vermont Department of Economic Development.
VERGENNES — Bixby Library in Vergennes presents an outdoor Family Movie Night on Wednesday, July 29, at 8 p.m. in the parking lot behind the library.
The public is invited to bring a chair and come out to watch “The Painted Hills,” a 1951 MGM Lassie movie classic. The show starts at 8 but people are encouraged to show up early to find a spot. Snacks will be available from Hog & Harvest.
The Bixby is located at 258 Main St. For more information, call 877-2211.