FERRISBURGH —Rural development and environmental policy expert Jean Richardson of North Ferrisburgh has been named to the advisory board that helps set national standards for organic agriculture and products.
ORWELL — Officials in the town of Orwell were within their rights when they removed a stone outcropping within the Mount Independence State Historic Site, according to the state Division for Historic Preservation.
CORNWALL — The Cornwall selectboard is circulating a community-wide survey in hopes of settling the future of the town-owned Lavalley Store building once and for all at next March’s town meeting.
The Lavalley building is a circa-1880s structure located next to the Cornwall Town Hall. It was used for decades as a store and as a residence before being vacated and donated to the town by the Lavalley family in 2001.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College women’s hockey coach Bill Mandigo said after his Panthers defeated visiting Trinity on Saturday, 3-1, that his team remains a work in progress.
When the “supercommittee” on debt reduction collapsed one of the proposals that collapsed with it was a potential change in the nation’s dairy policy by year’s end. Federal price supports for agriculture, as with everything else, are the obvious targets of budget cutters, then, and now.
ADDISON COUNTY — Over the past few years, Addison County retailers have been battered by a nationwide recession, stiff competition from the Internet, stressed household budgets and, this year, the crippling effects of Tropical Storm Irene.
But many local shop owners are cautiously optimistic about the holiday shopping season that they say kicked off with a bang this past weekend.
ADDISON COUNTY — After a banner Addison County rifle deer season in 2010, the number of bucks killed during this November’s 16-day rifle season and weighed at local reporting stations plummeted.
In all, 329 bucks killed between Nov. 12 and 27 were weighed at the nine county reporting stations that shared results with the Independent, a drop of 99 from the 2010 count from the same stations. 2010 was the best season locally since the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife banned shooting antlerless bucks (known as “spikehorns”) in 2005.
MIDDLEBURY — There’s nothing like a wreath on the door to foster holiday cheer, so Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater is likely to be bursting with holiday spirit at the Festival of Wreaths this Saturday.
This year marks the return after a one-year hiatus of the holiday mainstay, which draws hundreds of people to bid on wreaths decorated by local businesses and artists as a fund-raiser for the Mary Johnson Children’s Center. This year, area businesses and individuals will decorate and donate 120 festive wreaths for the event.