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November 16th, 2015
BRISTOL — Author Sheila McGrory-Klyza of Bristol will discuss her new book about a friendship between two girls that transcends cultural differences, and will also share her personal observations about difficult social dynamics in France in an upcoming One World Library Project program in Bristol. The presentation is based on her middle-grade novel “Miming in French,” which she wrote after living in Aix-en-Provence, France. The program is suitable for all ages and will be held Thursday, Nov. 19, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lawrence Memorial Library in Bristol.
VERGENNES — Residents of the Vergennes area and all those who knew and worked with Joe and Nancy Klopfenstein are invited to a Nov. 22 reception to bid the Little City couple adieu before they leave their home of more than three decades and relocate to Oregon.
Joe Klopfenstein, a popular and busy large animal veterinarian, has been elected to four 2-year terms on the Vergennes City Council, earning the most votes of any alderman on the ballot last spring.
MIDDLEBURY — “Vermont’s Working Forests: Challenges and Opportunities” will be the topic of a panel discussion at the Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury on Thursday, Nov. 19, from 5:30-7 p.m.
SALISBURY — In a small field, 9-year-old Calder Rakowski of Vergennes won the Sept. 27 Vermont Sun 5K Run at Branbury State Park on Lake Dunmore in Salisbury. Rakowski finished in 24:35, just edging out Sybren Spensley from Pittsford, the first female, who finished in 24:39.
In the day’s main event, the Vermont Sun Half Marathon Run, James Scott of Randolph Center won in 1:27:28. He was followed by the top female finisher, Heather Mugford of Randolph, in 1:33:05. In third overall was Middlebury's Rick Bunt.
When you stumble across something purple in the forest, it’s hard not to stop in your tracks. At least it was for me on a recent hike in Thetford, when I came across three purple mushrooms. They stood about four inches tall, with saucer tops that were nearly black in the center and ringed in a rich eggplant-purple. I was captivated. I was also clueless, as I had no idea what I was looking at. I have long regarded mushrooms the way I do yellow-colored warblers and ferns — far too many and too confusing to distinguish one from another.
ADDISON — The State 4-H Sheep Shearing Clinic, held Nov. 1 in Addison, provided an opportunity for Vermont 4-H club members to gain valuable tips from a professional sheep shearer.
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Vermont 4-H sheep members had an opportunity to take stock of their skills and knowledge when it comes to all things sheep in several fast-paced competitions at Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Mass., Oct. 3-4.
The Vermont delegation to this regional New England event took part in general knowledge, quiz bowl and sheep blocking and fitting contests. They also set up an educational exhibit on parisitology that was awarded second prize.
This week’s writers are Rebecca Hicks and Martin Fowler, both of whom recently graduated from Middlebury College. Hicks is working for a nonprofit focused on youth health education. Fowler is a writer based in Brooklyn.
There’s too much at stake in the 2016 election for those on the left to get complacent.