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September 28th, 2015
MIDDLEBURY — On Sept. 16, U.S. District Court Senior Judge J. Garvan Murtha ordered Middlebury College to re-enroll an undergraduate student that the college had expelled this summer.
Under the court’s order, the student (going by the pseudonym “John Doe”) will be permitted to attend Middlebury while his lawsuit challenging the expulsion continues.
MIDDLEBURY — Two Chinese filmmakers will visit the Middlebury College campus this week to show their documentaries about the Great Famine in China. The public is welcome to screenings, which will include question-and-answer sessions with the filmmakers.
The “Great Famine” is the Chinese famine of 1959-1961. An estimated 20 million to 40 million people died in this famine.
Mr. Wu Wenguang and Ms. Zhang Mengqi will be talking about an ongoing project to make documentary films that are oral histories of that time.
STARKSBORO — Ellen Kahler, the executive director of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, will be recognized this week for her statewide work to promote green, sustainable jobs and, by extension, the farms and forests on which Vermont’s rural economy depends.
Kahler, of Starksboro, will receive the Art Gibb Award for Individual Leadership from the Vermont Natural Resources Council at VNRC’s annual meeting Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Inn at Lareau Farm in Waitsfield.
VERMONT — The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont is organizing the 21st annual Share the Harvest event, to be held at more than 52 food businesses around the state on Oct. 1.
Up to 15 percent of sales on this day at participating restaurants, co-ops, and stores will be donated to NOFA-VT’s Farm Share Program, which assists limited-income Vermonters in obtaining farm fresh fruits and vegetables through subsidized shares in CSA (community supported agriculture) programs.
RIPTON — The North Branch School of Ripton is celebrating its 15th anniversary year and is making plans to offer a series of events as a way of thanking the community for its love and support throughout this time. The first event will take place Friday night, Oct. 9, at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. The North Branch School in conjunction with the Doug Fund at Vermont Community Foundation and THT will host the documentary film “Becoming Bulletproof.”
BRANDON — Oct. 3 and 4 is the weekend when artists in the Brandon area will open their studios for people to see how they work. Studios are open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day.
The Brandon Artists Guild at 7 Center St. is a great place to start your tour. You can see what artwork the guild’s members have on display, then pick up local and state maps there and visit three local artists within walking distance of the gallery before traveling to artists further outside town.
FERRISBURGH — Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh will celebrate its apple heritage with author Rowan Jacobsen onSunday, Oct. 11, at 3 p.m. Jacobsen, a nationally known food writer, will talk about the 123 varieties he profiled in his new book,“Apples of Uncommon Character”— many of which once grew at Rokeby. A selection of apples will be available for tasting, too.
VERMONT — Many people are not aware that the “tick season” in Vermont lasts from spring until late fall.
Just like mosquitoes, ticks are now a common nuisance in the Green Mountain State. Tick season typically lasts from April through October, but can extend further — particularly if the fall and winter months are warmer than usual. Fortunately there are a number of successful methods you can use to prevent tick bites.