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November 16th, 2015

Bid the Klopfensteins farewell at Vergennes Opera House

Posted on November 16, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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.

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Learn about Vermont's working forests at Thursday's panel

Posted on November 16, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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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.

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Rakowski wins Vt. Sun 5K Run

Posted on November 16, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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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.

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Hunting mushrooms: The old not bold approach

Posted on November 16, 2015 |
By Carolyn Lorie



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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.

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4-H'ers learn to shear from a pro

Posted on November 16, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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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.

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Vermont 4-H members tested at Eastern States

Posted on November 16, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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.

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Opinion: Lazy liberals will lose in 2016

Posted on November 16, 2015 |
By Rebecca Hicks and Martin Fowler



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.

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Opinion: Public Service Board actions tarnishing landscape

Posted on November 16, 2015 |
By Mary K. Kerr



An open letter to the Vermont Public Service Board members: Margaret Cheney, James Volz and Sarah Hofmann:

How tragic: In the not too distant future, I suspect, more solar panels than cows will occupy Vermont’s magnificent pastoral landscape.

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