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October 12th, 2015
ADDISON — At the 20th annual Northeast Open Atlatl Championship at the Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison on Sept. 19, 31 competitors from five states battled the breezes to test their skills. The event, a highlight of September’s Vermont Archaeology Month, is New England’s longest running event using the atlatl, the ancient spear-thrower used around the world before the development of the bow and arrow. Contestants are challenged in tests of accuracy, distance and the International Standards Accuracy competition.
BRISTOL — Five-Town Friends of the Arts is now accepting grant applications for its fall round of community grants. The Community Grants program helps to fund experiences and events in the fine arts, performing arts, history and other cultural experiences to enrich the lives of people living in Monkton, New Haven, Bristol, Lincoln and Starksboro.
BRISTOL — Members of the Mount Abraham Union High School Vermont Teen Leadership Safety Program reminded drivers and passengers arriving at school on Sept. 30 to buckle up for safety.
In addition to observing and counting the rate of seatbelt use, the students gave out “tickets” to anyone who was not buckled up and rewarded those wearing safety belts with a treat and a “thank you.”
BRISTOL — Douglas Brooks of Vergennes will tell his personal story of apprenticing with elderly Japanese masters to build five unique and endangered traditional Japanese boats in the program “An Apprentice Boat Builder in Japan” on Thursday, Oct. 15, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lawrence Memorial Library in Bristol. The presentation is hosted by the One World Library Project and sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council through its Speakers Bureau.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College’s Page One Literacy program will host two family events this fall.
First is a “Robert Frost Walk” in Ripton on Sunday, Oct. 18, from 1-3 p.m. Families are invited to join Middlebury College students for a poetry walk on the Robert Frost Trail. The 1.2-mile loop offers poetry stops along with way. There will be snacks and games as well.
In case of rain, the event will be moved to the Kirk Alumni Center at Middlebury College. Visit sites.middlebury.edu/page1/ if the weather is questionable.
MIDDLEBURY — A consultant has placed five noise monitors at the Middlebury State Airport to give Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) aviation officials an idea of what neighbors are currently hearing near the site and how that sound level might change following a proposed 700-foot extension of the airport runway.
Meanwhile, some of pilots who regularly use the Middlebury airport are starting to weigh in on the proposed $3.5 million project, saying that a runway extension will be key in assuring safer landings and takeoffs.
GOSHEN/ROCHESTER — A proposed backcountry skiing glade in the Green Mountain National Forest took a step forward early this month when it received approval from National Forest Service officials
ORWELL — Drive the back roads of Addison County right now, and you’ll see acres and acres of plowed corn fields, giant clods of Addison County clay upturned, waiting for the cold and snow to break them into something more manageable, so that springtime harrowing can convert them into something like a seed bed fit for next year’s corn.