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August 5th, 2013
This week’s writer is Bill Schubart, a Vermont entrepreneur, author and commentator on VPR. He writes about Vermont and the nation in fiction, humor and opinion pieces.
Heroin in Vermont
The danger in believing we are special is that it can blind us to what’s right under our noses. We mix and drink our Kool-Aid and then bask in our self-esteem. Vermont is a wonderful place. It is not, however, special or immune.
VERMONT — How many broods of wild turkeys are you seeing in Vermont, and how many young turkeys, or poults, are roaming with their mothers?
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is asking people who see turkeys during August to report their sightings in the state’s seventh annual online turkey brood survey.
The turkey brood survey can be found on the department’s website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com). The survey allows entry of the numbers of adult males, adult females and poults as well as the date, time and location of the observations.
Editor’s note: In this, the last in a three-part series, experts discuss ways to improve enforcement of existing animal cruelty laws. Click to read Part 1 and Part 2.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Solid Waste Management District (ACSWMD) is planning almost $1 million in upgrades to its Middlebury transfer station property off Route 7 South in order to better receive and store a surging amount of recyclable material and to expand its cramped administrative offices.
FERRISBURGH — This past Saturday afternoon, shouting and applause rang out from dozens of people gathered at the Ferrisburgh Town Beach as Ceres, a 39-foot canal barge constructed by visionary farmer, baker and builder Erik Andrus approached the shore after completing its 1.25-mile maiden voyage.
NEW HAVEN — Donald Mitchell, former Middlebury College professor turned bat savior, has converted his New Haven farm into a sanctuary for bats.
Mitchell tells the story of this experience in a book titled “Flying Blind,” which explains the reasons why he optimized his land for bat habitat, shows what was done to make it more suitable for the flying mammals, and chronicles a mental journey that Mitchell went through while accomplishing his work.
BRISTOL — The 20th annual Three Day Stampede, a community event headed up by the Bedard family to collect money for cystic fibrosis research, raised $120,000 this past weekend in and around the Bristol Recreation Park.
“It was a record-breaker,” said co-organizer Bonita Bedard. “Last year we made $105,000 and the year before that was our biggest year, $110,000. This year just blew that number out of the water.”
BRISTOL — Two Bristol bridges — the one-lane bridge on Route 116 south of the village and the bridge on South Street just down the hill from downtown — are on track to get some much-needed construction.