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July 7th, 2014
BRISTOL — Students at Mount Abraham Union High School are raising funds for a composting system at the school that will allow cafeteria food waste to be used for the school’s community garden.
The new composting system — which student organizers hope to have in place as soon as later this summer — will mean the school will send less solid waste to landfills, and that food waste can instead nourish the 600 pounds of vegetables Mount Abe’s garden produces annually.
HANCOCK — The town of Hancock will be a musical destination this summer, whether one is craving singer-songwriter folk music, a Pete Seeger style commemoration, or the lively rhythms of Vermont’s largest Caribbean-style steel band.
Hancock’s first annual free concert series will begin this Thursday, July 10, at 6:30 p.m. on the town green, sponsored by Hancock Town Pride with a grant from the Rutland Regional Medical Center.
SOUTH BURLINGTON — A handful of Addison County residents staged a protest at the headquarters of Vermont Gas Systems this past Wednesday afternoon, an act they said was in retaliation for trespassing by the company on their land. South Burlington police arrested one protester, Jane Palmer of Monkton, after she refused to leave the premises at the close of business.
ADDISON COUNTY — Most children living in poverty do not have any books at home, a sobering statistic that makes these students more likely to struggle in school and drop out before graduation. In addition, many students in this rural county do not have easy access to a library during the summer months when school is not in session. Yet research shows that reading during the summer can counter the academic summer setback students often experience when they return to school in the fall.
SALISBURY — Salisbury residents are being asked to gather at a special meeting on Tuesday, July 15, to hear details about a plan to replace the deteriorating Maple Street bridge in the village.
That project is tentatively estimated at $850,000, of which $625,000 would be sought through a bond issue to be floated to Salisbury voters this November.
ADDISON COUNTY — The average price of a well-balanced meal in the United States is around $2.70, according to the hunger relief charity Feeding America. In Vermont, the average is closer to $3.14, and in Addison County, the figure rises again, to $3.66.
A nonprofit organization launched last year by a group of Middlebury College students has found a way to cut prices to around $1.50 by distributing food boxes at locations throughout Addison County.
MIDDLEBURY — Seminary Street Extension in Middlebury will be closed to through traffic from Monday, July 7, through Friday, July 11, due to a construction project.
The Middlebury Highway Department crews will be replacing culverts on the road, which is on the eastern side of the village and connects Washington Street and Valley View Road on the west to Quarry Road and Foote Street on the east.
Seminary Street Extension will be closed to all traffic between Valley View Drive and Foote Street throughout this period.
WINOOSKI — According to Gov. Peter Shumlin, Vermont needs more people like Kyle Munderville, 30 years old and employed by the online retailer MyWebGrocer in Winooski. Munderville graduated from Colgate University in 2011 with degrees in psychology and music and, after working for a short while in New York City, she came to Vermont to pursue a higher quality of life and lower costs.