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August 22nd, 2011
ADDISON COUNTY — With the invasive emerald ash borer knocking at the door, Vermont’s ash tree population is in grave danger of being wiped out.
But if scientists and forest workers can identify the insect early enough, the profitable hardwoods might still have a fighting chance — by using the paralyzing powers of a native wasp to serve as an early warning system.
FERRISBURGH — After months of talks, Ferrisburgh selectmen and a corporation with a Montpelier mailing address have struck a deal for the sale of the town’s 34.9-acre parcel at the junction of Routes 7 and 22A.
The purchase-and-sale contract between Ferrisburgh and Eastern Development Corp., signed Aug. 1, is for the full price for which the property was listed in September 2010, $375,000, and the buyer paid a $15,000 deposit to take the land off the market.
SHOREHAM — The Shoreham selectboard has selected longtime resident and former orchardist Sanford Witherell to join its ranks until the March elections. Witherell fills a spot recently vacated by Selectwoman Marthe Fisher, who stepped down on July 15 amid increasing professional and family commitments.
Witherell and his family owned and operated the Noggin Orchard in Shoreham until around two years ago, when Champlain Orchards acquired the property.
MIDDLEBURY — After climbing mountains on the outskirts of Hong Kong, hiking through rainforest in southern China and delving into foreign treats on a stick from the Far East this summer, Middlebury Union High School students Nate Wulfman and Micah Lynch will return to school this fall with a lot of stories to tell.
EAST MIDDLEBURY — J.P. Carrara & Sons has indefinitely postponed a previously planned expansion of its East Middlebury gravel pit, citing the sluggish economy as the main reason.
MIDDLEBURY — After two years of hard work, the Middlebury College Solar Decathlon team recently showed off their completed solar-powered house to fellow students and the community.
On Aug. 9 the lights and stereo system in the airy, 1,000-square-foot house were already being powered by solar electricity, and the bookshelves and walls were filled with homey details: board games, children’s books and artwork on loan from local artists Elizabeth Billing of Tinmouth and Nancy Taplin of Warren.
ADDISON COUNTY — Although lumber companies are concerned with possible onset of the invasive emerald ash borer, they’re currently preoccupied with a case of the ash yellows — a sometimes fatal disease that slows the growth of ash trees.
VERGENNES — There are few truly new elements in for the 30th annual Vergennes Day, which this year falls on Saturday, Aug. 25.
But when an annual event works well enough to still draw thousands to Vergennes after three decades, organizers believe it’s not a bad idea to rely on its tried-and-true formula — kid-friendly attractions, a road race, the Lions’ Club chicken barbecue, music, horse-drawn wagon rides, car shows and, of course, the Rotary Club’s Rubber Duckie Race.