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Will a change to wetlands class hurt farm conservation?


THE WETLAND RESERVE Easement program has been especially popular with landowners in Addison and Rutland counties, with more than 3,000 acres of farmland enrolled in the program along Otter Creek. That land accounts for 68 percent of the total land enrolled in WREs statewide. Image courtesy NRCS

CORNWALL — Farmers and other landowners who are worried that an effort to reclassify the Otter Creek Wetland Complex as a Class I wetland would affect their current eligibility for federal conserva

Lemon Fair mosquitos spawn in remote areas


CRAIG ZONDAG, THE Lemon Fair Insect Control District’s field coordinator/biologist, looks through a microscope at an example of one of the more that 25 varieties of mosquitos known to buzz around the member towns of Bridport, Cornwall and Weybridge. Independent photo/John Flowers

WEYBRIDGE — Lemon Fair Insect Control District officials received more than 20 mosquito complaints last week from residents in the LFICD’s three member communities, and they are ramping up educatio

Locals open their homes to Fresh Air Fund kids


KEITH HARRIS, CENTER, is greeted by the Atocha family at the Fresh Air Fund drop off in Vergennes on June 28. This marks his 10th year with the Lincoln family. Photo courtesy of Marion Sullivan

VERGENNES — A bus, travelling from New York City to Vermont, speeds past a herd of cows. A little child points out the window and says, “Do you know that’s where chocolate milk comes from?”

Cornwall poet reflects on 'time inside' a prison


GARY MARGOLIS, A poet from Cornwall, has recently published a book of poems inspired in part by his time volunteering in a maximum security prison, where he facilitated poetry and writing workshops for inmates. Independent photo/Steve James

CORNWALL — When’s the last time you wrote a poem? For some of us, it was a long time ago… like, before Facebook, OMG — back when journals served as outlets for inward, emotional tweens.

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