January 23rd, 2017
VERMONT — The Vermont Department of Health and Vermont Community Garden Network, in partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont, Gardener’s Supply Company and gardening expert Charlie Nardozzi, are offering grants for small business and organizations to establish workplace food gardens for their employees.
MIDDLEBURY — Funding is now available from several grant programs of the Vermont Community Foundation for 2017 projects. A full list of available grants with updated deadlines and guidelines for each program is available at www.vermontcf.org/AvailableGrants. The following competitive grant round have online applications open now:
CORNWALL / STARKSBORO — The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) awarded $15,120 in state Municipal Planning Grant funds to the town of Cornwall and $8,733 to the town of Starksoro.
The funding will enable Cornwall to update zoning and subdivision bylaws to preserve its working landscape and natural resources. The total project cost is budgeted at $18,680. It grows out of the Values Mapping Project.
ORWELL — Orwell Village School grades six through eight received the 2017 Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership Corridor of Commerce Grant. Through grant funding, students will explore the historical commercial heritage of the town of Orwell through an integrative program of history, interpretive dance and the creation of a streaming multimedia timeline. The project will be implemented mid-February through March and will culminate in a public performance open to the community (date TBD).
Under Donald Trump’s presidency, American voters will face a stark choice: They’ll have to decide if facts matter more than Trump’s lies mixed with his deliberate distortions.
What we know is that Trump will attempt to recast the news to fit his version of reality, because if he can get away with it, he controls the problem and the solution.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College professor Jane Chaplin will discuss how historical writing rose from the influence of two individuals in a talk at Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury on Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. Her talk, “The Invention of History,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.
This week’s writer is Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos.
The Vermont Constitution (Chapter 1, Article 6) demands that our elected officials are open, transparent and accountable. The authors understood how transparency in government is the very basis of trust. State statute also demands access and accountability:
RIPTON — Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton, on Saturday, Feb. 4, will host the Nordic Rendezvous, a gathering of family and friends for a day of winter magic in which participants will get to revel in their shared love of snow, brisk air, pink cheeks, skiing, and heart-warming fires.