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November 16th, 2015
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Interfaith Climate Action Network (ICAN) will hold a “Vigil for Climate Justice” at Triangle Park in Middlebury on Saturday, Nov. 28, from 10 a.m. to noon.
This action will draw attention to and support the Paris Climate Talks beginning Dec. 1. The global climate movement 350.org, whose origins can be traced directly to a student movement at Middlebury College, is organizing actions all over the globe, and Middlebury will be one of those sites.
VERGENNES — After one final debate on downtown housing regulations, this past Tuesday night, the Vergennes City Council adopted new zoning laws as proposed by the city’s planning commission.
The section in question as approved on Nov. 10 will allow property owners in the Central Business District to install first-floor or basement apartments, but only if the units do not front on streets, cannot be seen from streets, and do not take up more than 20 percent of a building’s footprint.
VERMONT — The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets (VAAFM) has released a draft copy of the Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs) for a period of public comment, which will run through Dec. 18. Officials will be in Middlebury next week to explain the RAPs, which aim to clean up Lake Champlain.
BRISTOL — Author Sheila McGrory-Klyza of Bristol will discuss her new book about a friendship between two girls that transcends cultural differences, and will also share her personal observations about difficult social dynamics in France in an upcoming One World Library Project program in Bristol. The presentation is based on her middle-grade novel “Miming in French,” which she wrote after living in Aix-en-Provence, France. The program is suitable for all ages and will be held Thursday, Nov. 19, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lawrence Memorial Library in Bristol.
VERGENNES — Residents of the Vergennes area and all those who knew and worked with Joe and Nancy Klopfenstein are invited to a Nov. 22 reception to bid the Little City couple adieu before they leave their home of more than three decades and relocate to Oregon.
Joe Klopfenstein, a popular and busy large animal veterinarian, has been elected to four 2-year terms on the Vergennes City Council, earning the most votes of any alderman on the ballot last spring.
MIDDLEBURY — “Vermont’s Working Forests: Challenges and Opportunities” will be the topic of a panel discussion at the Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury on Thursday, Nov. 19, from 5:30-7 p.m.
SALISBURY — In a small field, 9-year-old Calder Rakowski of Vergennes won the Sept. 27 Vermont Sun 5K Run at Branbury State Park on Lake Dunmore in Salisbury. Rakowski finished in 24:35, just edging out Sybren Spensley from Pittsford, the first female, who finished in 24:39.
In the day’s main event, the Vermont Sun Half Marathon Run, James Scott of Randolph Center won in 1:27:28. He was followed by the top female finisher, Heather Mugford of Randolph, in 1:33:05. In third overall was Middlebury's Rick Bunt.
When you stumble across something purple in the forest, it’s hard not to stop in your tracks. At least it was for me on a recent hike in Thetford, when I came across three purple mushrooms. They stood about four inches tall, with saucer tops that were nearly black in the center and ringed in a rich eggplant-purple. I was captivated. I was also clueless, as I had no idea what I was looking at. I have long regarded mushrooms the way I do yellow-colored warblers and ferns — far too many and too confusing to distinguish one from another.