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November 25th, 2015
CHARLOTTE — A grant awarded to a local group aims to protect and improve water quality by helping landowners make their properties more resilient in the face of floods.
Lewis Creek Association was awarded $67,254 from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Clean Water Initiative Program to launch the new Ahead of the Storm (AOTS) water quality stewardship program that highlights pollution prevention.
MIDDLEBURY — The Congregational Church of Middlebury recently passed another major hurdle in its quest to build an 8,023-square-foot addition onto the north side of its historic place of worship at 27 North Pleasant St.
The Middlebury Development Review Board (DRB) has now given its OK to the project, pending resolution of a few parking and setback issues.
Editor’s note: Reporter Gaen Murphree covers the agriculture beat for this newspaper. In this new monthly column, she’ll be looking at an Addison County agricultural product up close and personal.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Parks & Recreation Department officials are seeking donations and grants to build two bocce courts and a related pavilion on town recreation park land, just west of the warming hut.
Project supporters point to bocce as a popular, low-impact sport that is easy to learn and could appeal to all generations, from children to seniors. Middlebury resident Eric McFerran — a longtime bocce enthusiast — approached Parks & Recreation Director Terri Arnold several months ago about establishing some local courts for the sport.
MIDDLEBURY — More than 100 farmers and interested community members packed the American Legion Hall in Middlebury Nov. 19 to hear the Agency of Agriculture explain new farming rules designed to help clean up Lake Champlain.
ADDISON COUNTY — This fall an undermanned Otter Valley Union High School field hockey team scrapped all the way to a Division II title. All the Otters deserve tremendous credit, especially considering how few subs Coach Stacey Edmunds-Brickell had to deploy.
But it’s hard to imagine the 12-2-3 Otters claiming that crown without the player who scored roughly two-thirds of the team’s goals, the Addison Independent Player of the Year, junior Allison Lowell.
Boring. Same thing, year after year.
For nearly 10 years, I have offered the same item for the service auction at our church:
“Go to a Lake Monsters Game in Burlington with Doctor Baseball”: four people, everything included — a ride to and from the game, tickets, program, hot dog/beer, pretentious inside-baseball conversation.
The minimum bid is $100. The actual value: “Priceless.”
That’s me, “Doctor Baseball.”