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October 1st, 2015
VERGENNES — The city of Vergennes has spent $3,900 defending itself against a lawsuit involving its failed attempt to build a quarter-acre preschool playground next to the city’s East Street swimming pool, City Manager Mel Hawley told aldermen on Tuesday night, and will soon be on the hook for another $1,000 to $1,500.
ISLAND POND —The Plum Creek Foundation recently awarded a $10,000 grant to The Vermont Folklife Center and visual artist Kathleen Kolb to help fund “Shedding Light on the Working Forest,” a traveling exhibition.
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Folklife Center (VFC) founder Jane Beck promised Daisy Turner back in the mid-1980s that she would write a book on Turner’s gripping stories about her family’s odyssey from West Africa, through slavery, to a life of freedom and self sufficiency in the small community of Grafton, Vt.
Now 27 years removed from Daisy Turner’s death at the age of 104, Beck has finally made good on her pledge to her late friend, a master storyteller and the daughter of a slave.
VERMONT — The Vermont State Police this week issued a report on the circumstances of a trooper’s death during a training exercise this month.
Trooper Kyle Young, 28, of Monkton died suddenly of heatstroke during a Sept. 17 tryout exercise at a firing range in Jericho.
BRISTOL — The second annual Sukkot on the Farm festival is set for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 3 and 4, at New Leaf Organic Farm, 4818 Bristol Road, in Bristol.
MIDDLEBURY — A local management team for a rail bridges project in downtown Middlebury heard about and discussed various cost estimates at a Tuesday meeting.
The team also discussed:
MIDDLEBURY — As part of the campus-wide Celebration of 50 Years of Environmental Education and Leadership at Middlebury, dancer and professor Andrea Olsen will perform her newest work, “Dancing in Wild Places: Seaweed and Ocean Health” on Sunday, Oct. 4, at 2 p.m. in the Dance Theatre of the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts. The work represents the final major performance of Olsen’s 33-year career at Middlebury College, before she moves on to a three-year appointment at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.
HANCOCK — The Middlebury College Snow Bowl will hold its annual Snow Bowl Family Bash on Saturday, Oct. 3, from noon-4 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Middlebury Ski Patrol.
The Worth Mountain Chairlift will be open for lift rides, with spectacular views of the fall foliage. Patrons may alternately choose to ride the lift up and hike down, or hike up and ride the lift down. Lift tickets cost $3 for stu- dents and children, and $5 for adults.