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September 17th, 2015
SHOREHAM — The late, great stand-up comedian George Carlin once said, “The caterpillar does all the work, but the butterfly gets all the publicity.”
That may be especially true when that butterfly is royalty, as in the “monarch,” an increasingly scarce specimen that the eight eager students in Ms. Justine Logan’s first-grade class at Shoreham Elementary School are taking pains to study, raise and release for the insect’s annual marathon flight to Mexico.
VERMONT — The Margin Protection Program (MPP), a USDA program available to dairy producers through the Farm Service Agency (FSA), provides financial assistance to participating dairy operations when the margin — the difference between the price of milk and feed costs — falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer. This voluntary program was established by the 2014 Farm Bill. For coverage in 2016, enrollment began July 1 and ends on Sept. 30, 2015.
VERMONT — The Working Lands Enterprise Board (WLEB) announces the availability of over $500,000 in grant funds for the 2016 program year. The application period will open on Oct. 1, with grants targeting essential, catalytic investments in Vermont’s farm and forest economy. Grants will be available to Vermont agriculture and forest sector businesses, as well as service providers that provide the critical technical assistance needed for business growth.
The two investment areas are as follows:
MIDDLEBURY — National Bank of Middlebury has been awarded an “outstanding” Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) performance by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. The Community Reinvestment Act is intended to encourage banks to help meet the credit needs of the communities in which they operate. Banking institutions are encouraged to reinvest in their communities — and to halt discriminatory lending practices (such as lending exclusively to high-income areas and avoiding low- and moderate-income credit applicants).
MIDDLEBURY — The new-look Middlebury College field hockey team got off to a 2-0 start with wins on Sunday and Monday, and Coach Katharine DeLorenzo saw signs the Panthers could answer their biggest question entering the 2015 season.
Middlebury — ranked No. 4 in the early NCAA Division III poll — returns its entire starting defense and seven of its top 10 scorers, but graduated most of its starting midfield, including two all-Americans, from the team that won the NESCAC tournament for the third straight time and reached the NCAA semifinal round.
MIDDLEBURY — As dorms reopen, classes begin and Middlebury College embarks on its 216th year of expanding and sharpening young minds through the rigors of a liberal arts education, a woman takes the helm for the first time in the institution’s history.
Laurie L. Patton began her tenure as Middlebury College’s 17th president on July 1. She will be officially inaugurated on Oct. 11.
“I love the community,” said Patton, 53. “The warmth of the welcome has been truly overwhelming.”
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s soccer team opened its season with a tie and a win in two recent home games. On Sunday, the Panthers and NESCAC rival Connecticut settled for a 1-1 stalemate, and on Sept. 9 the Panthers blanked visiting Colby-Sawyer, 4-0. The Panthers next play at Amherst on Saturday.
My wife and I have been celebrating milestones lately — by which I mean opportunities to be more aware of my increasing age. Two summers ago our oldest son graduated from college, got engaged and declared his fiscal independence. Last summer we hit the point where we had been married for half our lives. This summer our oldest son got married, our middle son spent his first summer away from home, our youngest graduated from high school, and we crossed the barrier of having lived in Vermont for half of our lives.