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October 8th, 2015
MONTPELIER — Vermont Fish & Wildlife urges hunters to keep up Vermont’s new hunting tradition: wear hunter orange.
Fish & Wildlife points out that last year was the second time in three years there were no hunting-related shootings in the state. So far, 2015 is also accident-free, and smart hunters can help keep this flawless record going by choosing to wear fluorescent “hunter orange,” according to the department.
FERRISBURGH — Boundbrook Farms and Good Companion Bakery owner Erik Andrus didn’t see himself as a commercial rice grower a decade ago when he set up shop on a 110-acre Ferrisburgh farm that lies a mile or so east of Vergennes.
In addition to founding what is now a successful bakery, Andrus was convinced he wanted to establish a new small-farm niche. What he had in mind was wheat for his baking and maybe barley for Vermont’s microbrewers, not rice.
BRISTOL — The Early Education Program of the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union will hold developmental screenings on Wednesday, Oct. 21.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College will celebrate the inauguration of its new president this weekend with a bang — lots of them, actually, in the form of a fireworks display.
Plus the celebration of President Laurie L. Patton’s investiture on Saturday and Sunday will include an exciting lineup of live music, a provocative series of panel discussions, and a formal ceremony filled with all the pageantry that has come down from the halls of medieval academia to modern institutions of higher learning.
Sunday, October 4, last day of baseball’s regular season:
“It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone.” — A. Bartlett Giamatti
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — For the fifth time in nine years, the Middlebury College men’s golf team won the 2015 NESCAC men’s golf championship qualifier, this time on this past Sunday on Williams College’s home course.
The victory means Coach Bill Beaney’s seven-time NESCAC champions will host the league’s championship tournament on April 30 and May 1, 2016, at the Ralph Myhre Golf Course on campus. The winner of the event advances to the 2016 NCAA Division III championship tournament.
The local housing market is (finally) recovering in a real and measureable way. In Addison County the number of primary homes sold has increased by 19 percent during the first seven months of the year compared to last year. Statewide prices have increased by 6 percent so far in 2015.
As our esteemed political correspondent, retired Middlebury College professor Eric Davis, has noted, 2016 could be a fruitful election year for the Vermont Republican Party.
Lt. Gov. Phil Scott looks to be the favorite to be Vermont’s next governor. Meanwhile, the Legislature and its majority of Democrats has had to struggle to balance the books in the past few years. That process has meant some unpopular decisions, and it appears the GOP could pick up some House and Senate seats next year.