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May 12th, 2011
STARKSBORO — The Vermont Clean Energy Action Network, in conjunction with the Vermont Natural Resources Council, recently awarded the Starksboro Town Energy Committee a $1,600 grant to improve renewable energy education resources and create websites for the 19 solar trackers powering Robinson Elementary School and the six trackers feeding the town offices.
MIDDLEBURY — The more than 100 students who gathered at the Student Leadership Awards Ceremony at Middlebury College on May 2 came from a wide array of campus organizations and represented the most active participants among the 1,500 students from the college who donate more than 500,000 hours of their time each year to local, national and international causes.
MIDDLEBURY — James “Jak” Knelman, formerly a junior forward on the Middlebury College hockey team, on Wednesday sued the college and hockey coach Bill Beaney as a result of Knelman’s dismissal from the Middlebury hockey team in January.
MIDDLEBURY — The third annual Middlebury Arts Walk kicks off this Friday, May 13, with an initial emphasis on student art that will be found at more than 40 participating businesses.
The Middlebury Arts Walk, coordinated by the town’s ArtsConnect Committee, is a program through which local artists’ work is displayed at local stores on the second Friday of each month through October. On those designated Fridays between 5 and 7 p.m., downtown Middlebury will become a center for art that will include music, food and fun.
MIDDLEBURY — Kendra Weber Gratton was a toddler 45 years ago when she and her four brothers were first tucked into bed with her mom’s story of “Flabby Rabbit,” who enlists the help of “Squinty Squirrel” and other forest friends in protecting “Millie Robin’s” four eggs.
Gratton and her siblings have since told that endearing tale of friendship to their own children.
Now the family will be able to share that story with an even wider audience — the general public.
MIDDLEBURY — Eight piles of hardwood logs stacked on the grounds of the Eddy Farm in Middlebury don’t appear to be crucial parts of a lucrative farming operation.
But the logs are part of a three-year joint project of Cornell University and the University of Vermont that examines the viability of shiitake mushrooms as cash crops. They have been inoculated with shiitake spores, and, if all goes well, will begin fruiting next year.