June 17th, 2010
MONKTON — Sure, Pete Sutherland is busy. When the Monkton folk musician isn’t stringing together teaching gigs, concerts and artists’ residencies, there’s a good chance he’s setting up shop at a benefit barn dance, strumming away at any of the myriad string instruments he handles almost effortlessly.
The benefit dances and charity concerts come with the territory, he explained.
“If you’re going to be a community musician, you have to make time for that,” Sutherland said.
There is a lot of concern these days about invasive species. And rightly so. There seem to be thousands of species out there in the world just waiting to invade. And it’s not just nuisance aquatic species like Didymosphenia geminata (a.k.a. “rock snot,” or didymo for short) and Myriophyllum spicatum (Eurasian milfoil) that are causing trouble in the neighborhood.
Is it too late in the season to plant vegetables?
Absolutely not! You should still be able to find transplants of tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, melons, squashes and herbs at the local nurseries and farmers’ market. Set those out soon however, and hope for a late frost! If you haven’t gotten around to planting potatoes yet, now is as good a time as any. Several years back my neighbor Ross Sunderland planted a few rows of red potatoes on the Fourth of July that yielded beautifully by summer’s end.
This week in our gardens we’re picking:
Herbs of all sorts
Greens of all sorts
Edible flowers (nasturtium, squash, viola, lavender, chamomile)
MIDDLEBURY — With nomination petitions due this week, relatively few candidate petitions had been filed with district town clerks or Addison County Superior Court as the Addison Independent went to press on Friday.
But at least one local Vermont House district was shaping up as a fierce election battleground: Addison-4, the two-seat district that includes Bristol, Starksboro, Monkton and Lincoln.
MIDDLEBURY — Forest Dale native Jason Gibbs has moved steadily up the state’s political ladder since graduating from Otter Valley Union High School in 1994.
The past decade saw him serve as Gov. James Douglas’s spokesman for six years before being named commissioner of the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (FPR) in 2008. After serving an eventful 19-month stint as commissioner, Gibbs now hopes to climb another rung on the political ladder. He is in the midst in his first statewide campaign, competing for the post of Vermont Secretary of State.
VERGENNES — Four longtime Addison Northwest Supervisory Union employees are stepping down this spring, including a Vergennes Union High School teacher and an ANwSU administrative assistant with a combined 69 years of service.
VUHS English and reading teacher Cathy Spaulding will retire after 35 years at VUHS and a year at the ANwSU office, while ANwSU administrative assistant Sally Bushey will leave after working in the office since 1977.