Deep in the winter-dark woods, beneath the roots of a fallen tree, a mother black bear hibernates with her two yearling cubs. In the spring, they will wake up in near-starvation condition, their fat reserves depleted. The mother bear’s bones, however, will be as strong and as thick as the day she lay down, and her young may even have added bone mass over the winter.
MONTPELIER — Always wanted to go ice fishing but couldn’t find a good excuse to get away? The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has found that excuse for you: a “free ice fishing day” on the fourth Saturday in January.
Saturday, Jan. 25, is Vermont’s new free ice fishing day — a day when anyone, resident or nonresident, may go fishing without a fishing license.
MIDDLEBURY — The UD-3 school board has given its unanimous approval to a proposed 2014-2015 spending plan of $17,064,779 for Middlebury Union middle and high schools.
That is a budget that reflects an overall 2.89 percent spending increase compared to this year and allows MUMS to maintain a four-team teaching structure.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Selectwoman Susan Shashok will step down from the town’s Parks & Recreation Committee next March, a decision she has made to underscore her displeasure with the site selection process for a new municipal recreation center.
STARKSBORO — The struggles of a Starksboro man in trying to navigate the Vermont Health Connect website are a snapshot of what the Shumlin administration faces while implementing the state’s new health care platform.
Jeff Keeney first attempted to sign up for health insurance for his family in early November, and he still hasn’t been able to complete his application. Exasperated, he fired off an email to Gov. Shumlin last week and copied a number of local lawmakers.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury voters in April will be asked to endorse a new playground design to replace the popular Kidspace structure at Mary Hogan Elementary School, a project that would be installed next summer at a cost of $224,723.
MIDDLEBURY— A dedication ceremony for the third “ARCH Room” (named the Addison Room) at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center (HPHRC) on Dec. 7, was attended by board members from the two organizations as well as Helen Porter staff and residents, families and friends.
VERGENNES — The new-look Vergennes Union High School boys’ basketball team on Saturday earned its first win of this season, 53-42, over visiting Montpelier.
After graduating 11 seniors from the 2013 Division II champs, the 1-2 Commodores had already absorbed two more losses than that 24-0 team, and even the usual strong fan support in their gym looked lacking.