October 26th, 2009
Editor’s note: In the first of two installments looking at slaughterhouses in Vermont, we examine what happens to the bulk of Vermont’s dairy cows — animals that are typically shipped out of state to be slaughtered. This Thursday, we’ll turn our attention to the growing market for local meats, the challenges facing smaller meat producers and slaughterhouses, and the creative solutions some farmers are exploring to make beef production more profitable.
BRISTOL — Conservationists in Bristol are looking to protect a 194-acre parcel of land in the northwest corner of town, which they say provides a large chunk of habitat for the Indiana bat, Vermont’s only federally endangered mammal.
The parcel would also extend the scope of the Waterworks, a 664-acre park conserved in the 1990s by the Watershed Center, a Bristol non-profit that converted the land from the one-time Vergennes City reservoir into a popular recreational and wildlife refuge on Plank Street.
ADDISON — The numbers of snow geese making annual stops at Addison’s Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area have dropped dramatically in the past decade, according to a Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department official who staffs the site.
This fall, the count of snow geese at the Route 17 location peaked at about 2,500, said department wildlife biologist David Sausville. That’s down from roughly 7,500 in 2006 and 2007 and from an estimated 20,000 in the year 2000.
Instead, Sausville said, more snow geese are congregating in corn stands in southern Canada and northern Vermont and New York.
The Little City Players opened the second half of their 2009 season last Thursday with a production of Susan Sandler’s “Crossing Delancey.” The show, which was popularized in a 1988 movie starring Amy Irving and Peter Riegert, tells the story of a New York City single whose life is complicated by her grandmother and the matchmaker who team up to find her a husband. The Vergennes production features Hannah Weisman, Janet Stambolian, Anna Sun, King Milne and Glen Eastman. “Crossing Delancey” continues Oct. 29-31 at the Vergennes Opera House.
ADDISON —The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and Vermont Agency of Transportation this week will host two public information meetings regarding available transportation alternatives for crossing Lake Champlain and the plan to repair and reopen the Lake Champlain Bridge spanning from Chimney Point in Addison, Vt., to Crown Point, N.Y.
ADDISON COUNTY — Local, state and federal officials have been hard at work trying to address the challenges created by the Champlain Bridge closure since the New York Department of Transportation deemed the bridge unsafe for traffic of any kind on Oct. 16.
ADDISON — Residents and commuters stranded by the Champlain Bridge closing may soon have an alternative way to cross Lake Champlain: a pedestrian ferry.
That's part of the latest update concerning the bridge closing. In other news on the bridge front, a new Web site is being developed to post daily updates from the New York and Vermont departments of transportation.
We shouldn’t even have to tell you where you’re having lunch this Saturday, Oct. 24, or what you’re bringing. You should already know. I’m bringing a pot of hot pumpkin soup and maybe my apple crisp, the kind with the crunchy topping flavored with maple syrup. Can’t beat it when it’s hot. Where are we going? To the gigantic Middlebury potluck lunch, and while the food will be delicious, the cause is the driving force.