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By the way for April 19

Those who travel Route 17 between Weybridge and New Haven please take note: The Vermont Agency of Transportation will soon be replacing Bridge No. 8 that spans Otter Creek along that route (that’s the one just west of the fairgrounds). VTrans officials will hold a public meeting about the project at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, at the New Haven Town Hall. All persons are welcome to attend to learn about the bridge plans and ask questions. Officials said construction will begin later this spring and take approximately two months, during which there will be a detour that is being devised. Anyone with questions or concerns abut the project should contact Stephanie Barrett, VTrans public outreach coordinator, at 802-862-6085.
 
Attention, sports fans: We heard late on Wednesday that Mount Abe and Vergennes athletic department officials tentatively agreed to move the Thursday baseball game from Vergennes to Mount Abe due to the wet field conditions in the Little City. The game is scheduled to being at 4:30 p.m. — if weather conditions allow it to be played at all. It will be the first meeting of the Eagles and the Commodores this spring.
 
The Middlebury Union High School class of 1978 will hold its 40th reunion on Saturday, July 21, from 6 to 11:30 p.m. at the Middlebury VFW Post 7823 in Middlebury. Entry fee for the dinner-dance is $35 per person. Contact Martha Brisson Mott at martha.b.mott@gmail.com and provide mailing addresses for fellow classmates. Please help spread the word about this fun event.
 
Homeward Bound, Addison County’s Humane Society, is continuing its free “Spay the Mom” program to help prevent unwanted kittens from being born through unplanned litters. If your cat has an accidental litter of kittens, surrender the whole litter to Homeward Bound at 236 Boardman St. in Middlebury. The kittens will be spayed/neutered and adopted into loving, responsible homes. The shelter will then arrange to have the mother cat spayed, vaccinated for rabies and returned to the owner free of charge. Homeward Bound Executive Director Jessica Danyow noted the organization took in 549 cats and kittens last year.  Homeward Bound wants to see that number decline in future years, and the Spay the Mom program is part of the strategy. If you’d like to contribute Spay the Mom, send donations to 236 Boardman St., Middlebury, VT 05753, or email jessica@homewardboundanimals.org
 
Weybridge resident and bestselling author Chris Bohjalian will be a co-keynote speaker at Castleton University’s commencement ceremonies on May 12 at 11 a.m. in the Castleton Pavilion. Bohjalian shares the speaking honors with critically acclaimed journalist and novelist Stephen P. Kiernan. Bohjalian’s work has been translated into over 30 languages, and three of his 20 novels commissioned for movies, including his most recent novel, “The Flight Attendant.”
 
The Addison County Solid Waste Management District has received a $39,027 grant from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation to help fund household hazardous waste collection and disposal for the district’s 20 member communities. Residents of these towns can bring household hazardous waste such as paints, cleaning products, herbicides, pesticides, automotive products and many other toxic chemicals to the District’s HazWaste Center in Middlebury for safe and proper disposal at no charge. These wastes are prohibited from disposal as trash in order to keep toxic, flammable, corrosive, and reactive materials out of Vermont’s landfills. The District HazWaste Center, located at 1223 Route 7 South in Middlebury, will accept these wastes year-round. Its hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.. For more information, contact Don Maglienti at 388-2333, ext. 222.
 
Attention, fans of Vermont Hard Cider Co.’s annual “Ciderstock” celebration: This year’s edition, slated for Aug. 18, will feature the band 311 as the headliner, along with supporting acts “Moon Taxi” and “Jukebox the Ghost.” The day will kick off with Vermont’s own “Seth Yacovone Band.” This will be the company’s fifth year of hosting a music festival in its own backyard off Middlebury’s Exchange Street.
 
The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum and the Vermont Folklife Center are among a multitude of Vermont and New York communities and organizations that will share in $1,599,842 in federal grants through the Lake Champlain Basin Program. The grants will fund projects aimed at improving water quality, reducing impacts from invasive species, and expanding interpretation of the culture and heritage of the Lake Champlain watershed. Funding for these grants comes from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Great Lakes Fishery Commission and the National Park Service. The Middlebury-based folklife center is receiving $5,000 to help develop a songbook, and the maritime museum is getting $10,000 to develop a teaching unit about diatoms in freshwater ecosystems, as well as an on-site exhibit aboard the LCMM canal schooner Lois McClure for when she sails through New York waters this summer.

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