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By the way for June 21

The Bristol selectboard is seeking candidates to fill the one-year term of Tree Warden to oversee the care and maintenance of shade and ornamental trees on public property, such as those found on the town green and within public street rights-of-way, and to enforce laws relating to trees in public ways and places. Duties may include organizing and carrying out tree pruning, maintenance and protection programs. This is a voluntary, one-year appointment made by the selectboard annually. A more detailed description can be found at bristolvt.org. Interested citizens should send Town Administrator Valerie Capels an e-mail (townadmin@bristolvt.org) including contact information, a statement about why you want to serve, and an overview of the skills or experience you can bring to the position.
 
Have some thoughts you’d like to share about the Ilsley Public Library’s present and future? Library staff and trustees want to hear from you. Library Director Dana Hart has announced a “Tell Me Tour,” during which she and Ilsley trustees will conduct feedback sessions with small focus groups to get a sense of residents’ priorities for the Ilsley and Sarah Partridge libraries. As frequently reported in the Independent during the past few years, the Ilsley Library is being sized up for major repairs and an addition at its 75 Main St. location in Middlebury. Hart is prepared to hold weekly feedback sessions through November, if demand is strong. She’d like to keep participation at each meeting to eight people or fewer to allow for a comprehensive exchange of ideas. Any Middlebury-area residents interested in participating in the Tell Me Tour should email Hart at dana.hart@ilsleypubliclibrary.org. She’ll respond with some potential meeting dates and times. The focus groups will be facilitated by Barbara Doyle-Wilch, a library consultant who is working with Hart and the trustees. At the end of the Tell Me Tour, library officials will review the findings and hold a large public meeting to share how that feedback will inform library resources, services and the renovation.
 
This was the subject of a front-page story in the June 14 issue of the Independent, but the message from state and local officials “bears” repeating: Don’t feed — either intentionally or unintentionally — the family of bears that has been looking for handouts or easy pickings in the Buttolph Acres and Petersen Terrence neighborhoods in Middlebury. A mama bear and her three cubs have been roaming around some of Middlebury’s residential neighborhoods during the past three weeks. Vermont Fish & Wildlife officials have warned people not to approach the bears or provide them with any sustenance. Residents have been asked to secure their garbage cans and temporarily bring in their bird feeders in order to cut off the bears’ possible food supplies and send them foraging for munchies where they belong: deep in the woods. Officials warn they might have to trap the bears — or even destroy the mama as a last resort — if they can’t be induced to leave the neighborhoods.
 
The Henry Sheldon Museum invites you to celebrate Independence Day at its annual Pops Concert with the Vermont Philharmonic on Monday, July 2. This popular, family-friendly event draws hundreds to picnic while enjoying music and fabulous fireworks. The concert will take place at Middlebury College in the field behind the Mahaney Center for the Arts, with a fallback of the Kenyon Arena in case of rain. The grounds open at 5:30 p.m. for picnics; concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks at dusk. Bring chairs, blankets and flashlights. New this year will be a display of vintage cars and a raffle for six one-of-a-kind picnic baskets painted by five local artists: Robin Kent, Warren Kimble, Kathy Mitchell, Danielle Rougeau and Ashley Wolff. Baskets are filled with local foods, gift certificates, and picnic items valued at over $100. The drawing will be at the Pops Concert. You do not need to be present to win.

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