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By the way for Jun. 27

Maybe you saw on WCAX-TV a story about the Charter House Coalition homeless shelter on North Pleasant Street in Middlebury has expanded its services into summer for the first time in it’s 10-year existence. Of course you read it first in the Addison Independent last month. Samantha Kachmar, co-director of the Charter House Coalition, said they have two-thirds of the $62,000 the shelter is raising to remain open over the whole summer, but there is still more fundraising that needs to be done. Kachmar told WCAX that the shelter has been at its 16-person capacity every night since April and has had to turn some away.
 
In Cornwall, some neighbors of 339 Parkhill Road are upset over a proposal to operate an “event space” on the property on the south end of town. We’re told that the applicant for the event space permit withdrew his application after getting unfavorable reviews from neighbors at a May 1 Cornwall Zoning Board meeting, in part complaining that it is Low Density Residential (LDR) zone. Now the selectboard is going to meet today — Thursday, June 27 — at 7 p.m. at the town hall to consider changes to the zoning and subdivision regulations that they fear will make it easier to set up an “event space” in an LDR zone. Incidentally, the meeting was warned on June 10. We’re told that there may be a turnout at a type of meeting that is typically a bit of a snoozer.
 
Folks in the Little City passed on to us the message that St. Peter’s Closet, 85 South Maple St., in Vergennes is now opened. The resale shop has lightly used clothes for all ages and household items. Store hours are Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
 
The Vermont Community Loan Fund recently announced that it had lent $522,000 last quarter to small local businesses and economic development projects. Among those getting financing was Full Belly Farm in Monkton (yes, the same one mentioned in our story on strawberries in this edition.). In 2018 Stephen and Sarah Park purchased this long-operating berry and vegetable farm, which operates as a “pick your own” destination, as well as selling to wholesalers, restaurants and farmers markets. Loan Fund financing will help with soil building, greenhouse and farm stand improvements and more. VCLF said the loan preserves 12 jobs.

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