August 23rd, 2016
HYDE PARK — The Lanphear Family Farm, a 530-cow Holstein dairy in Hyde Park, has been named the 2016 Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year. The award is presented annually by University of Vermont Extension and the Vermont Dairy Industry Association in cooperation with the New England Green Pastures Program to an exemplary Vermont dairy farm.
This farm, owned by Kirk and Katrina Lanphear, was recognized for its well-managed herd, high-quality milk production, sound management practices and strong work ethics.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police are seeking the public’s help in solving a suspected animal cruelty case, involving a dog that was found hung from a tree in a wooded area off Route 125 East on Saturday, Aug. 20.
Police said the dog was a black and white border collie. Police found the animal at around 11 a.m., hanging in what they described as a wooded area off the road.
“Mommy, is that a tick?” my seven-year-old daughter asks. She’s looking in the bathroom mirror, pointing to a small black speck under her chin.
Our family’s move earlier this month from the woods to the fields has not only entailed a change in scenery, but also a change in the pests that plague us: We’ve moved from Mosquitoland to Tickville.
VERGENNES — Adding a second porch door, higher porch railings and stairs from that porch down toward a rear parking lot might at first not seem like that big a deal for the Bixby Memorial Free Library.
But those simple changes to the porch at the 104-year-old Vergennes landmark’s west end, along with the planned addition of push bars to the library’s front doors, serve a key purpose: They are key fire-safety upgrades that increase the Bixby’s legal capacity from 50 people to 200.
CORNWALL — Stu Johnson recalled his late father’s reaction when he was first elected Cornwall’s road commissioner more than two decades ago.
“He told me, ‘Who would’ve thought all those years in the sandbox would be your on-the-job training,’” Johnson said.
As Johnson spoke he was smiling and removing some of the old toy trucks he had displayed in the no-frills office that had for years served as his home away from home — the Cornwall town garage off South Bingham Street.
VERGENNES — While Bixby Memorial Free Library officials and patrons last week celebrated recent work that allows more people to enter the city landmark at the same time (see related story), the library board members are also amid a months-long process that will help them decide how the Bixby will use its new capacity.
By the end of the year, Bixby officials intend to have in place a new strategic plan that should cover at least the next three years.
PANTON — Green Mountain Power and Efficiency Vermont officials will come to Panton on Tuesday morning to announce a community-wide energy transformation project there intended to reduce energy costs for homeowners and businesses, lower their fossil fuel use, and improve their comfort.
According to a GMP press release, the effort “will put Panton at the forefront of energy innovation in Vermont as the first town to know its total energy use, cost and carbon, giving it the ability to track energy and carbon-saving improvements.”