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June 27th, 2016
FERRISBURGH — On Sunday, July 10, the annual Lake Champlain Challenge Race takes place at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Basin Harbor Road, Ferrisburgh.
This 3-mile race is open to all human-powered boaters who would enjoy the competition and the beautiful scenery on Lake Champlain.
Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and the race begins at 11 a.m. Registration is $25 per person and includes admission to the museum, two extra tickets for guests and a free buffet lunch. Prizes are awarded in each boat class.
EAST MIDDLEBURY — At noon on Sunday, June 12, it rained on the East Middlebury Community Picnic. In spite of the cold, wet day, a total of 71 people representing 40 households enjoyed spending time eating and chatting together under the tent behind the Sarah Partridge Community House.
MIDDLEBURY — Join energy experts Tim Maker, Beth Sachs, Leigh Seddon and David Blittersdorf on Thursday, July 7, at 6 p.m. at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Middlebury for a practical, clear-eyed look at what the transition to renewable energy may actually entail.
VERGENNES — Bixby Library’s summer programming for adults showcases support for the community’s creative impulses, and on Thursday, June 30, at 6 p.m., the first of eight weekly workshop sessions begins. The workshop group will led by local writer Muir Haman and is open to the public. Space is limited and registration is strongly suggested. Weekly Thursday evening meetings will focus on opening creative pathways and building personal support structures for beginner writers.
Wuk-wuk-wuk-wuk! With a rattling call, a large bird took off from a tree and flew in an undulating fashion across our field towards the woods. It was black and the size of a crow, but flashes of white on the underside of its wings and a red crest on its head easily identified it as a pileated woodpecker.
ADDISON COUNTY — Travelers and residents along Route 7 between Middlebury village and the Ferrisburgh-Charlotte line can expect traffic delays and the smell of asphalt this summer and next, beginning in the middle of this July.
ADDISON COUNTY — In 2011 Vermont banned people who fish from wearing felt-soled wading boots with the goal of preventing the spread of didymo. At that time, it was thought that this slimy algae was an invasive species, and that it could be transported between rivers in the waders’ porous felt soles.
Now Vermont, the second of seven states to prohibit felt-soled boots, will repeal the ban on July 1.
The Sheldon Museum’s annual outdoor Pops Concert and fireworks are a Vermont summer tradition for Lake Champlain area families and tourists. Celebrate the anniversary of Independence Day with a concert of Broadway standards, pops and patriotic music on Friday, performed by the Vermont Philharmonic in the meadow behind the Mahaney Center for the Arts at Middlebury College with commanding views of the Green Mountains, followed by a glorious fireworks display.