June 20th, 2016
FERRISBURGH — For 27 years, Monique Thurston beat a steady path from Mexico, Maine, to the state’s capital of Augusta in order to advocate for a variety of issues — most notably, lowering sound standards for wind turbines.
Now she’d like to blaze a similar path from her home in Ferrisburgh to the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier, as a representative of the Addison-3 House district.
BRANDON — The SOAR (Success through Opportunities, Academics and Recreation) summer program is again participating in the Summer Food Service Program for Children. Funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, the program is designed to ensure that children who rely on free or reduced-price meals during the school year continue to have adequate nutrition throughout the summer.
MONKTON — Brothers Greg and Rob Cota have been farming since they were old enough to reach the tractor pedals. Now, at ages 69 and 78, respectively, they are ready to sell their land and retire.
But the idea of selling their rolling acres of prime farmland to a developer is not appealing.
“I don’t want to see houses on the land, I want to see cattle on the land,” Greg Cota said. “That’s what rural Vermont is about — it’s farming.”
ADDISON — Members of the Addison County Amateur Radio Association will gather at the Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison on Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26, for their annual Amateur Radio Service Field Days, part of a nationwide field days event. On Saturday, from 2 to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., they will have a simulated emergency station. They will be happy to talk with the public about what they are doing.
FERRISBURGH —Rokeby Museum in Ferrisbugh will host a free community reading of Frederick Douglass’ most famous speech at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 3.
Asked to deliver a Fourth of July oration, Douglass refused. Instead, he delivered his powerful condemnation of American hypocrisy — “What to the slave is 4th of July” — on July 5, 1852. His words ring true more than 150 years later, and the speech is widely considered to be his best.
SALISBURY — The five-year campaign to restore the tower of the Salisbury Congregational Church was in the home stretch this spring when it hit a new snag. The clock and bell stages were repaired last season, and the bell rang out over the village for the first time in years on Christmas Eve. However, painters scraping the spire this spring discovered that it was also in serious condition. Funds were diverted from painting and other repairs to deal with the emergency.
MIDDLEBURY — Many people want to reduce home energy use but aren’t sure where to start.Zero Energy Now is a new comprehensive home energy savings program, providing efficiency upgrades (including air sealing, insulation and heat pumps), renewable heating sources (such as replacing an oil furnace with a wood/pellet system) and solar power. When combined, these steps can reduce fossil fuel use by 50 percent to 100 percent. One call connects homeowners with a certified energy contractor (CEC) who will coordinate all of the improvements.
MIDDLEBURY — Don Mayer, David Sellers and Jito Coleman will offer a panel discussion titled “The Roots of Renewable Energy in Vermont: North Wind Power” on Tuesday, June 28, at 6 p.m. in the Community Room of the Ilsley Library in Middlebury. The three will share stories about the beginnings of North Wind Power in Warren in the early 1970s.