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Naturalist program grows to 5-town area

Posted on July 9, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



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BRISTOL — The ecological brain trust in Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton, New Haven and Starksboro is about to get a little bigger and a little more knowledgeable.

The Vermont Master Naturalist (VMN) program, which has for two years offered in-depth training in local natural history to Burlington residents with a sustained interest and background in at least one natural history discipline, is expanding its offerings to the 5-Towns, as well as to Richmond, South Hero and Williston.

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The Outside Story: Orb webs and the artwork of spiders

Posted on July 9, 2018 |
By Rachel Marie Sargent



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When I was little and tagging along when my dad tended his vegetables, I would sometimes find large black and yellow garden spiders. They were beautiful, and I noticed they had a curious trait: they often added a bright white decorative zigzag to their webs. I always wondered why, if a spider web is meant to catch insects unawares, these spiders would go to such effort to make their webs more visible?

To answer this question, I recently spoke with Dr. Todd Blackledge, who researches spider silk and the web decorations of garden spiders.

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Vt. parks to supply camping gear and sites in free lottery

Posted on July 9, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — Vermont State Parks is excited to launch the new First Time Happy Campers Program at five parks during the months of July and August. Created in partnership with the Outdoor Gear Exchange, this program provides free camping for new campers, whose names will be chosen at random when they register at vtstateparks.com/happy-camper.html.

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Take a dip at Bartlett's, but don't block the flow

Posted on July 5, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



LINCOLN — Those Bristol-Lincoln area residents, and visitors, seeking relief from the recent heat wave should be aware that Vermont State Police on Sunday ordered the towing of a number of cars parked on the Lincoln Road near Bartlett Falls on the New Haven River.

According to a VSP press release, the cars “posed a significant hazard since they blocked the flow of traffic.”

VSP stated the cars towed were those that remained after they had issued warnings to citizens at the popular swimming spot. The cars were towed at about 2 p.m.

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Officials: Don't swim in fishing access areas

Posted on July 5, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department reminds the public not to swim at fishing access areas due to safety concerns. The primary use of the fishing access areas is for launching and retrieving motorboats.

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department maintains 190 developed fishing access areas on lakes and rivers throughout the state. These areas have allowed uses determined by law, and swimming is not one of them.

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National trail may soon be extended through area

Posted on June 28, 2018 |
By Nick Garber



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ADDISON COUNTY — Ambitious local hikers may soon have a big new opportunity lying right in their backyards. The U.S. House of Representatives has unanimously passed legislation that would officially extend the North Country National Scenic Trail from Crown Point, N.Y., into Addison County, Vt.

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Dirt trail pump track opening in Bristol

Posted on June 14, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



BRISTOL — On Saturday, June 16, the Bristol Recreation Club will hold a popsicle party to celebrate a new pump track at the town Recreation Field adjacent to Mount Abraham Union High School.

A pump track is a dirt trail on which mountain bikers roll up and over little hillocks and banked turns designed in such a way as to enable the rider to create momentum by pumping their body up and down and thus keep forward momentum with little pedaling.

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Movies in the Park return this summer

Posted on June 11, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



BRISTOL — The popular Movies in the Park After Dark series will return to the Bristol town green this summer.

Movies will be shown as soon as it is dark enough on Thursday evenings on the town park between July 5 and Aug. 2.

The Bristol Recreation Department will show film classics on a theater-size screen for a drive-in experience without the driving. On the schedule this year is:

•  July 5 – “National Treasure”

•  July 12 – “Beauty and the Beast”

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The Outside Story: Appreciating woodchucks

Posted on June 11, 2018 |
By Susan Shea



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The Outside Story: Mountain laurel is a hidden gem

Posted on June 11, 2018 |
By Laurie D. Morrissey



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If you were fortunate enough to grow up with freedom to roam outdoors, there are likely certain places that stick with you. For me, one of these places is a thicket of old mountain laurels that my brother and I hiked through on our way to an outcrop we called The Ledge. What I loved about them was how their shreddy, red-brown trunks forked and twisted, like trees in a fairy tale, or in the Haunted Forest on the way to Oz. In early summer, they held delicate pink and white flowers that were sticky to the touch — another sign that they were, if not enchanted, at least special.

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