Wednesday, July 1, 2015

ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE AWARDS RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED

 

ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE AWARDS RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED

News Release — Gov. Peter Shumlin
June 29, 2015
Contact:
Maura Mancini, Environmental Assistance Office
Phone: 802-522-0218
Email: maura.mancini@state.vt.us
Montpelier, Vt. – Recipients of the 2015 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence were announced and recognized at a ceremony at the State House today. Environmental excellence awards have been given since 1993 to recognize efforts and actions of Vermonters to conserve and protect natural resources, prevent pollution, and promote environmental sustainability. To date, more than 200 efforts have been recognized.
“From businesses and non-profits to municipalities and educational institutions, it’s inspiring to see the work Vermonters are doing on a day-to-day basis to protect our environment and quality of life. I want to congratulate and thank all of the recipients for their hard work and dedication to keeping Vermont beautiful,” said Gov. Peter Shumlin.
“These projects contribute significantly to Vermont’s environmental quality and encourage others to take similar actions to protect our resources,” said Deb Markowitz, Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. “They demonstrate the importance of innovation and partnerships in enhancing and sustaining Vermont’s environmental quality.
Vermont schools will be recognized at a ceremony on August 6 at a Vermont Principals Association summer leadership conference in Killington.
This year’s recipients include:
Businesses
Central Vermont Medical Center (Berlin) – Reduced electrical energy usage hospital-wide by 26 percent.
General Electric Aviation (Rutland) – Conversion of high-pressure pumps to electronically controlled, variable frequency drives, resulting in significant energy savings.
IBM (Essex Junction) – Greenhouse gas emissions reductions in semi-conductor manufacturing processes by IBM’s Etch Engineering Team.
IBM (Essex Junction) – Optimization of IBM’s wastewater treatment system by IBM’s Wastewater Treatment team, resulting in significant reduction in electricity usage, chemical input, water use, and waste generation.
Mountain Meadow Farm (Sudbury) – Numerous on-farm environmental stewardship practices implemented to protect water quality, reduce phosphorus and other nutrient pollutants in stormwater runoff.
TAM, Inc. (Shaftsbury) – First commercial organics composting operation in Bennington County with innovative educational programs for customers and schools.
Non-Profit Organizations
Ottauquechee Natural Resources Conservation District- The River Road Show, a traveling educational display, uses a stream table to demonstrate how rivers and streambanks react to human impacts, and has educated thousands of Vermonters on flood resiliency.
UVM Extension (Burlington) – Created the Certification for Sustainable Transportation program, with driver training and certification programs that have been utilized by over 50 transportation companies across the nation, training and certifying over 10,000 participants.
UVM Extension 4-H (Morrisville) – Created Teens Reaching Youth (TRY), where teens lead renewable energy lessons for children in grades K – 3.
Lewis Creek Association (Charlotte) – Implemented a successful gully stabilization project on a farm, reducing sedimentation and erosion by over 90% from six gullies.
Municipal Organizations
Mount Holly- Mount Holly, through the community organizing efforts of resident Marcy Tanger, has been a leader in home weatherization projects, with 11% of all year-round homes weatherized, and many more having received energy audits.
City of Montpelier – The Montpelier Wastewater Treatment Facility has implemented several energy conservation practices and has cut energy use in half.
Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District (Montpelier) – Established the Additional Recyclables Collection Center (ARCC) as an outlet for hard-to-recycle items for District member towns.
Educational Institutions
Lake Region High School (Orleans) – Implemented a school community-wide energy efficiency and sustainability program and has been designated as an EPA Green Ribbon School for its efforts.
Thetford Elementary (Thetford) – The school diverts 75% of its waste through recycling and composting through its Bust That Waste Stream! program
Vermont Schools Achieving Energy Star Building Certification
The following schools are among those in Vermont to achieve EPA EnergyStar Building Certification for Schools. These schools are in the top 25% of schools nationwide in energy efficiency, while also meeting standards for health, ventilation, comfort and lighting quality. These schools are part of Project Green School, a collaboration led by Efficiency Vermont and the Vermont Superintendents Association’s School Energy Management Program.
U-32 (Montpelier)
Burlington School District – Champlain Elementary, Sustainability Academy, CP Smith Elementary, and JJ Flynn Elementary
Essex School District – Essex Elementary, Essex Middle School, Founders Elementary
Hanover/Norwich – Marion Cross School
Hinesburg Community School
Lamoille Union School District – Lamoille Union High School and Green Mountain Technology Career Center
Rivendell Interstate District – Samuel Morey Elementary and Westshire Elementary
South Burlington School District – Chamberlin School, Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School, Orchard School, Rick Marcotte Central School, South Burlington High School.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Summer Fun Activities at The Book Nook

Summer Fun Activities at The Book Nook

LUDLOW, VERMONT. The Book Nook will host a variety of summer fun activities at the store starting in July.  In addition to the usual author talks and book signing events, there will be Sunday afternoon scrap-booking, Wednesday night adult coloring and mandala creation, and vinyl listening parties on Thursdays.  Indulge your passions and join us for an afternoon or evening of fun at The Book Nook.

Owners Scott Stearns and Patty Greenwood have been working with Kathy McMahon to organize and lead scrap-booking sessions here at the store for several years. Regular cropping and scrap-booking Sundays will continue at The Book Nook this Summer. The next scrap-booking session will be Sunday July 26th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Please RSVP to scott@ thebooknookvt.com if you want to attend as space is limited.

New for this Summer, The Book Nook is partnering with RadInspirations to present a series of adult coloring events on Wednesdays.  Rose Cipriano of RadInspirations will lead the adult coloring sessions. Things starts off with Adult Coloring for Fun and Relaxation on Wednesday July 8th from 6 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. and Creating Mandalas on Wednesday July 22nd from 6 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. Please RSVP to scott@ thebooknookvt.com if you want to attend as space is limited. For more information please call 802-779-1143 or 802-228-3238.

The Book Nook has indulged its obsession with supposedly obsolete technologies by getting into vinyl records. Stearns and Greenwood have been selling vinyl since late 2014; they now have a small, but growing selection of new and used vinyl records. Book browsers can appreciate the sound of vinyl (or demonstrate to their young children how they listened to music growing up) from the compact turntable and speaker setup in the store.

To celebrate vinyl listening Stearns will kick off a series of Vinyl Listening Parties. Stearns will be using an Audio-Technica turntable and a Marshall speaker combo to listen to some records on the first Thursdays of the month (he occasionally does it during regular store hours too).  On the first Thursday of the month Stearns will pick a theme for the evening and spin records that fit that theme. Heck there might be some books that go along with the records too (book and record pairings, what a thought). Check out 
 thebooknookvt.com or our Facebook page or Twitter feed for the specifics closer to the date.  Stearns be happy to discuss turntables, records and anything related to vinyl records and music. Stearns will take a look vinyl for sale as well (but be forewarned the store will only buy a very small amount of used vinyl).

Please stop in the store and check out the summer fun activities at The Book Nook. 


Scott
The Book Nook
An independent bookstore in Ludlow, Vermont

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Heroic Happenings

Weekly Preschool and Toddler Story Time
Every Wednesday from 10:30-11:30am.

Each week features a theme, music stories and a craft.
Summer Reading Program Registration Continues
Come to the library, sign up for the Summer Reading Program and get your free starter kit containing a reading log, newsletter, bookmarks and other goodies. Ages Birth-18!

Heroic Happenings
Wednesdays from 1:00-2:00pm
July 1st- Grafton Nature Museum presents “Honey Bee’s Natures Heroes!

July 8th- Webster’s House Animal Shelter presents
Heroes of Animal Rescue. There will be kittens at this event. Program best for ages 4 & up.

July 15th-  Therapy Dogs in Action-  Our monthly reading dog Oreo with be here with her owner Arlene and two friends to talk about therapy dogs and the important jobs they do.

July 29th- Awesome Origami- Origami Artist Gail Martin will join us for a hands on introduction to the art of Origami. Ages 6 to Adult

Monthly Movie Night
Monday July 13, 2015 5:00-7:00
Dreamworks ©” Penguins of Madagascar” (PG)
All ages welcome- A cool treat will be provided

Creative Tuesdays 
11:00-12:00am
July 7thCrazy cat toys- Let’s get together and make some fun cat toys to donate to Webster’s House Animal Shelter. The toys will be presented to Webster’s House staff on July 8th when they visit the libray @ 1:00pm.
July 14thDecorative Hot Air Balloons- Using paper, string and other fun materials we’ll create some colorful and cool hot air balloons to decorate your room.
July 21stWonderful windchimes- Windchimes make beautiful music when they blow in the breeze. Make your own charming chimes using beads, string, bells and other treasures!
July 28thPet Rocks- Have you always wanted an easy pet to take care of? Come to the library and create you very own pet rock! Paint, googley eyes and other materials will help your new friend come alive!

DCF Book Group
Monday July 20th
5:30-6:30 pm
Students in grades 4-8 are invited to join our new monthly DCF book group. This month we will be reading the fantastic graphic novel “El Deafo” by CeCe Bell. Don’t miss out on a fun discussion, activities and a snack!


Tween and Teen Crafternoon
Ages 11 & Up
Thursday July 30th 3:00-4:00pm
Stop by to make a fun summery craft.


Lego Challenge
Every Friday
Drop by the library any time on Friday and try out a weekly challenge.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Fletcher Farm School Annual Arts & Crafts Festival


Fletcher Farm School Annual Arts & Crafts Festival

July 4, 2015 & August 22, 2015
10:00am to 4:00pm
Rain or Shine!
Sponsored by the Society of Vermont Artists and Craftsmen, Inc., the festival features the exquisite works of over 90 of New England’s finest artists and craftsmen. The picturesque, historic farm setting provides the perfect backdrop to the artists and artisans exhibiting top quality wares such as pottery, primitives, glass, oil and watercolor paintings, carvings, scroll work, dried flowers, syrup, honey, rose blossom jewelry, sterling silver jewelry, doll clothes, wood turnings, stained glass, fabulous foods and more.

We will be selling authentic antique 80 year-old maple syrup sap buckets that our members and instructors have artistically painted.  You will enjoy many uses for these buckets in your home.  They can be used as ice buckets, flower planters, wastebaskets, umbrella holders and anything your imagination can devise.

In addition, the school will be selling scrumptious homemade strawberry shortcake and a large assortment of beautiful signed and numbered prints, suitable for framing. 

Plan to enjoy Saturday, July at the Arts & Crafts Festival on the grounds of Fletcher Farm, Route 103 South in Ludlow.  Admission is free.

Sue Chadwick
Secretary of Society of Vermont Artists & Craftsmen Board of Directors



Friday, June 19, 2015

Rescued bear returned to wild

Rescued bear returned to wild
By Patrick McArdle
STAFF WRITER | June 11,2015


WALLINGFORD — An orphaned bear, rescued from a Wallingford home in March, was released back into the wilderness Wednesday along with a friend.

The female black bear was released into the woods in Mount Holly, just across the Wallingford border, by Timothy Carey, a game warden; Forrest Hammond, Vermont’s bear biologist; and Mary Beth Adler and Ryan Smith, both with the Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife. The bear had been rescued from underneath a porch in Wallingford on March 6.

A second female black bear was released on Wednesday at the same time. Hammond said those involved in the bear rescue weren’t sure where it originally came from, but decided to release it in the same area of Green Mountain National Forest in Mount Holly because it was a good bear habitat.The Wallingford bear was about a year old when it was found, and weighed about 11 pounds. “It should have been way bigger. It was very malnourished,” Carey said.
The bear weighed about 55 pounds when it was released on Wednesday.

Carey said the fact that the bear was hibernating under the porch of a house in March indicated it hadn’t learned to be on its own.

“We don’t know exactly how it was orphaned. It could have been a motor vehicle accident or it could be his mom was shot during the hunting season. We don’t know, but now it’s exactly at the right size. It’s going to know where it is and what it’s doing,” he said.

The Wallingford bear suffered some damage from the ordeal. Her left ear showed signs of damage from frostbite. Carey said the bear “bounced back” from the frostbite and said it wouldn’t be a detriment to her life in the wild.

The bears were taken deep into the woods on Wednesday in cages. When the time came to release them, Carey and Hammond simply opened the cages and let them walk out. 

The Wallingford bear quickly ran into the wood, but the second bear spent a little more time getting her feet underneath herself as she recovered from a tranquilizer.

In March, the bear was taken to a sanctuary in Lyme, N.H. run by Ben Kilham to be restored to health.

Hammond said Kilham had taken care of more than 20 bears this year. This week, five of those bears were released in Vermont, three in Reading, in Windsor County, on Monday, and two in Mount Holly on Wednesday.

“(The bears) let us know when they’re ready to go. They’re starting to pace the pen and the lot. They’re healthy. They’ve gained weight. It’s the normal time that their mother would usually be kicking them off because it’s mating season,” Hammond said.

Hammond praised Kilham as one of a small number of people who know how to rescue bears and rehabilitate them in a way that will allow them to return to the wild.

In the Mount Holly area where the bears were released, there are plenty of green plants they can eat, Hammond said.

However, Hammond said the bears may not stay in the area. The Wallingford bear may stick around because she is familiar with the area. Carey said the bear was being released less than 10 miles from where she was found.

The other bear is more likely to begin wandering around. Two years ago, Fish & Wildlife released three bears, which were tagged, and found that one ended up being harvested by a hunter in Canada, more than 100 miles away.

Carey said local people can help the bears released on Wednesday, and others like them, live longer lives by bringing in their bird feeders and trash.

“It’s going to be looking for the easiest food source and if we keep our trash and bird feeders inside, we’re going to reduce the conflicts that in a worst case scenario kill the bear because it associates our houses with food. We put ourselves in a dangerous situation when that happens,” he said.

patrick.mcardle @rutlandher










Police: Land dispute rises to gun threat

Police: Land dispute rises to gun threat
By Kathleen Phalen Tomaselli
Staff WRiter | June 19,2015
 
A festering dispute about the ownership of a Mount Holly property right of way escalated into death threats with a loaded revolver, Vermont State Police said.

Police also said they heard shots fired while they searched for David Marquis, 29, along a logging trail off Route 155.

Marquis pleaded innocent this week in Rutland criminal court to reckless endangerment.

The charge carries a potential one-year jail sentence for conduct that places another person in danger of death or serious bodily injury.

The incident on Route 155 in Mount Holly had been brewing ever since Marquis bought land that must be accessed through a right of way. Police said the other property owner, also a male, had an issue with the way Marquis accessed his newly purchased property.

Verbal altercations had occurred previously, but had not become physical, police said.

On May 18, the other man said, he saw Marquis drive past his home several times. At about 6:30 p.m., the man said, he was in his backyard with his children when he saw Marquis driving a Toyota FJ Cruiser with Massachusetts plates past his home again and he stepped into the road to flag him down.

The man told police he put his hand out to Marquis, who veered toward him with his vehicle.

In a sworn statement, the man said Marquis drove to a turnaround near the intersection of Tarbellville Road, screeching his tires and driving back to the man’s home.

Marquis allegedly thrust a .44 Magnum Ruger revolver into his face and screamed, “I’m going to (expletive) kill you, I’ll take you out and I will put a bullet in your head.”

The man told police the gun was so close he could see the bullets in the cylinder.

The man told Marquis his children were behind him, btu he allegedly replied, “I don’t care — I’ll kill you right here.”

A woman at the home called police. When the troopers arrived, the man, woman and children were visibly upset and Marquis was gone, police said.

“I felt my children’s lives were in danger, and if he would have shot he would have killed me or my wife and sons,” the man said to police.

Marquis lives in a recreational trailer in a wooded section of the property, and it is accessed by two trails located across from the man’s property about a half mile up a Class 4 road.

At about 8 p.m. State Police headed up the trail to arrest Marquis, and when they were about a quarter of a mile up the trail, Trooper Patrick Slaney said he heard a gunshot directly in front of him.

“I perceived the gunshot to be from a high-powered firearm,” he wrote in his affidavit. “A few seconds later I heard a second gunshot go off.”

Because of the danger, the troopers returned to the other man’s residence, Slaney said. While walking back, they heard three additional gunshots.

“It should be noted that these gunshots were in such close proximity to us it immediately caused us to move behind cover for protection,” he said. “I was in fear that the gun was being shot toward the other troopers and me.”

Marquis was not apprehended at this time.

But the next day, at about 1:30 p.m., Marquis came into the State Police barracks in Rutland to request a restraining order against the other man.

Marquis said the other man had threatened him, and when he stopped his car in the road, the other man threatened to kill Marquis’ dog.

Marquis said he was in fear for himself and his dogs. The other man said, according to Marquis’ sworn statement, “come fight me, fight me you (expletive), come out of the car.”

That’s when Marquis said he pulled out his gun. Marquis said the man yelled to his wife to get his gun.

As far as the shots fired near police, Marquis said he fired multiple rounds to scare off a bear, police said.

Police said a witness heard the men fighting, but believed Marquis was the aggressor.

Judge Thomas A. Zonay released Marquis on conditions, and his next hearing is Sept. 2.

kathleen.phalentomaselli

@rutlandherald.com