Raise the Blade: A campaign to reduce stormwater runoff

The Lake Champlain Sea Grant Program and University of Vermont Extension recently announced their Raise the Blade campaign in partnership with the Lake Champlain Basin Program and five other local organizations. The campaign’s goal is to educate the public about lawn care practices that help reduce stormwater runoff into lakes, streams and municipal treatment facilities,… Read More »

Garden self-reflection: planning ahead for summer

Garden self-reflection: planning ahead for summer

Oh, the beauty of summer, relaxing in a reclining lawn chair next to your prolific perennial flower garden bursting with color, without a care in the world. Wait. Why does this sound so farfetched? What we tend to forget about when we dream of summer gardening is the amount of time, sweat and effort we… Read More »

Hinesburg Town Forest History Night, April 18

Hinesburg Town Forest History Night, April 18

The Town of Hinesburg hosts a night of storytelling, discussion and education about the Hinesburg Town Forest, an 864-acre municipal forest owned by the town since the 1950s and now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The event takes place Thursday, April 18, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Hinesburg Town Hall, 10632… Read More »

Forest service to temporarily close cliffs for peregrine falcon nesting

Forest Service officials in Vermont will continue with seasonal closures at two prominent cliff sites on the Green Mountain National Forest’s Rochester and Middlebury Ranger Districts. These areas will be temporarily closed in order to prevent disturbance to critical nesting habitat. Peregrine falcon populations suffered declines due to the use of DDT in the 1940s… Read More »

USDA to conduct maple syrup survey in Northeast

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service  will conduct the 2019 Maple Syrup Survey for the Northeastern Region. The survey will collect information from more than 2,000 Northeastern producers. The Northeastern Region produced 3.68 million gallons of maple syrup in 2018. Vermont was the top Maple Syrup state with 47… Read More »

How summer camps keep kids healthy

How summer camps keep kids healthy

A study by Indiana University and Ohio State researchers found that children gain more weight over the summer than during the school year. However, a child’s summer camp experience can provide the structure and activity needed to keep kids healthy year-round. According to research conducted by the American Camp Association, 63 percent of children who… Read More »

Be a Fresh Air host family

Be a Fresh Air host family

Fresh Air summers are filled with children running through the sprinklers in the grass, gazing at star-filled skies, and swimming for the first time. The Fresh Air Fund is looking for volunteer host families in the Champlain Valley area. Each summer, thousands of children from New York City’s low-income communities visit suburban, rural, and small-town… Read More »

Waiting for spring

Waiting for spring

Snow has piled up from back-to-back storms in the past week. It’s not Adirondack-chair season yet. Temps are expected to warm into the 20s over the weekend.

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