July 23, 2019

Champlain Valley Fair; Armadillos

Volunteer Opportunities

By Sue Alenick
United Way volunteer coordinator

Current volunteer opportunities compiled by the United Way of Northwest Vermont. For more information, email volctr@unitedwaynwvt.org or call 860-1677.

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Help needed for rescued Texas bulldogs

Vermont English Bulldog Rescue of Williston is taking eight dogs this week from flood-ravaged Houston and San Antonio, Texas, and holding 10 more in private boarding to free up shelter space for more dogs.

The non-profit is looking for volunteers to help with the new dogs. The need is for feeders and dog-walkers as early as 5:30 a.m. or in the evening hours. Food and foster homes are also needed.

The group prefers Zignature canned and kibble from Pet Food Warehouse. Sponsors for dog boarding in San Antonio and transportation also needed. Contact Dawna Pederzani at (802) 399-2559 or by email at staurolitefarm@aol.com for more information.

Recording audio and digital storytelling workshop

The Vermont Folklife Center will offer a workshop entitled, “Recording Audio for Ethnography, Oral History, and Digital Storytelling” on Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Audio is a powerful medium for capturing human experience and human expression.

In the context of cultural sustainability efforts, audio is an extremely useful tool for documenting local knowledge, exploring values and perceptions, and building resources for understanding and supporting cultural practices.

Intended for students, community members, staff members of non-profit cultural, community and social-service agencies, as well as professional researchers interested in learning more about audio recording options, the workshop will provide a basic introduction to the use of contemporary digital audio recording equipment in the context of ethnographic and oral history interviews.

Attendees will receive a thorough introduction to the fundamentals of digital audio, types of common field-recording microphones and the use of digital audio recorders with the guidance of instructor Andy Kolovos, VFC Director of Archives and Research.

The workshop includes handson exercises with equipment in an actual interview setting. The workshop will use the TASCAM DR-40 and mobile devices for these exercises, but the fundamental skills demonstrated will be applicable to most currently available digital audio recorders.

In addition to the use of this equipment, it will also cover the selection and purchase of audio recording equipment and Android and iOS recording apps. “Recording Audio for Ethnography, Oral History, and Digital Storytelling” is a part of the Vermont Folklife Center’s Cultural Sustainability Institute workshop series (vermontfolklifecenter.org/ education/cultural-sustainability/). Cultural Sustainability provides a framework for examining human experience in the present with an awareness of the past and a view toward the future.

Attendance is limited to 14 participants and the registration deadline is Wednesday Sept. 20. For tuition information and to register, call 388-4964, or visit vermontfolklifecenter.org. This workshop will be held at the Vermont Folklife Center’s ADA accessible headquarters at 88 Main Street in downtown Middlebury.

The Vermont Folklife Center’s mission is to broaden, strengthen and deepen our understanding of Vermont and the surrounding region; to assure a repository for our collective cultural memory; and to strengthen communities by building connections among the diverse peoples of Vermont.

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Solar company receives national recognition

Observer contributed photo

Observer contributed photo

Aegis Renewable Energy of Waitsfield, installer of the 500 kilowatt solar array at the Fontaine sand pit in Williston, has been named one of the country’s top solar contractors by Solar Power World magazine. Peck Solar of South Burlington is the other Vermont company recognized by the publication. [Read more…]

UVM conference to highlight issues with winter de-icing

The University of Vermont is partnering with the Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District to host the Lake Champlain Watershed Deicing Conference on Sept. 29. [Read more…]

UVM receives $250K for climate change fellowship

The UVM Extension’s Center for Sustainable Agriculture was one of nine grant recipients nationwide to receive roughly $250,000 from the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. [Read more…]

CSWD grants target tough-to-recycle materials

The Chittenden Solid Waste District is launching a new grant program to help create or improve markets for hard-to-recycle products and packaging from Chittenden County. [Read more…]