November 20, 2018

Report: Vermont losing 1,500 acres of forest annually

Observer courtesy photo A new report from UVM identifies declining state and federal funding as a reason for an increase in loss of forest land to development in Vermont.

Observer courtesy photo
A new report from UVM identifies declining state and federal funding as a reason for an increase in loss of forest land to development in Vermont.

Vermont has been losing 1,500 acres of forest every year, according to a report released earlier this month by a team of authors from across the region, including two scientists at the University of Vermont. [Read more…]

GMT starts move to electric buses

Green Mountain Transit will soon employ two new electric buses in Burlington thanks to a half million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. [Read more…]

EPA grants $14 million for Vermont water infrastructure

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday announced a $14.7 million federal water infrastructure grant to the State of Vermont. [Read more…]

UVM hosts Youth Environmental Summit

The University of Vermont Extension invites middle school and high school students to its annual Youth Environmental Summit at the Barre Civic Center on Nov. 2.

The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. [Read more…]

Growing vegetables indoors

Observer Contributed Photo Herbs, like lavender, can be successfully cultivated indoors.

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Herbs, like lavender, can be successfully cultivated indoors.

By Karen Evelyn

Special to the Observer

Many homes have a sunny window, sun rooms or patio where house plants can soak up the winter sun. Vegetable plants can grow as well as your potted plants if you give them a little extra light. [Read more…]

Library Notes

The library will be closed
Oct. 9 for Columbus Day.

For Youth

After-School Tuesdays

LEGO Club: Oct. 3, 2-3 p.m. Build your own creations using the library’s LEGO collection. All ages. Snacks provided.

[Read more…]

Obituaries

OBIT - Evelyn Dvorak - EDM color

Evelyn Dvorak Meyer

Evelyn Dvorak Meyer, 89, passed away on September 17, 2017. Born in New York City of Czech parents on November 12, 1927, Evelyn learned English as a second language and went on to graduate Phi Beta Kappa from Hunter College in New York. She later obtained her master’s degree from Hofstra University on Long Island. [Read more…]

Letters to the Editor

Support the
Chowder Challenge

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to eat 16 different chowders in one day and go somewhere fun with your kids all at once?

If so, come to the Village Green on Sunday, Oct. 1 for the 7th annual Williston Chowder Challenge. There will be chowder, snow cones, prizes and more. [Read more…]

Guest Column: Data proves anti-poverty programs effective

By Jack Hoffman

Vermont made headlines last week when the U.S. Census released its latest statistics for 2016. We were the only state to show an increase in the poverty rate.

That may have been an artifact of the Census survey sample. The poverty rate showed an unusual drop in 2015, and 2016 looks more like a return to normal than a real increase. [Read more…]

Federal ruling expected to hurt state solar industry

solar-panelBy Mike Polhamus

For VTDigger

The International Trade Commission found last Friday that solar panel importers have hurt American manufacturers by flooding the United States with cheap goods. [Read more…]