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Orleans County woman wins first-ever Pumpkinhead Half Marathon in Maine

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CRAFTSBURY — Last Saturday, over 500 entrants competed in the Pumpkinhead Half Marathon/Festival Days 5K in Eliot, Maine, and a local woman from Orleans County took home first place.

Heidi Caldwell of Craftsbury Common placed first for the women’s division with a time of 1:17:37.

Visitors from across New England and as far as Arizona ran a 13.1-mile course through rolling hills and along the Piscataqua River.

Eric Ashe of Boston, Massachusetts, placed first for men’s with a time of 1:09:29.

The top finishers split a purse of $3,000.

During the festival, members of the community came together to celebrate their town and the start of autumn.

The Second Annual Pumpkinhead Half Marathon will coincide with the 40th Annual Eliot Festival Days on September 26, 2020.

Registrations will open in the spring of next year.

Police investigating trespassing incident in Craftsbury

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CRAFTSBURY — Police are investigating an incident where someone was seen attempting to open a door at a residence in Craftsbury.

On September 14, police say they were notified of a possible trespassing complaint.

They say an unknown male drove up to a residence on S. Albany Road and made an attempt to open a side door to the residence before leaving the premises.

The male was seen leaving in a black Chevrolet SUV.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is being asked to contact the Vermont State Police in Derby.

New energy efficient home tour in Craftsbury this Saturday

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CRAFTSBURY — The Energy Committees of Craftsbury, Glover, and Greensboro will be hosting a tour of a new, energy efficient home this Saturday, May 4.

The tour will start at 10:00 a.m. at the location on 935 King Farm Road in Craftsbury.

This is the fourth in a series of six consecutive Saturday morning tours of new and weatherized homes.

Each tour focuses on energy efficient building contractors, architects, and the homes that they have built or weatherized.

Patrick Kane, from the E. Hardwick company, Kane Architecture, was the architect who designed this 1300 sq. ft., one level home.

The goals of the design and construction were to make the house easy to maintain, comfortable, affordable to build and operate, with a focus of being environmentally friendly.

Designed and built to Efficiency Vermont certified “High-Performance Home” specifications, this home has many passive solar elements in the design with R-8 Marvin triple pane operable windows, large, custom-sized insulated glass units facing south.

It also incorporates other Passive House principles such as super insulation, air tightness, and fresh air heat recovery ventilation.

With the limited southern exposure, two high-performance triple pane skylights add nicely to the light distribution inside the house.

The energy modeling for air tightness, insulation, and solar gain predict that this home will use the equivalent of ¾ of a cord of wood per year to heat while being very cool in the summer.

The electric baseboard primary heat, heat pump water heater, electric stove, and condensing dryer, combined with a 7.6 kW roof-mounted solar array, provide for a net-zero home.

Wood heat with a wood stove is the backup heat.

Part of the emphasis on low environmental impact involved sourcing lumber locally for the siding, framing, and flooring.

Other applications included using low VOC paints and stains, cellulose insulation wherever possible, and having a flat roof design that leads to a low visual impact on the hillside environment where the home sits.

Patrick Kane designs and promotes using regional materials, high energy efficiency standards and green technologies to maximize long-term affordability and aesthetic impact.

Montpelier Construction, the company that built the home, has been building energy efficient homes since 1998 and is committed to sustainable building practices and supports the use of local products and materials whenever possible.

Both will be on hand on Saturday to answer questions that you might have.

For more information, contact

Craftsbury man awarded for helping save the common loon in Vermont

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WILLISTON — Craftsbury resident Eric Hanson was recently presented the 2019 GMP-Zetterstrom Environmental Award.

Hanson is a biologist at the Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE) who spearheaded recovery of the formerly endangered common loon in Vermont.

Hanson’s efforts over the past 21 years have included work to educate Vermonters about loons and their nesting needs, protect nest sites, assist injured and sick loons, and ultimately build a sustainable breeding population.

His leadership led to the loons’ removal from Vermont’s endangered species list in 2005.

Statewide, loons have rebounded from a low of only seven nesting pairs in the mid-1980s to nearly 100 the past two summers.

The award was presented at Lake Iroquois, one of the state’s most recently established loon nesting sites.

“When a Vermonter hears the haunting and distinct call of a loon, we have Eric to thank for his restoration work and leadership,” said GMP Vice President Steve Costello.

Chris Rimmer, executive director of VCE, said that when Hanson learned of the award, he was characteristically humble and insistent that the credit was widely shared.

“Without question, a major reason for the successful comeback of loons in Vermont is that boaters and lakeshore owners have been made aware of what loons need, and they’re eager to help,” Hanson said. “I have over 1,400 people on my contact list, including individual volunteers, lake associations, state parks, game wardens, and other groups. These people share their love of loons with thousands more than I could possibly reach.”

The GMP-Zetterstrom Environmental Award is given annually to one person, business, group or non-profit that has made a significant contribution to Vermont’s environment.

The award is accompanied by a $2,500 donation to the winner’s environmental cause.

“It is no understatement that Eric has accomplished more for the conservation of Vermont’s environment, focusing on the common loon, than any of us will ever truly realize,” Rimmer said. “He has led VCE’s efforts to increase loon nesting nearly tenfold and engaged hundreds of citizen scientists and members of the public in the process. He’s one of the greatest collaborators I’ve ever known, and delivers results that have a big impact on the environment.”

US Cross Country National Championships coming to Craftsbury

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CRAFTSBURY COMMON — The Craftsbury Outdoor Center will host the 2019 US Cross Country National Championships.

The event will take place from January 3 through January 8.

Presented by L.L. Bean, the championships will include a week of cross-country racing featuring the best athletes in the country, including Vermont Olympians and the future stars of United States skiing.

These competitions will crown National Champions, serve as tryout races for the US World Junior Championships, U18 Scandinavian Cup, and help select athletes for the FIS World Cup and World Championships.

The best junior and senior athletes in the country will be in attendance to compete for a chance to represent Team USA in international competition.

Racing kicks off on Thursday, January 3 with a 10k/15k classic individual start competition.

Friday features a 1.5km sprint in the classic style.

After a day off on Saturday, racers will compete in a freestyle mass start competition on Sunday, January 6, 30k for men, 20k for women, 10k for junior boys, and 5k for junior girls.

On Sunday evening, all registered coaches and athletes are invited to a banquet which will recognize race winners and name the World Junior and U18 Scandinavian Cup teams.

Tuesday, January 8th wraps up the series with 1.5km freestyle sprints.

Welch Recognizes Orleans County Students at 37th Congressional Art Competition

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NEWPORT — Rep. Peter Welch hosted the 37th Annual Congressional Art Competition for high school students at The Gallery at Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier on May 14th.

Students recognized from Orleans County schools include:

Elm La Point of Craftsbury and the Green Mountain Technology and Center won third-place overall for “Armor.”

Elizabeth Chitambar of Newport and North Country Union High School received a Congressman Welch’s Choice award for “Wilder Mind.”

“I am so impressed by the talent and creativity of these young Vermont artists,” Welch said. “Their work continues Vermont’s storied tradition of artistic excellence and is a reflection of our state’s first-rate art programs.”

The Congressional Art Competition is a nationwide high school visual art competition initiated in 1981 by then-Rep. Jim Jeffords as a way to celebrate and encourage the artistic talent of young people from across the country.

High school students submit entries to their U.S. Representative’s office and panels of local artists in each district select the winning entries.

The first-place pieces are then displayed for one year in the tunnel leading from the three House Office Buildings to the U.S. Capitol—a route frequently traveled by Members of Congress on their way to vote as well as tourists from all over the country.

Police looking for Craftsbury man

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CRAFTSBURY — Police are looking for a 28-year-old Craftsbury man, who is facing numerous charges, including sexual assault.

On Saturday morning, police responded to a 911 hangup call from a residence in Craftsbury. They met with a victim who reported they had been assaulted by Nicholas Hill, with whom they shared a relationship of a domestic nature.

Police say Hill had fled just prior to police arrival in a vehicle.

A statement issued by Trooper Daniel Lynch reads:

“Subsequent investigation revealed Hill had committed the offenses of sexual assault, domestic assault, unlawful restraint/2nd deg, and aggravated D/C upon the victim at the residence around the time the call was received, also interfering with access to emergency services by taking the phone as the victim attempted to call 911.”

Police say he was also found to have operated a vehicle while his license was criminally suspended as he fled the residence.

At this time, Hill is wanted by State Police. A felony warrant for his arrest has been issued by Judge Robert Bent.

Police say anyone with information regarding Hill’s whereabouts should not approach him and is encouraged to contact police at (802) 334-8881.

Northeast Kingdom Collaborative hires Katherine Sims of Craftsbury as director

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HARDWICK — The Northeast Kingdom Collaborative announced that they have hired Katherine Sims of Craftsbury as the new Director of the organization.

The NEK Collaborative brings together local, state, and federal partners to advance economic development in communities across the Northeast Kingdom.

As the new director, Sims will work with stakeholders to build regional partnerships to support economic development in communities across the Kingdom.

“The NEK Collaborative is the key convener for the region, mobilizing partners to align, innovate, and act in ways that address current and long-term challenges in the Northeast Kingdom,” Sims said recently. “Working together we have an incredible opportunity to increase the quality of life and enhance the economic vitality of Northeast Kingdom communities. I’m honored and humbled to be a part of this effort, which serves a mission that is so close to my heart.”

Prior to her work at the Collaborative, Sims was the Founder and Executive Director of Green Mountain Farm-to-School, a nonprofit working to improve childhood nutrition and support Vermont farms by connecting schools and farms through food and education.

She has also worked as an independent consultant to nonprofits helping to build their organizations through fundraising plans, leadership development, and succession planning.

Sims was selected as a “Rising Star” by Vermont Business Magazine in 2014 and Yankee Farm Credit’s “100 Fresh Perspectives” in 2016. A graduated from Yale University with a bachelor’s in history, she serves on the board of several local and statewide nonprofits and lives in Craftsbury, with her husband and son.

Police: Newport man goes on overnight crime spree

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NEWPORT — A Newport man is being charged after an overnight crime spree ended with him being chased by police through Craftsbury this morning.

Tyrone Perry, 22, is charged with burglary, unlawful trespass, leaving the scene of an accident, possession of stolen property, violation of conditions of release, and resisting arrest.

At around 7:00 a.m. police were notified by Lisa Cook, 58, of Craftsbury, that her residence was broken into during the night.

Cook told police she located the man in her home and chased him out after hitting him with a baseball bat.

Police responded to the scene and began an extensive search of the area.

According to investigators, during the night Perry had stolen a vehicle from 881 Patenaude Street in Newport. He subsequently crashed the vehicle at the intersection of Vermont Route 14 and Wild Branch Road.

Police say Perry then broke into Cook’s residence and slept in the basement.

After being chased from Cook’s residence, police say Perry went to 3997 Vermont Route 14, where he entered the residence and spoke with the homeowner, Monica Klinke.

Klinke told Perry to leave and he then entered the garage area of her residence and into an upstairs apartment.

Perry then fled from police back into a wooded area.

He was eventually located on Hatchbrook Road where he continued to flee from police and was ultimately taken into custody.

Perry is due in court today to answer to charges.

Man injured after being thrown from motorcycle in Craftsbury

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CRAFTSBURY — A 27-year-old man from Walcott was taken to the hospital after a motorcycle accident in Craftsbury on Friday.

At around 10:00 a.m. emergency workers were notified of the crash, which took place on VT Route 14.

The operator was identified as Evan Lloyd.

Police say Lloyd was headed north when his motorcycle, a 2016 Harley-Davidson, experienced head shake after traveling over several groves and bumps in the roadway.

As a result, Lloyd was ejected off the motorcycle.

He was wearing a helmet but was transported to the hospital with what police describe as non-life threatening injuries.

Color the Kingdom 5K run in Craftsbury to benefit local art

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CRAFTSBURY — The Art House, an arts non-profit in Craftsbury, has announced they will host a 5K run called Color the Kingdom. The run will benefit work promoting the arts in the Northeast Kingdom.

The run will begin at 9 a.m. (walkers at 9:15 a.m.) at Craftsbury Common on July 2. The run takes place on a beautiful loop which overlooks the mountains and Hosmer Lake.

Participants proceed to kilometer checkpoints where they will be cheered by volunteers and showered in different colored powder. By the end of the course, runners will be covered in all colors imaginable.

Color powder is allergy safe, washes from skin easily, and is 100 percent biodegradable. Wearing inexpensive white clothing is recommended because color can stain fabric.

The Art House serves over 175 children yearly through programs such as programs intertwining science, technology, engineering, and math with art concepts for K-6 afterschool students, social justice programs for middle and high school students, and a yearlong studio arts program for young women in Craftsbury, which will be expanding to serve young men this fall.

The Art House also hosts community events and workshops and is able to offer these programs with ongoing community support.

Entrance to the 5K is $25 for adults, $15 for children, and free for children under seven.

The registration fee includes a Craftsbury block party t-shirt and colorful sunglasses.

Registration for the Color the Kingdom 5K is open until June 29th.
Sign up at or contact Ethan Hibbard at

Over 100 gallons of maple syrup stolen in Craftsbury

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CRAFTSBURY — Police are investigating a burglary that took place in Craftsbury over the weekend, where over 100 gallons of maple syrup was stolen.

The burglary took place at 921 Guy Lot Road.

Authorities say the incident occurred sometime between Saturday afternoon, and Monday morning.

The syrup belonged to Paul Ryan and Marvin Ryan.

Police say it appears that some of the syrup was taken, and some dumped on the ground.

They are asking anyone with information to contact Lyle Decker with the Vermont State Police at 802-748-3111.

Police: Man dies following car accident in Craftsbury

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CRAFTSBURY — A 91-year-old Craftsbury man has died at Copley Hospital following a head-on collision that took place last Thursday.

Police say the crash happened on July 16, at around 5:15 p.m. in Craftsbury.

The accident report indicates that Addison Merrick, 91, of Craftsbury, was traveling north on Route 14, and Scott Smith, 57, of Hardwick, was traveling south on Route 14.

Merrick was attempting to turn left on Wild Branch Road, and collided head-on with Smith.

Merrick was transported to Copley Hospital for his injuries.

Police say he succumbed to those injuries on Tuesday.

Sterling College helps veterans launch farms with $10,000 grants

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CRAFTSBURY COMMON — Building on the growing interest of veterans in farming at a time when the Department of Labor reports that the nation’s farmers are nearing retirement with an average age of 56, Sterling College has announced the creation of the Veteran College-to-Farm Program.

Sterling was among the first institutions in the United States to focus on sustainable practices in agriculture. Starting this fall, veterans that complete a degree in Sustainable Agriculture or Sustainable Food Systems at the Vermont college will receive a $10,000 grant to launch a farm or food business.

“We are proud to launch this first-of-its-kind program and enlist veterans in furthering a more sustainable future for farming,” said Sterling College President Matthew Derr. “With these grants, Sterling will help start the post-service careers of veterans who will redesign the nation’s food system into one based in environmental stewardship that is more just, healthy, and doesn’t exacerbate climate change.”

Eligibility to join the first cohort is limited to veterans who are admitted and enroll at Sterling College for September 2015. Assistance with post-graduation careers in food entrepreneurship will be augmented by continued support from the Center for an Agricultural Economy and Yankee Farm Credit.

The Center for an Agricultural Economy, based in Hardwick, will offer business and technical services for farm and food businesses started by veterans. Through its multi-use shared food business incubator, the Vermont Food Venture Center, veterans will have access to food safety training and regulatory assistance, industrial production kitchens, and specialized food business advising, such as marketing, nutritional labeling, and more.

“With our shared-use food hub facility, we’ve worked with over 200 specialty food and farm products in the past four years,” said Sarah Waring, Executive Director of the Center for an Agricultural Economy. “The range of services can be tailored to meet the needs of each veteran’s specific enterprise. With this new program, we’re thrilled to partner with Sterling to provide support as the next generation of agricultural entrepreneurs is fostered in Vermont and beyond.”

In collaboration with Sterling’s partners at Yankee Farm Credit’s Farm Start program, each veteran who meets the criteria of the program will also be provided with access to business and finance planning consulting and management development programs. Additionally, based on creditworthiness, qualified participants will be eligible for the FarmStart program which includes up to a $50,000 working capital investment, a personal Farm Start advisor, and a written business plan.

“Yankee Farm Credit is enthusiastic to collaborate in the launch of the Veteran College-to-Farm Program at Sterling,” said George Putnam, President and CEO of Yankee Farm Credit. “We are proud to work with America’s farmer veterans and look forward to this partnership to help support the transition from service to college and then to launching farm businesses where veterans will continue to serve their neighbors and communities.”

This new program will enroll five students for September 2015. Priority will be given to those who apply by July 15, 2015.

GMFTS pilots fresh produce coupon program at local stores

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NEWPORT — Vermont Harvest, a new program piloted by Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS), will allow families receiving federal SNAP benefits, known in Vermont as 3SquaresVT, to purchase $75 worth of fresh fruits and vegetables at local NEK grocery stores.

The primary goal of the program is to increase the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables by low-income consumers participating in SNAP by providing incentives at the following retail locations:

C&C Supermarket in Barton
Ray’s Market in Irasburg
Craftsbury General Store in Craftsbury
Vista Foods in Newport

Beginning in August, SNAP participant households in Orleans and Essex counties will receive information about the program and instructions for redeeming their coupons, which will arrive beginning in September and remain valid through February 2016.

“This project will not only improve access to healthy food for residents but also it will open up new markets for our local food producers,” said Katherine Sims, Executive Director of GMFTS.

While Sims noted that the program won’t require participants to buy only locally grown food with their coupons, GMFTS will work to help retailers stock more local food through its distribution program, Green Mountain Farm Direct and directly from local farmers.


Leo Piette, Owner of Ray’s Market in Irasburg, said that he often encourages people to choose fruits and vegetables when they shop, but that having Vermont Harvest’s coupons will make buying fresh produce an easier choice for SNAP participants.

“They’ll have to use the coupons,” he said.

Vermont Harvest has been generously funded by a $93,000 grant that is part of $31.5 million in Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grants announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Vermont’s congressional delegation, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.), wrote a letter in support of the program to USDA Secretary Thomas Vilsack in December.

“SNAP is a helping hand to many families trying to stretch their food budget so that they can put three meals on the table every day,” Senator Patrick Leahy said. “But a helping hand is more than just putting food on a plate, it is offering healthy options to help form healthy lifestyles. Pairing this program with incentives to use local Vermont fruits and vegetables makes sense, and it’s a winning scenario for everyone. I am proud that Green Mountain Farm-to-School has been selected to continue its extraordinary work of connecting our children, farms and communities throughout the state.”

Craftsbury’s Anne Rowell to Head ‘Vermont First’

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Screen Shot 2015-03-08 at 2_FotorCRAFTSBURY — Sodexo, a leader in providing integrated facilities management and food service operations, recently announced the hiring of Anne Rowell of Craftsbury, as the director of its “Vermont First” local food initiative.

Rowell is a Vermont native, Middlebury College graduate and local food advocate. She will lead Sodexo’s program to help grow the local food economy and to supply consumers with more locally sourced food.

Rowell comes to Sodexo from her job as program manager of the Center for an Agricultural Economy in Hardwick, where she developed partnerships with private markets, institutions, farmers, and charitable food networks. While in college, she interned for Vermont Natural Coatings and Vermont Soy, both in Hardwick, and in the Washington, D.C. office of Senator Patrick Leahy.

“I have done this work on a micro-scale, and I am excited to help tap into the more than 7,000 local farms in Vermont that have annual sales of $673 million annually,” Rowell said. “With Sodexo’s support, farmers who don’t currently sell wholesale can make the infrastructure changes to do so. Vermont First will create jobs and expand markets.”

Rowell, who graduated magna cum laude from Middlebury, serves as the secretary of the Craftsbury Village Improvement Society, and is a member of the Town Planning Commission. She is a cellist in the Porter Brook Trio, and a volunteer stage manager of the Craftsbury Players summer music festival.

Sodexo, which serves approximately 34,000 institutional and corporate meals in Vermont daily, launched its “Vermont First” initiative in September. In announcing the venture, Phil Harty, Regional VP of Campus Services for Sodexo, committed the company to an annual summit on local food economics, to the training of providers, distributors and others, and to offering technical expertise in quality control to bring more local food into the supply chain.

“We want to be the leader in driving local food procurement, and Annie’s hiring is our first step in making that leadership a reality,” said Harty. “Her charge is to use the passion, expertise and market power of Sodexo to grow Vermont’s local food system in partnership with those who have been at this for many years.”

Chuck Ross, Vermont’s Secretary of Agriculture, Food & Markets, previously hailed “Vermont First” as benefiting farm sustainability, job creation, access to fresh local food, and our “agricultural literacy of understanding where our food comes from.”

Sterling College ranked top in nation for healthy, fair, and green college food system

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CRAFTSBURY COMMON — Sterling College, already known for growing 20 percent of its own food on campus, has been confirmed as the top college in the U.S. that eats food that is local, sustainable, humane, and fair-trade.

This ranking comes from the Real Food Challenge, which surveyed over 160 colleges and universities throughout the U.S.

After reviewing all of the food used in the Sterling College kitchen from June 2013 to June 2014, the college found that 76 percent of its food met the real food qualification for production methods. In comparison, the next-highest ranked institution eats only 34 percent real food.

“This is a significant achievement, and it reinforces that our entire community is invested in solving the biggest issues of the 21st century: our food, our water, our air, and our energy,” said President Matthew Derr. “We have one of the first sustainable agriculture programs in the country, and our students are tackling how to redesign the nation’s food system into one that is just, fair, and doesn’t exacerbate climate change.”

He continued, “We are leaps and bounds ahead of other higher education institutions on this issue because of our long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship and our ecological approach to farming and food systems.”

Students were excited about the findings. Sterling College students work on the on-campus farm and have a significant say in what food is served on campus.

“We keep Sterling special by growing a lot of our own food on campus and by not having vending machines here,” said Jesse Keck. “I was happy to learn that we had raised our real food consumption up from last year’s 73 percent. But being number one in the country shows that we’re not just studying environmental stewardship and sustainable food systems: we’re living it.”

Keck is one of the Food System Analysts for the 2014-15 school year for his Work Program job. “Going forward, we’re going to reach out to the community and see what we can do to improve our numbers even more for next year,” he said.

Simeon Bittman, the Executive Chef for Sterling College, agrees.

“The kitchen at Sterling is different from any kitchen I’ve worked at in my career,” he said. “We produce meals for every dietary need on campus—vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free, and all delicious. Our students are dedicated to making best use of the food we grow right here on campus and from our neighboring farms. There’s a passion for the entire food cycle here, from seedling to compost.”

Sterling’s Garden Manager, Gwyneth Harris, is pleased by the findings, but not terribly surprised. “At Sterling, we examine everything we do in terms of how it might affect the environment, from how we heat and light our campus to what coffee we use in the dining hall,” she said. “We use our campus as a living laboratory to grow our own food, but we also look at how to grow those crops for a changing climate, and how to feed our community in the best way possible.”

The survey also revealed that Sterling College eats 54 percent local food, meaning food that comes from either large farms within a 150 mile radius of campus, or small farms within a 250 mile radius.

Sterling College’s Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems has over 130 acres of farm and garden. Students grow crops, manage livestock, and use both tractors and draft horses to power the farm. The Center also includes an edible forest garden, the Alfond Draft Horse Barn, hoop houses, and a sugar house and sugarbush for maple syrup production.

Sterling College’s kitchen is at the center of the community’s life. All students must complete at least one week of dish chores per semester, student cooks work alongside the professional chefs, and Sterling uses no food service company to put out meals for all of the students, faculty, and staff.

The Real Food Challenge is an annual challenge for colleges and universities to have 20 percent real food on campus by 2020. Its goal is to shift $1 billion in institutional food spending to real food.

Winter Triathlon & 5K Snowrun to take place at Craftsbury Outdoor Center

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CRAFTSBURY — On Saturday, January 10, Craftsbury Outdoor Center will be hosting a Winter Triathlon & 5K Snowrun to benefit the Vermont non-profit, DREAM (Directing through Recreation, Education, Adventure, and Mentoring).

The event will consist of snow-running, snowshoeing and Nordic skiing.

Participants can also choose to run a solo 5K snowrun, or a team 15K triathlon.

There will be a shotgun start at 10 a.m. for the snowrun and all racers will participate in this leg. Triathletes and triathlon teams will continue after the snowrun with a snowshoe leg, followed by the Nordic leg.

Transitions between legs will take place at the start/finish line. Registration will open at 8:00 a.m. and there will be a race briefing at 9:30 a.m.

One dollar will be donated to the DREAM program for each mile completed.

The DREAM program supports over 350 mentoring pairs spread out over 18 local programs and 13 colleges throughout Vermont and the Greater Boston area. DREAM’s mission is to build communities of families and college students that empower youth from affordable housing neighborhoods to recognize their options, make informed decisions, and achieve their dreams.

For more information about this exciting event, please visit:

The Lunchbox to serve free samples of winter squash

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NEWPORT — The Lunchbox crew will be serving up free samples of winter squash during the first week of December. They will be giving out recipes and are looking to chat with people about how to cook healthy food this winter. Their schedule is as follows:

Thursday, December 4th
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. at C&C Market in Barton
3:45 – 4:45 p.m. at Ted’s in Island Pond

Friday, December 5th
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. at Vista in Newport City
3:45 – 4:45 p.m. at the Craftsbury General Store in Craftsbury

Monday, December 8th
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Ray’s in Irasburg

The Lunchbox is a program brought to you by Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS). GMFTS is a non-profit organization in Newport, that strengthens local food systems by promoting positive economic and educational relationships between schools, farms, and communities.

GMFTS supplies fresh, local food to schools and institutions and gives students of all ages the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy food choice through GMFTS’ school gardens, Farm to School Programs, food hub, and mobile farmers market.

Founded in 2008, GMFTS has grown rapidly, expanding their programming to serve schools and communities across northern Vermont. For more information, visit, call 802-334-2044, or stop by the office at 194 Main Street, Suite 301, Newport.

Sterling College faculty member Pavel Cenkl is planning a 275 km, 3-day solo run across Iceland, from the Atlantic to the Arctic

Sterling College faculty member to run 275K for climate resilience

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Sterling College faculty member Pavel Cenkl is planning a 275 km, 3-day solo run across Iceland, from the Atlantic to the Arctic
Sterling College faculty member Pavel Cenkl is planning a 275 km, 3-day solo run across Iceland, from the Atlantic to the Arctic

CRAFTSBURY — Pavel Cenkl, faculty in Environmental Humanities at Sterling College, is going the extra mile for climate resilience—171 extra miles.

Cenkl is planning on completing a 275 km (170.8 mile), 3-day solo run across Iceland, from the Atlantic to the Arctic, in June 2015 to highlight the role that athletes and adventurers play in building climate resistance.

“Climate change impacts all of us, but athletes have a unique relationship to the outdoors.” Cenkl says. “And we have a connection to our changing climate through the daily choices we make about how and where to travel, what equipment to use, and how we choose to support climate resilience initiative. It is in the best interest of the planet and of our own goals as an outdoor community to invest in building climate resilience.”

IMG_1854The run will be taking place in June of 2015. The run follows an ancient Viking path along both trails and roads among rivers, waterfalls, glaciers, thermal springs, and through a high desert. Cenkl chose Iceland for this project because the Arctic is among the places on earth where climate change is most apparent and most pronounced.

“Recent years have seen open water at the North Pole and melting permafrost in Siberia and Alaska,” Cenkl said. “Iceland has seen some glaciers retreat nearly 1000 meters over the past twenty years.”

Cenkl has been training for his run as both a solo runner and as the coach of the U.S.’s only collegiate Ultra Trail Running Team, Sterling College’s Skyrunners.

“My hope is to inspire other athletes, adventurers, and outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds to take the initiative to preserve the lands that we love to explore and to find solutions to the challenges of climate change.”

Sponsors for the run include Sterling College, University Center of the Westfjords, Level Renner, Atayne, PocketFuel, Petzl, the Catamount Trail Association, Newton Running, Yonder, Skida, Squirrel Stash Nuts, and the Craftsbury General Store.

Cenkl currently has a crowdsourced funding campaign to support both his run and to fund scholarships for students at both Sterling College and the University Center of the Westfjords in Iceland to study climate resilience. You can find Cenkl’s Indiegogo campaign at:

Man assaulted with mace and baseball bat then robbed in Craftsbury

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crime sceneCRAFTSBURY — A 48-year-old man from Craftsbury was the victim of an assault and robbery on Tuesday night. Police are reporting that at 8:30 p.m., they responded to the incident that took place at the victim’s home, located at 47 East Craftsbury Road.

Richard Gutzmann informed police that two subjects had stopped at his residence asking him for assistance, explaining that they were having trouble with their vehicle.

As Gutzmann turned for the telephone the subjects grabbed him, sprayed his face with some sort of mace or pepper spray, and assaulted him with a baseball bat. 

The subjects reportedly stole an undisclosed amount of money from Guzmann’s wallet before fleeing the scene in a vehicle of unknown description. 

The suspects are described as one Caucasian male approximately 6 foot tall with dark colored hair, dressed in dark clothing with a hood pulled tightly over his head. The other was described as a short male or female dressed in dark clothing and wearing a mask.

Gutzmann was transported to Copley Hospital by Hardwick Rescue Ambulance Service to be treated for his injuries.

State Police Troopers and detectives are continuing the investigation.  Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Vermont State Police Derby Barracks at 802-334-8881.

Northeast Kingdom Farm-to-School Conference

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Green Mountain Farm to School Newport VermontNEWPORT — The Northeast Kingdom Farm-to-School Conference is taking place on November 5, in Craftsbury. The conference will be exploring ways Farm to School Programs can celebrate, grow, and thrive. The conference is ideal for preschool – 12 educators, food service professionals, Farm to School Coordinators, administrators, farmers, parents, and students.

The conference is an excellent opportunity to network, ask questions and get involved in the farm-to-school network. The day will begin with presentations from inspiring individuals currently involved in the farm-to-school movement, workshops focused on engaging schools in farm-to-school practices, and break-out sessions that include farm field trips. Certificates available for professional development.

The day includes great workshops on:

Farm & Food Curriculum Connections (K-12), Improving and funding school meals, Best practices for school composting, Using school gardens as outdoor classrooms.

Harvest of the Month: Taste tests and beyond, Harvest Lessons, Hands-on field trips to local FTS sites and much, much more.

The early bird rate (until Oct. 24) is $20 half-day and $30 full day. The full price rate is $30 half-day and $40 full day. There is a special reduced rate for Food Service Staff and Farmers. The registration fee includes a delicious, local lunch prepared by Sterling College.

Registration is now open so please visit their website, to register.

The 2014 Conference is presented by Green Mountain Farm-to-School, Sterling College, and Vermont Community Foundation.

Wednesday, November 5th 2014
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Sterling College
Craftsbury, Vermont

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Albany man cited for recent thefts from Pete’s Greens farmstand in Craftsbury

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petes green garden stand craftsbury vermontALBANY — An Albany man was cited for larceny after police opened up an investigation into recent thefts at Pete’s Greens farmstand in Craftsbury.

Vermont State police are reporting that Charles King, 57, was questioned regarding the theft of money and vegetables from the farmstand.

The investigation showed that King made four separate thefts from the Craftsbury establishment. After further questioning King confessed to the crimes.

He was cited and released for larceny, and is scheduled to appear in court on November 18, 2014.

A pole was driven into the roof of a shed following a microburst early Saturday morning. Photo by meteorologist James Sinko of Lyndonville.

Tornado like damage caused by microburst in Craftsbury Saturday morning

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A pole was driven into the roof of a shed following a microburst early Saturday morning. Photo by meteorologist James Sinko of Lyndonville.
A pole was driven into the roof of a shed following a microburst early Saturday morning. Photo by meteorologist James Sinko of Lyndonville.

CRAFTSBURY — Parts of Orleans county had been under a tornado warning early Saturday morning, after meteorologists had detected some rotation in the clouds. Some had even believed that we got hit with a surprise tornado after reports of damage started coming in.

Near the intersection of Collinsville and Wild Branch Road in Craftsbury, a roof was torn off of a barn, bewteen six to ten pine trees were uprooted, and a pole was driven into the roof of a shed, as shown in the picture above.

One report from a turkey hunter who was out at around 4 a.m., said he had heard the sounds of a tornado.

By Saturday afternoon meteorologists from the National Weather Service were in Craftsbury inspecting wind damage.

They are saying that the incident early Saturday morning was not a tornado, but a microburst. The damage was isolated and confined mostly in this one area of Craftsbury.

A microburst is usually less than 2 1/2 miles wide, with peak winds lasting less than 5 minutes. They cause dangerous horizontal and vertical wind shears. The National Weather Service estimates maximum wind speed from Saturday’s incident to be around 75 miles per hour.

There were no injuries from the incident.

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