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Fly to Pie this Sunday

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WEST GLOVER — Runners, bikers, and hikers are rolling into the roster for another “Fly to Pie,” this coming Sunday.

Fly to Pie is a road race for individuals and families across the beautiful dirt roads through “the gut” of the Northeast Kingdom.

The 10km race and walk will start off in Irasburg Common.

The 13.5-mile, 17-mile, and 26.2-mile runners and bikers will start at the airport in Coventry.

All participants end up at Parker Pie in West Glover.

Parker Pie promises all the pizza you can eat, with Hill Farmstead Beer on tap.

There will be music on site provided by Beg, Steal or Borrow.

In addition, 20 percent of all registration fees go directly to The Halo Foundation, to support individuals and their families in their fight against cancer.

Christine Hallquist speaking at Parker Pie on Wednesday

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WEST GLOVER — Christine Hallquist, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor, will be speaking to the Orleans County Democratic Committee during their monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 25 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Parker Pie in West Glover.

The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome.

Hallquist, the former CEO of Vermont Electric Cooperative which is based in Johnson, has said that the number one issue for her campaign will be rural economic development.

She also plans to advocate for a strong social safety net for unemployed Vermonters, universal healthcare, universal broadband and a $15 minimum wage.

“We encourage everyone to come see Christine speak and learn more about what the Orleans County Dems are doing up in the Northeast Kingdom,” said Mimi Smyth, chair of the Orleans County Democratic Committee.

Since Smyth took over as chairperson of the Orleans County Democratic Committee last year, the committee says they have been working hard to bring together local groups that feel left behind by the “hard shift right” they say the Republican party has taken nationally and on the state level.

“I know there are many people in Orleans county and all over the Northeast Kingdom who feel like their perspectives aren’t being heard and I understand their frustration,” said Smyth. “That’s why we’re working hard to build a Democratic party in the Northeast Kingdom that is inclusive of all those voices.

Also attending the Orleans County Democratic Committee meeting on Wednesday will be Dan Freilich, who is running against Rep. Peter Welch, and Rob Hipskind of the Vermont Democratic Party.

“Whether liberal, moderate, or conservative, anyone who wants to see a change from the politics-as-usual in our area will be welcomed with open arms,” Smyth added.

Two local farms participating in Vermont’s Open Farm Week

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NEWPORT — Farmers across Vermont will throw open their barn doors and garden gates to welcome the public for a behind­-the­-scenes look at Vermont’s vibrant working landscape. Vermont’s Open Farm Week is underway, and two local farms are participating.

Berry Creek Farm

1342 Vermont Route 100
Westfield, VT 05874
802.744.2406

Berry Creek Farm is dedicated to pursuing sustainable organic agricultural enterprises linking local food to the community.

Berry Creek Farm invites everyone to join them in the Open Farm/CSA Open House/Nofavore Celebration on Thursday, August 6, from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. There will be the NOFA wood fired pizza oven cooking delicious pizzas with Berry Creek Farm toppings, a farm tour, and activities for children.

Tangletown Farm

80 King Place
West Glover, VT 05875
802-525-1313

Tangletown Farm is inviting everyone to visit their farm during Open Farm Week on Sunday, August 9, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come pet a donkey and wander from field to field seeing all the animals. There will be lots of fun for the whole family.

Open Farm Week is a weeklong celebration of Vermont farms. Over 100 farms are participating, many of whom are not usually open to the public.

Open Farm Week offers Vermonters and visitors alike educational opportunities to learn more about local food origins, authentic agritourism experiences, and the chance to build relationships with local farmers.

Activities vary and may include milking cows and goats, harvesting vegetables, collecting eggs, tasting farm fresh food, scavenger hunts, hayrides, farm dinners, and live music.

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Exploded mailboxes in West Glover have police on alert

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WEST GLOVER — Police are investigating a series of bizarre vandalism incidents that occurred early Thursday morning in West Glover. One mailbox was set on fire, and another blown up at around 1:30 a.m.

Police are saying that early this morning they were dispatched to West Glover after someone called in a complaint that a mailbox was on fire on West Shore Road, near Parker Lake.

Moments later a second concerned citizen reported what sounded like gunshots coming from County Road approximately a mile from where the complaint of the burning mailbox was. Both callers described a loud exhaust system coming from a vehicle at the time of the incidents.

Police say that the mailbox that was set on fire was done with an accelerant such as gasoline or kerosene placed in a plastic bottle inside. There were tire tracks leading to and from the burnt mailbox that were mud terrain type tires.

The second mailbox had been broken into pieces from what police say appeared to be an explosion from inside the mailbox. There were mud terrain type tire tracks going to and from that mailbox as well.

Vermont State Police are looking for any tips that may lead to the apprehension of those responsible, and are requesting the public to contact the Derby Barracks if they have any information.

Sweet Rowen Farmstead awarded $24,661 by USDA

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Sweet Rowen FarmsteadWEST GLOVER — Sweet Rowen Farmstead in West Glover was just awarded a grant of $24,661 by the USDA, to help in hiring and employee training, as well as developing nutritional labels for their products. The award was part of the USDA’s Value-Added Producer Grant program.

The modest but targeted program helps agricultural producers grow their businesses by turning raw commodities into value-added products, expanding marketing opportunities, and developing new uses for existing products.

Sweet Rowen Farmstead is a grass-based, family owned and operated dairy farm. They milk a small herd of Randall Lineback cattle, a heritage Vermont breed. Their barn is situated between woodlands and several rich fields where they grow and cut their own hay.

Sweet Rowen began selling milk in 2011, bottling a small volume each week at a rented facility in Albany. In September of that year, the bottling room was lost during a devastating fire, forcing the farm to reconsider their options. They decided to build their own creamery on their family land, enabling them to bottle all of their milk on-site and sell it locally.

The creamery opened in May of 2012, and now produces small batches of delicious, non-homogenized milk and fresh cheese.

Sweet Rowen Farm West Glover Vermont

“The Value-Added Grant Program has been a great success in Vermont and fits well into our efforts to upgrade and diversify our economy,” Senator Patrick Leahy said. “Value-added agriculture creates new jobs, contributing to community and rural economic development and building on the record and reputation for quality that has become a Vermont trademark. Rewarding and supporting the innovation and hard work of Vermont farms like Sweet Rowen Farmstead is a great way and a smart way to move our agricultural economy forward.”

Leahy fought hard and succeeded in renewing the value-added promotion program in this year’s 2014 Farm Bill, overcoming strong opposition.

Since 2009, the USDA has awarded 863 Value-Added Producer Grants totaling $108 million. Twenty percent of the grants and 16 percent of total funding has been awarded to beginning farmers and ranchers. The 2014 Farm Bill increases mandatory funding for the program from $15 million to $63 million over five years, while also reauthorizing an additional $40 million in discretionary funding.

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