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Can-do spirit rescues Northwood Park trail loop
Local News
August 16, 2017

Can-do spirit rescues Northwood Park trail loop

By Julia Purdy

RUTLAND—Local park-goers succeeded in rerouting a popular walking loop at Northwood Park. A work party took place this past weekend to improve the trail.

But public access to the loop was nearly lost. On July 1, the city of Rutland officially closed…

Conserving lands, healing people
News Briefs
July 5, 2017

Conserving lands, healing people

By Julia Purdy

CUTTINGSVILLE—Just over a dozen people gathered in the meeting room at Spring Lake Ranch’s “Green House” Saturday, June 24, for an informal talk and guided walk to mark a double anniversary: Spring Lake Ranch’s 84th and Vermont Land Trust’s 40th. The two…

Ancient site found near proposed solar development in Rutland Town
Local News
May 31, 2017

Ancient site found near proposed solar development in Rutland Town

By Julia Purdy

RUTLAND  TOWN—Vermont has dozens of explored ancient sites that date as far back as 10,000-13,000 years and feature cookfires, refuse dumps, implements and workshops, points, pottery, charcoal and bones, shells, petroglyphs and even burials. Many more lie undisturbed beneath the surface on…

Birdseye Wildlife Management Area christened at gathering
Local News
May 10, 2017

Birdseye Wildlife Management Area christened at gathering

By Julia Purdy

CASTLETON—The Vermont Fish & Wildlife program to introduce the new Birdseye Wildlife Management Area was well attended despite the fierce windstorm the night before, Friday, May 5, that knocked out power from Clarendon to Pittsford and caused extensive tree damage throughout the…

Local News
May 10, 2017

Voters to consider national forest land purchase

By Julia Purdy

CHITTENDEN—On Wednesday, May 3, a public informational meeting was held on the proposed purchase by the Green Mountain National Forest of 2,052 acres in the town of Chittenden, currently owned by Blue Ridge Properties LLC. Presenters were Trust for Public Lands Project…

Route 4 road work continues, delays expected
Local News
May 3, 2017

Route 4 road work continues, delays expected

By Evan Johnson and Julia Purdy

Delays are expected this week as road work including drainage and milling is scheduled to continue on Route 4 this week. The project is scheduled to last through this spring and summer and covers a distance of roughly 14…

Vermont Fish & Wildlife creates new Bird’s Eye WMA
Local News
April 19, 2017

Vermont Fish & Wildlife creates new Bird’s Eye WMA

By Julia Purdy

On a recent early spring day, with snow still blanketing the woods, no green shoots were poking through just yet, but meltwater was trickling across the old woods road along the east flank of Birdseye, where deer and turkey had left recent…

Service cat Gabby helps the show go on
Local News
April 5, 2017

Service cat Gabby helps the show go on

By Julia Purdy

Gabby the cat is a licensed medical animal who rides on Matty Oldenshaw’s shoulder and warns him of an impending epileptic seizure. Oldenshaw, a sidewalk musician, can usually be found in downtown Rutland on Wednesdays at the corner of the Walmart parking…

“Mountain Manifesto” claims the high ground
News Briefs
March 29, 2017

“Mountain Manifesto” claims the high ground

By Julia Purdy

A new kind of nature book is hitting the stands. “The Mountain Manifesto: A Call to Protect the Green Mountains” is a detailed statement that aims to elevate the level of discourse around ridgeline development for industrial wind from the corporate bottom…