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Local & Regional briefs: Oct. 27, 2019

  • Dave and Marcia Selent, of Woodsville, attend the New Hampshire Association of Hospital Auxiliaries in Plymouth, N.H., where Marcia Selent was honored as the 2019 Auxiliary Volunteer of the Year. Courtesy photograph

Published: 10/26/2019 9:20:56 PM
Modified: 10/26/2019 9:20:54 PM
Vt. Secretary of State to visit White River Junction

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos will visit Hartford Town Hall from 6-8 p.m. on Monday as part of his fifth biennial Transparency Tour.

During his presentation, Condos will provide training and facilitate discussion on Vermont’s transparency laws; Vermont’s Public Records Act, and Open Meeting Law, in addition to giving a presentation about election security and administration, according to a news release.

“The public’s right to know is enshrined in our Vermont Constitution,” Condos said in the news release. “Vermonters deserve openness and transparency in government. By educating municipal and state employees, elected officials, and engaged residents on the requirements of government under Vermont’s Open Meeting Laws and the Public Records Act, I hope to help government officials of all stripes better serve Vermonters.”

VA hosts conference about pollution prevention

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The VA Medical Center in White River Junction will host a Pollution Prevention & Toxics Use Reduction Conference from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Thursday.

The conference includes presentation, training, networking and resources to assist businesses in reducing toxic chemicals and generating less hazardous waste, according to a news release.

Presenters include Lynn Metcalf and Celia Riechel, DEC Environmental Assistance office, both of the of the Dept. Environmental Conservation’s Environmental Assistance Office, and Maura Hawkins, of Berkshire Environmental Consultants Inc.

To register, visit

Upper Valley Haven seeks winter clothing

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Upper Valley Haven is looking for donations new or gently-used coats, jackets, hats, gloves, and mittens for adults and children.

Items can be dropped off at the Haven on from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Fridays through Nov. 29.

DAR rededicates historic monument

HARTFORD — Chittenden Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, which is located in White River Junction and has members from both Vermont and New Hampshire, rededicated a granite memorial at Meeting House Common in Hartford earlier this month.

Boy Scout Troop 260 of Hartford served as the color guard for the ceremony. The original was given to the Town of Hartford by the Thomas Chittenden DAR Chapter in 1911, as part of a townwide 150-year celebration of the chartering of Hartford by Governor Benning Wentworth in 1761, according to a news release from the nonprofit organization.

They decided to rededicate the monument in honor of the Daughters of the American Revolution’s National Day of Service. The Chittenden chapter was founded in 1904.

Regional commission receives Brownfield grant

WOODSTOCK — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awared Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission $300,000 brownfields assessment.

It is the sixth brownfield grant the regional commission has received, bringing the total to $1.6 million in the last two decades, according to a news release. The funding is used to figure out what contaminates are present on brownfield sites in Orange and Windsor counties and to come up with plan for cleaning them up.

“It is not unusual for us to spend more money figuring out what is on the site than it costs later for any cleanup,” senior planner Kevin Geiger said in the release.

Some examples of redevelopment that benefited from past assessments include Prospect Street in Hartford, Salisbury Square in Randolph, the expansion of FarmWay in Bradford and the East End in Woodstock.

Climate change workshop targets farmers

PLAINFIELD — Upper Valley farmers and growers are invited to attend a workshop and tour at Edgewater Farm from 3-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6.

Chris Skoglund, of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, is se to discuss climate change impacts in the region and across the globe and potential considerations for developing resilient agricultural systems, according to a news release from Vital Communities, which is sponsoring the workshop along with Land For Good.

Edgewater Farm, host of this workshop and tour, has been implementing climate adaptive field techniques for several years, according to the release.

They have come to rely on high tunnels and other strategies for protected growing of the farm’s key crops and the importance of practices that build the soil’s health and resiliency.

The program is part of a larger Vital Communities initiative called the Farmer Climate Network, which aims to connect, and provide resources, to farmers throughout the region who are concerned about climate change and its impact on their farms.

To register, visit or by contact Nancy LaRowe at Vital Communities at 802-291-9100 or

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