Monday, June 29, 2015

Rainy week

It's apparently the rainy season, or at least it feels like it.  We're experiencing a lot of rain this past week, and will probably enjoy some more during the next, according to VPR.

It's not good news for those of us growing stuff:
Across the state some farmers have reported they're harvesting only half as much hay as their fields normally produce. Others say their corn definitely won't be knee-high by the 4th of July...  
“It’s actually fairly well-drained soil, but with the rainfall we’ve had we’re seeing lots of ponding,” says Workman, an agronomy outreach professional with UVM Extension, as she points to struggling corn stalks sitting in several inches of water. “What we really are seeing across Chittenden, Addison, Franklin counties is nutrient deficiencies in the corn crops and soy corps because of all the rain.”

Up on Pearl Lee, our woods were quite misty after so much precipitation:

Friday, June 19, 2015

Travel honor for Ripton business

Ripton's own Robert Frost Cabins just received a fine award. gave the cabins a Certificate of Excellence, once againaccording to the Times Argus.

The award recognizes the property as top performing lodging and celebrates excellence in hospitality. Robert Frost Mountain Cabins received the Certificate of Excellence award as a result of consistently achieving exceptional traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.
Congratulations and well done, Carol and Marty!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Ripton bird walk this Saturday

Blackburnian Warbler
Ripton's bird experts will host a bird walk this Saturday at the Robert Frost Interpretive Trail:
Meet us at the parking area. Wear comfortable shoes, bring binoculars if you have them, and don’t forget bug spray. We’ll walk the trail and identify the species we find there.
Beginner to expert, everyone is welcome!
*For questions call Warren and Barry King at 388-4082
or Rebecca Purdum at 388-9791 

The event begins at 7 am, and will last until 9.

Sponsored by the Ripton Conservation Commission.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Arguments over East Middlebury airport expansion

Middlebury town residents disagree over a possible expansion to the East Middlebury airport.  According to Vermont Digger some locals support the expanded airport for safety and economic development reasons.  Others oppose it for sound quality problems, which could impact Ripton, as well as seeing the expansion as a gift solely for the rich.

Friday, May 15, 2015

CD release party on Saturday night

On Saturday night, May 16th, a CD release party will be held at the Ripton Community Church.  Starting at 7:30 PM and running until 9:00 PM, the Michele Fay Band will unleash their new recording.
According to a FrontPorchForum posting,
The band features original and Americana music that brings forth a comfortable groove of folk, swing, and bluegrass-influenced songs that are woven seamlessly together. 
Entrance is $8 for adults, $4 for kids.  There will be food.  Proceeds go towards the continued restoration of this historical building.
For more information, call: 388-1062 or 388-6863.

(thanks to Lisa Knickerbocker and Norm Tjossen)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Fires and no fires in Ripton

We're under a burn ban for the moment, due to very dry weather.

On the Robert Frost Trail the Forest Service conducted a very careful prescribed burn.
 It was dicey to be burning at all. The previous morning, the 15-member crew had assembled only to discover the National Weather Service had just issued a "red flag" advisory warning of high wildfire risk. The combination of 80-degree weather, clear skies, gusting winds, low humidity and still-bare branches made for a significant threat of wildfire. 
"It's kind of like tempting the devil to burn on a red-flag day,'' said Boness, who is fire management officer for the Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forests.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Celebration of Life in memory of Justine Billings

Please join us on Saturday, May 16th, for a celebration of Life in memory of Justine Billings.

The event begins at 11 am in the Ripton Community Church.  There will be pot luck food.
(thanks to Lisa Whitman)