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Re: “David Blittersdorf Bets on Vermont Commuter Rail

Visionary? Yes, to a degree. Why not completely visionary? Because the need for rail transit in Vermont is just plain obvious. The single occupant car/truck model of transportation is antiquated, expensive and dirty.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Clay Turnbull on 08/14/2017 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Conflict Brews Between Charlotte Hops Farm and Its Neighbors

I'm concerned that the water situation, arguably the most important issue in this Hobby/Enterprise, is relegated to a "learn as you go" status. Is it known how much water is required? Is there a contingency plan if the neighbors' water source is drained or contaminated? But, more importantly, given the location of this hobby with respect to Lake Champlain, what about the runoff of the pesticide laden water? Does the runoff magically miss impacting the lake in the same way that pesticides magically don't hurt bees just because you say they don't?
There's a diminishing bee population that might dispute the "magical thinking" logic regarding pesticides.

It would appear there needs to be a lot more work to insure the safety of our lake and our bees to be done before this hobby commences.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Cathy Huskisson on 08/14/2017 at 9:45 AM

Re: “Conflict Brews Between Charlotte Hops Farm and Its Neighbors

Nice to see some innovation and agriculture in our state. To all the suburbanites that feel NIMBY,,, move back to New Jersey. If he gets chickens it will get worse, a rooster, OMG

8 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Pixelvt on 08/07/2017 at 2:41 PM

Re: “Conflict Brews Between Charlotte Hops Farm and Its Neighbors

Hops production, like other commercial crops, may sometimes require the judicious application of certain chemical products in order to minimize the potential for crop failure. However, the resource demands and hidden costs of raising a successful crop of affluent rural suburbanites on an identical plot in the Charlotte countryside are infinitely greater.

32 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by flipflopfly on 08/05/2017 at 10:27 AM

Re: “David Blittersdorf Bets on Vermont Commuter Rail

I hope it works! Can not wait to railfan more trains!

7 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Vermont Railfan on 08/03/2017 at 7:19 PM
Posted by Rich ard on 08/02/2017 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Conflict Brews Between Charlotte Hops Farm and Its Neighbors

In Charlotte,McMansions good, Hop farms bad, NIMBYs whining.

41 likes, 18 dislikes
Posted by Thomas Sperry on 08/02/2017 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Conflict Brews Between Charlotte Hops Farm and Its Neighbors

Pesticide drift has been a problem for neighbors in Vermont, as well as the Ag Agency's support of the use of toxic chemicals. VCE did a report in 2002 detailing three different experiences http://vce.org/deancrisisagvt.html.

The issue of using a site for processing has also been a nightmare for neighbors, as detailed in this testimony from 2004 http://vce.org/righttofarmtestimony.html. In that case, an apple orchard expanded into an apple processing/bagging facility and took on other customers. After credible complaints from neighbors, the Ag Dept. sided with the farmers.

Vermont's sacred cow of agriculture has imbedded so many waives from environmental rules that it is very difficult for neighbors to address potential problems before they happen and virtually impossible after the project is operating. In one case, VCE assisted the South Woodstock community in dealing with a proposed lamb feedlot and slaughterhouse. After learning there was zero public comment or participation component, the neighbors pooled resources and purchased the property and it is now the award winning Vermont Farmstead Cheese operation.

Why is it so hard to be good neighbors? To Mr. Briggs, I would say if you haven't figured out your water needs and the impacts on the neighbors, I suggest stopping and working with a credible hydrogeologist to evaluate the needs and issues so that there is a way to address problems if people's wells go dry or if the neighboring farmers are negatively impacted.

35 likes, 36 dislikes
Posted by A. Smith on 08/02/2017 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Looking for a Hero: A Champlain Islands Institution Is for Sale

Nice, well-written story....worth a visit....

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Posted by Bill Keogh on 06/28/2017 at 9:53 PM

Re: “Rocket Erotic Offers Positive Sex Ed With Its Toys

In an age when you can buy anything you want on the Internet, it's good to see a good old-fashioned "brick-and-mortar" sex store, even of the "pop-up" variety. We need more places in Vermont where people can buy sex toys. More sex toys and more people buying them in real stores!

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Posted by Leonard Bast on 06/28/2017 at 5:10 PM

Re: “Update: Finally Christine

I am so ABSOLUTELY happy for Christine and I wish her the best. She is an inspiration to many. She is courageous and very strong to be able to do what she did. I am so incredibly happy that she is able to live out the rest of her life just the way she wants to and to be the person she has always known she was. My heart goes out to her

Posted by Nicole Hayes on 06/18/2017 at 9:06 PM

Re: “At Butterworks Farm, a Family Faces Succession

Terrific account on how back to landers from the 60's and 70's have followed the transitional history of Vemont's rural based economy that is now being passed on to the next generation. Bothfeld, whose family farm in Cabot overlooks central Vermont's working landscape, captures this historical context, "...coupled with the baby boomers' march into retirement, could represent a sea change in Vermont agriculture. She likened it to the "last big one" from merino sheep to dairy in the mid-19th century.Is it a crisis? Bothfeld doesn't think so. She seemed confident that Vermont will remain an agricultural place, and dairy will continue to be a big part of it."
Vermont continues to inspire and support the pioneering, can do, hard work is good ethos of a land based economy that we should all cherish and support.
Peter Peltz
Woodbury

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Peter Peltz on 06/14/2017 at 9:17 PM

Re: “Bridal Brawls: The Old Lantern Fights Its Neighbors Over Noise

I owned property next door to a residence owned by Wygmans in downtown Burlington, for years. His place was an eyesore. At one point, a dilapidated garage in his back yard fell down and while the bulk of the structure was removed, it wasnt excavated in its entirety. It was an unsightly heap of rotten wood, broken glass, rusty nails and metal, with weeds and seedlings growing around it. I sent several emails asking him to clean it up. Wygmans wasnt a reasonable neighbor and had no concern for how his property affected us. Out of curiosity, I drove by his Burlington property this morning; there isnt a working screen or window on the front porch and the front lawn hasnt seen a mower this year. I guess because the property isnt located in Charlotte Wygmans feels that he doesnt have to be respectful to the neighbors.

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by mmchenry on 05/23/2017 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Bridal Brawls: The Old Lantern Fights Its Neighbors Over Noise

There is fault here on both sides, but the real guilty party is the Town. Whenever you have a large commercial venture in a residential area...especially a quiet rural one...you need to have proper regulations in place.

The Old Lantern operated in a "neighborly" manner for many years, and the existing residents nearby tolerated occasional issues. Then new owners expanded the business, took advantage of the lack of regulation, and also the new homeowners who bought the residences nearby had no relationship with the new operator. Their quality-of-life went down as business grew. This led to conflict.

Sadly, this is not an uncommon scenario. And it is the prime reason why zoning exists in the first place. Let's hope the Town can adopt regulations that reasonably satisfy both parties.

15 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by VTPolicyAnalyst on 05/17/2017 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Bridal Brawls: The Old Lantern Fights Its Neighbors Over Noise

I would never buy property near a wedding venue because every weekend is going to be noisy. That these people bought a house next door to the Old Lantern, and have been throwing fits over wedding noise, is completely stupid.

These neighbors are not only stupid, they are entitled douches and I hope a judge forces them to pay the Old Lantern's legal fees and forces them to take classes in how not to be stupid and volunteer at the country club to learn how annoying entitled people are.

Pro tip: Don't buy a house near a railroad crossing then complain about the train.

19 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 05/17/2017 at 1:34 PM

Re: “Milk Money Matches Local Investors and Vermont Businesses

The whole point of investing for retirement is that you invest, and then at some later point in time, you hopefully get back more than what you paid in. This whole article, and the website from what I can see, talks about the first part - giving money. But I see nothing about how you get your investment back. Maybe you have to register on the site to get this info, but I even looked at several business' info pages and they only talked about how they were going to use your money - not how you might ever get any of it back.

Posted by Cathy on 04/13/2017 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Milk Money Matches Local Investors and Vermont Businesses

Here's the website if you're still looking: https://www.milkmoneyvt.com/

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Michael-7D on 04/11/2017 at 7:51 AM

Re: “Milk Money Matches Local Investors and Vermont Businesses

Went to Milk Money website. Found some nonsense about billboards in NY. Nothing about VT investment.

Posted by Walter Moses on 04/10/2017 at 2:44 PM

Re: “Cash or Trade Reimagines the Secondary Ticket Market

It strikes me as unfortunate that the acronym for Cash or Trade (CoT) is so similar to the acronym for Burlington's Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS). If you are going to use an acronym, I think some consideration should be given to not trespassing on existing organizations' brands.

0 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by Jay Sprout on 04/06/2017 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Cash or Trade Reimagines the Secondary Ticket Market

Thank you! Growing this global face value movement & keeping face value tickets in the hands of the fans has been an absolute honor & privilege.

The community of over a quarter million fans within our social networks spanning 25 countries is gaining momentum as we discuss partnerships with performers and venues across the nation.

We just welcomed two new members to the experienced development team, and recently upgraded the office on church street. Stay tuned as we launch our new site and many iOS any android app updates packed with secure trading features.

We are currently in discussion with investors and artists who share our values toward building this fair-trade marketplace & turning it into a 7 figure company by 2019. Creating jobs in Vermont and expanding CoTs reach will result in more fans seeing the music and sport they love without being exploited by this broken industry.

Brando and I could not be more grateful for this opportunity, and we will be relentless in our quest to create a solid technology helps unite fans across all genres. At the end of the dayit is our eternal love for the music, sport, and for one another that drives us forward. See you on summer tour.

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by CoT on 04/05/2017 at 3:55 PM

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