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Town of Monkton

The Monkton Planning Commission is creating a map of geological resources in town and it's asking property owners to contribute by letting them know about their wells. They're hoping to gather as much information as possible before the end of this week and they're offering prizes to help get the job done.

The Road Pitch business bikers will tour Vermont in August. Eight towns are awarded Community Development Block Grants. Festivals this weekend celebrate Abenaki heritage, Barre history and barbecue.

This week Gov. Peter Shumlin stood near a failed retaining wall in Brattleboro to announce the eight towns receiving a combined $2,854,000 in Community Development Block Grants. The grants award federal funds to local communities via the Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development.

Bob LoCicero

Last summer, a group of Vermont business investors and advisors went on a motorcycle tour of the state to hear pitches from entrepreneurs – like a Green Mountain version of television's Shark Tank. This August they're doing it again.

Jeb Wallace Brodeur

RockFire, Barre's three-day celebration of local history and art, returns this weekend for its fourth year. If you're into live music, bonfires, abandoned quarries and/or discovering art in unexpected places, then this is the festival for you. If it's food festivals that light you up, then Waterbury is the place to be this weekend for the premier Vermont State BBQ Championship.

Between National Get Outdoors Day and Vermont Days, there are many free activities to choose from this weekend. The Vermont Library Association is encouraging patrons to visit libraries throughout the state with its Passport to Vermont Libraries summer program. Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union is hosting a community conversation on Vermont's new education governance law.

OSSU

Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union is hosting a public conversation on H.361, the education governance law signed by Gov. Peter Shumlin last week. The school boards of the supervisory union's member towns, Craftsbury, Greensboro, Hardwick, Stannard, Wolcott and Woodbury, have invited the public and the district's elected officials to join the conversation.

Aspects of the new law that will be addressed at the meeting include:

Jessamyn West / Vermont Library Association

The Vermont Library Association is taking a page out of the 251 Club's playbook or, more accurately, its travel journal. The VLA has signed up 99 libraries around Vermont to issue library passports to encourage patrons to visit other Vermont libraries this summer.

John C. Stewart & Son, Inc.

On June 17, 1915 John C. Stewart opened a Ford dealership in Cuttingsville. One hundred years later, a fourth generation of Stewarts is operating John C. Stewart & Son, Inc. and still selling Ford vehicles in the Shrewsbury village of Cuttingsville.

The Vermont National Guard breaks ground on a vehicle maintenance facility in North Hyde Park. Vermont forest groups aim to train at least one Forest Pest First Detector in each town. Doctors are writing prescriptions to go spend time at state parks.

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