Yesterday we stopped by East Charlotte's annual Tractor Parade to see what all the commotion was about - and we were not disappointed. There was an impressive turn-out of spectators and we noted that most of the license plates pulling into the parking field were bright green (Vermont plates). Don't get me wrong, it's great to have out-of-state visitors as well. But it's also very encouraging to see the local community come out in full force to support an event like the Tractor Parade for its 15th annual event.
The leaves are finally turning up here in Vermont, and it's a glorious sight to be seen. Along with the foliage come the many leaf-peepers! And nothing pairs better with Vermont leaf-peeping than some delicious Vermont beer, so we've put together a list of some of our favorite breweries or beers that we suggest adding to your trip's itinerary.
9/24/15 — “Exposure To Phthalate Chemicals In Plastic May Reduce Men's Sperm Motility” (Medical Daily). Yet another study links phthalate exposure to fertility problems; this Swedish study showed that higher phthalate exposure among young men aged 18-20 correlated to lower sperm motility.
9/25/15 — “A Watchful Eye on Farm Families’ Health” (New York Times Opinion). Farmworker communities are disproportionately vulnerable to toxic organophosphates through multiple pathways. There’s an important environmental-justice issue at play.
I first met local mover-and-shaker Thaddues (also known as Tad) Cooke when I discovered his incredible photography and his work with the New Moran project. Located on the Burlington waterfront, the Moran Plant has been a local landmark since it was built in 1952 as a coal burning power plant. It was decommissioned in 1986 and remained derelict until 2014 when three Burlington residents (including Tad) proposed the New Moran master plan for the preservation and adaptive reuse of Moran Plant. We caught up with Tad to get the full scoop on the project and discover what keeps this 9th generation Vermonter rooted and inspired in the green mountain state.