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Town of Northfield News

Norwich receives $16.4 million for creation of a National Cyber Fusion Research and Development Center

01/20/2023

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Norwich University was announced to receive over $16 million in federal funding in support of the University’s commitment to creating the best cybersecurity educational program in the country.

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, cast his final vote in the Senate on a bill that will fund over 30 projects across Vermont including two for Norwich.

Leahy secured $16.4 million in Congressional Directed Spending for the Norwich University Multi-disciplinary Cyber Fusion Research and Development Center to create educational and workforce training opportunities in areas such as cybersecurity, information operations and dominance, computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and real-time decision-making practices.

“Innovations in cybersecurity and the importance of cyber education and workforce development is critical to our state and our nation,” said President Mark Anarumo. “Norwich is honored to receive this federal funding, which demonstrates the value placed on our institution as critical to building the leaders needed in critical fields. I share my very personal gratitude for Senator Patrick Leahy who continues to champion the abilities and efforts of Norwich University and our dedication to securing the future of this great country.”

Norwich has a long history of being an educational leader in the cyber domain. In 1999, the University created a degree in Computer Security & Information Assurance, one of the first cybersecurity-based programs in the country.

Needing to Install or Replace Your Water or Waste System? You Could Get Funding From the State!

12/13/2022

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The Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) is providing a second round of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to support low- and moderate-income Vermont homeowners in repairing or replacing their failed or inadequate on-site water or wastewater systems – often referred to as wells or septic systems.

Eligible homeowners may apply for this round of ARPA On-Site funding (bit.ly/VT-On-Site) by January 31, 2023. The application process (https://bit.ly/OS-Process) includes submitting an online pre-qualification application. For assistance filling out the pre-qualification application, please contact by email: ANR.HealthyHomes@vermont.gov or by phone: 802-828-0141 or 877-344-0354 (toll-free).

“ANR’s mission is to protect both human health and the environment,” said Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner John Beling. “This funding helps us carry out this mission and help Vermonters gain equitable access to clean drinking water and sanitation.”

With limited funding, ANR will select approximately 150-200 priority projects to receive funding based on income, environmental impact, household demographics, and severity of system failure. ANR anticipates contacting applicants with their award status by May 1, 2023. Awardees must complete their projects and spend the funding by the end of 2026.

To be eligible for funding, applicants must:

Have a failed or inadequate on-site drinking water and/or wastewater system (also known as wells, springs, septic systems or tanks, leach fields, drywells, or cesspools)
Own and live on a residential property with either a single-family home or an owner-occupied, multi-family home with up to four units
Earn a household income of less than $80,835 per year
Community groups cannot directly receive awards but can help homeowners apply or learn about the funding. For those with accessibility needs, ANR has a dedicated staff member to help fill out the pre-qualification application over the phone at no cost. To learn more and apply, visit the funding webpage (bit.ly/VT-On-Site).

“Wells and septic systems can be costly to repair,” said DEC Director of Environmental Compliance Adam Miller. “This funding will help many low- and moderate-income Vermonters to be able to afford these critical fixes that ensure safe, reliable systems and healthier living.”

ANR first announced this funding in 2021, and received an overwhelming response, revealing a true underlying need for lower income Vermonters to access support for basic water and sanitation at their homes. Previous applicants do not need to submit a new application as ANR will automatically consider their first application in the second round.

The $5 million in first round funding is currently being distributed to over 180 homeowners across the state.

If you need help, you can contact the Northfield Economic Development Department at 802-485-9835 or tdavis@northfield.vt.us.

Missed The Dog River Symposium? See The Presentations Here

10/19/2022

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On Sunday, September 11, 2022, the Northfield Conservation Commission hosted a symposium entitled "The Dog River: Now and in the Future." The symposium included the three presentations listed below. You can view the PowerPoint slides for each by clicking links below.

"River Dynamics: Understanding the Science of River Processes and Flooding,"
Gretchen Alexander, River Scientist, Vermont Rivers Program
https://www.northfield-vt.gov/_files/ugd/13fb68_99a83ed669a544b38e558778591cde11.pdf

"Dog River: Big trout to no trout* (*A rough estimate)"
Will Eldridge, Aquatic Habitat Biologist, Vermont Fish & Wildlife
https://www.northfield-vt.gov/_files/ugd/13fb68_ebb46a4c272e464b8055cbcdb8f11d59.pdf

"Winooski River Tactical Basin Planning Process: Dog River"
Vermont Water Investment Division
https://www.northfield-vt.gov/_files/ugd/13fb68_8085861a49dc4ecd90215768ce579129.pdf

Northfield Recognized As One of Vermont's "Next Adventure Towns"

10/14/2022

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Gov. Phil Scott announced in May of 2022 that $4,549,313 in grants from the Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative (VOREC) had been awarded to 24 municipalities and nonprofit organizations around the state for projects to enhance outdoor recreation and foster economic growth. One of the towns was Northfield, thanks to the hard work of our local VOREC Steering Committee.

Highlighted in an article in Vermont Sports, here is what the article had to say about Northfield.

Given that Norwich University and Darn Tough, the sock company, are both headquartered in Northfield, it is surprising that this area hasn’t yet been ‘discovered’ as a center for outdoor recreation.
That could change soon. Many years ago, a ski area stood in Northfield. Now, those trails are being revived by the Shaw Outdoor Center at Norwich University. In winter, strap on snowshoes or climbing skins and head up the old trails.
If motorized sports are your thing, Northfield is connected to the VAST trail network, which can take you all the way to Berlin. In summer, hike or bike up Paine Mountain among the wildflowers. The Dog River, with headwaters in Roxbury, flows north to meet the Winooski. Here, you will find Vermont fishing at its finest and several legendary swimming holes along Route 12 provide a chance to cool off. Visit the Dog River Park, for inspiring mountain views, and walk the paths that wind through the natural grasses ending at the river.
The Northfield Town Forest and adjoining Shaw Outdoor Center are hidden gems for hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, skiing and snowshoeing that even many Vermonters are not aware of.
What the VOREC Grant Will Do:
A VOREC grant of $122,965 will help the town create a wayfinding masterplan. Future maps will include both town forest and Shaw Outdoor Center trails and be available at welcome kiosks and at downtown businesses. The grant will also help restore the Lybrand/Slate Avenue trail and repair damage from storms, including Tropical Storm Irene, that washed out the trail.
The iconic “Hawk Watch” lean-to on the ridgeline was repaired this past year. The VOREC funding will continue the improvement of this area by removing invasive species and restoring a magnificent view to the west. It will also help augment the lending stock of winter recreation equipment at the Brown Public Library.
Eat/Play/Stay/Shop: The Falls General Store located in Northfield Falls offers everything from prepared meals and sandwiches to fine wines. Visit Carrier Roasting on a weekend morning and you may see a flock of bikes and riders lingering over freshly roasted coffee. East Street really comes alive when adjoining business Good Measure Pub and Brewery opens their doors. Outside tables provide views of the surrounding hills and the downtown area. The Common in Northfield is now a welcoming outdoor space thanks to a Better Places grant award. Visit the pizzeria or one of two cafes. The Margaret Holland Inn’s new owners have recently updated this historic inn on Main Street.

State Funds Help Improve Northfield's Lybrand Trail

09/01/2022

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Local hikers gathered to celebrate the improvements made to the Lybrand Trail thanks to state funding! A ribbon-cutting ceremony preceded hikes to the pond on Slate Avenue (.75 mile) and the Cheney Field (2.0 miles).

The Lybrand Trail restoration project was made possible by a grant from the Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative (VOREC) program. This program is designed to improve outdoor recreation infrastructure and promote economic development in Vermont communities. The project was a collaboration between the town of Northfield and Norwich University.

The Lybrand Trail is a popular destination for hikers, birders, and nature lovers of all ages. The trail winds through woods and meadows, offering views of the Green Mountains and the Connecticut River Valley. The restored trail will be easier to hike and more enjoyable for all users.

This project would not have been possible without the support of VOREC, the town of Northfield, and Norwich University. We are grateful for their investment in our community and our outdoor recreation resources.

Should the Amtrak Vermonter Stop in Northfield? Please take our survey.

09/14/2022

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Thank you for taking the Amtrak Stop Survey. Results will be published soon.

Northfield Residents:
Pursue a New Career With VSAC's Workforce Development Funding Program

August 25, 2022

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The Vermont Legislature passed a bill in June 2022 to invest in Vermont’s workforce shortage.

VSAC, in partnership with other Vermont agencies, will offer grants and interest-free forgivable loans that will help eligible students afford the degree or training they need to pursue the career they want, such as skilled trades, early childhood education, nursing, mental health care, and more.

Here are the areas where funding is available.

Early Childhood Education Forgivable Loan Program https://www.vsac.org/become-early-childhood-educator-vermont-tuition-free

Vermont Nursing Forgivable Loan Program https://www.vsac.org/pursue-career-nursing-tuition-free

Vermont Trades Forgivable LoanProgram
https://www.vsac.org/pursue-career-skilled-trades-tuition-free

Vermont National Guard Tuition Benefit Program
Link coming soon


Vermont Dentist Forgivable Loan Program
Link coming soon


QUESTIONS:
See all programs at https://www.vsac.org/workforce-development-funding.
Contact VSAC at https://www.vsac.org/contact or call 888-253-4819.

Welcome to the Town of Northfield News and Facebook Pages

August 26, 2022

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Welcome to the official news sites for the Town of Northfield. Official news from the town will be posted in the News section of our town home page, along with notices on our Facebook page and Front Porch Forum. If you have non-commercial and non-promotional information that is relevant to the residents of Northfield, you are welcome to share it with Economic Development Director, Tom Davis, at tdavis@northfield.vt.us. Please note that submissions are not guaranteed to be posted.
You will find our news at https://www.northfield-vt.gov/news.
Our Facebook page is located at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100084154886359

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