August 13th, 2012
NEW HAVEN –– Paper, stickers, foam, glue, string, ribbon, buttons, markers, pens and pencils covered the table located in the entrance of the 4-H Exhibit Hall at Addison County Fair and Field Days last week. A few kids sat at the table, making greeting cards and neatening up, always on the lookout for people willing to stop by.
VERGENNES — Music, which is said to be the great communicator, will soon be a vehicle for social change in Vergennes.
The first-ever Youth Awareness fundraiser concert, organized by Ferrisburgh resident Jackie Rivers, will be held in the Vergennes Opera House on Aug. 19from 4 to 8 p.m.
MIDDLEBURY — Magazine sales promotion company RetailVision will close its doors in Middlebury’s industrial park at the end of October, a move that will eliminate around 25 local jobs.
“We did announce last week to our employees in Vermont that we will be shutting down that office by end of October,” Stephanie Justice, chief administrative officer of RetailVision’s Florida-based corporate owner, Source Interlink Companies (SIM), said in an Aug. 9 e-mail response to the Addison Independent.
MIDDLEBURY — During his almost three decades as a reporter with The New York Times, Barnaby J. Feder strived to give his readers the essential ingredients of a story without including his personal opinions or biases.
Now, in his new career as the Rev. Feder of the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society (CVUUS) in Middlebury, it’s all about getting personal.
VERMONT — The results are in. In an attempt to find more economical and environmentally friendly alternatives for getting to work, the 2012 Way to Go Commuter Challenge was a success and saw growth in participation across the state. And one Addison County municipality was singled out for its extraordinary efforts to save gasoline.
NEW HAVEN — Fourteen-year-old Amy Pitts likes animals. She has a horse and a three-year-old Sheltie named Ginger.
The New Haven teen recently began sharing that love for animals with folks at the Eastview retirement community in Middlebury. She put her dog and herself through a therapy dog training, and now visits residents there and gives them the opportunity to stroke Ginger and reminisce about the pets they’d owned over the years.
NEW HAVEN — The paths and boulevards of the county fairgrounds were empty last Monday; Addison County Fair and Field Days didn’t open to the public until Tuesday.
But the Home and Garden Building was bustling with activity.
With display shelves full of produce, knitwear and baked goods to taste or examine, judging in the annual fair competitions started shortly after noon and continued into the evening.
NEW HAVEN — Some of the greatest suspense at Thursday night’s muddy running of the No. 1 Auto Parts Demolition Derby at Addison County Fair and Field Days was whether the thunderstorms slamming the area would cancel the event.
Ultimately, to the relief of about 1,000 rain-soaked fans — including the Middlebury Union High School Class of 1987 enjoying their 25th reunion at the fair — and dozens of drivers who had spent hours knocking their beaters into running condition, organizers gave the green light to the motorized mayhem.