August 11th, 2015
“So, what does one wear to butcher chickens?” I asked my friend Courtney over the phone. We were confirming our plans for the following night; I was focusing on the priorities. (The answer, in case you were wondering, is: anything that you don’t mind coming into contact with blood, guts, feathers, and – above all – that chicken smell.)
BRISTOL — Are you ready for a witty battle of the sexes comedy? Well, who isn’t.
And why not go to the top — Shakespeare himself.
Add to this the charm of a balmy mid-August evening on the Bristol town green and you’ve got it — Bristol Gateway Players’ next offering: “Much Ado About Nothing,” Master William’s hilarious send-up of girls and boys fighting about love.
The show will be staged en plein air this Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 13-16.
ADDISON COUNTY — Faced with mounting administrative demands on its small staff, the Open Door Clinic (ODC) in Middlebury on July 31 stopped coordinating rides for migrant workers to get to their medical appointments.
It’s a move that some fear might limit health care access for a population that currently labors in the shadows.
CORNWALL — Three Cornwall residents have expressed an interest in filling a vacancy on their town selectboard that was created by the sudden death last month of incumbent Dave Sears.
Sears died following complications from a stroke on July 11, at age 56. He was widely known as a longtime broadcaster of Middlebury Union High School varsity football and Middlebury College sports. But he was also a very civic-minded individual who had served for 35 years on the local fire department, and five years on the Cornwall selectboard.
NEW HAVEN — Addison County Forester Chris Olson is right outside the Kelly James Natural Resources Pavilion at the Addison County Field Days site answering questions about the different grades of timber lying felled outside the forestry area. Inside the pavilion, Green Mountain National Forest rangers Chris Mattrick and Holly Knox tell a young fellow in a green hat about how recreation in the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area has been on the rise the past several years.
CORNWALL — The Cornwall selectboard will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 11, to get residents’ feedback on a hotly debated solar project being pitched off West Street and to weigh in on the broader topic of how the community should entertain future solar proposals.
The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Cornwall Town Hall.
Outside, at the back of the Antique Farm Equipment demonstration area, brothers Josh Parks, 35, and Zak Parks, 30, are working on the engine of a 1938 McCormick-Deering tractor, trying to get it running. They’ve been working on it since Sunday.
They’ve overnighted a head gasket from a specialty supply company. They’ve replaced a valve, but it’s still not running. Josh cranks hard at the hand crank at the front of the tractor. No go.
The two men’s expressions and focus on the task at hand are as intense as any brain surgeon’s.
Michealla Flint, 15, of Wolcott, leads Duke around and around as the 20-year-old Belgian draft horse powers one of the antique hay presses. They are part of ongoing demonstrations at the fair put on by the Green Mountain Draft Horse Association. At different times throughout the week, different teams of horses and drivers have harvested wheat and corn, plowed a field, pulled wagons around the fairground, and powered machinery.