Addison County

Some children can unfortunately go hungry on weekends when they no longer have access to school breakfasts and lunches. The “Bites in a Bag” program aims satiate that hunger. Bites in a Bag provides healthy snacks for elementary school children, based on income eligibility. Snack bags (which include fresh fruits and vegetables, cheese, yogurt and whole grain snacks) go home with students at the end of each week during the school year. About 45 students at Starksboro’s Robinson Elementary benefited from Bites in a Bag during the 2018-2019 school year. The program was funded by Have a Heart...
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR) is seeking feedback from riders and other community members on proposed schedule changes for its in-county services. There will be a public meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 5:30 p.m. at the Community Transportation Center located at 297 Creek Road, in Middlebury. If transportation is needed to attend the meeting, rides can be provided.  Please call ACTR at least 48 hours in advance at 388-2287 to arrange. Proposed changes were cited by riders and supported by Efficiency Studies that looked at under-performing areas and unmet community...

Are we on yet? Colin Foster, 15, of Middlebury, anxiously waits with his brown Swiss cow before the 4-H dairy conformation class at the Addison County Fair and Field Days in New Haven on Tuesday. Independent photo/Steve James
Last week’s Addison County Fair and Field Days was filled with a thousand little stories — more than can be recounted in one newspaper. We present here a few snapshots from the New Haven fairgrounds to give you a taste of our annual agricultural fair. Click on the links to read some stories from the fairgrounds. Hair spray on a cow and other Field Days grooming tips Field Days barbecue couple brings a backstory Little cow handler carries on a family tradition at Field Days Farmers-to-be learn the value of work during Field Days prep Maple in every form is a family specialty at Field Days...

THE NEW “WALGREENS” sign appears prominently on the drug store in Brandon, but the outlines of the former “Rite Aid” sign that it replaced last week still shows through. Middlebury and Bristol Rite Aid stores also got new Walgreens signs. Brandon Reporter photo/Russell Jones
ADDISON COUNTY AND BRANDON — The effects of a $4 billion business deal announced in 2017 are just now rippling through our part of Vermont. Rite Aid stores in Brandon, Bristol and Middlebury last week hung signs or banners announcing the new name of the retail drug store — Walgreens. Under the agreement made between Walgreens Boots Alliance and Rite Aid, Walgreens last year purchased 1,932 stores and three distribution centers from Rite Aid for an all-cash purchase price of $4.3 billion on a cash-free, debt-free basis. Though this was a large merger, with plenty of cash on the table, it...

OUTFIELDER VAUGHN MCAULIFFE leans into a throw from rightfield during Addison County’s Little League state tournament game vs. Essex town in Bennington this past Friday. Photo courtesy of Michael McAuliffe
BENNINGTON — A successful season came to an end for the Addison County 8-to-10-year-old all star baseball team on Friday evening when they lost to the Essex Town all stars, 4-3, in the Little League state tournament. The game, played in Bennington, saw AC fall behind 4-0 early. First baseman Abe Ready hit a bases loaded shot in the 4th inning to drive in two runs and cut the deficit in half. Coach Randy Barnes said AC mounted a comeback in the bottom of the 6th, scoring a run, but came up short with the bases loaded to end the game. Michael McAuliffe described it as “one of the team’s best...

COURTESY OF THE USDA Census for Agriculture
ADDISON COUNTY — One need only look around to see that the rural landscape in Vermont is changing as the number and type of farms changes. A recently released big-picture look at our farm economy shows that agricultural production appears to be changing faster in Addison County than it is in Vermont as a whole. More giant and tiny farms but fewer mid-size ones, less cropland in production, fewer cows but more milk — all these trends are shown in the latest USDA Census for Agriculture. The U.S. Department of Agriculture conducts the census every five years and compiles statistics at the...
ADDISON COUNTY — Following the release of a database that detailed how many opioid pills were distributed per county across the United States last week, records show that more than 5.8 million pills flooded Addison County between 2006-2012. The news came late last week when the Washington Post publicized a database from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) that has recorded all oxycodone and hydrocodone pill transactions in the United States during those six years. The records are from the DEA’s Automation of Reports and Consolidated Orders System (ARCOS), an automated recording system...
ADDISON COUNTY — The 2017 USDA Census of Agriculture, which was released this spring, was the 29th such survey, going all the way back to 1840 (it wasn’t always conducted every five years). Production and sales figures are taken from the year in which the census was conducted. Market value of inventories, including land and buildings, are taken on Dec. 31 of that year. Much has changed over the decades, and some changes, when they’re made, make it impossible to compare certain statistics from one census year to another. Typically, however, those sorts of changes do not affect the way county...
Thursday, Aug. 15 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference public offerings in Ripton. Thursday, Aug. 15, 9 a.m., 4:15 p.m., and 8:15 p.m., Little Theater, Bread Loaf campus, Route 125. Rick Barot will lecture on “The Face of the Beloved” at 9 a.m. Readings by Richie Hofmann, Alex Marzano-Lesnevich and Ana Menéndez at 4:15 p.m., and readings by Alexander Chee and Mary Szybist at 8:15 p.m. Free. Call to confirm day/times: 802-443-5286 through Aug. 13; 802-443-2700 after Aug. 13. Age Well senior luncheon in Vergennes. Thursday, Aug. 15, 10 a.m., Vergennes Area Seniors Armory Lane Senior Housing, 50...
Thanks to the hard work of many volunteers, Bristol’s “River Bend Trail,” from the former Coffin Factory site to the local fire station, is now open. Folks who want to check it out and help with final spruce-up work can gather behind the fire station off West Street this Saturday, July 20, at 8 a.m. Bring gloves and a five-gallon plastic pail to pick up any garbage you might find. Organizers said the trail primarily needs feet walking on it to break it in. Bristol’s public trail is now around three miles long. Work will soon begin on the next trail segment, from Basin Street to South Street....

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