Archive - Apr 2008
By JOHN FLOWERS
MIDDLEBURY — It’s still early in the election year, but Middlesex Progressive Anthony Pollina has already grown weary of leaders in Montpelier saying what they “can’t” do for Vermonters, either due to scant finances or the sheer complexity of the problems at hand.
So, Pollina has decided to run for governor to tell citizens what state government “can” do for them.
“Overall, I would say I share the same frustration that a lot of other Vermonters share with the current governor (Middlebury Republican James Douglas), who tends to be holding us back from dealing with the challenges we face,” Pollina, 56, said during a March 28 interview with the Addison Independent. “The way I would categorize it is, the current governor spends too much time lecturing us about all the things he thinks we cannot do.”
Pollina, during a far ranging interview, discussed his stand on a variety of campaign issues, including health care reform, boosting affordable housing and creating new jobs. He also addressed the perception, held by some in the Statehouse, that his candidacy could siphon votes from a Democrat challenger to Douglas. Vermont Democrats have yet to field a candidate for governor.
Pollina is no stranger to statewide races and controversy.
In 1984, he was the Democratic and Rainbow Coalition candidate for U.S. Congress.
He ran the first-ever Progressive Party campaign for governor in 2000, polling 10 percent of the vote. He followed that up in 2002 with a bid for lieutenant governor, garnering 25 percent of the vote in a very competitive race.
By CYRUS LEVESQUE
ADDISON COUNTY — The winter months, when fields are covered with snow, have always been lean times for farmers. While some who till the lands simply tighten their belts, a few Addison County growers have banded together to create a new online farmers market to reach customers at a time of year not usually associated with fresh, locally produced food.
“Customers are coming fairly quickly,” said Bay Hammond, whose family owns the Doolittle Farm in Shoreham.
The Doolittle Farm joined with seven other Addison County farms to launch the Addison County Locally Grown Web site, which went live at the beginning of March.
This time of year, well outside the growing season for fruits and vegetables, most of the products at the online farmers market are meat, dairy and baked goods. In addition to helping farmers, Hammond said the market will strengthen the local foods movement, which has sometimes struggled in the winter months.
“There are a lot of local products that aren’t vegetables,” Hammond said. “The local movement gets pushed through the summer, but it really needs to be year-round.”
In addition to Doolittle, the other farms selling their products online are Singing Cedars Farmstead in Orwell, Ledge Hill Farm in Weybridge, Kent Ridge Orchards in Cornwall, Camomile Blue in Ripton, New Leaf Organics in Monkton, Crawford Family Farm in Whiting and Boundbrook Farm (which is affiliated with Good Companion Bakery) in Ferrisburgh.
Items currently for sale range from kielbasa and leg of lamb to lip balm and scoured wool.
By MEGAN JAMES
MIDDLEBURY — In all his 30 years of teaching English, there’s one memory Charles Sabukewicz still can’t shake: While supervising a large study hall, he noticed students huddling around a table. When he peeked into the crowd to see what they were watching, he saw that one boy had caught a fly, tied a long strand of hair around it, made a loop at the other end of the hair and attached it to a pencil.
The fly, still alive and buzzing, circled the pencil as the kids looked on.
“Now why would I remember something like that?” Sabukewicz said over a cup of coffee on Monday.
Many of the 70-year-old’s memories are like that — a dollar bill floating in on the tide at a Rhode Island beach, catching a mosquito and pasting it into his notebook — haphazard but lasting images that over the years he has sculpted and carved into poetry.
Sabukewicz, who retired from Middlebury Union High School in 1999, recently released a book called “Rowing in Twilight,” a collection of short poems inspired by the natural world, the local community and his childhood in Narragansett, R.I. He will give a reading of his work at the Vermont Book Shop in Middlebury on Wednesday, April 9, at 6 p.m.
“I have a tendency to become interested in things other people might not be interested in,” he said.
But that’s not entirely true.
In a poem called “The Bee Keeper,” Sabukewicz evokes local beekeeping legend Charlie Mraz, whom Sabukewicz got to know through a series of interviews he conducted for a documentary about Mraz for Middlebury Community TV in the ’90s.
Mraz, who established Middlebury’s Champlain Valley Apiaries, was known around the world for his innovative use of bee venom to treat arthritis pain, multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune diseases.