Archive - Jul 13, 2009
By KATHRYN FLAGG
ADDISON COUNTY — Rain, rain, go away.
That’s the refrain taken up this summer by farmers and gardeners around the county, as heavier than normal rainfall in June drowned out some efforts at summer planting and harvesting.
The National Weather Service in Burlington tallied 5.25 inches of precipitation last month — nearly 2 inches more than the normal June rainfall, said meteorologist Jessica Neiles.
By ANDREA SUOZZO
MIDDLEBURY — The sky was overcast and the breeze cool as the Middlebury Panthers and Vergennes Champs entered the municipal pool in Middlebury Tuesday evening. It was the only meet of the summer season in which the county rivals would face off.
Each team had about 60 swimmers at the meet. A team from Winooski was also in attendance, swimming against Vergennes.
The Champs fell to the Panthers 192.50 to 254.50, while Vergennes beat Winooski.
With two weeks to go before league championships, the swimmers struggled for their best times in the chill air.
ADDISON COUNTY — Michael O’Neill had a run-in with a colorful but noxious weed last summer when he saw the plant and, out of curiosity, smelled and touched its tall, green stems and yellow blossoms. Unfortunately, the Shoreham man suffered an adverse reaction — itching and mildly blistering skin — but it was not bad enough for him to seek medical help for the condition.
Earlier this summer, however, O’Neill accidentally brushed his hand across one of the plants and this time suffered severe blistering.
By ANDREA SUOZZO
VERGENNES — Mirrors cropping up this month in local Vergennes businesses are reflecting well on the Little City’s record of public service.
This spring, local artists decorated 47 of these mirrors as part of a fund-raiser for the Vergennes Lions Club. Pieces in the project, entitled “Reflections on Vergennes,” will be on display all over town until July 18, when they will be auctioned off in a silent auction to benefit Lions Club community projects, including efforts to help with vision and hearing disabilities.
Suddenly, I’m a fan of Sarah Palin’s. No, not because she bailed on her job as governor of Alaska midway through her term and put her political career in jeopardy. But precisely because she didn’t care — other things, she said, were more important.
While the former vice-presidential candidate for the Republican Party tried to put a positive spin on her decision to quit the governorship at the end of the month, the news didn’t sit well with many Republicans and conservative radio shock-jocks and columnists around the country.