Archive - Aug 2009
MIDDLEBURY — The next time you walk past the Sheldon Museum, take a minute to look at the garden.
At the borders of the house run colorful beds that illuminate the brick walls, and flowers stand out against the back fence. It is difficult to imagine the house without the flower beds that ornament it.
ADDISON COUNTY — John Quinn has served as Addison County State’s Attorney for 24 years and was a deputy state’s attorney for seven years before that.
More than anything, in looking back over his three decades prosecuting crimes here he says he appreciates the citizens who’ve supported him.
“I hope they think I’ve done a good job,” he said.
It’s pretty clear that most of them did. He only once faced an opponent in the race for the elected office.
On Monday, Quinn, 59, announced that he was retiring from the office he has occupied for majority of his career.
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MONKTON — When Monkton resident Nora Parren was casting around for a way to drum up scholarship money, the Vassar College student assumed she’d be left to writing essays until the end of time.
So when she stumbled across a contest sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency challenging students to create videos promoting water quality, Parren was pleasantly surprised. A hobby animator, for some time she’d been making stop-motion videos in her dorm room.
MIDDLEBURY — Ninety percent of Middlebury water and sewer users will see an increase in rates in the fourth quarter of this year, after Middlebury selectmen approved a new rate structure Monday.
Currently, minimum rate users are charged for 7,500 gallons of water and close to one-third of these users are not using the full 7,5000 gallons.
The present water rate is $2.85 per 1,000 gallons used; with a minimum charge for 7,500 gallons that works out to $21.38 for anything up to 7,500 gallons.
BRISTOL — Caroline Cote, 13, is a quick study.
When she led the way down the long, narrow garden plot behind the Bristol Hub Teen Center, she rattled off the long list of plants in the garden — carrots and zucchini, lettuce and leeks, and tomatoes on the vine just starting to ripen.
In mid-August, the garden was a riot of growth. Purple and green cabbage plants had unfurled their leaves in wide circles. The broccoli was thriving. Purple beans dangled from the bean plants, waiting to be plucked, and a new round of squash flowers bloomed.
MIDDLEBURY — A brewery’s backyard might seem like an unlikely location for a community garden. But when Otter Creek Brewing volunteered the land behind their facility in Middlebury last year, county residents of all shapes and sizes jumped on board to begin planning what is now the Otter Creek Organic Community Garden.
CORNWALL — For Liz Holm, gardening is a creative outlet, and though she says she is no artist, her beautifully structured Cornwall garden is pretty enough for any garden painting.
Holm’s garden spans across her backyard in several well-kept plots, each home to a variety of flowers and trees that serves specific purposes.
BRIDPORT — Beds of color dot the yard around the Howlett farmhouse. Across the road farm vehicles sit dormant below two large silos and a carved “Howlett” sign on the barn. The dairy farm is retired now, but the garden belies an ongoing dedication to the land: it is sprawling and colorful, brimming with fruits, vegetables and flowers.
“My father bought this farm when I was in high school,” said Esther Howlett. “We’ve been farming it since 1945.”