Archive - May 24, 2010
ADDISON COUNTY — First comes the milk check, smaller than expected, followed by the mounting bills that just can’t seem to be met. Emotions are running high on dairy farms throughout Vermont, where many farmers continue to earn less for their milk than it costs to produce it.
It’s with those concerns in mind that a new statewide mental health hotline is reaching out to farmers struggling to make sense of catastrophically low milk prices and the stress that accompanies prolonged economic downturns.
ADDISON — Since moving to Addison 16 years ago, Cuban-born composer Jorge Martín’s musical career has moved on a steadily upward path.
Martín’s operas, chamber and classical music pieces, and song cycles have been performed to acclaim in a dozen states, from Massachusetts to California, from New York to Florida.
MIDDLEBURY — By all accounts, the late Sonny Cyr would respond to pretty much any call for help at any time of day during his 42-year career with the Middlebury Department of Public Works.
Cyr’s history of dedication and self-sacrifice won him a lot of friends, who mourned the man’s passing this past January at the age of 67. Now those friends, with the hearty endorsement of Middlebury officials, will pay a lasting tribute to Cyr. On Wednesday, May 26, at 3 p.m., Middlebury will officially dedicate the Sonny Cyr Public Works Facility at 1020 Route 7 South.
MIDDLEBURY — Stewards of the Middlebury Community House are trying to boost residents’ awareness of, and investment in, a downtown architectural jewel that is beginning to show signs of wear and tear after almost two centuries of battering from the elements.
Built in 1816 near the Congregational Church of Middlebury at the corner of Main and Seymour streets, the bright yellow Middlebury Community House remains one of the best examples of post-colonial, Federal-style architecture left in town.
HANCOCK — Work goes quickly when you have many hands.
On Saturday, May 15, trail maintenance volunteers on the Bread Loaf section of the Long Trail discovered the truth of that saying. The 16 workers spread out to clear fallen trees, branches and debris on five miles of trail, all the way from Route 125 at the top of the Middlebury Gap south to Worth Mountain. In under three hours, the trail was clear and the group was ready for lunch.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on May 11 acted again to back the Small City Market’s planned move into a proposed new building across South Water Street from its existing home.
Aldermen agreed unanimously at their meeting last week to grant a license to Small City Market owners Corey and Hilary Foote that will allow the store’s gas pumps and underground fuel tanks to be placed within the city’s Main Street right of way.
BRIDPORT — Citing a mounting interest in locally grown organic grains, Ben and Theresa Gleason are expanding their Bridport milling operation that has been the forefront of Vermont’s reemerging grains industry.
Gleason Grains is already the largest operation of its kind in the state, but armed with a grant from the Farm Viability Program, the farm is doubling production this year with the help of three other Addison County farmers.
The BP oil-spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is a devastating reminder of the perils of relying on offshore drilling and on fossil fuels in general.