Archive - Jun 2010
VERGENNES — As Lisa Sprague enters a classroom at Vergennes Union Elementary School carrying a bundle of freshly harvested vegetables, she is confronted with a throng of students hoping to help her do whatever is necessary to make the food ready to eat.
Such a scene has become not uncommon for Sprague, the food service manager at VUES. The school recently kicked off the second year of its student garden, which not only produces food for the school lunch program but also gives students hands-on lessons in many subject areas.
SALISBURY — A relatively dry, cool spring has helped limit Addison County’s mosquito population, but those charged with battling the bugs warned that just one substantial rainstorm could unleash a massive swarm of the pesky bloodsuckers.
“Things are going pretty well,” Jon Turmel, the state’s entomologist, said last Wednesday. “I usually get calls when things get bad, and I haven’t had one call.”
CORNWALL — People have been shearing alpacas in South America for centuries — among other things, the famous ponchos of Chile are made from Alpaca fleece.
But now, the popularity of alpacas is growing in the Northern Hemisphere, and companies ranging from Armani to REI are using the hair.
On Thursday this movement north will continue, as more than 20 entrants from around the country will compete for the title of “Best Alpaca Shearer in North America” on the alpaca farm of Carol and Cass Tillman in Cornwall.
VERGENNES — Officials of the John W. Graham Emergency Shelter are working toward a major renovation of the shelter’s original building in Vergennes, which sits prominently at the intersection of Main Street and Monkton Road.
On June 8, the Vergennes City Council agreed to support the homeless shelter board’s application for a $300,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) that could pay for most, but far from all, of a project that would follow sensitive historic preservation guidelines.
BRISTOL — Bristol selectmen last week, working with Police Chief Kevin Gibbs, whittled down a police district spending plan for 2010-2011 that voters initially rejected on May 24 amid complaints about the rapidly rising cost of supporting the department.
The new cuts call for canceling the town’s contract with the Addison County Sheriff’s Department; relocating the police department after Dec. 31 to Howden Hall; and trimming overtime pay for the department’s four officers.
MIDDLEBURY — In its season opener on Thursday, the Addison County American Legion baseball team displayed the explosive offense and solid pitching and defense that the local nine hopes will carry them to the Northern Division playoffs and beyond this summer.
The result at the Middlebury College field was a 9-3 win over S.D. Ireland that AC broke open with a five-run fifth inning that made a winner of reliever Sean Harrison, who tossed 3.1 steady innings and knocked in two runs, including one in the big rally.
Last Thursday, Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, dropped a bomb of a comment that we’re sure he wishes he could take back. What he said wasn’t a major event; rather, it was a single comment during a day-long hearing as the House grilled BP oil chief Tony Haywood over his role in the environmental disaster. His comments were among dozens — most of which took the side of those Americans whose lives had been upended by the obscene about of oil gushing from the bottom of the Gulf each day.
MIDDLEBURY — At its annual meeting Thursday night, the Better Middlebury Partnership honored Middlebury College President Ron Liebowitz as Citizen of the Year and J.P. Carrara & Sons, Inc. as Business of the Year for their significant roles in building the Cross Street Bridge — a town goal that has been 50 years in the making.