Archive - Sep 2, 2011
If your Labor Day holiday plans involved a hike in the Green Mountain National Forest, you'll probably want to start looking for an alternate weekend activity.
That's because on Thursday, forest officials ordered the entire 400,000 acre expanse closed indefinitely for health and safety reasons, with the threat of fines or imprisonment for anyone caught entering onto forest land.
Local businesses began to take flood prevention measures on Thursday when the Otter Creek began to crest. As he watched the water rise, Chris English, co-owner of Middlebury restaurant Jackson's on the River, called the town offices for advice.
Not long after, the Middlebury College football team arrived to lend a helping hand. The team build a blockade of sandbags to keep out the river's rushing waters, then moved on to help out in other parts of town where residents were worried about flooding from Otter Creek.
The Green Mountain Stage Race is set to begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday in Hinesburg and loop around Starksboro. Since we're Addison County's paper, this route deviates slightly from the original course, beginning in Bristol rather than Hinesburg. Here's a medium-length ride that's sure to get your blood pumping, and if you haven't had enough, you can take it like the racers and do it it twice!
Length: 29.82 miles