February 25th, 2010
VERGENNES — The host Vergennes Union High School cheerleading team saw its four-year championship streak snapped at Saturday’s state meet, but the Commodore girls still came away with some hardware on their home floor.
The Vermont Principals’ Association reconfigured the divisions this year, consolidating what had been a three-division competition into a two-division meet. That decision meant a move for the four-time defending Division-II champion Commodores into D-I, where they had to do battle with heavyweights Rutland and Essex, who have traded off the D-I crown for years.
VERGENNES — Residents of the five Addison Northwest Supervisory Union towns on Tuesday will decide whether their schools should be run by one 12-member board instead of the current five boards.
If the one-board measure fails, the Vergennes Union High School board, the Vergennes Union Elementary School Board, the Addison and Ferrisburgh Central school boards, and the ANwSU board composed of representatives from those four boards will continue business as usual.
On Tuesday, Bristol residents will vote by Australian ballot on two crucial issues: adoption of a revised town plan and a new zoning ordinance that would regulate gravel mining. The votes are crucial because under the revised town plan, the RA-2 zoning district that butts up against downtown’s Main Street would allow for a large gravel pit, and mining of natural resources were unnecessarily opened in the town’s conservation districts.
When at their town meetings next Monday, Salisbury and Leicester residents will be asked to approve a temporary hike in funds needed to get the milfoil eradication program back on top of the problem. The $5,000 or so in extra funding for each town isn’t a huge amount, but it is critical to the success of the program and the long-term health of Lake Dunmore and Fern Lake.
Twenty-six years ago, I attended my first town meetings as a reporter. I was new to the state and its Town Meeting Day traditions and was awed by the purely democratic form of government many of the small towns throughout Addison County had long embraced. In those days (not all that long ago, I like to think), many towns still held the meeting on that first Tuesday in March with potluck luncheons or early dinners as part of the community heritage.
Not many people bake their own bread these days.
I’m not surprised. To read a cooking magazine, you’d think it requires a $49 digital kitchen thermometer, a convection oven and a kitchen scale accurate to 0.05 grams. We forget that early man was cranking out homemade bread way back in the days when the wheel was still being tested in focus groups.
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Makes one double-size loaf
White Flour Recipe:
6 cups all-purpose or bread flour
1/2 tsp. instant or rapid-rise yeast
3 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups plus 4 Tbs. (14 ounces) water at room temp
1/2 cup plus 4 Tbs. (6 ounces) beer
2 Tbs. white vinegar (cider and wine vinegar are also fine)
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Last Monday morning, Sarah Wood paused at the center table in the small Otter Creek Bakery kitchen to chew thoughtfully on a piece of whole wheat baguette.
"Want to try this baguette?" she asked, offering pieces around the kitchen.
"Is it sourdough?" asked Cindy, one of the bakers.
"No, just plain Gleason's Grains whole wheat flour. It's wheat-y," said Sarah.