July 29th, 2013
BRISTOL — Mary’s Restaurant this Sunday will host a community event to benefit the Vermont Land Trust’s “Gateway to Bristol” project. The project will conserve the historic Fuller and Farr farms on Route 116 (just down the road from Mary’s) by purchasing it, then selling it at a significant discount to local farming family Trent and Abby Roleau with conservation easements.
MONTPELIER — Lisa Gosselin, who helped to grow EatingWell Media Group into a profitable business with an online eatingwell.com viewership of 5 million, has been named commerce commissioner for Vermont. That position has been unfilled since the Douglas administration, but was reinstated by Gov. Peter Shumlin with the support of the Legislature to spearhead his aggressive jobs and economic development agenda.
ESSEX JUNCTION — Among this year’s inductees into the 11th annual Vermont Agriculture Hall of Fame are Addison County resident Sam Cutting III, of Dakin Farm in Ferrisburgh, and former Addison County resident John Deere, who was inducted posthumously. The awards will be presented at the Champlain Valley Fair in August.
MIDDLEBURY — Amy and Kyle Buxton enjoy spending time together. Sometimes they take it to the extreme.
For example, the Middlebury couple are training for an “extreme” sporting event — the New England Tough Mudder challenge — in which they will participate on Aug. 10. It will be the second year in a row that Amy, 36, and Kyle, 38, take on the challenging 10-12 mile obstacle course that is run up and down Mount Snow in West Dover.
CROWN POINT, N.Y./ADDISON, VT. — With the Lake Champlain Bridge landscape restoration project on the verge of completion, Chimney Point State Historic Site and Crown Point State Historic Site will together host a unique New York/Vermont afternoon of learning about preservation and restoration.
ORWELL — Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell is offering two outdoor programs on the weekend of Aug. 3 and 4.
First, on Saturday, Aug. 3, naturalist Sue Wetmore will lead a fun afternoon for children and their “adults” exploring nature on the Mount. The program starts at 1 p.m. Attendees will meet at the Mount Independence State Historic Site museum.
ST. ALBANS BAY — When one’s passion for Lake Champlain is high as the Benjamins’, sometimes the best way to share it is to build a business around it.
Curt and Jerri Benjamin, along with their son, Jordan, and his wife, Erin, have taken their longtime love for the lake to a new level with Northshore Kite-Sail-Surf LLC; its headquarters is Curt and Jerri’s St. Albans Bay residence (Curt and Jerri Benjamin were long-time residents of Middlebury; Jordan and Erin still reside in Middlebury).
SALISBURY — Twenty-two-year-old Dustin Weigle of Middlebury and 56-year-old Donna Smyers of Adamant won the men’s and women’s divisions, respectively, of the second Vermont Sun Triathlon of the season on July 21. The triathlon was the second in the four-event series for the summer. The race, which started and finished at Branbury State Park in Salisbury, consisted of 600 yards of swimming, 14 miles of biking and a 3.1-mile run.