July 7th, 2014
What does it mean to be a festival at 36?
It means a lot of creative energy, hard work, restless nights and thousands of volunteer hours have been invested in the festival’s success over the past 36 years.
It means committees researching musical acts for the twice-nightly performances, plus magicians and a whole other set of performers for the kid shows each noon. It means reaching out to them, getting rejections, negotiating prices, and finally booking the 17 acts each year.
ADDISON COUNTY — For local residents staying close to home and out-of-towners visiting for the first big holiday weekend of the summer, Addison County and Brandon will offer lots of Fourth of July fun and great family activities, ranging from live music and fireworks to living history events and town parades.
There is so much happening this year that one day cannot contain all the events. Activities run from Thursday through Saturday evening.
MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center and the Counseling Service of Addison County (CSAC) will join forces to substantially expand the county’s only Suboxone program to help opiate addicts, a move that will allow Bristol Internal Medicine to deliver the much-needed service to 80-90 patients, up from the current 25.
The Porter board approved the expanded Suboxone program last week, and did so even with the prospect of a $200,000 annual budget hit.
MIDDLEBURY — Tom Hughes recently got a taste of public service as a member of the UD-3 School Board.
He now wants to graduate to a seat in the Vermont House.
VERGENNES — This week Keith, a young man from New York City, made the trek from the Big Apple to the Lincoln home of the Atocha family, just as he has each summer for the past four years.
PANTON — For most of her 30 years in retail, about half of them spent working her way up in the Jolley Associates chain of convenience stores, Bridport native Linda Goodspeed dreamed of running her own country store.
In the first weekend of June, that dream came true for Goodspeed, 51, who now lives in Vergennes with her husband, John.
That’s when Goodspeed threw open the front door of the Panton General Store, which former owner Andy Megroz had decided last fall to shut down at least for the winter.
LINCOLN — Chris Bohjalian thrives on dread.
This isn’t to say the Lincoln author, whose 17th novel, “Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands,” will debut next week, harbors a morbid fascination with dread — in fact, he’s an affable guy.
But he relies on it, the ever-present feeling that something is or is about to be terribly wrong, to drive the action in his novels and keep readers turning pages.