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August 7th, 2014
BRIDPORT — Local farmers and farm workers gathered at Bridport’s Blue Spruce Farm in late July for a farm-safety training workshop that consisted of basic farm first aid training, a talk on power takeoff (PTO) safety, and a hands-on fire extinguisher exercise.
The two-and-a-half-hour workshop was sponsored by Co-Operative Insurance Companies in conjunction with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture and University of Vermont Extension.
MIDDLEBURY — At their July 29 meeting, members of the Middlebury selectboard voted unanimously to approve a series of amendments to the town’s zoning bylaws.
Planning officials at a July 22 pubic hearing described the proposed zoning amendments as primarily housekeeping, to improve language for better clarity and to establish consistency with the objectives of the 2012 town plan.
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Vergennes and Middlebury summer swim teams both completed their seasons with excellent finishes in the Vermont Swim Association’s state championship meet at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction this past Saturday and Sunday.
Both Addison County teams earned four first-place finishes in individual and relay races. Vergennes, with 1, 307 points, garnered sixth place out of 20 teams; Middlebury was eighth overall with 1,007.5 points.
BRISTOL — Bristol police on Monday, Aug. 4, responded to a reported burglary at a Main Street home, near the intersection at Mountain Street. Police said they believe someone entered the home through a front window after removing the screen sometime between Aug. 3 at 5:30 p.m. and Aug. 4 at 8:30 a.m.
Police urge anyone with information about the crime to call them at 453-2533.
Middlebury seems poised to enter an exciting decade of economic development, start-ups and expansion.
Woodchuck Hard Cider’s grand opening of its new $34 million, 100,000-square-foot facility — complete with architectually stunning tasting and gift room — on Exchange Street this Thursday is a central part of that growth.
NEW HAVEN — For Alexis Ouellette of Weybridge, the Addison County Fair and Field Days means more than maple donuts and the Ferris wheel.
Ouellette, along with throngs of children and teens from age three to 18, participates in the 4-H Dairy Cattle competitions that form an integral part of the agricultural fair experience.
Having been raised a Mainer, it’s fun for me to go back to Vacationland every year to reconnect with old haunts. But I never thought one of those haunts would take on the more literal meaning of the word and would apply to my late grandparents’ old farmhouse.
HANOVER, N.H. — The Granite State high school football players again this year showed their dominance over the all-stars from the Green Mountain State, winning the 61st annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl this past Saturday, 42-6.
The game, played at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., features teams of players who have recently graduated from high schools in each state. New Hampshire has won the past 14 games and holds the advantage in the series, 46-13-2.
The Vermont team featured several Middlebury and Otter Valley union high school players.