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August 12th, 2013
Editor’s note: Addison County Fair and Field Days offers so much to look at, smell, hear, touch and taste that to put it all into one story would be impossible. Our reporters and photographers brought home the following vignettes and pictures from the New Haven fairgrounds to give you some sense of the scope of the 65th annual fair last week.
WEST HAVEN — Veteran Middlebury driver Todd Stone held off young up-and-comer Jessey Mueller to win the Devil’s Bowl Speedway’s most important open-wheel Modified event on Aug. 2, taking the second annual Carrara Masonry & Concrete C.J. Richards Memorial 67.
MIDDLEBURY — Motorists traveling through downtown Middlebury are used to seeing cyclists. They are now also seeing bikes of the two-dimensional variety.
Travelers might have noticed some of the 10 “sharrows” recently stenciled at various locations on Main Street. The 9-foot-by-3.5-foot sharrows are designed to encourage motorists and bikers to safely share the road.
Imagine a library where many books have been borrowed and are long overdue. There is a case for an amnesty to get the books back and move on. There is a case for saying that rules are rules and fines must be paid. But the worst strategy is to keep indicating that an amnesty may come soon without ever introducing it. And this is roughly where we are in our corporate tax debate.
This week’s writer is Lawrence Miller, Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development secretary. Jim Merriam, director of Efficiency Vermont, contributed.
Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy. In Vermont, this holds especially true. Vermont has more than 75,000 small employers, comprising a staggering 96 percent of the companies in the state. With more than 157,000 workers, the small business sector accounts for nearly 60 percent of our state’s total workforce.
SALISBURY — The Salisbury Development Review Board has given conditional approval to a new business off Shard Villa Road that will turn cow manure into cow bedding and compost products. The new agricultural enterprise has the ultimate goal of making biogas that would be funneled to Middlebury College.
VERGENNES — Work should begin next week on a $600,000 project that Vergennes Union High School officials said is critical to the building’s integrity: New roofing and insulation on its classroom wing and auditorium.
After trimming the proposed work because bids came in higher than expected, a school board member said school directors were happy with the compromises, and he reminded district residents that further repairs are still needed on the building.
BRANDON — Boys will be boys. The adage holds true regardless of time or place, regardless of age. Tuesday afternoons at Cattails Restaurant are no exception.
Every week, a group of older men calling themselves the “Sick, Lame and Lazy Club” meet for coffee, snacks and conversation. While the location and the members have changed over time, the tradition is rooted in a history rich enough to have kept men coming back every week for nearly two decades.