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July 20th, 2015
MONTPELIER — The Addison Independent won seven awards — including a coveted first place for general excellence — at the annual Vermont Press Association (VPA) convention and awards ceremony held at the Capitol Plaza in Montpelier on Thursday, July 16.
Competing in the non-daily category against more than three-dozen other publications throughout the state, the Independent also won:
• Honorable Mention for former reporter Zach Despart in the Mavis Doyle Award for state government reporting.
BRISTOL — What does it take to maintain a business for nearly a century? Ask the members of the Jackman family, who are gearing up to celebrate their Bristol company’s 85th anniversary this Saturday.
MIDDLEBURY — The union representing 38 of Middlebury’s municipal workers has inked a new pact with the town that will assure members wage increases of 2.5 percent, 3 percent and 3 percent, respectively, during each of the next three years.
The three-year pact also requires workers to pick up a slightly greater share of their health care premiums.
BRISTOL — The Three Day Stampede, commemorating its 25th year of raising money for cystic fibrosis research,takes place July 24, 25 and 26 at the Bristol Recreation Field. The Stampede will feature 30 tents of yard sale treasures, a huge used book sale, a silent auction with over 500 items, an incredible bake sale, a food bunk, a group ride led by the Red Knights Motorcycle Club, a 5K run and the 25th Walk and Roll-a-thon, which is how this event started.
STOWE — Keewaydin Farm in Stowe has been named the 2015 Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year.
The award is presented annually to an outstanding dairy operation by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension and the Vermont Dairy Industry Association (VDIA) in cooperation with the New England Green Pastures Program. This year’s winners, Les and Claire Pike, operate a 141-head registered Jersey farm with their children, Dan and Suzi Pike. The farm has been in the family since 1921.
MONTPELIER — Members of the Vermont Farm to Plate Network, in conjunction with the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont, have organized Vermont Open Farm Week to enable members of the public to go straight to the source of their favorite Vermont food. Open Farm Week will take place across the state on Aug. 3-9.
MIDDLEBURY — The NER Vermont Reading Series, which since 2011 has presented 65 writers in its quarterly series for Vermont writers and audiences, is opening its borders to writers from near and far. This first event in the newly expanded series presents Chicago-based novelist Rebecca Makkai, New Yorker Michael Coffey, and Shelburne poet Penelope Cray on Wednesday, July 22, at 7 p.m. at Carol’s Hungry Mind Café, 24 Merchants Row, Middlebury. Books will be provided by Vermont Book Shop and available for signing.