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May 10th, 2010
ORWELL — The decision to go to auction didn’t come easily to the Barnes family, longtime dairy farmers at Red Sky Farm in Orwell. But a silver lining to the family’s choice to leave the dairy industry in 2004 is a budding farm stand that has ensured the exodus of cows hasn’t given way to fallow agricultural land.
MIDDLEBURY — At a ceremony that packed the atrium of Middlebury College’s six-year-old library with hundreds of students, faculty and trustees, President Ron Liebowitz announced the long-secret new name for the building: “The Davis Family Library.”
EAST MIDDLEBURY — Work crews this week were scheduled to begin more than $5 million in resurfacing work on a substantial segment of Route 125 in East Middlebury, Ripton and Hancock.
The work will involve more than 9.5 miles of the designated scenic highway, a stretch that begins at the intersection of Route 7 South and spans through East Middlebury Village, all the way through Ripton village and up to the entrance of the Middlebury College Snow Bowl.
What’s a 64-year-old Jewish woman from New York City supposed to do with herself after her second husband dies leaving her stranded in Florida among an uninspiring collection of fellow retired New York Jews? In Deborah Lee Luskin’s new novel “Into the Wilderness,” the answer is: move to Vermont.
FERRISBURGH — About five years after the developers of Pierce Woods first proposed their 21-lot planned residential development (PRD) off Stage Road, they will begin marketing what will be the second-largest housing subdivision in Ferrisburgh.
ESSEX — The shorthanded Middlebury Union High School girls’ lacrosse team earned an important victory at Essex on Saturday, 9-5, to improve to 6-0.
The Tigers played without key midfielders last week, when they also outlasted visiting Mount Mansfield, 15-10 on Thursday. Injured junior all-star Liz Kelley hopes to return this week, senior Eliza Carver will miss the rest of the season with an injury suffered on Monday, and senior Dea Vaczy was out with a lingering illness on Saturday.
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Vergennes residents consider finances, educational equity
VERGENNES — Few foes of proposed one-board Addison Northwest Supervisory Union governance spoke out at a Tuesday forum held at Vergennes Union Elementary School in advance of the May 11 revote on unification.
But school board officials acknowledged fears about a potential increase in the city’s tax rate and the assumption of debt from Ferrisburgh that prompted petitioners in Vergennes to ask for a new vote.
ADDISON COUNTY — Dairy farmers in the Northeast are training their sights on the massive Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) co-op and processing giant Dean Foods in an effort to prove that price fixing and illegal monopolization of the dairy industry has kept milk prices artificially low for struggling producers.
These farmers’ action represents the latest in a series of lawsuits around the country alleging that a lack of competition in the dairy processing industry has resulted in record profits for milk processors at the cost of lower prices for farmers.