August 1st, 2011
VERMONT — Local administrators are welcoming a move by Gov. Peter Shumlin’s campaign to free up federal funding for fresh, local foods in schools by allowing states to receive cash vouchers from the USDA instead of commodity food.
Laura Collaro, foodservice manager for the Lincoln Community School, said the choices coming from the USDA include many processed foods and things that aren’t necessarily the healthy options for children, including peanut butter with hydrogenated oils and sugar.
MIDDLEBURY — Whether they’re charting images of the Virgin of Guadalupe through the past five centuries, calculating water circulation in Lake Champlain’s Malletts Bay or creating new algorithms for faster image matching, many Middlebury College students have spent their summer vacations right here in Addison County gaining valuable research experience.
SALISBURY — Longtime Cornwall School Board member Junius Calitri and his wife, Klara Calitri, a well-known artist, were both seriously injured in a two-car crash at the intersection of West Salisbury Road and Route 7 in Salisbury last Thursday evening. On Friday they were both in the hospital recovering.
PANTON — Panton selectmen at a Thursday special meeting adopted a 2011-2012 tax rate and set a Sept. 7 special meeting at which residents can decide the fate of Panton Town Hall’s leaky cupola.
The town’s new municipal tax rate is 64.51 cents, an increase of almost 12 cents from the 2010-11 rate of 52.70.
VERGENNES — City Manager Mel Hawley pointed out to Vergennes aldermen at their July 26 meeting that an unprecedented number of grant-funded efforts are either just concluding, getting under way, or beginning soon in Vergennes.
One is all but finished, the latest in a series of efforts to build handicap-access platforms and repair sidewalks on Main Street. The new platform curls around the building at the intersection of Main and Green streets that contains Addison Outfitters, Linda’s Apparel and Gifts, Shear Cuts and Hollyhocks.
LEICESTER — In late August, Country Village Campground is offering an unbeatable deal: a free camping weekend open to military families, with everything from meals to activities included.
Chris Herriman, who owns the Route 7 campground with her husband, John, said the family hit on the idea to host the special camping event in 2007, just before a large wave of deployments to Iraq.
Each of the four major professional sports in America — basketball, hockey, football and baseball — uses the same basic format to divide up their leagues: two separate conferences, each divided into divisions based primarily on location.
Few Addison County views are more breathtaking than the golden sun dipping down the backs of the Adirondacks at sunset, veiling the rolling farmland and surface of Lake Champlain in a golden cloak of luminescence.
One of my favorite times to head out on a north-south bike loop is during this period. Not only is the air a bit cooler, but you find yourself in the center of numerous sunset vistas as you breeze on by.
This week’s Weekly Rider features a Middlebury to Vergennes loop called sunset loop.
Length: 25.2 miles