August 11th, 2014
VERMONT — An Essex High School track and field standout, a championship Rutland High golfer, and a teenage racecar driver were elected in statewide balloting of Vermont Sports Media Association members as Athletes of the Month for June.
VSMA members picked Essex High senior Katherine Furland as the Female High School Athlete of the Month, Rutland junior Drake Hull as the Male High School Athlete of the Month, and East Montpelier resident Emily Packard, 17, as the Open Division Athlete of the Month.
MIDDLEBURY — U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy told stories to a group of 50 invited media and friends gathered outside the new 100,000-square-foot Woodchuck cidery and bottling facility in Middlebury on Wednesday of how Woodchuck Hard Cider was part of the “holy water” he keeps in stock at his prestigious office in the halls of Congress.
ADDISON COUNTY — It’s no secret that Vermont’s farmers are aging, but a program run by the University of Vermont Extension aims to inject new blood into the state’s backbone industry.
ADDISON — Addison residents on Aug. 12 will have a second and most likely final chance to weigh in on a town plan update that the town’s planning commission has said would allow Addison to adopt some new zoning laws that have been on hold since late last year.
On next Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Addison firehouse, the selectboard will hold a public hearing on the update, which includes many new factual updates and maps, changes made to conform with state laws, and new sections on town history, education, economic development, and recreation and tourism.
The well-known garden quote, penned over 200 years ago by landscape designer William Kent, that is the headline for this week’s column still rings true today. Creating a beautiful garden is akin to making pictures where you, the artist, get to choose the plants and manipulate them on your canvas to create a vibrant glorious whole.
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.