November 25th, 2013
VERGENNES — The president of the company that has contracted with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to operate Northlands Job Corps pledged last week to the Vergennes City Council that his firm would work hard to strengthen ties with its host community, including improving cooperation with the Vergennes Police Department.
CORNWALL — Colin Davis and David Dolginow are on a mission to find apples. One would think that would not be a tough task in Addison County, a hub of apple production in the Green Mountain State.
But the two friends and business associates are not looking for just any apples. They are looking for once-abundant varieties that pretty much vanished from the landscape 80 years ago, fruit they want to reintroduce as the foundation for a new hard cider brand they hope to launch in the near future.
VERGENNES — A new business in downtown Vergennes showcases the finest in temporary henna body art, as well as fine art and boutique retail from around the globe.
Heartfire Henna Studio opened at 237 Main St, in October. Rebecca Freedner, owner and founder, has been working as a henna artist for more than eight years, and has spent time in Morocco studying with henna artists of the region. She brings her passion for art to the new studio space, and hopes it will be a gathering point for lovers of culture from Vermont and beyond.
MIDDLEBURY — Warren Miller has created 64 action-packed films that follow skiers and snowboarders to some of the most exotic places in the world. The series has an enormous international following, and will make its Middlebury debut with a screening of the latest film, “Ticket to Ride,” at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury on Thursday, Dec. 5, with doors opening at 7 p.m.
VERGENNES — In early November, a campaign that a high school student kicked off almost five years ago — to create a composting system at Vergennes Union High School — came to fruition when volunteers spread the first finished batch of compost on garlic beds at the Willowell Farm & Garden in Monkton.
This week’s writer is Bill Schubart, a Vermont entrepreneur, author and commentator on VPR. He writes about Vermont and the nation in fiction, humor and opinion pieces.
Last week, about 200 people came out on a rainy Thursday night to watch Bess O’Brien’s documentary film “The Hungry Heart.” It is a moving and emotionally powerful 93-minute film on prescription drug and opiate addiction.
While the main meeting room in the Unitarian Universalist Society church in Middlebury was packed, it also means about 8,500 people in the Middlebury community were not there. That is expected, of course. No event draws all people.