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August 9th, 2018

Racing pigs sprint for their prize: Oreo cookies

Posted on August 9, 2018 |
By James Finn



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NEW HAVEN — For the second year running, Addison County Fair and Field Days attendees have the chance to take in a competitive athletic spectacle that tends to turn some heads: Robinson’s Racing Pigs, who made their Field Days debut last year, are back for more.

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Dairy judge searches for the perfect cow

Posted on August 9, 2018 |
By Nick Garber



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NEW HAVEN — The bleachers were almost full at the animal show arena at Addison County Fair & Field Days as several 4-H kids led their cows inside for conformation classes, angling for a wide range of possible awards.

Large as that audience may have been, the 4-H-ers were mostly aiming to impress the person whose opinion counted most: dairy judge Elizabeth Hall of East Montpelier.

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Stunt biker wows Field Days crowd

Posted on August 9, 2018 |
By Nick Garber



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NEW HAVEN — Robbie Pfunder is not a fan of flinching.

For the bike stuntman, who wowed a crowd of fairgoers at the Addison County Fair & Field Days last Tuesday, every inch, and every flinch, matters — especially when kids are involved.

During one of Pfunder’s most impressive feats, audience volunteers Oscar and Maya formed a human high-bar, holding a cord roughly 40 inches in the air for Pfunder to hop over with his bike. As the audience held its breath, Pfunder completed the leap — and both kids jumped back.

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City manager search nearing its conclusion

Posted on August 9, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes officials remained optimistic about finding a new city manager after the city council on Tuesday met to conduct online interviews with candidates, but were reluctant to identify those candidates.

“Out of respect for our candidates we are unable to yet release names,” said Deputy Mayor Jeff Fritz, chairman of the committee charged with finding a replacement for retiring City Manager Mel Hawley.

Fritz said the committee hopes to interview a candidate or candidates in person either later this week or early next week.  

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'A real crisis': Deadly Spanish flu pandemic hit Addison County 100 years ago

Posted on August 9, 2018 |
By James Finn



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ADDISON COUNTY — One hundred years ago this fall an unwelcome visitor came roaring through Northern New England and made a death-dealing stop in Addison County.

The noxious traveler was the Spanish influenza pandemic, which was in the middle of its two-year tear around the globe when it paid visits to Middlebury, Orwell, Shoreham, Bristol and other area towns.

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By the way for August 9

Posted on August 9, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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Brandon hosts silent comedies with live music

Posted on August 9, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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Laughter for the whole family is on tap at Brandon Town Hall, where classic silent comedies starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy will be screened with live music on Saturday, Aug. 11. The show starts at 7 p.m.; admission is free, donations are encouraged.

The program, the latest in the Brandon Town Hall's summer silent film series, will feature short comedies made by the iconic comedy team prior to the advent of talkies. Music will be provided by Jeff Rapsis, a New Hampshire-based composer who specializes in improvising live accompaniment for silent films.

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Four art receptions on tap this weekend

Posted on August 9, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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Looking to see some art this weekend? Well Saturday’s the day. There will be four art receptions at four different galleries in Middlebury and Vergennes on August 10 between 4 and 8 p.m. Make an evening of it and consider yourself classy and cultured.

 

Exhibit: Doughboys and Flyboys

Where: Henry Sheldon Museum, Middlebury

Reception: Friday, Aug. 10, 4-8 p.m.

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