July 18th, 2013
Our weather has transformed suddenly from rain to heat. As we discussed last month, the endless rains dampened hayfields preventing them from harvest; dampened cornfields, preventing them from growing; and drowned farmers’ spirits. Lately, the sunshine and heat have allowed fields to dry a bit and farmers have finally been able to mow and bale their hay.
ST. ALBANS — The House of Representatives passed a stripped down Farm Bill last Thursday night without dairy programs and food stamps. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., called it “a political stunt.”
The bill passed 216-208, without a single Democrat supporting it.
“This is less a Farm Bill than a leadership designed train wreck,” said Welch. “This has got all the earmarks of a political fix.”
The bill was debated under rules prohibiting legislators from offering amendments.
BRISTOL — The thriving Main Street arts scene that Bristol’s residents and visitors have enjoyed for years is expanding this summer onto South Street. Five area artists have established a new creative and community arts space at 6 South St., which they have named ARTSight.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Amber Wood, 31, of Middlebury, for simple assault, after allegedly striking her child on July 8. Police said Wood was lodged at the Marble Valley Correctional Center.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Cited a local woman on July 8 for entering Shaw’s Supermarket on Washington Street in violation of a no-trespass order.
• Responded to a domestic disturbance at a South Pleasant Street residence on July 9.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on July 10 arrested a 26-year-old man and charged him with domestic assault and cruelty to a child following an incident in a Monkton Road home.
City police allege that Jason L. Brown of Vergennes hit an 8-year-old boy in the head and kicked him at the home. Brown was arrested and charged after police took statements, and he was lodged at the Chittenden County Correctional Center.
In other action between July 8-14, Vergennes police:
MIDDLEBURY — A new nonprofit venture launched by six Middlebury College students is aiming to tackle hunger and food scarcity in Addison County.
“We’re targeting people who aren’t necessarily shopping at Shaw’s and not necessarily buying healthy food,” said Harry Zieve Cohen, a native of Brooklyn. “It can be really hard to get the opportunity to buy healthy produce … It’s really hard and really expensive. It’s a tough economy and Vermont has a high cost of living compared to other states.”
BRISTOL — At Monday’s meeting, the Bristol selectboard set the town tax rate, discussed the police department’s new headquarters and discussed the land trust proposal for the Saunders’ property on the New Haven River.
LINCOLN — A gathering of elders will take place at the Sunray Peace Village in Lincoln throughout the weekend of July 26. The annual event, now in its 29th year, will bring indigenous elders from around the world to the Green Mountains for a weekend of healing, teaching and ceremony.