June 7th, 2012
MIDDLEBURY — On Friday, the Opera Company of Middlebury opens its ninth season with a production of “Thaïs by the renowned French composer Jules Massenet.
HINESBURG/FERRISBURGH — There’s a new brand of organic milk hitting the shelves in stores around Vermont from a Ferrisburgh farm that after years producing high-quality milk is now also bottling it and sending it to retailers.
Kimball Brook Farm has been milking 200 Jersey and Holstein cows and selling to the national market for 15 years. But when Cheryl and J.D. DeVos flipped the switch at their small Hinesburg bottling plant on May 17, they were marking a major transition to processor and distributor of their own milk.
If you’ve been reading the news this week, you’d know the connection between the Walt Disney Company recent action and one proposed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The former will banish junk-food advertising from its television shows for kids, and the latter is considering a plan to ban oversized sugary drinks. Both are addressing the obesity epidemic that is sweeping the nation.
And with good cause.
A few years back at an Addison forum devoted to whether the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union should unite under one-board governance, a resident asked rhetorically whether bigger government ever made things better.
Never mind school unification: Given more recent history, that question now looks a little ironic.
After all, the town of Addison and local residents and businesses just happily spent money to celebrate the opening of the new $70 million bridge across Lake Champlain.
The aging of Vermont’s population is a well-known finding from the 2010 U.S. Census. Vermont has the second-oldest population of any state, behind only Maine. If current trends continue, Vermont could well be the oldest state in the nation by 2020.
It was one of the hardest phone calls I’d ever had to make.
We’d been seeing each other since last fall. Now it had finally become clear that things just weren’t going to work out.
Even when you know you’ve got to end it, though, it’s always hard to tell the other party.
Our relationship had seemed so right at first.
ADDISON COUNTY — On Wednesday, May 30, at 2:40 a.m. Vermont State Police checked on a suspicious vehicle parked at an auto dealer/repair shop in New Haven Junction. The shop was closed.
The trooper found the driver, identified as Ryan Doody, 36, of Woodland, Maine, asleep at the wheel with the engine running, the vehicle in drive and his foot on the brake. Doody immediately denied being the one operating the vehicle.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police issued two citations for driving under the influence of alcohol between May 28 and June 3, both while on grant-funded patrols on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh. Both citations followed stops for speeding.
On May 28, city police cited Matthew Randall, 25, of Essex Junction, for DUI after stopping his car for traveling 52 mph in a 40 mph zone. Police allege his blood-alcohol content tested at 0.102 percent at the Vergennes station. The legal limit for driving is 0.08 percent.