Lincoln

LINCOLN — The Lincoln tax bills that just went out have increased for fiscal year 2020, but not by much. The town selectboard on Aug. 6 set the coming year’s municipal tax rate at $0.6501 per $100 of assessed property value, an increase of 1.15 cents, or 1.8 percent. Lincoln’s residential education tax rate for FY 2020 increased by less than a cent (or 0.6 percent) to $1.493, in part because this year the Mount Abraham Unified School District is not receiving the one-time tax discount of $0.08 it received last year as part of Act 46 school consolidation incentives. The nonresidential...
LINCOLN — Antique summertime and beach postcards from the collection of Lucinda Cockrell are on display at the library this month. One shelf is specifically dedicated to postcards with Vermont scenes. It’s a great collection, stop by and check it out. DID YOU KNOW? The library offers Cribbage Night on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Bring your own board, come alone or bring a partner. You can also check out tennis rackets at the library. A big thank you to the Addison Community Athletic Foundation for providing three adult tennis rackets and two for children. There are regular tennis balls and ones...

Are we on yet? Colin Foster, 15, of Middlebury, anxiously waits with his brown Swiss cow before the 4-H dairy conformation class at the Addison County Fair and Field Days in New Haven on Tuesday. Independent photo/Steve James
Last week’s Addison County Fair and Field Days was filled with a thousand little stories — more than can be recounted in one newspaper. We present here a few snapshots from the New Haven fairgrounds to give you a taste of our annual agricultural fair. Click on the links to read some stories from the fairgrounds. Hair spray on a cow and other Field Days grooming tips Field Days barbecue couple brings a backstory Little cow handler carries on a family tradition at Field Days Farmers-to-be learn the value of work during Field Days prep Maple in every form is a family specialty at Field Days...

BUZZ IS BUILDING for Lincoln musicologist Dale Cockrell’s new book, “Everybody’s Doin’ It,” which will be published Aug. 13. The cultural study brings to life the decades of American music that led to the birth of ragtime and jazz. Photo courtesy of Dale Cockrell
LINCOLN — In the acknowledgments section of his new book, “Everybody’s Doin’ It,” Lincoln author Dale Cockrell muses on how strange it is to put the words “sex” and “musicology” in the same sentence. “Many seem not to think at first that the two can coexist in a mutual frame of scholarly mind,” he writes. “But after the initial shock and an additional explanatory sentence or two, everyone seems to brighten with something to say about music or (sotto voce) about sex or both.” Cockrell, who taught music history at Middlebury College from 1979 to 1985, does more than just rub a couple of...

LINCOLN AUTHOR ELLIE Bryant’s latest novel, “The Cowboy Code,” is set in a fictional Virginia town that is similar in appearance to her neighboring town of Bristol. The book will be released this Thursday.
LINCOLN — Louella Bryant’s new novel, “The Cowboy Code,” took 20 years to complete — in part because she didn’t want to write it in the first place. “It has taken every iota of courage within me to allow this book to be published,” the author and Lincoln selectboard member told the Independent. Bryant’s coming-of-age tale, which will be released on Aug. 8, touches on issues of race, alcoholism, same-sex love and southern culture. “It’s not for the faint of heart,” she said. The novel tells the story of Bobbie Grey, a 14-year-old girl growing up in the fictional mill town of Pine Cliff, Va.,...
LINCOLN — Let the Bobcat Cafe take care of your dinner plans on Wednesday, Aug. 7, to help raise money for the Lincoln Library. The Bobcat will donate a portion of the dinner proceeds to help support the library. For reservations, call 453-3311. Grab your friends and family and enjoy a nice night out. We’ll see you at the Bobcat. The annual meeting of the Lincoln Historical Society will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 2 p.m., at the town office. Our program will feature Bobby Patterson, informing us of past local wildlife. The museum and barn will be open at noon. Plan a visit before the...
LINCOLN — The annual meeting of the Lincoln Historical Society will be held at the town office on Sunday, Aug. 11, at 2 p.m. The Museum will be open at noon. Plan to visit before attending the meeting. If you would like to make a difference in the life of a New York City child, there is still time this summer to host through the Fresh Air Fund. Many children, ages 9-13 are registered and waiting to hear that a host family would like to open their home from Aug. 12-22 to provide an experience that they may never get otherwise. A bus will stop in Vergennes and South Burlington to bring the...
LINCOLN — There are still some openings for the Lincoln Sports day camps. Home base for the camp is under the pavilion at the Lincoln Sports Field behind the fire station, but excursions are part of the fun as well. Activities include games, crafts, hikes, swimming, climbing at Petra Cliffs, bowling, and a Lake Monsters game. Students going into fifth and sixth grades will have camp during the week of July 22 to 26. Students going into seventh and eighth grades have camp during the weeks of July 29 to Aug. 9. The fee is $155 per week. It’s not too late to sign up by downloading a registration...
Every October for the last two decades, Jim Apgar has carved a giant pumpkin, hoisted it onto the roof of his truck, strapped it down with rope and netting, rigged it up with lights, and driven the whole thing around Lincoln, Vt.
LINCOLN — There will be a walk-a-thon to raise money for the Haiti orphanage on Saturday, July 13. The event will start with registration at the park in Bristol at 9 a.m. The two mile walk starts at 9:30 a.m. and will take you on sidewalks through beautiful Bristol village. The event is suitable for all ages, including strollers. The money raised will be used to purchase beds and bedding and to meet ongoing monthly expenses. Sponsor sheets are available at BFit in Bristol or fill out the sheet the morning of the walk. Please bring money raised with you to the walk. Register with Karen Wheeler...

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