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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...

NEW HAVEN RESIDENT Linda Sweeney, shown this past December with stuffed animals she made out of her late husband’s clothing, recently suffered injuries in a bike accident. She said the helmet she was wearing saved her life. Independent file photo/John S. McCright
NEW HAVEN — Two weeks ago a bicycle helmet saved Linda Sweeney’s life. “I am here to BEG anyone that rides a bike to wear a helmet,” she said in a Facebook post last week, which she shared with the Independent. “It matters!!!” On July 29, the New Haven resident crashed on her bicycle somewhere near Twin Mountain in Carroll, N.H. “I’m not sure what happened,” said the post, which Sweeney had dictated to a friend. “I apparently hit railroad tracks traveling fast and went down. I was out for at least 20 minutes and a kind passerby called 911.” Sweeney was transported to Littleton Regional...

DANIEL WHITNEY’S 15D, Natalie Heustis’ 69x and Geoffrey Grant’s No. 10 have a meeting of the minds in a 4-cylinder heat in Thursday night’s Demo Derby at Field Days. Independent photo/Steve James
NEW HAVEN — In addition to mangling already badly damaged remnants of formerly valuable vehicles, awarding cash prizes and trophies and entertaining and deafening a couple thousand fans of motorized mayhem, Thursday’s G. Stone Motors Demolition Derby at Addison County Fair and Field Days answered a few burning questions. One question literally related to burning: How quickly can members of the Vergennes Fire Department put out a fire in an engine compartment? Answer: Based on three incidents on Thursday, give them about 10 seconds and they’ll get it done. Another question: Can there be true...
NEW HAVEN — The New Haven selectboard has set the 2019 municipal tax rate at $0.4193 per $100 of assessed property value, a 44.5 percent increase over last year. Over a three-year period, however, the increase amounts to only 7.5 percent. In 2016 the municipal tax rate was $0.3902, then decreased two years in a row. Much of this year’s increase can be attributed to voter-approved road projects, said Town Treasurer Barb Torian. The town’s residential education tax rate for fiscal year 2020 increased by 6.5 percent to $1.6978, in part because this year the Mount Abraham Unified School District...

AFTER SEVERAL HOURS of drenching rain, rides on the midway of the New Haven fairgrounds were relatively empty on the opening night of Field Days 2019. Independent photo/Benjamin Glass
NEW HAVEN — Opening night of Addison County Fair and Field Days 2019 on Tuesday was met with scattered showers. The wet conditions prompted fair officials to postpone the 8 p.m. opening parade until Wednesday evening. But despite the wet conditions (this was Field Days, after all; what did you expect?), crowds began to form around the Ferris wheel and ticket booth stations around 9 p.m., and many of the tents were still abuzz with group performances and expositions. Under the tent at the bandstand, across from the Field Days center Pavilion, was the “refused-to-be-rained-out Vergennes City...

TWIST O’ WOOL Guild member Nancy Smith demonstrates sock making at the 2018 Addison County Fair and Field Days. Photo courtesy Twist O’ Wool Guild
NEW HAVEN — This week the Twist O’ Wool Fiber Guild celebrates 40 years as a guild and 40 years of demonstrating at the Addison County Fair and Field Days. The guild was organized by Eleanor Boutcher of Shoreham, Ellen Leone of Bristol and Shelagh Smith of Monkton in May of 1979. They created a mailing list of about 50 people, put advertisements in the papers, and posters were put up to inform folks about the initial meeting. About 30 people showed up at the Ilsley Library in Middlebury and they filled out questionnaires about what they hoped would be accomplished with the guild. Their first...
There’s good news and bad news on Dog Team Road in New Haven these days. First the good news: the town did a wonderful job repaving the road. The road was in pretty bad shape but over the month of July it was scraped and repaved and it is lovely to drive on. Now the bad news: a resident of Dog Team Road on the Nop Farm has decided to display his racist views for all to see as they travel to and from home and work. The Confederate flag — the quintessential symbol of bigotry and Jim Crow and the KKK — flies right next to the road so as not to be missed. There is little doubt about what message...
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police are looking into a spate of burglaries at Route 7 businesses this past Friday. Early on the morning of July 26 troopers at the New Haven barracks received information regarding three burglaries at three stores in Ferrisburgh and New Haven. Someone broke into the Dakin Farms and  Auto Creek A.C. Sports businesses in Ferrisburgh and into Cyclewise Inc. off Route 7 in New Haven. State police said that two cash boxes were reported stolen, though they didn’t specify from which businesses. Anyone with information regarding these burglaries is asked to contact...

WHEN A RUNNER saw widespread graffiti, like the painting on the rock above, she realized that someone had invaded a “happy place” cherished by many. Photo by Laura Turner
MIDDLEBURY/NEW HAVEN — Bummer. Who would do this? This is so wrong. Those were the thoughts that went through Laura Weylman Turner’s head Friday evening when during a run through the woods along the Trail Around Middlebury (TAM) and came upon a massive display of graffiti spray painted in fluorescent colors on trees, boulders and rocks along the edge of Otter Creek. Fortunately some of the painted faces, flowers and undecipherable symbols could be scraped off by a volunteer from the Middlebury Area Land Trust, or MALT, which manages the TAM. But the incident reminded some that we live in a...

LORRAINE WICKLAND-COMBES
WEYBRIDGE/NEW HAVEN —– Lorraine Wickland-Combes passed peacefully from this mortal coil on July 13, 2019. Born December 7, 1918, in Chicago, Ill. as the eighth of nine children to arrive into the close-knit family of Alfred Olof and Mathilda (Carlson) Larson, she grew up in the Morgan Park neighborhood on the city’s South Side. Some of the happiest days of her youth were spent at the little summer cottage the family built at nearby Cedar Lake, Ind. After graduating from high school and secretarial school, she began a long career as a secretary in various real estate, law, and medical offices...

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