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BRISTOL'S MOIRA SMILEY will bring her folk music to Tourterelle in New Haven for an Epic Little Folk Fest on Friday, Sept. 20. INSPIRE PHOTO ART (TONYA LESLEY)
09/12/2019
NEW HAVEN — The name says it all: Epic Little Folk Fest. This one-night festival of folk music, food and friends is coming to Tourterelle in New Haven on Sept. 20 — and, yes, it’s going to be, well, epic. Mark your calendars now. Moira Smiley and the beloved Nordic folk band SVER (pronounced “Sfeer” — which means “grand” by the way) will headline the evening with energizing folk and traditional tunes. Smiley’s plaintive, powerful voice will weave between the fiery, inventive forces of SVER’s fiddles (including the special Norwegian hardanger fiddle), accordion, guitar, and drums. Alternating...
08/26/2019
UPDATED NEW HAVEN — A construction zone flagger died at University of Vermont Medical Center after sustaining what Vermont State Police describe as “severe facial and internal injuries” when hit by a vehicle near the intersection of Routes 7 and 17 at New Haven Junction on Friday, Aug. 23. James P. Alger, 38, of Barre died overnight, state police reported on Saturday. VSP cited the driver — Jennifer Bergevin, 49, of Middlebury — for driving under the influence of drugs and grossly negligent operation with serious bodily injury resulting. Police said they were called to the scene at around 8:...
08/22/2019
MONKTON The following arm’s-length real estate sales were recorded in Monkton between Oct. 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019: •  Oct. 2: Frederick Rotax to Miranda E. Fisk, home on 46.67 acres at 40 Cemetery Road, $300,000. •  Oct. 9: Nancy P. Zylstra to Ethan H. Swift, home on 10.03 acres at 475 East View Road, $348,000. •  Oct. 12: Kassie V. Deary to Alyse Wanke, home on 2 acres at 29 Hardscrabble Road, $261,000. •  Oct. 16: Corinne Hayes to Kevin Lambert, home on 2.59 acres at 230 Twin Ridge Road, $425,000. •  Oct. 25: Michael Alderman to Miles Lindsay, home on 17.1 acres at 2432 Monkton Road...

COW WHISPERER SAMUEL Wilbur, 11, of Whiting gets an earful from his Brown Swiss cow, Destiny, waiting for the 4-H dairy conformation class during the 2019 Addison County Fair and Field Days in New Haven. Independent photo/Steve James
08/19/2019
NEW HAVEN — With a wink and a nod, anyone who’s lived around these parts for a while will acknowledge that our beloved Addison County Fair & Field Days is engaged in an epic annual struggle with the weather gods. On one hand — the positive one — heavy rains might scatter crowds into nearby tents and buildings, where perhaps they’ll get to experience magical moments they hadn’t known to look for. Less helpful is when such weather prompts, among other things, the deployment of tractors to help visitors extract their cars from the muddy parking lot. But as they say in show biz, “The show...
08/19/2019
NEW HAVEN — The results of the draft horse competitions at the 2019 Addison County Fair and Field Days is as follows. Showmanship 13 & Under: 1. Jack, Fox Hollow Movers, Cameron Utter; 2. Jay, Fox Hollow Movers, Cameron McNiel. Showmanship 14-18: 1. ux, Cedar Hedge Clydesdales, Ryley DuBois; 2. Ranger, Pools Brook Belgians, Hannah Hulchanski; 3. Morrisville Unknown 2, Morrisville College, Claire Ross; 4. Morrisville Unknown, Morrisville College, Grace VanGorder. Mares, 2 Years: 1. SR Cindy’s Brooke, Sugar ridge Rv Village, Kirk Fenoff. 2. Bailey, Cedar Hedge Clydesdales, Corey Barnes....
08/19/2019
NEW HAVEN — The following were recognized in the Children’s Barnyard Displays at Addison County Fair and Field Days. ATTENDED DISPLAYS Child — Under 8: 1. Natalie Layn, Quail; 2. Noah Sheldrick, Rabbit; 3. Timmy Wright, Ducks; 4. Abel Sheldrick, Chicken; 5. Henry Sheldrick, Chicken; 6. Noah Sheldrick, Chicken; 7. Able Sheldrick, Chicken; 8. Henry Sheldrick, Chicken. Youth — 9-13: 1. Hailey Roberts, Mini Donkeys;  2. Tristan Warner, Rabbit; 3. Tucker Wright, Ducklings; 4. Trevor Wright, Ducks; 5. Wyatt Kennett, Ducks; 6. Kyle Clark, Chicken; 7. 3-way Tie — Sadie Hunt, Star Hotchkiss and Willow...

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
08/12/2019
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
08/12/2019
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
08/12/2019
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...
08/08/2019
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...

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