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BATH TIME CAME early for many area kids when the Vergennes Fire Department followed up its Vergennes Day breakfast with fun in a makeshift pool filled with sudsy foam at Vergennes Day a few years back. Independent file photo/Trent Campbell
08/19/2019
VERGENNES — Oh, the sights, the sounds, the smells, the shopping. You will see your friends and neighbors moving among the stalls of three-score vendors on the Vergennes City Green this coming Saturday, hear the sounds of musical acts performing on the bandstand amidst the buzzing of the crowd, and whiff the aroma of roasting chicken from the grills staffed by the local Lions. It will all be happening at the 38th annual Vergennes Day — Saturday, Aug. 24.  Vergennes Day actually kicks off the evening before, on Friday, Aug. 23, with a street dance on the City Green featuring the music of “The...

RUNNERS CRUISE PAST the Vergennes Opera House during a Little City Race during Vergennes Day a few years back. There are three races for runners this coming Saturday morning, plus one for walkers. Independent file photo/Trent Campbell
08/19/2019
VERGENNES — Attention runners, walkers and wannabes: You’re invited to join the 38th Annual Vergennes Day Race featuring a 5K run, 10K run, 15K run and 5K walk this coming Saturday morning. Each year the Vergennes Day Race committee chooses a local non-profit as the beneficiary of the race proceeds. This year’s beneficiary is Age Well, an organization dedicated to the support and care of older adults in Addison, Chittenden, Franklin, and Grand Isle counties. Local volunteers deliver nutritious meals to Vergennes residents through the non-profit’s Meals on Wheels program. You can take part in...

BRIGHT YELLOW SLIME molds, which are not harmful to adults or animals, often appear on bark mulch in beds after rainstorms. Photo/Joelle Kraft
08/19/2019
VERMONT — Have you ever noticed something bright yellow or orange on your bark mulch after a rain? You may notice that this blob actually has moved across the mulch over the course of a few days. This is a unique organism called a slime mold. Slime molds are no longer classified as fungi, but instead as a member of the Kingdom Protista (Protoctista). Slime molds are not harmful to adults or animals, and you can break them up with a rake if desired. There are hundreds of different slime molds with a range of colors and forms, but the bright yellow one we see after rainy weather is in a group...
08/19/2019
Emergency contraception causes infertility. You can’t get pregnant while breastfeeding. Non-hormonal intrauterine devices cause blood clots. These are only a part of the misinformation women’s health care providers have been fighting for decades — misinformation that has contributed to unintended pregnancies. In 2012, almost half of all pregnancies in Vermont were unintended, according to the Vermont Department of Health. Seeking to change that, DoH officials set a goal for 65 percent pregnancy intention by 2020. The plan, laid out by the Women’s Health Initiative, is multipronged. It focuses...

GRANVILLE’S CORNER SCHOOL is the focus of a fundraising event on the Granville Town Green on Saturday, Aug. 31, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The town hopes to refurbish it to serve as a community resource center. Photo courtesy Corner School Resource Center board
08/19/2019
GRANVILLE — The Corner School Resource Center in Granville needs some help. The building is one of only two schoolhouses remaining in the Hancock and Granville area, which used to claim 10 schoolhouses. The town is hoping to rehabilitate the schoolhouse as a community resource center, so on Saturday, Aug. 31, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., they will throw a fundraising party. The event, dubbed “Preserve History, Preserve Pickles,” will take place at Granville Town Hall Green and feature, as one might guess, a pickle and preserve competition. Entrants can bring their pickles, jams and other preserved...

Illustration by Adelaide Tyrol
08/19/2019
Have you seen a spotted lanternfly? If you live in New England, and answered “no,” that’s good. But we’ll have to check back with you next year.  The lanternfly is one of the latest foreign invasive insect pests to become established in North America.  And it isn’t a picky eater. Dozens of crops and native trees are go-to foods for this destructive bug. While it apparently hasn’t made it to this region yet, it is entrenched farther south. Entomologists are watching nervously. “For landowners and orchards they’re a nightmare ... a total menace to society,” said Judy Rosovsky, the Vermont state...
08/19/2019
Dear Homeward Bound, I’ve been hearing a lot about blue-green algae these days and how it can be dangerous to dogs. What is it and why is it dangerous? Curious Dear Curious, There are lots of reports of this scary phenomenon these days. We did some research to find out some more information for you and learned that the “algae” is not actually a type of algae but a bacteria known as cyanobacteria. Cyanobacteria isn’t visible to the naked eye, but it often gives the appearance of algae when it clumps together in bodies of water. This bacteria is often found in non-flowing freshwater during hot...
08/19/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central School District has released the bus routes for the 2019-2020 school year. Please note: All times are approximate. Times for bus routes can vary by several minutes depending on traffic, construction, weather, and ridership. Students should be at their bus stop at least five minutes earlier than the published time. For safety reasons, drivers will not wait for students to come to the stop. If you have questions about a route, please contact your school. CORNWALL South Bus A.M. 7:10  Rte. 30 7:19  Delong Rd. 7:20  Douglas Rd./ Delong Rd. 7:22  Carothers Ln./Delong...
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...

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