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08/08/2019
                  Inside   Ducks of the early morning lake vee into nearby reeds, early summer rustling toward flight   while elsewhere morning scrim slowly rises, loosens peepholes along shorelines, pinpricks of light on familiar mountain stonecroppings   and bits of pale water, unmoved next to hints of flowing lights.   Lopey ghosts, those soft and racing sky spirits, skim above the steaming lake field. Puffs that plod into points of pines, pop.   On the lake’s far side, the jagged trees that jut in and out along peninsulas and coves   have not yet appeared but what is stored in...
08/08/2019
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...
08/08/2019
Wonderful trails around Bristol. This network will get bigger and bigger. Get out now and do some hiking on nice easy trails. Drive to the east behind the new firehouse to a pile of gravel and walk left (east) along the edge of the woods to the corner of the woods and go right along this trail loop. Or park at the small buildings along the road to Mt. Abe and go left to the woods edge and look for ways into the woods to find the trail around the athletic fields just inside the woods. This trail has some signs showing tree types, but at this stage it would be good to have small, 3 x 3-inch in...
08/08/2019
The following letter was written by Adam Lougee of the Addison County Regional Planning Commissions to Vermont Secretary of Transportation Joe Flynn. On June 12, 2019 the Addison County Regional Planning Commission passed a resolution expressing our support for construction of a new road to the north of the Vergennes downtown that would allow through-truck traffic to avoid the downtown without unduly burdening their transit (the Economic Corridor). A similar resolution was also passed by our Transportation Advisory Committee in May. The Route 22A corridor is an important link connecting the...
08/08/2019
Addison Independent readers are seeing more asylum advocacy in your pages. Bringing a national debate to Vermont, protesters joined Bristol’s Fourth of July parade to denounce “concentration camps” on the U.S.-Mexican border. “Close the camps!” demanded almost 200 demonstrators in downtown Middlebury on July 12. On your editorial page, Angelo Lynn has decried the Trump administration’s needlessly harsh responses to 140,000 asylum-seekers who arrived in a single month. How could it be necessary to pen up thousands of Central American parents and children? Because the very question sounds...
08/06/2019
Were you to ask me what our family has done this summer, my response would be, “Very little.” This summer, my daughters decided they wanted to do nothing. With the exception of a handful of brief or sporadic local activities, they shook their heads at any sort of camp or sport. Many of their friends head to sleepaway camp for weeks on end; not one Gong daughter has even a passing interest in such a thing – and, as a former miserably homesick camper myself, I’m not inclined to push it. Sure, there was the weeklong vacation in Maine. A couple of trips to the lake and the pool. A few outings to...
08/05/2019
It’s no secret that dairy farms in Vermont have been on the decline for the past 50-plus years, but while the dairy industry talks about it, the larger community has been slow to have a frank discussion about how it impacts our schools and towns. In 1965, Vermont had more than 6,000 dairy farms compared to fewer than 750 today. In 2018, alone, Vermont saw the number of dairy farms decrease 10 percent. That’s also reflected in Addison County where the number of dairy farms declined from 140 to 96 between 2012 and 2017. Of particular interest is the number of dairy farms with 200 to 499 cattle...
08/05/2019
Few are known more for their strong work ethic, self-reliance and ingenuity than the American farmer and more specifically the Vermont farmer. Apart from providing jobs in our community, the dairy farm landscape attracts many of our tourists and helps provide over one-third of our state’s income, or a projected $2.2 billion (in tourism revenues) of the $6.1 billion budget for 2019.  The support of dairy cooperatives has helped to revitalize many town economies by building the food systems that the consumer demands. The farm-to-table movement and the growth in our artisan cheese market owe...
08/05/2019
Recently my wife and I were abruptly reminded why we are blessed to live in Addison County. On a sunny July Sunday afternoon returning from the Champlain Islands we were driving on Monkton Road in Bristol and struck a deer. Everything happened instantaneously and immediately airbags had deployed and we were off the road. And I realize in describing this incident that many Vermonters have had similar experiences. What unfolded over the next hour, however, was a new experience for us and a real celebration of our neighbors. The car behind us (and two bicyclists) stopped and assisted us in...
08/05/2019
Editor’s note: Toby Baker-Rouse was a 9-year-old fourth-grader in Middlebury when he submitted this poem to the Young Writers Project this past school year.   Today The Baby Crawled on Me   Today the baby crawled on me, with kisses and with drool. My mother brought him up the stairs to get me up for school.   Today, the dog, she jumped on me – she sat upon my head. My mother brought her up the stairs to get me out of bed.   Today my sister woke me up, with stomping and a yell. She thumped her way down all the stairs, louder than alarm bells.   Today my brother jumped on me, and my blankets...

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