July 30th, 2015
BRISTOL — The Tour de Farms is one of Vermont’s oldest cycling farm tours and is set in Addison County’s rolling farmlands — voted New England’s best biking by Yankee magazine. Over 3,000 people have ridden the tour over the last 7 years in Shoreham and Orwell.
ADDISON COUNTY — Twenty-one people attended the United Methodist Action Reach Out Mission by Youth (UMARMY) July 5-11. Youth did yard work, painted and built one handicap ramp for low-income seniors in the Springfield area.
“I see Jesus in you,” said one of the people we served. “You are such a blessing to us,” said the husband of the woman with multiple sclerosis who would need the brand new ramp soon. The ramp team and the rest of the camp became very close to the couple receiving the ramp. It was hard to say goodbye.
BRISTOL — Vermont State Police have charged an Essex man in the theft of a car from a Bristol residence on Tuesday, July 28. Authorities recovered the vehicle on Wednesday, July 29, in New Jersey.
Police have cited Matthew Coppola, 24, who is currently being held in Essex County, N.J., for lack of $30,000 bail, according to police. Coppola will be extradited to Vermont in the future to answer to further charges, police said.
VERMONT — Vermont Fish & Wildlife on Aug. 1 will reopen the cliffs closed to hiking and access earlier this spring to protect nesting peregrine falcons.
ADDISON COUNTY — The Vermont Recreation and Parks Association (VRPA) is offering deeply discounted amusement park tickets to the Bromley Mountain Adventure Park in Manchester; ArborTrek Canopy Adventures in Jeffersonville; Great Escape/Splashwater Kingdom in Lake George, N.Y.; and Six Flags New England” in Agawam, Mass. In Addison County, tickets are available at the Middlebury and Bristol recreation department offices during normal business hours.
LEICESTER — The town of Leicester has been awarded a $55,960 grant from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to help control invasive species on Lake Dunmore and Fern Lake, located in the towns of Leicester and Salisbury. The control program is coordinated and operated by the Lake Dunmore/Fern Lake Association.
ESSEX — The Vergennes Champs and Middlebury Marlins swim teams both had some strong individual and relay performance at this past weekend’s Champlain Valley Swim League Championship Meet, which was held Friday and Saturday at the Sand Hill Pool in Essex.
The Vergennes team earned fifth place with 714.5 points and Middlebury was right behind in sixth place with 681.5 points.
BRISTOL — The top two athletes in the local Sodbusters Horseshoe Pitching Club are pitching well this season — so well that this past weekend one left the World Horseshoe Pitching Championships as the winner in her division and the other as runner-up in his.
Debra Brown is the new Women’s World Horseshoe Pitching Champion and Brian Simmons is the runner-up in the men’s world competition. The Bristol residents earned those titles at the competition that wrapped up in Topeka, Kan., on Saturday. Both have won world titles in the past.