August 25th, 2016
VERGENNES — It’s the eve of Vergennes Day and what are you going to do?
Discover artwork at venues all along Main Street in Vergennes this Friday, Aug. 26, in the monthly Vergennes Arts Walk. See paintings by Georgina Forbes and John Burns, prints by Lyna Lou Nordstrom, and more.
This after-hours open house at art galleries and local businesses invites you to explore this walkable historic downtown. Browse shops, antiques and artwork. There will be light refreshments and wine tasting from Vergennes Wine at Creative Space Gallery, 5-8 p.m.
LINCOLN — On March 2, at Springer Mountain, Ga., Alan Kamman took the first step of a 2,185-mile journey.
Along the way, the Lincoln resident and Mount Abraham Union High School guidance counselor busted through four pairs of hiking shoes, camped in snow, endured heat and rain, hiked through injuries and fulfilled a promise he’d made to himself 41 years ago — to through-hike the Appalachian Trail.
Kamman completed his nearly five-month odyssey on July 24, atop Maine’s Mount Katahdin.
WEST HAVEN — In Saturday’s local highlights on Devil’s Bowl Speedway’s half-mile asphalt track, Ferrisburgh’s Brad Bertrand won the entry-level Portland Glass Mini Stock division’s annual three-segment special event, Brandon’s Vince Quenneville finished second in the 30-lap main event in the Bond Auto Parts Sportsman Modified division, and Bristol’s Josh Masterson took second in the 30-lap Central Vermont Motorcycles Late Model feature.
HUNTINGTON — Debra Brown of Bristol won the Women’s A class at the Vermont State Horseshoe Pitching Championships this past weekend and posted the highest percentage of ringers of any pitcher at the meet.
Brown, a former national champion and member of the Bristol-based Sodbusters Horseshoe Club, posted a perfect 5-0 record in match play in the tournament at the Huntington Horseshoe Club in Huntington on Aug. 20-21. She threw ringers 61.41 percent of the time.
Vermonters are at the fleeting confluence of two intersecting trajectories: an upcoming statewide election in November, and the tag end of August with another rash of beach closings on Lake Champlain, sewage spills, and blue-green algae alerts. With beachgoers upset, boaters disgusted and lakeshore homeowners up in arms at the deterioration of water quality in Lake Champlain and other bodies of water in the state, you’d think there might be enough political pressure to push clean-water policy to the forefront of our political discussion — especially in an election year.
NOTE: Students in grades K-12 ride together on all morning and afternoon runs, except for the “Red” bus. Please review routes carefully and contact Mary Hogan School at 802-388-4421 with any questions. Times for bus routes can vary by several minutes, depending on traffic, construction and ridership. Students should be at their bus stop at least 5 minutes earlier than the published time. For safety reasons, drivers will not wait for students to come to the stop. P/U = Pick Up D/O = Drop Off
MIDDLEBURY — Mary Hogan Principal Thomas Buzzell and Assistant Principal Steven Lindemann welcome Mary Hogan students and parents to the 2016-2017 school year. As the new school year approaches, the Mary Hogan staff is busy preparing for opening day on Aug. 31.
Listening to my in-laws talk about Uncle Pete Hansen’s various feats of strength, he might just as well have been Paul Bunyan. For example, there was the true story about Pete lowering my brother-in-law Bill — then his plumbing assistant — down into a well by his ankles. And Bill is a solid 6-foot, 3-inches tall.