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June 27th, 2016
ADDISON COUNTY — With the first signs of summer come expectations of sun, lemonade, popsicles and, here in Vermont, fresh fruit and vegetables.
However, for those children who qualify for free or reduced-price meals during the school year, summer is potentially a two-and-a-half-month stretch without stable, nutritious meals.
Last May, 38 percent of students in Addison County qualified for subsidized school meals, and 42 percent throughout Vermont qualified.
MIDDLEBURY — Gentle folk music overlaid with the chatter and laughter of families and children drifted through downtown Middlebury this past Wednesday evening.
This mini-concert on the green marked the inaugural Summer Music Series in Middlebury, which will bring a free concert to the green each month of the summer.
Musician Molly McEachen, who performed original folk pieces with musical partner Ashley Storrow, was please with the way the inaugural concert came off.
MIDDLEBURY — Six years after a quick trip from her native Thailand to Vermont to visit a friend, Wanna Phasuk is still here. You’ll often find her parked outside of Vermont Sun Sports and Fitness in Middlebury serving up authentic Thai and fusion dishes from the comfort of her bright yellow and red food cart.
MIDDLEBURY — It was not quite a banner year for local softball teams, as tough one-run losses sent the talented Mount Abraham and Middlebury union high school squads home from the Division II final and a D-I semifinal, respectively.
But the Eagles and Tigers, plus athletes from Vergennes and Otter Valley, all enjoyed exceptional springs that are recognized here in the 2016 Addison Independent Softball All-Star Team.
LINCOLN — Host Lincoln defeated Starksboro, 5-2, on June 18 to win the first-ever Addison County Little League 11-12-year-old baseball championship.
Starksboro scored twice in the top of the first inning, but Lincoln answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead for good. The home team added two insurance runs in the fifth inning.
The Lincoln team, comprised of fifth- and sixth-graders from the Lincoln Community School, completed an undefeated season at 17-0, while Starksboro finished at 9-8.
GOSHEN — On Saturday, July 16, the Goshen Gallop will unite runners from across Vermont and around the world, seeking to take the road less traveled, while supporting repairs to trails and bridges damaged by Tropical Storm Irene. To repair this damage, proceeds of this year’s Goshen Gallop will be used to replace two bridges and to fix surrounding trails, allowing visitors to ski over to Romance Mountain.
If you believe that the Orlando attack was the last one we will experience, you are horribly wrong.
Are there flaws in VEGI (Vermont Employment Growth Incentive)? In a letter to the editor in the June 13 Independent, one person expressed this opinion. The facts suggest that he is wrong.