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March 17th, 2014
BRISTOL — By his own admission, Reed Prescott’s mind never stops churning. At the artist’s studio on Main Street in Bristol this past Monday, he is surrounded by wood shavings and power tools, working on his newest line of products. Known primarily as a landscape painter, the Lincoln resident is now branching out into hand-carved wooden items — everything from earrings to buttons, zipper pulls and bracelets.
BRISTOL — Just in time for Easter, Theresa Somerset of Essex Junction will be at Art on Main in Bristol on Saturday, March 22, from noon to 2 p.m. to demonstrate a painting technique that turns simple eggs into elaborate works of art.
These painted eggs — yes, they are real — are created in keeping with an ancient Ukrainian technique called pysanka, which means “to write on.” The method is wax-resist, much like batik, used with intensely colored dyes.
MIDDLEBURY — Beginning with its avant-garde, Frank Lloyd Wrightian architectural design in 1955 and following through to a recent extensive energy retrofit, one home in Middlebury — at 17 Chipman Heights — continues to lead the way for new developments in residential construction and design.
The house sits atop Chipman Hill facing west overlooking the Exchange Street area and Wright Park, with stunning sunset views of the Adirondacks.
ADDISON COUNTY — Unlike 2013, the high school boys’ basketball season did not end this winter with a local team cutting down nets.
Still, three of the four area squads fared well enough to earn home playoff games, and all were led by athletes who submitted outstanding efforts that are recognized here in the 2014 Addison Independent Boys’ Basketball All-Star Team.
VERGENNES — When building a new home it is important that it is energy-efficient and has a light carbon footprint, said builder Ken Ruddy — but not because of the awards it can win (although Ruddy’s new home in Vergennes has been honored).
“It’s simple economics,” said the founder and owner of the North Ferrisburgh design/build company Fiddlehead Construction. “It pays for itself from day one.”
If nothing is done, Vermont lawmakers will approve a seven-cent increase in the statewide property tax rate, which would be the largest increase ever imposed to fund our schools.
That’s not likely. The governor has promised the increase would be less. The House Ways and Means Committee has already proposed a plan that would cut the increase to five cents.
Over the course of the last few years, Vermont has done a relatively decent job adjusting to the economic downturn of the “great recession.” Indeed, we have shown ourselves to be adept at austerity. Now, the question is, can Vermont adapt in ways that foster economic prosperity?
If anyone is wondering why our roadsides have more litter than normal, here is a reason. When snow melts, a new crop of bottles and cans and coffee cups appears, thrown out by trashy people who don’t care about how the state looks. They don’t care that their mother doesn’t work picking up after them.