August 8th, 2013
VERGENNES — Work should begin next week on a $600,000 project that Vergennes Union High School officials said is critical to the building’s integrity: New roofing and insulation on its classroom wing and auditorium.
After trimming the proposed work because bids came in higher than expected, a school board member said school directors were happy with the compromises, and he reminded district residents that further repairs are still needed on the building.
BRANDON — Boys will be boys. The adage holds true regardless of time or place, regardless of age. Tuesday afternoons at Cattails Restaurant are no exception.
Every week, a group of older men calling themselves the “Sick, Lame and Lazy Club” meet for coffee, snacks and conversation. While the location and the members have changed over time, the tradition is rooted in a history rich enough to have kept men coming back every week for nearly two decades.
NEW HAVEN — Enthusiasts of the Addison County Fair and Field Days often talk about the food first: barbecue sandwiches, piping hot Italian sausages, crepes, creemees, slurpees and, of course, platefuls of fried dough.
But those who saved room on Tuesday had yet another appealing dining option: the annual Taste of Vermont dinner with all-local foods donated by local businesses, which in recent years has been the primary fundraising event for the Vergennes/Mount Abraham high school football team.
MIDDLEBURY — Clarissa Ward, the CBS News foreign correspondent who has been reporting this year from Egypt and Syria, will deliver the commencement address marking the end of the Middlebury Language Schools’ 99th summer session on Friday, Aug. 16, at 8 p.m. in Mead Chapel.
With President Ronald D. Liebowitz and Vice President of Language Schools, Schools Abroad and Graduate Programs Michael E. Geisler presiding, the college is scheduled to confer 118 master of arts degrees and seven doctor of modern languages degrees at the ceremony.
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — At the summer Vermont Swim Association championship meet in the Upper Valley Aquatic Center on this past Saturday and Sunday, Middlebury Panther swimmers won five races — in four of which 10-year-old Oliver Poduschnick earned gold — while one young Vergennes Champ swimmer earned a state title.
WEST HAVEN — Veteran Middlebury driver Todd Stone held off young up-and-comer Jessey Mueller to win the Devil’s Bowl Speedway’s most important open-wheel Modified event on Aug. 2, taking the second annual Carrara Masonry & Concrete C.J. Richards Memorial 67.
BARNSTABLE, Mass. — Six local high school athletes recently played for the Vermont field hockey team in the Cape Cod Classic, a tournament that featured nine teams from New England states and New York.
Overall, the Vermonters, featuring players from all over the state, played competitively, but finished 1-3-1, including a July 28 playoff round loss to Maine decided by penalty strokes.
WEYBRIDGE — Local and statewide rescue organizations went into the proverbial belly of the beast — a Weybridge cave — during a 12-hour operation to save a man who had injured himself during a fall while doing some underground climbing with a companion on Tuesday night, Aug. 6.
It was a complicated rescue from a cave off Cave Road, led by Weybridge Fire Chief Bill Sinks, who marshaled more than 50 people to help out — including members of the Vermont Cavers’ Association.