August 2nd, 2012
SHOREHAM — Champlain Orchards depends on the sun to naturally ripen the more than 3 million pounds of fruit, primarily apples, that it produces each year.
Now orchard owners Bill Suhr and Andrea Scott are harnessing the sun to lower the energy costs of harvesting and processing the fruit.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s Will Smith saw an opening to bring more music into the community and took it, because he believes it is important to everyone to have music in their lives.
“It brings the community together and it’s just very good, especially for a place like Middlebury that doesn’t have much live music outdoors,” he said. “It’s a very quiet town and I want to get something going here.”
ADDISON COUNTY — On the morning of July 25 Vermont State Police cited Ryan Phelps, 32, of Shoreham for domestic violence after he allegedly assaulted a woman at a home on Quaker Village Road in Weybridge.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police have cited two Ferrisburgh men for their roles in a July 27 brawl at the City Limits nightclub that police said involved about a dozen individuals.
Police said they are still reviewing the incident, and more citations are likely to be handed out for involvement in an altercation that began shortly before midnight that Friday.
Already cited for simple assault in the case were Seth Gebo, 25, and Dylan Barrows, 24, both of Ferrisburgh.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police investigated a burglary at Middlebury Beef Supply on Route 7 South on July 29. Police said the culprit(s) broke in through a door at the south entrance. Once inside, the thieves stole cigarettes and other tobacco products from behind the register, according to police.
Authorities are reviewing surveillance equipment and have dusted for fingerprints in an effort to track down some suspects.
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Middlebury police at 388-3191.
BRANDON — What’s the big deal with sunflowers and soybeans?
Plenty, according to Jon Satz of Woods Market Garden in Brandon. Satz spoke about the cultivation of oilseed plants to a group of some 20 people last Tuesday, at an event sponsored by the University of Vermont Extension System.
Satz added sunflowers to his vegetable growing rotation in 2009, then added soybeans the following year. He was curious about the potential for growing a crop that could be turned into oil for energy.
BRISTOL — After making three small changes to Bristol’s proposed town plan on Monday, the selectboard OK’d the document. The plan will be presented to the public at two public hearings on Aug. 27 and Sept. 10.
The selectboard’s approval of the proposed plan comes after the Bristol Planning Commission supported the previous 42 changes the selectboard made to the document over a revision period that spanned several months. The planning commission issued its approval of the board’s changes on July 17.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — With the debate over gun control again simmering in the wake of the largest mass shooting in U.S. history in Aurora, Colo., on July 20, the three members of Vermont’s Congressional delegation reiterated their beliefs that individual states should maintain their ability to shape their own firearm laws.