July 26th, 2012
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Panthers and Vergennes Champs both wrapped up the regular season Tuesday night as they look forward to the Champlain Valley Swim League Championships, which will be held in Vergennes this Friday and Saturday.
Visiting Winooski swim team fell to Middlebury, 358 to 78. Highlights of the night included Nora Wootten, Isabel Rosenberg, Brianna Foley, Thomas Denton, Burke Weeks and Nick Merrill winning three races a piece for the Panthers.
Black kids in the U.S. don’t play baseball anymore.
As a generalization, that’s true. Participation by African-Americans in baseball has declined precipitously at all levels in the last two decades or so.
In 1975, 27 percent of all major leaguers were African-American. Now that number is 8 percent. The Red Sox have one African-American on their 25 man roster, Carl Crawford.
Rumor has it financial wiz Warren Buffett, one of the richest men in the world, has a sure-fire solution to reign in the nation’s looming debt: “I could end the deficit in five minutes,” he allegedly tells a CNBC news reporter. “You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3 percent of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election.”
The rumor is being spread via the Internet like wildfire and fueled by the millions of Americans upset with a dysfunctional Congress.
VERGENNES — A local man is hoping to close soon on a deal to acquire the former Kennedy Brothers Marketplace at 11 North Main St. in Vergennes, a 41,724-square-foot complex that would house a new grocery store while maintaining its current tenants and recruiting others.
ADDISON COUNTY — As farmers across the nation hope for rain to end the worst drought since 1956, Addison County farmers are counting their blessings.
“So far it’s been a pretty good growing season, other than extreme heat and a little on the dry side,” said Hank Bissell of Lewis Creek Farm in Starksboro.
For Bissell, this year has prompted him to use his irrigation system more than usual due to prolonged stretches of warm weather with no rain, but he said vegetable yields have been good compared to those in last year’s wet weather.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County’s Open Door Clinic is bustling with a new staff, a faithful cadre of volunteers and a surging patient load brought on by a sluggish economy and rising health care costs that are increasingly putting insurance coverage outside the grasp of citizens and employers.
BRISTOL — Last week, the Bristol selectboard issued a letter of support to the Vermont Land Trust (VLT) for plans to purchase conservation easements on the Farr and Fuller family properties.