BUZZ IS BUILDING for Lincoln musicologist Dale Cockrell’s new book, “Everybody’s Doin’ It,” which will be published Aug. 13. The cultural study brings to life the decades of American music that led to the birth of ragtime and jazz. Photo courtesy of Dale Cockrell
LINCOLN — In the acknowledgments section of his new book, “Everybody’s Doin’ It,” Lincoln author Dale Cockrell muses on how strange it is to put the words “sex” and “musicology” in the same sentence. “Many seem not to think at first that the two can coexist in a mutual frame of scholarly mind,” he writes. “But after the initial shock and an additional explanatory sentence or two, everyone seems to brighten with something to say about music or (sotto voce) about sex or both.” Cockrell, who taught music history at Middlebury College from 1979 to 1985, does more than just rub a couple of...

Barbara Kopple
The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival will welcome two more special guests at the 5th Annual Festival, Aug. 22-25: Barbara Kopple and Ricki Stern. And announces a Female Biopic Series. Barbara Kopple Returning honoree, iconic documentarian, and two-time Academy Award Winner Barbara Kopple (“Harlan County U.S.A.,” “American Dream”) will show her latest film, “New Homeland,” at this year’s fest on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 1:30 p.m, at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. Kopple will discuss the film following the screening in a Q&A session with film historian Kate Hearst. Beloved by MNFF...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Albert Zaccor of Bridport, a teacher at Mount Abraham Union High School in Bristol, is bringing back lessons designed to engage and promote students’ understanding of Holocaust history from the nation’s leading Holocaust education conference this summer at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Zaccor was one of 260 participants from all over the country who attended the museum’s annual Arthur and Rochelle Belfer National Conference for Educators, a three-day workshop for teachers hosted by the museum in late July. The 2019 conference is a vital part of the museum’s...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s Merchants Row Bridge is closed to drivers and pedestrians between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 12.  The closure is to allow Maine Drilling & Blasting to install four mini-piles across the bridge entrance as part of the effort to stabilize the rail abutment in preparation for next summer's excavation. There will be no impact on street parking in front of the Battell Block or on access to the lower Battell parking lot. Pedestrians walking between the Battell Block and Town Hall Theater during the closure period are asked to use the Town Green. For any...
MIDDLEBURY — An Addison County jury on Aug. 7 convicted a Vergennes man of lewd & lascivious conduct with a child under the age of 16. The defendant, 39-year-old Steven R. Desjardin, is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 14. Vergennes police were notified on Oct. 14, 2018, of a possible sex offense reported to have occurred in the city. Following an investigation conducted by Detective Ruth Whitney of the Addison County Unit for Special Investigations, Desjardin was arrested and charged with the lewd & lascivious offense. Police described the victim as a girl between the age of 8-10....
ADDISON — For a number of summers, Chimney Point State Historic Site has run a “Preschoolers at the Point” program. Parents can bring their preschoolers (ages 3 to 5) to enjoy story and craft time at the site at no charge. This month the site will host preschoolers on Friday, Aug. 16, from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. The August program relates to this year’s exhibit from the Lake Champlain Basin Program and Heritage Partnership, “Salmon and People in a Changing World,” about the return of Atlantic Salmon to Lake Champlain. There will be stories and children can try their hand at “gyotaku,” Japanese...

AISLYNN FARR OF Richmond cleans and preps her Ayrshire heifer “Cheerio” for the 4-H Showmanship Competition at Field Days on Thursday. Independent photo/Benjamin Glass
NEW HAVEN — Aislynn Farr shook-up an aerosol can of livestock skin conditioner and sprayed a few strokes on the side of her Ayrshire “Cheerio.” “This stuff is for the shine,” the 18-year-old explained. “You use it to highlight the cow’s ribs, kind of like contouring a person’s face with makeup.” As part of the 4-H Showmanship Class Competition on the third day of the Addison County Fair and Field Days last week, competitors like Farr were busy cleaning and grooming their heifers before the showcase. In an event judged on the presentation of their animals, 4-H’ers will spend days making sure...

JOHN AND JUDY BAKER prepare a plate of ribs, potatoes and coleslaw for a hungry customer at their English Barbeque stand at Field Days. Independent photo/Nora Peachin
On a hot summer day at Addison County Fair and Field Days, John Baker got down on one knee on the back stoop of his barbeque stand and proposed to his partner, Judy. Fast-forward 15 years, and the (now-married) couple is still serving up barbeque out of the same stand at Field Days and other fairs around Vermont and New Hampshire. The relationship had a little bit of a rocky start. Judy quit her job managing thrift shops in her native England to move to the United States, with encouragement from John’s older brother. John was tasked with picking her up at Newark (N.J.) International Airport,...

SHOREHAM EIGHT-YEAR-OLD Ava Wood flashes a big smile with her calf, Alice (named for her late great-grandmother), after winning a competition. Her great-grandfather Victor (Alice’s husband) watches proudly in the white hat in the background. Photo courtesy of Gail Wood
Eight-year-old Ava Alice Wood from Shoreham showed a big smile when she took first place in her dairy Showmanship class at Field Days this past Thursday, Aug. 8. The date was a particularly significant one for the New Haven 4-H club member. Aug. 8 marked the anniversary to the day that her great-grandmother Alice Condon Quesnel passed away unexpectedly and peacefully at her home at the age of 89. Quesnel passed away the day after attending the Addison County Gospel Choir performance at Field Days — an annual performance that she looked forward to each year. Alice was a farm wife and a 4-H...

FRIENDS TANNER BURNS, left, Avery Carl, Tucker Wright and Joseph Bergevin climb one of the vintage tractors in front of the tractor pad at Field Days. Independent photo/Nora Peachin
A gang of four middle-school-age boys climb the antique tractors sitting next to the Tac-O’ the Town truck, laughing and discussing tomorrow’s 4-H competition. It will be Avery Carl’s first year participating. The friends decide to head over to the barn, to check in on Avery’s cows. The team hitches a ride on the courtesy shuttle. “We’ll need a ride after to the ‘Are you a good person?’ stand,” Avery let the driver know, referring to a tent where people talk about religion. “I’m supposed to be picking up elderly people,” the driver replied with a laugh after dropping the boys at the barn. “We...


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