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MIDDLEBURY — Town Hall Theater will be hosting “Welcome to Middlebury, USA” on Saturday, Sept. 4, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The event is designed to showcase all that Middlebury has to offer to both those new to the region and to those with deep roots here. More than 25 organizations — clubs, volunteer opportunities, services, kids’ programs, and local arts and entertainment options — will all be on hand to talk about who they are, what they do, and how local folks can connect with organizations that interest them. As part of the day, Town Hall Theater Education will celebrate its 10-year...
BRISTOL — In the spring of 2020, as it became clear that COVID-19 was sticking around for a while, Bristol Hub Teen Center Director Taylor Welch attended a Beach Boys concert at Tanglewood, the renowned outdoor performing arts center in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts — and she came home inspired. “We had been trying to come up with ideas for summer events we could put on that would be outdoors and safe during COVID,” Welch said. “And we thought music would be a great way to do this.” The Hub Teen Center & Skatepark is a program of the Bristol Recreation Department that provides a...

VERMONT BOOK SHOP owner Becky Dayton, shown in her Middlebury shop, was featured in Congressional testimony late last month.
MIDDLEBURY — Becky Dayton and the Vermont Book Shop were featured as a representative small business as Andrew Levin, Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College, testified at a hearing of the United States House Subcommittee on Monetary Policy & National Security, in which he emphasized how a digital dollar would positively impact small businesses. In his July 27 testimony, “The Rationale for Establishing a Digital Dollar and the Perils of Delay,” he gave a synopsis of the costs associated with commercial bank card transactions, which are now the predominant method of payment at most...

FATU KABA, NCP’S 2019 intern from Liberia, shows some squash harvested from the Food Justice Garden located at the Starksboro Community Garden in the village.
STARKSBORO — New Community Project (NCP) plans to use a $12,000 grant from the International Paper Foundation to help expand NCP’s Starksboro Area Food Justice Program. NCP’s Food Justice Program addresses the environmental and social justice issues of food waste and food insecurity where they intersect in the local community. This program combines food rescued from grocery stores with organic garden produce grown at NCP’s Sustainable Living Center and the Starksboro Community Garden. These funds will be used to help greatly expand NCP’s food growing capacity and respond to the increased need...
BRANDON — At an Aug. 19 meeting held on Zoom and at the Stephen A. Douglas House, the Brandon Leicester Salisbury Goshen Pittsford Insect Control District board members were conflicted about Salisbury’s future with the district. The BLSG bug district voted in July to resume the insect control services to Salisbury, overturning a June 24 vote to cancel servicing the town. This initial cancellation was in reaction to the Salisbury residents voting not to fund the BLSG on Town Meeting Day. “I think this frustration on both sides,” said Paul Vaczy, who is a member of both the BLSG and the...
ADDISON — The revote in Addison on whether the town should leave the Addison Northwest School District will be held on Oct. 5, less than three months after the withdrawal measure lost by 16 votes on July 13. Voting that day will be held at the town clerk’s office from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Addison selectboard chose that date at a special meeting this past Friday, Aug. 20. At that meeting, the board also picked 7 p.m. on Sept. 21 as the time and date for a related “informational meeting and educational forum” and decided to send out postcards to registered voters. According to Town Clerk...

VERGENNES SCOUT TROOP 539 poses for a photo at the Mount Norris Scout Reservation summer camp in Eden recently. Pictured are, (left to right) front row, Rowan Neffinger, Connor Houghton, Cyrus Clair, Jackson Scribner and Emerson Morrill; and, second row, Jude Bragg, Evan Ambrose, Cole Gagnon, Carter McGuire and Liam McGuire; third row, Xavier Redmond, Gabe Roussin, Jackson Bennett, Chance Koenig, Spencer Adams, Brody McGuire and Gabe Scribner; and back row, Kaleb Stearns, Spencer Gebo, Grey Fearon, Zach Norris and Calder Rakowski.
VERGENNES/EDEN — Twenty-two Scouts from Troop 539 in Vergennes last weekend completed a week of summer camp at the Mount Norris Scout Reservation in the northern Vermont town of Eden. The troop attended the third week of the four-week camp. Among many individual interests, Scouts earned coveted merit badges, took part in camp-wide activities and climbed through cool forests to scale the 2,579-foot-tall Mount Norris. “We sent 22 youth to camp this year,” explained Travis Scribner, the Scoutmaster for Troop 539. The participating Scout count exceeds the number of Scouts that went to camp in...
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Lions Club held its end-of-year dinner meeting on Wednesday, July 7, at the Champlain Valley Christian Reform Church. After the meal, served by Lion Lisa Denton of Ferrisburgh Bake Shop, President Mike Winslow thanked the members who worked so hard during the year to meet the many needs of the community. Lion Tania Bolduc was thanked for leading a successful fundraiser for VUHS scholarships. Lions Paul Bessette, Tom Brigan, Ron Childers, Mark Delisle and Gary Russell were thanked for the highly successful car raffle, selling every ticket and netting close to $9,000....

CHARITY SWAN RUNS CC’s Eats with her daughter Charissa at Addison County Fair and Field Days. Their business specializes in funnel cakes and deep-fried Oreos. Independent photo/John Vaaler
NEW HAVEN — “A lot of people just serve fried Oreos with powdered sugar or powdered cinnamon,” Charissa Swan said. “We actually offer an arrangement of specialty toppings. So, we can toss pretty much everything you want here.” Charissa co-owns, with her mother Charity Swan, CC’s Eats, which most of the time serves three products: funnel cakes, fried dough and, more recently, deep-fried Oreos. They were relatively busy at the Addison County Fair and Field Days. Charissa stressed that she and her mother don’t run a two-trick pony stand — which operates out of a trailer the family owns —...

ANTHONY MASTERGEORGE HAS always wanted to work at fairs, and he has for 65 years. He was selling French Fries at Field Days last week. Independent photo/Hannah Laga Abram
NEW HAVEN — Anthony Mastergeorge of Rockingham has been selling French fries for 65 years. Leaning out of his “AJ’s fresh cut French Fries” truck — which he built himself 26 years ago — at Addison County Fair and Field Days to talk to me last week, Mastergeorge looks like the benevolent, all-seeing wizard-in-disguise you’re bound to find in a mysterious, Ferris wheel-based rom-com. Between even-handedly pushing potatoes through a contraption that slices them into fries at breakneck speed (they are indeed hand-cut) and resetting his frying baskets, Mastergeorge reveals that one of his uncles...

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