May 3rd, 2010
MIDDLEBURY — This summer there will be fewer vegetables growing on Exchange Street.
The steering committee of the Middlebury Area Community Garden (MACG) recently found out that it would no longer be able to use land behind the Otter Creek Brewing plant off Exchange Street for garden plots, due to ongoing construction and renovation at the brewery.
MONTPELIER — Lawmakers are used to having Statehouse smack-downs over resources, committee assignments and leadership positions.
But over blueberry bragging rights?
Actually, you can call it a friendly food fight, strictly tongue-in-cheek, pitting the Deerfield Valley against tiny Goshen.
It’s a little comic relief amid the chaos of more pressing financial issues during the waning days of the 2010 legislative session.
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After a few good long runs last week, I succumbed to temptation and ignored common sense by registering for The Middlebury Maple Run, a half marathon (13.1 miles) which attracted about 200 runners in its inaugural running last year, and filled up with 500 runners this year. I don’t usually write up road runs for this column, but my hunch is that a lot of the runners who enjoy the trails would also enjoy this event, which draws upon the support of a wide variety of local businesses, and is planned and staffed by many of my friends who are among the town’s diehard runners.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ tennis team continued this spring’s winning ways on Monday with a 7-0 victory over visiting U-32 in which all of the Tiger singles and four doubles players prevailed in impressive fashion — no Raider won more than two games in any set.
Coach Sarah Harrison Lynn said she knew U-32 (1-3) did not pose the toughest test on the 4-1 Tigers’ schedule, but was still pleased that her athletes played with focus and also took the opportunity to try to improve their games.
Our crack team of Addison Independent trivia geeks (Jessie Raymond, Katie Flagg, Trent Campbell and yours truly) competed in and did OK (second place) at Monday night’s useless-data smackdown at Two Brothers Tavern.
Because the event was organized to benefit the Symbol Formerly Known As ACCAG, better known now as Helping to Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE), we had been hoping for plenty of (not too well-informed) competition to help raise money for the cause. With one exception, The Weybridge Cats, that proved to be the case. We’re angling for a rematch next year.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison District Court Judge Cortland Corsones on Wednesday sentenced former Vergennes Police Chief Mike Lowe to six months in prison for one of the three charges to which Lowe pleaded guilty in January, a felony count of obtaining prescription drugs by fraud.
The full sentence for Lowe, 51, on that charge called for 1-2 years, but Corsones suspended all but six months of it.
MIDDLEBURY — Ask Cheryl Connor and her husband, Jerry, about their decision to hire farmworkers from Mexico, and the Connors will tell you a story that begins 20 years ago — with a dream.
It was an unexpected dream for Jerry, a Bridport dairyman and third-generation farmer. Though he had no ties at the time to Mexico, he’d dreamt clearly of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the celebrated Catholic icon of the Virgin Mary held dear by Mexican Catholics.
VERGENNES — The mortal remains of John Collette have been buried beneath a simple headstone in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Vergennes since soon after his death of a heart attack at age 46 on July 17, 1932.
But a fortuitous discovery by an amateur historian is allowing Vermonters to learn the rest of Collette’s story, a story that will allow him to have his name posthumously etched on a far more elaborate monument — the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C.