August 10th, 2009
Editor’s note: The 61st annual Addison County Fair and Field Days last week was, as ever, a smorgasbord of sights, sounds, smells and sensations. With so many events, demonstrations, fried treats and heated competitions to take in, our reporters picked just a few favorites for our readers to savor.
NEW HAVEN — Patrick Fifield wasn’t making much progress across the fairgrounds.
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One day out of the year, a fair came to Craftsbury, Vermont. Adelard and Mary Paquette lived on a modest farm about five miles from Craftsbury Common, where the fair was held. Their seven children looked forward to the fair, and though the Great Depression wringed wallets dry, Mary gave her third son Lucien a quarter to spend on sweets at the festival. Lucien returned later that day with 20 cents and a five-cent pack of chewing gum for his mother.
It was a surprise when my sister married the football coach in 1969, given the gadabouts in her life before Jim. She was living and working as a photographer in Cambridge, Mass., a haven for rebels, radicals and rascals of all shapes and sizes at that strange time. Jim was coaching football at Harvard when they met and he was fishing a lot. All he had to his name were an old Land Rover and two canoes.
HARTFORD — Swimmers from the Middlebury Aquatic Club Panthers and the Vergennes Champs fared well at this past weekend’s Vermont Swim Association 2009 Championships, held at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in Hartford.
For the Panthers, Gracie Weinberg won four under-10 girls’ races, and the under-12 boys’ 200-yard medley relay team of Chandler Devaney, Bobby Ritter, Cullen Hathaway and Nathan Lalonde swam to a win by eight-hundredths of a second in that event.
By JOHN FLOWERS
MIDDLEBURY — Citing growing costs and bureaucratic delays, the Holm family has scuttled plans to reintroduce a small-scale hydroelectric power project to the Otter Creek Falls in downtown Middlebury.
Anders Holm confirmed on Monday that his family had just been quoted a price of $1.7 million for the water turbine that would have been the cornerstone of a project that would have produced an estimated 5 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year. Holm planned to market that power to area homes, businesses and the town of Middlebury.
By JOHN FLOWERS
MIDDLEBURY — A special tax district that has helped pay for more than $1.1 million in improvements to downtown Middlebury during the past 13 years will expire in 2010 unless supporters launch an effort to extend then levy.
By KATHRYN FLAGG
LEICESTER — The cucumber came soaring through the air in one smooth, effortless arc, landed solidly in 16-year-old Ernest Cormia’s hands, and then joined a growing pile of ripe vegetables in a five-gallon bucket at the end of the lush garden row.
“Toss me another,” Cormia called, and Bill Moore, a teacher at the Foxcroft Farm Harvest Program, hurled another across the garden.