January 25th, 2016
FERRISBURGH — University of Vermont historian Vince Feeney will give a presentation titled “Mad Matt the Democrat” on Sunday, Feb. 4, at 2 p.m., at the Ferrisburgh Town Hall/Community Center.
MIDDLEBURY — The Champlain Valley Farmer Coalition (CVFC) recognized three of its board members whose terms were coming to a close at their Annual Membership Meeting held at the Vergennes American Legion on Jan. 13.
Brian Kemp of Cornwall, Ben Dykema of Ferrisburgh, and Ted Foster of Middlebury all had served three year terms and were founding members and directors of the organization, which was founded in 2013. Their service and commitment to the organization was commended.
MIDDLEBURY — Homeward Bound, Addison County’s Humane Society, has begun to help animals from outside of Addison County. Since the beginning of the year, the Middlebury shelter has worked with groups from as close as northern Vermont to as far as Kentucky to transport dogs and cats who need a second chance. The shelter has received two dogs, five puppies, 16 cats, and five kittens to date.
BRIDPORT — A Shoreham man was killed in a two-vehicle collision on Route 125 in Bridport on Wednesday afternoon.
MIDDLEBURY — When Liz Cronin began battling breast cancer in 1999, her teammates on the Middlebury Otters women’s ice hockey club rallied around her and launched the “Face Off Against Breast Cancer” tournament. Long after Cronin triumphed over the illness, FOABC, as the tourney has come to be known, continues to support the one in eight women diagnosed with breast cancer, annually collecting tens of thousands of dollars for the Cancer Patient Support Foundation. Last year FOABC raised $70,000.
MIDDLEBURY — Larry Plesent grew up in a suburb of New York City surrounded by chemicals. His parents were cigarette smokers and he can remember insect foggers being set off in the area that produced clouds of toxins. Plesent become a window cleaner to earn some extra money while he was in college and worked for seven years cleaning high-rise commercial buildings, exposing himself to even more toxic cleaning compounds.
He constantly had dry, itchy skin, but, generally, everything was fine.
Then, suddenly, it wasn’t.
MIDDLEBURY — A new original painting, donated by renowned local artist Rory Jackson and Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury, will be the featured raffle prize at the Feb. 5 Porter Medical Center benefit event, which will be held at Two Brothers Tavern in Middlebury beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tickets for the event itself, which will feature delicious local foods and beverages, are $35 per person and raffle tickets for the painting, created specifically for this event, are $10 each.
WILLISTON — It is documented that the majority of New Year’s resolutions fail and most do so early in the year, but if your resolution involves improving nutrition and increasing your level of physical activity, the American Cancer Society is urging you to stick it out to reduce your cancer risk.
According to the Society, more than half a million Americans will die of cancer in 2016, but about one-third of cancers are linked to poor diet, physical inactivity and carrying too much weight.