September 18th, 2014
Today for the first time I saw evidence that fall is really on its way. Was it wood smoke coming from someone’s chimney? The first colorful leaves? Robins congregating and planning their journey south? None of the above; today I saw the first rows of corn disappearing into the chopper. Soon corn silage will fill the big bunker silos and the valuable forage will be fermenting into next year’s feed.
LEICESTER — Leicester residents will be happy to hear that the only store in town will soon re-open.
Brothers Peter and Paul Handy of Chittenden County have bought the Leicester General Store, which has been closed since April.
The store and gas station, located near Leicester Four Corners, occupied a unique niche, being the only retail establishment on Route 7 between Middlebury Beef Supply and the Jiffy Mart in Brandon.
MIDDLEBURY — The Kelly Brush Century Ride Powered by VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations drew more than 700 riders to its Sept. 6 ride and raised $320,000 for adaptive athletic equipment for individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) and to improve ski racing safety.
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Facilities Advisory Committee is conducting weekly tours of Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School in Bristol on Wednesday evenings. The tours start at 6:30 p.m. in the school lobby.
The tours began Sept. 10 and continue every Wednesday until Oct. 15.
During the summer the Facility Advisory Committee conducted several community engagements at the school and found building tours to be a very effective way to get community members through the doors.
VERGENNES — Daily Chocolate co-owner Jennifer Roberts had no plans to pursue one of Martha Stewart’s 10 annual American Made Awards.
In fact, Roberts had never heard of the honors until her younger brother, Evan, with whom she had grown up in Cornwall but who now lives in New Hampshire, told her this summer he was nominating her Vergennes business and had started filling out the online forms.
MIDDLEBURY — Representatives of Addison County’s business, human services and education sectors are banding together to tackle one of Vermont’s — and the nation’s — most pressing social and economic quandaries: How to draw into the workforce a growing segment of the population known as “disconnected youth,” citizens between the ages of 16 to 24 who are either unemployed or not in school.
MIDDLEBURY — Candidates running for the two Addison-I seats, the Vermont House district that represents Middlebury, have been invited to take part in a forum on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater. The forum will begin at 7 p.m. and run to about 8:30 p.m., allowing time for the audience to ask questions of the candidates and time to visit with the candidates after the forum.
ADDISON COUNTY — Eight years ago, Bill McKibben led a five-day march from Ripton to Burlington to raise awareness about climate change. It culminated in a rally in Battery Park that drew 1,000 people, making the event likely the largest climate change demonstration in U.S. history at the time.
McKibben was pleased with the turnout that day, but was shocked to hear it had set an attendance record. Wasn’t climate change on the radar elsewhere in the United States?