June 25th, 2015
MIDDLEBURY — As a kid growing up in Middlebury during the late 1970s and early 1980s, Peter Ferland would yearn for snow days and weekends when he could break out his Super 8 camera and make some fun-filled movies with his buddies.
He filmed, and occasionally starred in, some abbreviated and decidedly low-budget knock-offs of James Bond and the Swamp Monster. Ferland and his neighbor Mike Sommers filed down the blade of an axe to add realism to their own slasher movie. He also made some very good claymation movies.
CORNWALL — The Cornwall Volunteer Fire Department will slow-roast chicken all morning on Sunday, June 28, and baste the birds with secret sauce for the annual CVFD barbecue starting at noon at the Route 30 station.
Full meals, featuring baked beans, two salads, rolls and a beverage cost $12, with proceeds to benefit the CVFD's work. Hamburgers and hot dogs will also be available. Join the diners at the station or take a full meal home.
Kids of all ages are welcome to check out the big trucks and meet the volunteers. Serving continues until 3 p.m.
ADDISON COUNTY — Youth was served this year in Addison County, at least on the local high school softball teams.
Although all four teams had fine senior athletes, underclass students played prominent roles on the Middlebury, Mount Abraham, Vergennes and Otter Valley squads — seven of the 10 picks for the 2015 Addison Independent Softball All-Star Team were juniors, sophomores and, in one case, a freshman.
SALISBURY — The Vermont Sun Triathlon Series kicked off its 30th season on Saturday at Branbury State park in Salisbury with a pair of races — a Vermont Sun Sprint Triathlon and a longer Lake Dunmore Olympic Triathlon. Local athletes fared well in each event.
The sprint consisted of a 600-yard swim in Lake Dunmore, followed by a 14-mile bike ride and a 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) run. The Olympic swim was 1,600 yards, while the bike ride was 28 miles and the run a 10K.
Some fragments for the column today. Perhaps in the future, each of these sketches will grow up to be columns.
The town of Middlebury plans to oversee development of the parking areas between the Ilsley Library and Otter Creek. As the last major piece of soon-to-be-developed land in the downtown, this site has the special quality of being owned not by a company or an individual, but by the town itself.
So shouldn’t we expect something from the project that has town-wide benefits?
HANOVER, N.H. — Middlebury Union High School all-star lacrosse players made their presence felt on Saturday, when Vermont seniors split two Twin-State games with their counterparts from New Hampshire.
Most notably, five Tigers combined for four goals and three assists as Vermont edged New Hampshire in the boys’ game, 15-14. Attacker Connor Quinn led the way with two goals and an assist, while defender Austin Robinson made two long runs for scores. Midfielder Cullen Hathaway and defender Justin Stone also each picked up assists.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced last week that when the $10 bill is redesigned in the next few years, Alexander Hamilton’s portrait will be taken off the front of the bill, to be replaced by an historically significant woman, yet to be determined. While I am all in favor of putting a woman on the U.S. currency, I do not believe Hamilton is the person whose portrait should be replaced.
MIDDLEBURY — The teams of Frank Punderson, Paul Butt and Ed Sommers, and Bernie Andrews, Pat Bass, Wes Smith and Betsy Bourdon were victorious in regularly scheduled Ralph Myhre Golf Course action last week.
Punderson, Butt and Summers prevailed in Bill Davidson Thursday Afternoon Golf best-ball play on June 18, with the team of Tom Maxwell, Bruce Byers, Don Dayton and John Davis taking second.
Finishing third was the threesome of Deem Schoenfeld, Mike Schoenfeld and Mike Adams.