September 10th, 2012
SHOREHAM/MIDDLEBURY — As Vermont’s local food market continues to thrive, two Addison County farms are building up — literally.
Family-owned businesses Champlain Orchards in Shoreham and Happy Valley Orchard in Middlebury are both raising new structures on their respective properties this season. The rise of niche markets, especially fermented cider products, played an important role in the expansion of both orchards.
“We’ve been seeing a new type of customer,” said Bill Suhr of Champlain Orchards.
VERGENNES — The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes has launched its annual local fundraising drive, an effort that club Executive Director Mike Reiderer said is important for the youth organization in more ways than one.
The club’s goal this year is $17,500, as it has been in recent years. Reiderer said the effort netted $16,000 in 2011, the fundraising drive’s most successful result.
MIDDLEBURY — Police are looking for the assistance from the public to find out who shot a dog off Airport Road in East Middlebury last Monday night.
Middlebury police received a report that Michael Breitigan was walking his dog at around 7:15 p.m. on Sept. 3 when a shot from a rifle came through the trees and struck his four-year-old Rottweiler, Bobo.
BRISTOL — Bristol Internal Medicine last week opened the doors at its new, more spacious quarters in the Bristol Works business complex, with immediate plans to accept new patients and hire additional help to serve patients in the five-town area.
On opinion and front pages of papers across the country, reporters and columnists alike declared that the slow rate of jobs being added to the economy continues to be a dagger in the heart of President Barack Obama’s campaign for reelection. True enough. After all the hoopla and feel-good campaigning at last week’s National Democratic Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
MIDDLEBURY — In a Friday clash between two veteran high school boys’ soccer teams with high hopes for 2012, host Middlebury topped visiting Vergennes, 2-0, in the opening round of the Tigers’ annual J.P. Carrara and Sons tournament.
Playing on Fucile Field, the Tigers got a goal in each half, one from sophomore Calder Birdsey and one from senior Akeem Pottinger, and limited the Commodores to three shots on senior goalie David Burt.
On my 70th birthday, I paused to tell myself that life begins at 70 and then continued on life’s way unperturbed, with the same prospect that I had before of life with no apparent end, full of expectation and the hope of achievement. It has been my good fortune not to be disappointed; the last decade has been the most productive in my life in ways that I could scarcely have imagined or foreseen.
Editor's note: Mitt Romney accepted the Republican Party's nomination for the 2012 presidential election on August 30 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. Prepared remarks via www.mittromney.com.