August 13th, 2015
I did go to Field Days — twice, to work at a booth. Today, I learned that there were bears in cages for the public to view. I did not see them, or this letter would be more strongly worded, perhaps.
The person telling me this said, “They were rescued.” Is this what the Fish and Wildlife people and the Humane Society recommend?
I’ve attended four recent social gatherings in fabulous local settings, hosted by generous people interested in our plans for the upcoming Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival that unfolds Aug. 27 through 30. Festival producer Lloyd Komesar has joined me at each of these and, together, we’ve worked to start discussions about our planned festival.
I was drawn to Trent Campbell’s stunning composition on the front page of the Aug. 3 edition of the Addison Independent.
The copper container for the distillery is certainly a handsome piece of work. I was also drawn to the article right next to the photo. About a website to help fight drug addiction. Could that also maybe include a drinking addiction also? Interesting pair-up on the front page.
Iran and the P5+1 (China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States — plus Germany) have now agreed on a document that severely limits Iran’s ability to develop a nuclear weapon. In return for that limitation and the ability of the Western signatories to inspect existing Iranian nuclear facilities as well as suspected military/nuclear facilities, the Iranians will see the end of most of the sanctions that have plagued them since 1979.
I had forgotten just how much fun it is to go to a professional baseball game in Burlington. I used to go all the time, but age, obligation, and habit combined to change my summer routines. I became less keen to drive up Route 7 to Centennial Field (and back!) night after night.
The first few years the Expos were here (they arrived in 1994), we had season tickets and came to as many games as we could, giving away our tickets to Middlebury friends when we were otherwise obliged.
MIDDLEBURY — Tyler Smith, a member of the Newport Country Club, outshot Logan Boyles of the Green Mountain National Golf Course in a playoff to capture the title in the Boys’ 16- and 17-year-old Division at the Vermont PGA Junior Championship at the Ralph Myhre Golf Course in Middlebury this past Friday. Both golfers shot 74 strokes (three over par) in the regular 18 holes of the match before the playoff.
WEST HAVEN — Veteran stock car driver Leon Gonyo visited victory lane in nostalgic and appropriate fashion at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven on Friday, Aug. 7, winning the fourth annual “C.J. Richards Memorial” presented by Carrara Masonry & Concrete.
Other winners on the night included Chad White, Robert Gordon, Chuck Bradford, and Cory Gray in action for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series presented by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere.
ADDISON COUNTY — A Vermont State Police trooper responded to a one-car crash on Route 125 near Silver Street in Hancock on Aug. 4 at 8:35 p.m.
Police said Collin Buker, 24, of Rochester was driving westbound on Route 125 when a deer crossed the road in front of him. Buker reportedly piloted the 2006 Subaru Impreza he was driving off the north side of the road, crashed through the fence and into the small cemetery there. The Subaru travelled over approximately six gravestones and through the fence at the other end and into a tree.