August 10th, 2015
Outside, at the back of the Antique Farm Equipment demonstration area, brothers Josh Parks, 35, and Zak Parks, 30, are working on the engine of a 1938 McCormick-Deering tractor, trying to get it running. They’ve been working on it since Sunday.
They’ve overnighted a head gasket from a specialty supply company. They’ve replaced a valve, but it’s still not running. Josh cranks hard at the hand crank at the front of the tractor. No go.
The two men’s expressions and focus on the task at hand are as intense as any brain surgeon’s.
Michealla Flint, 15, of Wolcott, leads Duke around and around as the 20-year-old Belgian draft horse powers one of the antique hay presses. They are part of ongoing demonstrations at the fair put on by the Green Mountain Draft Horse Association. At different times throughout the week, different teams of horses and drivers have harvested wheat and corn, plowed a field, pulled wagons around the fairground, and powered machinery.
VERGENNES — Phase Two of the Northlands Job Corps student Internet Wi-Fi arrived much more quickly than Phase One, which was the product of a yearlong effort by Northlands executives, its Student Government Association, and Bixby Library officials and volunteers.
On Wednesday last week, the Vergennes center’s 220 young vocational students who gathered in and around the campus chapel, home of the center’s new Wi-Fi hub, had for the first time to enter user names and passwords to log onto the network.
BRISTOL — After witnessing the action at last year’s demolition derby at the Addison County Fair and Field Days, Ethan Heffernan decided it was time he entered a demolition derby car of his own.
“I thought it was pretty entertaining and a good time, so I wanted to get in on it this year,” the 22-year-old Bristol resident said. “I got myself a car for 200 bucks and said, ‘What the hell, why not?’”
Not too far from the antique farm equipment and the draft horses, Peggy Lyons is in the Twist O’ Wool Guild’s big, white tent, spinning thread.
“For me, the fair is the animals and the people,” she says. “We love this new location because it’s down by the horses and the machinery and the sheep. I organize the tent for the guild, and we get members volunteering. The fair is the best excuse in the world to sit and spin all day.”
MIDDLEBURY — The Counseling Service of Addison County’s fifth annual bocce tournament is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 21, at 9 a.m. at the Middlebury recreation field. The event will benefit CSAC’s Emergency and Crisis Services, available 24 hours, seven days a week for Addison County residents experiencing a mental health crisis.
MONTPELIER — Gov. Peter Shumlin this week said he will appoint attorney Tom Carlson of the Burlington and Middlebury law firm Langrock, Sperry, and Wool LLP, to the Vermont trial bench. Carlson fills the seat left open by the retirement of Judge Linda Levitt.