May 22nd, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — The distinguished watercolor painter Deborah Holmes is planning a return to Addison County this summer, after a five-year relocation to Greensboro, in the Northeast Kingdom.
The move north was inspired by a longing to produce a collection of work documenting family farms in Vermont. Holmes, who lived in Weybridge for more than two decades before moving to Orleans County, worked on more than 60 paintings of 12 farms in the Northeast Kingdom, inspired by the buildings, animals and pastoral landscapes.
VERGENNES — For the past 20 years, Beth Marr has celebrated Memorial Day with a traditional feast at her house. The menu is standard Cajun fare every year: corn-on-the-cob, sweet onions, Polish sausage and a secret spice potion created by the Vergennes resident herself.
For Marr, who originally comes from Louisiana and learned the recipes from her grandmother, the yearly meal is a tradition that falls around her birthday.
Ten years ago, Marr’s friends surprised her with a Memorial Day float on her 40th.
SALISBURY — Town Clerk Ann Dittami has announced a reduction in office hours. The town office will be open on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The office will be closed on Monday, May 26, for Memorial Day.
HANCOCK — The development of the Hancock Town Green is continuing. On Monday, May 19, a group of residents, led by Dick Robson, placed 14 memorial plaques at the base of the maple and crabapple Trees. Additionally, the selectboard purchased a raised memorial plaque for the Roxanne Sue Curtis Bowen memorial balsam tree that was installed this week.
MIDDLEBURY — The call came in at around 11 a.m. this past Friday. A local man traveling in a car headed down Route 7 South in Middlebury was overdosing on heroin. He needed help. Fast.
Middlebury Regional EMS and Middlebury police sped down the highway and intercepted the vehicle near Martin’s Hardware. Rescue officials loaded him into an ambulance and made a beeline for Porter Hospital.
“He was unresponsive when I left (the scene),” said Middlebury Police Sgt. Mike Christopher.
ADDISON COUNTY — Bands play as they march past, men wearing fezzes whiz by in peppy little cars and parents let their children scramble into the street for candy tossed to them by strangers — it must be time for Memorial Day parades.
Six Addison County towns will host Memorial Day parades this weekend, and one town — Monkton — will wrap it all up with a solemn observance on Monday evening.
ADDISON — A newcomer to statewide politics announced on Monday he would seek one of the two Addison-3 seats in the Vermont House of Representatives, but the novice candidate is no stranger to public service in his hometown of Addison or the greater Vergennes community.
John Spencer, 66, a Democrat, now leads two panels in his native town, the Addison Development Review Board and the Addison Town Hall Restoration Committee.
BRANDON — A choice of one is not a choice. That was the message to the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union Executive Board from the community on Monday evening after a forum introducing the candidates for superintendent. In the end, the public urged the board to re-post the superintendent position, but for now, the board will continue the process it began.