July 17th, 2014
We’ve all enjoyed a very nice stretch of weather, particularly special after our long, cold winter. On the farm, the days are spent cutting, drying and baling hay, chopping and piling grass haylage and
monitoring cornfields. While farmers are busy in the fields, farm animals are basking in the summer sun with the rest of us.
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard on Tuesday set the town’s tax rates for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, and both residential and non-residential rates, as expected, saw significant increases.
The new overall residential rate is $1.7893, up by about 24 cents from the previous fiscal year rate of $1.5474. Treasurer Garrit Smits reminded the board, and about 10 residents at the town office building, that high per-pupil spending rates are pushing school tax rates higher.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Studio School must soon end what has been a 40-year relationship with the Frog Hollow area, and leaders of the local arts education organization are appealing to area property owners who might have space into which the group could relocate its headquarters.
“We would like to remain as close to the downtown as possible,” said Barbara Nelson, executive director of the studio school.
LINCOLN — As the inventers of renowned flavors like Cherry Garcia and Phish Food, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield know a winning ice cream flavor when they taste it. But this Monday, the founders of arguably the most popular name in ice cream faced a challenge. For the third year, they trained their finely tuned taste buds on the flavor, texture, color and composition of seven flavors of ice cream, designed and named by the campers and management of Zeno Mountain Farm; a decision that was anything but easy.
MIDDLEBURY — More than 100 guests attended the first annual Gala Dinner of the Middlebury Rotary Club in late June, including the Rotary District governor and corporate sponsors and charitable organizations, which received $40,000 in grants.
MIDDLEBURY — They came from all walks of life — physicians, hospice workers and grocery store employees, to name a few — all bitten by the acting bug.
But on July 26, this cast of unlikely Addison County thespians will take a common walk down the proverbial red carpet at Middlebury’s Marquis Theater, for the premier of their short film, “The Offer.”
MIDDLEBURY — The 36th annual Festival on-the-Green was a “tremendous success,” said festival Board President David Andrews, despite the initial scheduling conflicts that resulted in the event actually being held off the green at the Middlebury Recreation Park.
The festival concluded on Saturday, July 12, after a week of concerts, children’s activities, and general revelry. Andrews confirmed that the new venue was a great fit for the event.
ORWELL — A 68-year-old Orwell man was released on $50,000 bail on Monday after pleading innocent in Addison County Superior Court, criminal division, to a felony charge of sexual assault without consent, allegedly perpetrated against the same juvenile victim for which he has already been charged with aggravated sexual assault on a minor.