August 15th, 2016
Editor’s note: One of the great things about the Addison County Fair and Field Days is there is so dang much to take in —the farm animals, the food and drink, the competitions, the thousands of friends and neighbors wandering around the crowded fairgrounds in the middle of a rural paradise. Here are a few snapshots from the 68th annual fair that we gathered last week.
FERRISBURGH — Vermont State Police cited Sherry Vukoder, 59, of Addison for petit larceny on Aug. 8 after she allegedly stole some cash from a cancer survivor donation jar that had been set up at the Jolley gas station on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh.
Police said their investigation revealed “clear and convincing evidence” that led them to Vukoder, whom they cited.
Vukoder is scheduled to answer to the charge on Sept. 19 in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, according to police.
Celebrated novelist and singer-songwriter Jon Clinch has been sharing his music for longer than he’d care to admit. Now teaming up with Gypsy Reel’s Graham and Camille Parker on fiddle and mandolin — and chantey-man Reagh Greenleaf on powerful vocals and bodhran — 4 To The Bar focuses on original songs, traditional material and classics from the likes of John Prine, Lyle Lovett and James Taylor. Don’t miss them at Brandon Music on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
NEW HAVEN — Most people go to the Addison County Fair and Field Days to relax and to enjoy the livestock, the fried fair food and — last, but certainly not least — the carnival rides. Amidst all the sounds, smells and sights that come with the fair, it’s easy to overlook the workers along the midway who keep these enormous machines running for our entertainment.
These men and women come from all parts of the country, and get to see a large part of this country while working the summer season.
As she stood behind the long counter at the Halfway House Restaurant, owner Cora Waag explained her family’s secret to 40 years of success in small-town Shoreham.
NEW HAVEN — Over the course of two evenings last week at the Addison County Fair and Field Days, twisted metal, shredded rubber and a few puddles of flaming gasoline covered the dirt track at the No. 1 Auto Parts Demolition Derby.
The longstanding attraction on the tractor pad at the fair brought its share of thrills, dust, noise and, in the end, confusion and outrage when two-time state champion Justin Bolster walked away with the grand prize at the end of Thursday night’s big feature.
These Olympic games may be the perfect distraction — and contrast — to the political embarrassment that has otherwise dominated the national news.
Rather than seeing the worst of ourselves as reflected in Mr. Trump — his insults, sarcasm, put-downs, exaggerations and pathological lying — the nation sees the best of itself in its Olympic athletes.
Seventy-one years ago, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima on Aug. 6 and another on Nagasaki on Aug. 9.
According to the Federation of American Scientists, the United States has reduced its “operational nuclear warheads from 4,950 in 2010 to 4,700 nuclear warhead in 2015”. (The Guardian, April, 2016) President Obama’s “vision and work for a world without nuclear weapons” (Norwegian Nobel committee, 2009) has not been fulfilled. What legacy are we leaving our children and grandchildren?