August 12th, 2014
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I'm an ambivalent gardener. This stems from my upbringing: As the only child of parents who have Miracle Gro running through their veins, I grew up observing the obvious pleasure that gardening bought my parents, along with the beautiful results. Weekends at our house were often spent in the backyard, where my parents' tireless weeding, mulching, planting, and cutting turned our suburban acre into a verdant paradise.
NEW HAVEN — The Addison County Fair and Field Days ended on a somber note Saturday evening when an elderly man was crushed by a wheel that detached from a tractor and flew into the crowd during the tractor pull.
Witnesses say as the tractor neared the end of the track, the left wheel broke away from the vehicle and rolled toward the crowd. The wheel struck a barrier made of cable and concrete, jumped about 10 feet in the air and landed on the elderly man, who has not been identified to the media.
This is a reply to the “commentary” by Sens. Kevin Mullin and Peg Flory, both Republicans representing Rutland County, on the Vermont Gas Systems/International Paper proposed pipeline project called “Phase 2” that appeared in the July 21 edition of the Addison Independent.
To start let me make three things clear:
• The Town of Cornwall does not oppose getting natural gas to Rutland.
After the sheep judging was done for the day Thursday evening and the sheep tents were relatively quiet, a big, white ewe bleated plaintively in one corner. A young man in a pink shirt and madras shorts was manhandling her into a frame that would hold her head erect and her body still so he could give her a trim.
Jarrod Ashley of Whiting was primping a female named Clarice to get her ready to compete in the natural color ewe judging the next morning.
In terms of food options, Addison County Fair and Field Days is a moveable feast.
Each year, fairgoers flock to the trailers and tents that dot the New Haven fairgrounds to get their annual dose of caramel apples and cotton candy.
Brief, heavy rain Tuesday night didn’t dampen spirits at Addison County Fair and Field Days, and the Gymkhana horse competition got under way after a brief delay as a rainbow showed itself over the horse ring.
Among the approximately 50 entries in this year’s Gymkhana were local riders of all ages and experience levels, from pre-adolescents to people of middle age and older.
A walk through the eastern part of the Addison County Fair and Field Days grounds Wednesday revealed a diverse range of attractions and competitions.
Chris Nelson, a chainsaw carver from Lincoln, shared his thoughts on his trade and life.
“I started doing this in May 2013,” Nelson said, “so about 14 months now.”
On the opening day of Field Days last Tuesday, the blacksmithing barn at the Addison County Fairgrounds was dedicated to Roger Layn and his family in honor of Layn’s lifelong contribution to the fair.
The 94-year-old Monkton resident is a longtime dairy farmer and a collector of antique equipment.
“I really don’t think it was necessary,” said Layn, regarding the building’s dedication in his honor. “I appreciate it, however.”