August 16th, 2012
NEW HAVEN — Scores of Addison County’s strongest and toughest competitors put on their game faces last Friday night at the 35th annual armwrestling tournanent at the Addison County Fair and Field Days.
Number were down slightly from last year’s bonanza of participants — there were still 132 youth wrestlers and 112 adults. Nevertheless, Karen Brisson, who organized the event along with Patrick Coyle, said the show tent at the fairgrounds in New Haven was rockin’.
MIDDLEBURY — When Larry Carlson moved into the 25-unit Vergennes Senior Housing project on Armory Lane earlier this year, he was immediately impressed with the accommodations. But as a 71-year-old diabetic, Carlson was concerned about his ability to stay in his new apartment as his medical needs escalate to the point of sending him into the hospital.
MIDDLEBURY — Porter Hospital officials are asking state approval for a fiscal year 2013 budget of around $69 million, including a 4.2-percent increase in net revenues and a boost of 5 percent in the rates charged for medical procedures.
ADDISON COUNTY — Aquilino Martinez has grown his own vegetables at home in Mexico, but when he came to Addison County to work on a dairy farm, he faced some new challenges.
A new project that helps foreign-born farmworkers around the county create and maintain gardens has this summer brought some variety and a little more nutrition to Martinez’s garden.
“It helps to have a little of everything — to have variety,” the Mexican laborer said in Spanish last Thursday. “It’s something healthier.”
MIDDLEBURY — Cassandra Gekas has spent the past few years lobbying state politicians for health care reform as a representative of Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG).
Now the Montpelier Democrat is seeking to become one of those being lobbied in the Vermont Statehouse — as lieutenant governor. Gekas, 30, is challenging incumbent Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott this November.
MIDDLEBURY –– From Bristol to Burlington, Greensboro to Granville, Eric Wegar has seen it all.
Wegar, 62, recently finished compiling a set of collages documenting his trips to all 251 towns, cities, gores and grants in the state of Vermont.
A Pittsford resident and retired postal worker, Wegar found inspiration from an older project. He tried to make a large photographic map of the state, but could not find a scale that would fit. During a May 9, 2009, drive to Warren, Wegar noticed a welcome sign for the town of Granville that sparked a new idea.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Sept. 18 will hold its first of two public hearings on a proposed updated town plan that now bears many of the suggested changes offered by citizens at two planning commission hearings held this past spring.