March 13th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — More than 5,000 people flooded closed off Main Street in downtown Middlebury on Saturday, March 8, for the 6th Annual Vermont Chili Fest. Braving cooler than expected temperatures and a brisk wind, residents and visitors to Middlebury enjoyed a variety of chili made from local restaurateurs, businesses and organizations, music, street performers, face painting and an after-event beverage tent with live music from The Grift.
Festivalgoers sampled 35 different chilies from 31 vendors and voted for their favorites in each category. The winners were:
VERGENNES — Vergennes-area residents will have a rare chance to help shape their community’s future on Tuesday, when the Vermont Council on Rural Development will host a dinner at St. Peter’s Church and nine workshops at the Bixby Library and Vergennes Opera House.
Among those who will be on hand to help with the planning will be at least 30 federal, state, business and nonprofit leaders, including the top officials in several Vermont state agencies.
SHOREHAM — A Shoreham couple is trying to organize a local “community-owned solar cooperative” through which residents could become investors. The payoff for investors, they say, would be net-metering credits applied against their monthly electric utility bills.
This article originally appeared on VTDigger.org
ADDISON — Two women have filed a lawsuit alleging the town of Addison and the selectboard chairman unfairly discriminated against them because they are lesbians.
Attorney David Bond filed the suit on March 5 on behalf of Barbara Supeno and Barbara Ernst in Addison Superior Court, though the court could not provide the documents to the public early this week because the town of Addison had not been served paperwork on the suit.
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Matthew Power, a Cornwall native who went on to become a highly respected and well-regarded outdoors writer, died of an apparent heatstroke in a Ugandan jungle while on assignment for the magazine Men’s Journal.
SALISBURY — The Lake Dunmore/Fern Lake Association welcomes Lord Dunmore back to Brush’s Point on Lake Dunmore for the Dunmore Dip Ice Out, an annual fundraiser to help fight the spread of Eurasian milfoil in the lakes.
NEW HAVEN — Paul Wood of Walden will give an illustrated lecture, titled “Inventive Vermonters,” at the New Haven Community Library on Thursday, March 27, at 7 p.m. He will talk about Vermont innovations of days gone by, such as an improved butter churn that was patented in Brattleboro and a gravity separator for separating cream from milk that was designed in Waterbury.
Are you facing the post-Oscar slump in movie releases? You’ve seen all the good ones – and they were good, no question, but there they are, still in the theaters. During the wait for new releases, try streaming some of these to the comfort of your couch.