Archive - Jun 15, 2009
By KATHRYN FLAGG
NEW HAVEN — “I’m a pack rat,” said Ralph Farnsworth, standing in the jam-packed old barn where his father once milked a herd of 10 cows. “I figure somebody’s got to have it, so it might as well be me.”
“It” is everything — or, to be more specific, “anything old,” as Farnsworth puts it.
The casual passer-by at Farnsworth’s North Street home in New Haven will notice a few signs of this fascination with the antique. Arranged neatly on the groomed lawn by his barn are a few old tractors, all in pristine condition.
By ANDY KIRKALDY
POULTNEY — For three years, talented Otter Valley Union High School softball teams have been knocking on the door of a Division II title. In 2006, four-time defending champion Lyndon slammed it shut on the Otters, and in 2007 and 2008 lower seeds knocked OV out of the tournament.
On Friday night before a big crowd of mostly Brandon-Pittsford area fans at the Poultney Recreation Center, the Otters walked through that door and evicted the Vikings in a nerve-wracking D-II final, 3-2.
By JOHN FLOWERS
MIDDLEBURY — A combined total of four buses at Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR) and Elderly Services Inc. will be replaced by the end of this year, thanks to a cut of $3.9 million in federal stimulus money.
The two local nonprofits were among a list of nine Vermont public transit providers that will share in the federal grant awards, confirmed last week by the state’s congressional delegation.
By KATHRYN FLAGG
ADDISON COUNTY — Dairy farmers around the country are rallying behind a price stabilization program that some dairy farmers hope could help reduce volatility in bulk milk prices, which plummeted this winter to a low of roughly $10 per hundredweight, $7 or $8 below the cost of production for Vermont farmers.
But with milk prices projected to rebound somewhat this fall, advocates for the new program say farmers need to move fast before rising bulk prices dissuade some dairymen from pushing for change.