Archive - Aug 2009
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A weekly blog about everything from farming food to cooking it.
“In Italy, if you have bad food, it is not a good day,” said Carla Guglielmino.
Guglielmino is the Italian culture consultant and director of the Italian childrens’ school at the Middlebury College summer language schools, which wrapped up last week. To her, there are just a few rules of good Italian cooking.
“The oil must be a very good oil,” she explained, “and the tomatoes must be fresh. And you have to understand that pasta must be cooked al dente.”
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Three Sodbusters Horseshoe Club members, all Bristol residents, fared well at the two-week World Championship Tournament held in Springfield, Ill., which concluded this past weekend.
ADDISON COUNTY — Light streamed in through the paper-thin walls of the temporary shed, a small, greenhouse-like structure plunked down on a Bridport dairy farm. Here, Mark Hoffman is dabbling in alchemy.
Hoffman, a project manager for Montpelier-based Algepower, peered into shallow, plastic troughs stacked one above the other. He was between experiments, and the troughs were mostly empty, but when the system is in full swing the plastic slings are filled with murky green water and hungry algae.
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh Central School Principal JoAnn Taft-Blakely on Thursday said school maintenance men Wayne Barrows and Gerry Blair would be two of the town’s most important employees this week.
That’s because this summer’s $1.5 million project to improve the school — including installing new heating, ventilation and electrical systems; putting on new, long-lasting rubberized roofing; replacing stained ceiling tiles and rotting soffits; and insulating the space between the ceiling and roof — will be completed on time.
MIDDLEBURY — A single mom working hard just to keep four young children clothed and fed, Jill Smith never held on to much hope of owning her own house. It was a dream that occasionally floated through her head as she and her active brood made a temporary home in the basement of a friend’s house.
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Two years ago a Valentine’s Day blizzard swept through Middlebury, leaving behind a wall of snow.
For Hank Dimuzio, this was a problem.
His eight-foot high wire fences, designed to keep his herd of fallow deer inside, now rose a stunted four feet to Dimuzio’s shoulder as the snow created an icy stepladder to the other side. Dimuzio was astonished to find most of his herd huddled under their shelter near the top of his farm. But others were stranded on the outskirts of the far paddock where a grove of evergreens provided shelter.
ADDISON COUNTY — Heading into the dog days of summer, vegetable and flower gardens around Addison County were in full bloom this month. Join the Addison County Independent for a look at just a few of the gardens cultivated by local green thumbs using this interactive Google map.
MIDDLEBURY — The attorney for Vergennes Police Chief Michael Lowe on Monday entered on Lowe’s behalf a plea of innocent to a charge of driving under the influence of prescription drugs at Lowe’s arraignment in Addison County District Court.
According to a Vermont State Police affidavit that became public on Monday, a blood test showed Lowe had traces of six prescription drugs in his system when he was driving a Vergennes police cruiser that hit a parked car on June 7.