NEW HAVEN — Donald Mitchell, former Middlebury College professor turned bat savior, has converted his New Haven farm into a sanctuary for bats.
Mitchell tells the story of this experience in a book titled “Flying Blind,” which explains the reasons why he optimized his land for bat habitat, shows what was done to make it more suitable for the flying mammals, and chronicles a mental journey that Mitchell went through while accomplishing his work.
BRISTOL — The 20th annual Three Day Stampede, a community event headed up by the Bedard family to collect money for cystic fibrosis research, raised $120,000 this past weekend in and around the Bristol Recreation Park.
“It was a record-breaker,” said co-organizer Bonita Bedard. “Last year we made $105,000 and the year before that was our biggest year, $110,000. This year just blew that number out of the water.”
BRISTOL — Two Bristol bridges — the one-lane bridge on Route 116 south of the village and the bridge on South Street just down the hill from downtown — are on track to get some much-needed construction.
GRANVILLE — Some students these days bellyache about an hour’s worth of homework at the end of a school day.
While 84-year-old Bill Parrish didn’t walk uphill both ways to school during non-stop blizzards, he certainly had more chores to do than homework at the former Granville school house on Post Office Hill Road.
ADDISON COUNTY — Record rainfall this spring and summer has swelled area waterways but has not swept in appreciably higher levels of bacteria or phosphorous, according to preliminary testing results compiled by the Addison County Riverwatch Collaborative (ACRC).
CASTLETON — As the final eight teams competed for a shot at a state title in Castleton over the weekend, the Addison County Legion baseball team found itself travelling deep into the five-day tournament. As the tournament reached its conclusion, however, AC was unable to muster the one big play to put it over the top.
The Addison County Legion team fell in the semi-finals for the second consecutive season, placing third overall and completing the 2013 campaign with an 18-7 overall record.
BRIDPORT — One day last week Bridport resident Susan Massed got in touch with her roots by sending a kite high into the sky.
A native of Nantucket, an island of the coast of Massachusetts, Massed took part in a special challenge she had seen on a friend’s Facebook page.
“I saw a promotion put up by the Nantucket Kiteworks,” Massed said. “And I applied to be a part of it.”
VERGENNES — In June, RSVP and the Volunteer Center of the United Way held its annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon at the American Legion in Vergennes. One hundred thirty volunteers gathered to be honored for their service to local nonprofit organizations.