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July 16th, 2009
By KATHRYN FLAGG
ADDISON COUNTY — In a year when dismal federal milk prices have slammed Vermont’s dairy industry, unmooring the cornerstone of Vermont’s agricultural industry, some state legislators might be hard pressed to sound a note of optimism about the future of agriculture in Vermont.
Not Rep. Christopher Bray, D-New Haven. Ask Bray, and he’ll tell you the silver lining to the doom and gloom agriculture forecast boils down to two words: economic development.
LINCOLN — When the people of Zeno Mountain Farm get together each summer, it’s more like a family reunion than a summer camp, according to Peter and Ila Halby, the husband and wife team who are its directors.
The Lincoln nonprofit is the newest incarnation of a series of multi-age summer camps originally founded as “Camp Jabberwocky” on Martha’s Vineyard in 1953. Like its predecessors, Zeno Mountain Farm has the uncommon mission of hosting a mix of people with and without developmental and physical disabilities. The goal is to create and sustain a unique community.
BRISTOL — The Addison County Legion baseball team made a strong statement in defense of its 2008 title with a series of decisive wins during the past few days, beginning with a double-header sweep of the South Burlington Knights on Saturday and 20-2 drubbing of Franklin County on Monday.
Former Vergennes Union High School pitching star Corey Haight got the local nine off to a promising start in the first of Saturday’s twin-bill at the Mount Abraham Union High School field, striking out nine in four-and-one-third innings in a 9-3 victory over South Burlington.
By JOHN FLOWERS
EAST MIDDLEBURY — When Irene Piper was a child, you knew there was a crisis in the community when someone rang the bell in the East Middlebury United Methodist Church (UMC). Citizens would converge on the 1849 worship hall, discuss the problem at hand, and work together to solve it.
“The church was the center of the community,” said Piper, now 68.
By KATHRYN FLAGG
ADDISON COUNTY — Rain, rain, go away.
That’s the refrain taken up this summer by farmers and gardeners around the county, as heavier than normal rainfall in June drowned out some efforts at summer planting and harvesting.
The National Weather Service in Burlington tallied 5.25 inches of precipitation last month — nearly 2 inches more than the normal June rainfall, said meteorologist Jessica Neiles.
By ANDREA SUOZZO
MIDDLEBURY — The sky was overcast and the breeze cool as the Middlebury Panthers and Vergennes Champs entered the municipal pool in Middlebury Tuesday evening. It was the only meet of the summer season in which the county rivals would face off.
Each team had about 60 swimmers at the meet. A team from Winooski was also in attendance, swimming against Vergennes.
The Champs fell to the Panthers 192.50 to 254.50, while Vergennes beat Winooski.
With two weeks to go before league championships, the swimmers struggled for their best times in the chill air.
ADDISON COUNTY — Michael O’Neill had a run-in with a colorful but noxious weed last summer when he saw the plant and, out of curiosity, smelled and touched its tall, green stems and yellow blossoms. Unfortunately, the Shoreham man suffered an adverse reaction — itching and mildly blistering skin — but it was not bad enough for him to seek medical help for the condition.
Earlier this summer, however, O’Neill accidentally brushed his hand across one of the plants and this time suffered severe blistering.
By ANDREA SUOZZO
VERGENNES — Mirrors cropping up this month in local Vergennes businesses are reflecting well on the Little City’s record of public service.
This spring, local artists decorated 47 of these mirrors as part of a fund-raiser for the Vergennes Lions Club. Pieces in the project, entitled “Reflections on Vergennes,” will be on display all over town until July 18, when they will be auctioned off in a silent auction to benefit Lions Club community projects, including efforts to help with vision and hearing disabilities.