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September 26th, 2013
Heading into the fall, my husband, Mark, and I decided we’d like to make a year’s supply of hard cider. The task required little more than a huge amount of apples, tons of time and the proper equipment. Over the next couple of weeks we picked a lot of apples — I lost count, but let’s say 14,052 — from our four trees and procured a vintage but working meat grinder that served admirably to grind the apples into a fine pomace, which we then made into cider with a press Mark had built several years ago.
As Vermonters begin to decipher the new world of health care through Vermont Health Connect and the health care exchange, and Republicans in Congress try — for the 42nd time — to dismantle the nation’s health care law at the expense of shutting down government, it’s worth stepping back to view the big picture: that is, how this nation’s health care compares to the rest of the world.
“It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time. The dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all equivalent... We have to find a balance, otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel.”
Vermont State Police officials are investigating a fatal crash on Rt. 125 in Hancock, the agency said. The incident was a single vehicle accident involving a cement truck. The Independent will update this story as more information becomes available.
Vergennes Union High School hosted its 9th annual Peace One Day rally Sept. 21 to commemorate the United Nations International Day of Peace. Students dedicated this year's event to the late Rep. Greg Clark, a Vergennes resident who taught for many years at Mount Abraham.
See the full story in the Independent Sept. 25.
Photos taken by Kristine Kirkaldy
BRISTOL — The Snake Mountain Cruisers hosted its ninth annual “Better L8 Than Never” car show Sept. 15 in Bristol.
The group raised $2,600 for Camp Ta-Kum-Ta through a 50/50 raffle, bake sale and sponsor donations. The winner of the raffle also donated the winnings back to the nonprofit, which benefits young people with cancer.
BRISTOL — Firefighter Chris Casey spent 50 days this summer fighting wildfires in Colorado in Montana. When not battling blazes, Casey works for the Green Mountain and Finger Lakes division of the U.S. Forest Service. He is based in Middlebury.
Below are a few of the pictures he took during his time out West. Read the full story here.
ADDISON — A lightly attended Sept. 16 public informational meeting did little to settle the future of the now vacant Addison Town Hall on Route 22A, according to the chairman of Addison’s selectboard-appointed Town Hall Committee.
Committee head John Spencer said only about a dozen residents showed up that Monday evening at the Addison Central School to learn more about the ownership and septic issues that are complicating the building’s future.