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August 7th, 2014
NEW HAVEN — For Alexis Ouellette of Weybridge, the Addison County Fair and Field Days means more than maple donuts and the Ferris wheel.
Ouellette, along with throngs of children and teens from age three to 18, participates in the 4-H Dairy Cattle competitions that form an integral part of the agricultural fair experience.
Having been raised a Mainer, it’s fun for me to go back to Vacationland every year to reconnect with old haunts. But I never thought one of those haunts would take on the more literal meaning of the word and would apply to my late grandparents’ old farmhouse.
HANOVER, N.H. — The Granite State high school football players again this year showed their dominance over the all-stars from the Green Mountain State, winning the 61st annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl this past Saturday, 42-6.
The game, played at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., features teams of players who have recently graduated from high schools in each state. New Hampshire has won the past 14 games and holds the advantage in the series, 46-13-2.
The Vermont team featured several Middlebury and Otter Valley union high school players.
Gov. Shumlin has directed agency heads to cut their 2014-2015 budgets by 4 percent to compensate for reduced revenues in the first six months of 2014. The revenue projections and analysis prepared by Tom Kavet, the state government’s long-time economic forecaster, show that all three of Vermont’s major funds are facing serious structural challenges.
It was the middle of the afternoon on a hot August day. Hot August days are not known for good fishing in Vermont, especially for trout. And mid-afternoon might be the worst possible time to fish on a hot summer day. But I hadn’t been fishing in weeks. A major house project combined with a new position at work had sucked up nearly every minute of free time throughout the month of July. My rods had been sitting idle in my office collecting dust and cobweb. I needed to fish. Even if I didn’t catch anything, I needed to fish.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Two former horseshoe pitching world champions nearly repeated that feat and several other members of Bristol’s Sodbusters Horseshoe Club also had very strong performances at the World Horseshoe Tournament, which wrapped up a two-week tournament in Buffalo on July 26.
Brian Simmons won the Men’s A class title before capturing second in the final champion round. Fellow Bristol resident Debra Brown did the same in the Women’s A class.
MIDDLEBURY — A group of bikers rumbled into town on their motorcycles Monday morning with a unique goal — to hear pitches from entrepreneurs and owners of business startups looking for advice and capital. The group that gathered at the Middlebury Inn was made up of about a dozen venture capitalists and entrepreneurs with experience in early-stage business investment in Vermont.
VERGENNES — When Joshua Cook received his Eagle Scout badge this summer, he felt thrilled.
At age 19, he had finally completed what he had set out to accomplish at the age of 12. When he accepted his Eagle Scout badge in a ceremony at American Legion Post 14 in Vergennes on June 29, it was a culmination of an effort that lasted throughout his teenage years.