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August 23rd, 2012
VERGENNES –– Fourteen-year-old Damian Bougor knew the Vergennes skate park needed seating and decided to do something about it.
“I go there every day and we just needed something to sit on after we’re done skating, so I figured we needed a bench,” he said.
His friend Ian Shalek took the idea further and suggested a bench made out of skateboards.
NEW HAVEN — Addison County Fair and Field Days drew to a close on Aug. 11 following another run that officials called a success in spite of some rain that drenched the site during portions of three days of the annual event’s five-day span.
Jim Foster, president of the Field Days board, estimated attendance at this year’s 64th annual Field Days was around 15 percent lower than last year’s edition. During a good year (like last year), Field Days draws between 25,000 to 30,000 visits, according to Foster.
MONKTON — The Monkton Development Review Board (DRB) is nearing a decision on whether to permit a contentious application for a 30-plus acre quarry off of Monkton Road.
According to the application filed by Brisson Stone LLC and David Shlansky’s Burchfield Management Company LLC, “Brisson Stone will rely on drilling and blasting rock ledge to produce unconsolidated rock and gravel that will be collected on-site.” Burchfield Management filed the application, and the two enterprises are working together on this project.
VERGENNES — Vergennes Farmers’ Market board members said the combination of a recruiting effort, a switch from Mondays to Thursdays and a little bit of momentum helped triple the number of vendors at the market in the past two years.
Originally published 8/16/12 | Updated 8/17/12
BRISTOL — A New Hampshire man was listed in “guarded” condition with second-degree burns at Massachusetts General Hospital on Thursday afternoon after driving his tractor-trailer truck off Route 116 in Bristol, resulting in a fiery crash and a massive response from multiple fire departments, rescue organizations and at least one heroic witness.
Primary races often pose the toughest challenges for voters. Because the candidates often come from the same political framework and their political sensibilities are more similar than not, the choice hangs in the balance of which candidate can do a better job of executing policies that are a hair’s distance apart.
That’s the case in the Democratic primary race next Tuesday, Aug. 28, against incumbent Attorney General Bill Sorrell and challenger TJ Donovan.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Bristol 17-year-old Brianna McCormick was in the title match at the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association World Championship on Aug. 11 and she found herself 11 points behind Heather Feavel of Wisconsin.
McCormick ratcheted up her game, started throwing ringers and earned the next 14 points.
The rising senior at Mount Abraham Union High School pulled away from Feavel and won the match 40-29, hitting ringers nearly two out of every three throws.
MIDDLEBURY — At an Aug. 14 meeting, the Middlebury selectboard agreed to contract with DeBisschop Excavating to make substantial improvements to public property bordering the Otter Creek Falls in the Marble Works.
The so-called “Riverfront” project will include the construction of pathways, re-grading and landscape restoration, tree and shrub plantings and new seating and gathering opportunities with a small amphitheater-like environment, noted Middlebury Assistant Town Manager Kathleen Ramsay.