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August 2nd, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The 2012 federal farm bill, which determines five years of agriculture and nutrition policy, could be postponed for another year, according to U.S. House of Representatives majority leaders.
That prospect left Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., concerned by the prospect of a one-year extension of current agricultural policies and its potential effects on Vermont farmers.
“This would be very harmful to Vermont dairy farmers and others around the county,” said Welch on Tuesday.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association (MVAA) has announced it will cease requesting Town Meeting Day donations from the 10 communities it serves in light of “improved business practices” and a steady increase in calls that have helped solidify the nonprofit organization’s operating budget.
SHOREHAM — Champlain Orchards depends on the sun to naturally ripen the more than 3 million pounds of fruit, primarily apples, that it produces each year.
Now orchard owners Bill Suhr and Andrea Scott are harnessing the sun to lower the energy costs of harvesting and processing the fruit.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s Will Smith saw an opening to bring more music into the community and took it, because he believes it is important to everyone to have music in their lives.
“It brings the community together and it’s just very good, especially for a place like Middlebury that doesn’t have much live music outdoors,” he said. “It’s a very quiet town and I want to get something going here.”
ADDISON COUNTY — On the morning of July 25 Vermont State Police cited Ryan Phelps, 32, of Shoreham for domestic violence after he allegedly assaulted a woman at a home on Quaker Village Road in Weybridge.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police have cited two Ferrisburgh men for their roles in a July 27 brawl at the City Limits nightclub that police said involved about a dozen individuals.
Police said they are still reviewing the incident, and more citations are likely to be handed out for involvement in an altercation that began shortly before midnight that Friday.
Already cited for simple assault in the case were Seth Gebo, 25, and Dylan Barrows, 24, both of Ferrisburgh.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police investigated a burglary at Middlebury Beef Supply on Route 7 South on July 29. Police said the culprit(s) broke in through a door at the south entrance. Once inside, the thieves stole cigarettes and other tobacco products from behind the register, according to police.
Authorities are reviewing surveillance equipment and have dusted for fingerprints in an effort to track down some suspects.
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Middlebury police at 388-3191.
BRANDON — What’s the big deal with sunflowers and soybeans?
Plenty, according to Jon Satz of Woods Market Garden in Brandon. Satz spoke about the cultivation of oilseed plants to a group of some 20 people last Tuesday, at an event sponsored by the University of Vermont Extension System.
Satz added sunflowers to his vegetable growing rotation in 2009, then added soybeans the following year. He was curious about the potential for growing a crop that could be turned into oil for energy.