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May 22nd, 2014
ADDISON COUNTY/BRANDON — The Spring Open Studio Tour over Memorial Day Weekend offers a great way for locals and visitors alike to see the Green Mountain State as well as the work of Vermont artist right where it is made. Bright yellow signs are placed along Vermont’s roads to mark the way to studios of craftspeople and fine artists during the self-guided tour on May 24 and 25 at a time when the landscape is fresh and inviting and without the crowds of summer and fall.
RIPTON — Third- and fourth-graders from Mary Hogan Elementary School, under the guidance of teacher Steve Flint, released trout into the Middlebury River in Ripton on May 20. Earlier this year Flint began a program to raise trout from eggs in the school with the students.
MIDDLEBURY — The distinguished watercolor painter Deborah Holmes is planning a return to Addison County this summer, after a five-year relocation to Greensboro, in the Northeast Kingdom.
The move north was inspired by a longing to produce a collection of work documenting family farms in Vermont. Holmes, who lived in Weybridge for more than two decades before moving to Orleans County, worked on more than 60 paintings of 12 farms in the Northeast Kingdom, inspired by the buildings, animals and pastoral landscapes.
VERGENNES — For the past 20 years, Beth Marr has celebrated Memorial Day with a traditional feast at her house. The menu is standard Cajun fare every year: corn-on-the-cob, sweet onions, Polish sausage and a secret spice potion created by the Vergennes resident herself.
For Marr, who originally comes from Louisiana and learned the recipes from her grandmother, the yearly meal is a tradition that falls around her birthday.
Ten years ago, Marr’s friends surprised her with a Memorial Day float on her 40th.
SALISBURY — Town Clerk Ann Dittami has announced a reduction in office hours. The town office will be open on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The office will be closed on Monday, May 26, for Memorial Day.
HANCOCK — The development of the Hancock Town Green is continuing. On Monday, May 19, a group of residents, led by Dick Robson, placed 14 memorial plaques at the base of the maple and crabapple Trees. Additionally, the selectboard purchased a raised memorial plaque for the Roxanne Sue Curtis Bowen memorial balsam tree that was installed this week.
MIDDLEBURY — The call came in at around 11 a.m. this past Friday. A local man traveling in a car headed down Route 7 South in Middlebury was overdosing on heroin. He needed help. Fast.
Middlebury Regional EMS and Middlebury police sped down the highway and intercepted the vehicle near Martin’s Hardware. Rescue officials loaded him into an ambulance and made a beeline for Porter Hospital.
“He was unresponsive when I left (the scene),” said Middlebury Police Sgt. Mike Christopher.
ADDISON COUNTY — Bands play as they march past, men wearing fezzes whiz by in peppy little cars and parents let their children scramble into the street for candy tossed to them by strangers — it must be time for Memorial Day parades.
Six Addison County towns will host Memorial Day parades this weekend, and one town — Monkton — will wrap it all up with a solemn observance on Monday evening.