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July 18th, 2011
BRISTOL — Since his youth, Brian Simmons has lived, walked, breathed and thrown horseshoes.
After some health setbacks several years ago, the Bristol resident this week is heading to Louisiana to compete in the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association (NHPA) World Championships, where he is looking to regain a world title he won twice early in the decade.
ADDISON — A large barn fire at Ass-Pirin Acres farm in Addison last Wednesday afternoon had fire departments from five towns on the scene for several hours.
Marshlyn Reed, who runs the miniature donkey farm with her husband, Michael, said none of the 140 animals on the farm were injured in the fire, which started around 2 p.m. in an unused silo connected to the old dairy barn on the property.
SALISBURY — Middlebury College faculty member Kateri Carmola pleaded “no contest” to an embezzlement charge in Addison County District Court on July 11 for allegedly siphoning $4,500 from the Salisbury Historical Society during a three-month period last year.
Editor’s note: Guest writer Abi Sessions of Cornwall has co-raised three strapping children on the products of her vegetable garden and has taught in local schools for 37 years.
The 33rd annual Middlebury Festival on-the-Green kicked off Sunday, July 10, with beautiful summer weather. With a wide variety of acts, from African music to magic shows, the festival wraps up Saturday, July 16, with its annual street dance.
Independent photo/Trent Campbell
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont’s 14 regional hospitals are performing well and aren’t at risk of being shuttered or consolidated as a byproduct of Vermont’s new health care reform law, according to the state official who is reviewing hospital operations and their proposed spending plans.
WILLISTON — The Vergennes Champs visited Champlain Valley Swim League rival Edge Swim Club on Tuesday and came from behind to defeat the hosts 249-223 in a nail-biter.
Here’s the disconnect on the issue of the hour: Fewer than one in four Americans think that raising the debt ceiling is necessary to avoid a national economic crisis, according to a recent Gallop poll.