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August 19th, 2010
Seth Kittredge grew up in New Haven, but spent ten years serving in the Vermont National Guard, including a one-year tour in Iraq. When he returned, Kittredge and his wife, Morgan, decided to raise their now 22-month-old son in Vergennes.
We’re spending more and more time in our root cellars and kitchens, preserving and storing what we’re picking, so here’s what we’re making:
Jams, jellies & marmalades
Vinegars and syrups
Peppers & tomatoes
Fruits & pie fillings
Fruitbreads, pies & cakes
As I pick ripe tomatoes for one of Kate’s gazpachos (see last week’s column) and slow roasting, I think of the story my father-in-law tells of sneaking to his mother’s tomato patch brandishing a salt shaker spirited from the dining table, then squirreling himself inside the bower of sweet-earth smelling vines to devour tomato after tomato, warm, salted, sublime. It’s tough to imagine a disease brought on the wind marring this image or wiping out full crops of tomatoes and potatoes.
ST. ALBANS — Given the state’s fiscal challenges, his four primary opponents aren’t being realistic in what they are telling voters, according to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Doug Racine.
“I think they’re living in campaign land, which says, nothing bad can ever happen with a $100 million deficit. We can fix it without it costing us anything at all. There’s too much of it in Washington,” Racine said.
EAST MIDDLEBURY — State Senate candidate Amy Sheldon believes additional health care reforms will not only create more fit Vermonters but will also provide a potent panacea for the economic ills the state is facing.
“Health care is a huge driver in the cost of public education and government services,” said Sheldon, an East Middlebury Democrat. “If we can find a way to make (health care) more affordable for all Vermonters, we will solve a number of problems.”
Editor’s note — This article is part of our ongoing series about the thousands of young adults who reside in the county, how and why they live here. The series includes print articles and multimedia profiles of young adults, which can all be found on our website www.addisonindependent.com.
A multimedia profile of Seth Kittredge, 30, of Vergennes can be found here. A former member of the Vermont National Guard, Kittredge spent a year in Iraq patrolling for improvised explosive devices.
ADDISON COUNTY — Fall apple picking season is coming a little early this year.
In fact, many area orchards have already begun to offer pick-your-own apples, because their earliest apples are already ripening.
“Our apples are about 10 days early, which is significant,” said Bill Suhr, who owns Champlain Orchards. “It's probably the earliest crop we’ve ever seen.”
He added that his fall raspberries are already ripe, also more than a week ahead of expectations.
MIDDLEBURY — Middle-bury’s local option tax revenues continue to slightly out-pace the amount needed to meet debt service on the new Cross Street Bridge project, providing a harbinger, municipal officials said, of both a recovering economy and a future community debate on what should be done with any excess funds.
Middlebury Assistant Town Manager Joe Colangelo confirmed the town netted $170,869 in local option tax revenue during the second quarter of 2010, an amount that is $5,452 greater than the second quarter of 2009.