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Annual Field Days does not disappoint

Posted on August 11, 2014 |
By Addison Independent Staff



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Last week’s Addison County Fair and Field Days was filled with a thousand little stories — more than can be recounted in one newspaper. Lucien Paquette, the fair’s father figure, was there (see story here), as were thousands of vendors, competitors and families. We present here a few snapshots from the fairgrounds to give you a taste of the 66th annual Field Days.

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Salisbury fire displaces residents

Posted on August 11, 2014 |
By Mary Langworthy



SALISBURY — Fire crews from four area departments responded to a blaze at a home off Lower Plains Road in Salisbury this past Wednesday morning.

The fire, which began around 10:30 a.m., was extinguished by two dozen firefighters from Salisbury, Middlebury, Weybridge and Cornwall.

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Monkton residents welcome return of rescue crew

Posted on August 11, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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MONKTON — After more than two years on hiatus, Monkton First Response is back in business.

The organization, founded in 1976 to provide emergency medical care to the northern Addison County town, lost its certification in 2011 due to dwindling membership. This year, Bob and Kelly Howard resurrected the rescue squad and in January began serving the town of 2,000 people.

“We started running again around Jan. 1,” Bob Howard said.

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Solar array advances net metering in Middlebury

Posted on August 11, 2014 |
By Evan Johnson



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MIDDLEBURY — Last Wednesday was a good day for sun. For the fourth stop of his annual Summer Solar Tour (which so far have all recorded sunny weather), Gov. Peter Shumlin cut the ribbon on a 500-kilowatt solar array — the first array of its size in the state dedicated to providing electricity through a net metering plan.

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King of the scythe, father of Field Days: Lucien Paquette

Posted on August 11, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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NEW HAVEN — A familiar sight roamed the grounds of the Addison County Fair and Field Days in New Haven last week, just like he has for nearly seven decades.

Lucien Paquette, who will turn 98 on Thursday, helped found the event in the 1940s, and has since remained a part of Addison County’s annual agricultural celebration.

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Woodchuck has big plans for new Middlebury facility

Posted on August 7, 2014 |
By Angelo Lynn



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MIDDLEBURY — U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy told stories to a group of 50 invited media and friends gathered outside the new 100,000-square-foot Woodchuck cidery and bottling facility in Middlebury on Wednesday of how Woodchuck Hard Cider was part of the “holy water” he keeps in stock at his prestigious office in the halls of Congress.

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UVM program trains next generation of farmers

Posted on August 7, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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ADDISON COUNTY — It’s no secret that Vermont’s farmers are aging, but a program run by the University of Vermont Extension aims to inject new blood into the state’s backbone industry.

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Field Days is here! Kids, animals, food and fun

Posted on August 7, 2014 |
By Phoebe Lewis



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NEW HAVEN — For Alexis Ouellette of Weybridge, the Addison County Fair and Field Days means more than maple donuts and the Ferris wheel.

Ouellette, along with throngs of children and teens from age three to 18, participates in the 4-H Dairy Cattle competitions that form an integral part of the agricultural fair experience.

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Investors on motorcycles look to to spur local businesses

Posted on August 7, 2014 |
By Weyland Joyner



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MIDDLEBURY — A group of bikers rumbled into town on their motorcycles Monday morning with a unique goal — to hear pitches from entrepreneurs and owners of business startups looking for advice and capital. The group that gathered at the Middlebury Inn was made up of about a dozen venture capitalists and entrepreneurs with experience in early-stage business investment in Vermont.

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Teen earns Scouting's highest honor

Posted on August 7, 2014 |
By Phoebe Lewis



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VERGENNES — When Joshua Cook received his Eagle Scout badge this summer, he felt thrilled.

At age 19, he had finally completed what he had set out to accomplish at the age of 12. When he accepted his Eagle Scout badge in a ceremony at American Legion Post 14 in Vergennes on June 29, it was a culmination of an effort that lasted throughout his teenage years.

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