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Fly fishing fans warming up

Posted on August 18, 2014 |
By Weyland Joyner



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ADDISON COUNTY — The traditional image of casting dry flies to trout rising out of a cold, idyllic freestone stream, popularized in films such as “A River Runs Through It,” is giving way in local fly fishing to new techniques and species that have a significant impact on the way guides run their businesses.

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Field Days vignette: Horse and rider work together in competition

Posted on August 11, 2014 |
By Weyland Joyner



Brief, heavy rain Tuesday night didn’t dampen spirits at Addison County Fair and Field Days, and the Gymkhana horse competition got under way after a brief delay as a rainbow showed itself over the horse ring.

Among the approximately 50 entries in this year’s Gymkhana were local riders of all ages and experience levels, from pre-adolescents to people of middle age and older.

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Field days vignette: Lincoln man finds niche as a chainsaw artist

Posted on August 11, 2014 |
By Weyland Joyner



A walk through the eastern part of the Addison County Fair and Field Days grounds Wednesday revealed a diverse range of attractions and competitions.

Chris Nelson, a chainsaw carver from Lincoln, shared his thoughts on his trade and life.

“I started doing this in May 2013,” Nelson said, “so about 14 months now.”

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Farm safety workshop held at Blue Spruce Farm

Posted on August 7, 2014 |
By Weyland Joyner



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BRIDPORT — Local farmers and farm workers gathered at Bridport’s Blue Spruce Farm in late July for a farm-safety training workshop that consisted of basic farm first aid training, a talk on power takeoff (PTO) safety, and a hands-on fire extinguisher exercise.

The two-and-a-half-hour workshop was sponsored by Co-Operative Insurance Companies in conjunction with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture and University of Vermont Extension.

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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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College summer school pushes students to think like scientists

Posted on July 24, 2014 |
By Weyland Joyner



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MIDDLEBURY — A group of Middlebury College students met in a sixth floor Bicentennial Hall classroom one recent morning to plan their hunt for bacteria. Their ultimate goal was to reduce or eliminate the potentially dangerous cyanobacteria that has become a growing pollution problem in Lake Champlain and other bodies of water.

But just as important is that they learn processes and habits of mind that will make them good engineers, mathematicians and scientists.

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Clippings: County's aging population isn't all bad news

Posted on July 16, 2014 |
By Weyland Joyner



Some state and area officials look at the aging population of Vermont as an obstacle to economic development in Addison County — as the demographic of residents 70 and older is expected to double in the next 20 years, while the 20-49-year-old demographic drops by 11 percent — but in my experience, there is an alternative, more positive story hiding in the data.

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Demographics trouble Vermont planners; aging population could affect local economy

Posted on July 10, 2014 |
By Weyland Joyner



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ADDISON COUNTY — It’s no secret that Vermont’s population, on average, is aging, and Addison County is being affected almost as much as any of the rural counties.

In the past 10 years, three new senior living facilities opened in Addison County (Armory Lane Senior Housing in Vergennes and Eastview and the Lodge at Otter Creek in Middlebury), indicating an increase in the county’s elderly population. During the same period, high school enrollment dropped to its lowest levels since the early 1990s.

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Middlebury summer language schools attracting military linguists

Posted on July 10, 2014 |
By Weyland Joyner



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College’s campus is far from empty every summer after undergraduate students depart. The college’s summer language schools, established nearly a century ago, provide an influx of new faces for six to eight weeks every June.

Language school students are normally prohibited from speaking English at any point during the program, leading to the slogan, “No English Spoken Here.” The annual appearance of foreign-language-speaking students has become a familiar phenomenon to Middlebury residents and business owners.

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Profiles: Mainly Metals in Bristol

Posted on July 7, 2014 |
By Weyland Joyner



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BRISTOL — David Durgin is a busy man.

The Bristol resident owns Mainly Metals, a machine and fabrication shop that uses a unique water jet technology to cut materials of all sorts.

“It’s a jet of water with garnet mixed in,” Durgin explains. “The jet is about 1/30,000 of an inch in diameter — the size of a mechanical pencil lead — that comes out around 50,000 pounds per square inch.”

What that adds up to is one extremely precise machine.

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