June 30th, 2016
MIDDLEBURY — Statewide campaigns in Vermont are inevitably chock full of potluck suppers, parades, worn shoe leather and sound bites. Lots of words and speechifying.
Vermont Lt. Gov. Phil Scott is going to be doing all of those things during the next few months. But he sums up the essence of the 2016 gubernatorial race in just two words.
MIDDLEBURY — Some Middlebury business owners are floating the idea of creating a new tax assessment district that could generate more revenue for public infrastructure improvements — including perhaps water main upgrades — along Exchange Street and within the community’s industrial park.
Such a tax assessment district would become Middlebury’s second.
ADDISON COUNTY — It is 80 degrees in Vermont and adults, young children, teenagers and older couples alike are flocking to berry farms across Addison County to fill baskets, boxes and bins with sweet, ripe strawberries, even under the hot summer sun.
The strawberry season in Addison County started late this year and has kicked into its peak. The season has been marked by dry weather, more irrigation than usual, smaller crops for smaller farms, and berry hungry birds.
BRANDON — “I have a simple thesis. If you restore it, they will come.”
With that thought, Rutland County Audubon Society Co-President Roy Pilcher summed up Friday’s preservation of 500 acres of wetland at the former Dean Farm on Union Street in Brandon.
NEW HAVEN — “This is another Roadhouse Rehab original. We like this one, and we hope you do, too.”
ADDISON COUNTY / BRANDON — Whether you’re a local resident who doesn’t feel like traveling for the holiday or an out-of-towner interested in local festivities, Addison County and Brandon in the coming days will offer lots of Independence Day fun, ranging from live music to parades and athletic events.
And four public fireworks displays will be offered over the course of the next four days.
Too much is happening to fit everything into a single day, so events will range from Friday, July 1, through Monday, July 4.
ADDSION COUNTY — After Gov. Peter Shumlin’s 2014 State of the State Address drew attention to the state’s heroin and opiate addiction crisis, local and statewide groups throughout Vermont have worked tirelessly to tackle the crisis.
ADDISON COUNTY — As the Fourth of July festivities approach, local residents are making preparations. In addition to burger patties, cases of soda and beer, water balloons and lighter fluid, some shopping lists include all the makings for the colorful and loud displays that will light up backyards and evening skies.
Products with names like “Behemoth,” “Field of Dreams,” “Loud & Legal” and “Goliath” are already moving off the shelves.