By JOHN FLOWERS
MIDDLEBURY — During a typical August, Addison County Community Action Group’s (ACCAG) food shelf is usually as bare as Old Mother Hubbard’s cupboard.
But this is no typical August.
Thanks to a dream deal through which ACCAG was able to buy the inventory of two area discount food stores, many needy families in Addison County won’t have to worry about going hungry — at least through next spring.
“This means that when people come to us, we will have the confidence that we’ll be able to feed them,” ACCAG Executive Director Jeanne Montross said, as she gestured to some of the dozens of grocery-laden shopping carts that are still waiting to be unloaded in the agency’s Community Services Building on Boardman Street.
By ANDY KIRKALDY
VERGENNES — Vergennes Day, which lures thousands of visitors to the Little City every August, will celebrate its 25th anniversary next week with an expanded menu of activities, especially at Vergennes Union High School.
There, a U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter is set to land at 10 a.m., after which that aircraft and National Guard equipment will be on display at VUHS most of Saturday, Aug. 26 — Vergennes Day. Guard personnel will also set up an inflatable obstacle course behind the high school.
Organizer Marguerite Senecal said the obstacle course is weather-dependent, as are two hot-air balloon launches (one at 6 a.m. and another at 6 p.m.) scheduled for VUHS. There also remains a chance the helicopter won’t show up if there is a military emergency.