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September 24th

$70K grant to enable Boys & Girls Club to extend reach

September 24, 2007

By ANDY KIRKALDY

VERGENNES — A recently announced $70,000 federal grant should help the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes continue its recent growth by increasing outreach to and programs for local teens, said club director Mike Reiderer last week.

The grant was part of a $1.5 million national package announced on Sept. 14 by U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). It also included $310,000 to Burlington’s Boys & Girls Club.

Vergennes-area club officials and board members are still deciding how the grant will be put to use at its two School Street children’s and teens’ sites, although increasing staff hours will almost certainly be the outcome, Reiderer said.  

“Most likely it will go to staffing,” he said. “The purpose of the grant is to increase our service for the kids, to do more outreach, to reach more young people and to provide more programming. And the staff are the key to that. If you have good strong people who can get out there and build relationships with the kids, that’s what it’s all about.”

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September 20th

Apple crop for 2007 looks to be sweet

APPLE PICKER WINSTON Menzie from Jamaica works in the top of a tree full of Cortlands at Sunrise Orchards in Cornwall Tuesday afternoon. A June hailstorm impacted some of the county’s apple orchards, but most orchards are anticipating a bountiful harvest this fall.
Independent photo/Trent Campbell


September 20, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

ADDISON COUNTY — Many area orchardists this week reported a decent-sized, flavorful crop of apples ripening for wholesalers and pick-your-own enthusiasts, though the fallout of a June hail storm is forcing at least one major grower to convert all of his fruit into cider.

“We’re cautiously optimistic we will have a good season,” said Andrea Ochs of Orwell-based Crescent Orchards. “We’ve had some good pollination and beautiful weather.”

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Building of duplicate Grange expected to begin Oct. 8

September 20, 2007

By ANDY KIRKALDY

FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh selectmen on Tuesday voted to sign a $2.8 million contract with Middlebury’s Breadloaf Corp. for a historically accurate rebuilt Grange Hall with a one-story addition that will serve as a town office building and a community meeting center.

The vote, taken after weeks of debate in the town over whether to proceed with the project or to consider other options, and after a Tuesday closed-door discussion among selectmen, was 3-2.

Chairwoman Loretta Lawrence, Larry Simino and Sally Torrey voted to authorized Lawrence to sign the deal with Breadloaf on Ferrisburgh’s behalf, and Jim Warden and John DeVos voted no.

Work is now expected to begin on Oct. 8 on a Route 7 building that will include town offices at its ground level, plus an entry lobby with a small kitchen area and a meeting room to be shared by the town and the Grange. Under that level will run a full basement, and over it will be a larger meeting room with a stage that will be overlooked by a balcony.

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Closure of Hancock plant leaves 35 jobless

September 20, 2007

By ANDY KIRKALDY

HANCOCK — Vermont Plywood LLC, Hancock’s largest employer, closed its doors on Sept. 6 after a little more than three years under new ownership, putting 35 employees out of work. 

Vermont Plywood CEO Dan Davis bought the 120,000-square-foot plant on 50 acres on May 21, 2004, paying Chesapeake Hardwood Products $775,000 for the Route 100 facility that was formerly operated by Weyerhaeuser Co. Vermont Plywood made plywood for the housing industry, notably paneling, cabinetry and furniture.

That deal was supported by a $730,000 Community Development Block Grant and a $640,000 Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) loan. But Davis said broken promises by Chesapeake caused immediate problems, and a downturn in the housing industry contributed to the decision by Vermont Plywood’s financial backers to pull the plug earlier this month.

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September 17th

Day of Caring

TIFFANY SARGENT AND Bob LaFiandra make salsa in the basement of St. Stephen’s Church in Middlebury during last week’s United Way of Addison County Day of Caring. Sargent and LaFiandra and several other volunteers made the spicy condiment for a monthly dinner for immigrant farm workers in the county.
Independent photo/Trent Campbell

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Noted journalist sounds climate wake-up call

September 17, 2007

By MEGAN JAMES

MIDDLEBURY — After a brief introduction by Ripton author Bill McKibben last Wednesday, Ross Gelbspan looked out at the crowd packed into Middlebury College’s new Hillcrest Environmental Center and told them they should probably leave now. He was about to talk about the American stalemate on climate change and it would only go downhill from here.

“Middlebury has changed much more, given these incredibly beautiful new digs, than the political battle over global warming in the last two decades,” he said.

Gelbspan should know. The veteran reporter and editor, formerly with The Washington Post and Boston Globe, has been working to uncover the connections between climate change deniers and the oil and coal industries for more than a decade. His book, “The Heat is On,” was published in 1996, bringing unprecedented national attention to the issue of global warming.

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VUHS horn player to take center stage

September 17, 2007

By ANDY KIRKALDY

VERGENNES — Back when Vergennes Union High School senior Katie Jordan was 9 years old, she made a decision that eventually will put her in front of a national radio audience later this fall.

On Sept. 29, Jordan, a 17-year-old Charlotte resident who is the daughter of VUHS choral teacher Karen Jordan, will take the stage at Randolph’s Chandler Hall for “From the Top,” a National Public Radio program that allows the nation’s top young classical musicians to showcase their talents. Vermont Public Radio broadcasts the show on Sundays at 6 p.m., and will air the Randolph edition at a date to be announced.

Jordan will bring her French horn with her to Chandler Hall to play the five-minute first movement of Richard Strauss’s First Horn Concerto, but the horn was not her first instrument. By the time she was a fourth-grader in South Burlington, Jordan was already a veteran piano player who had been giving public recitals for two years.

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Charity tractor pul helps needy

September 17, 2007

By CYRUS LEVESQUE

NEW HAVEN — Engines were roaring and smoke was billowing at the tractor pull held at the Addison County Field Days fairground in New Haven on Sept. 7 and 8. The 150 competitors and many more spectators where there to have a good time, but there was a serious purpose behind it all.

The second annual Addison County Benefit Truck and Tractor Pull raised at least $7,000 for a Middlebury teen with cancer and a widow with local ties who recently suffered a serious motorcycle accident.

The event, like the first annual event last year, was organized by friends and family of Donald and Kenneth Van De Weert, two local brothers who both died within the past five years.

“We decided to do something to remember them by and give back to the community a little bit,” said Tim Van De Weert of Ferrisburgh, a brother of Don and Ken. “If we can help people out, it just makes us feel good.”

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