September 13th, 2010
Doug Hoffer’s penchant for accuracy when talking about state policy is one reason he would be an outstanding state auditor. For too long misleading comments and positions by our state leaders have gone unchallenged and have been allowed to take root in the state’s psyche. The misperception around the state’s tax rankings is one area in which the Douglas administration — and now lieutenant governor candidate Brian Dubie — has distorted the facts and reality.
ADDISON COUNTY — A freeze that descended over the region for four nights in early May destroyed a substantial amount of the early apple crop at Happy Valley Orchards in Middlebury, as well as a large number of apples at other orchards in the county.
NEW HAVEN — New Haven Republican Harvey Smith is seeking to reclaim the Addison-5 House seat he held for eight years prior to being unseated in 2006.
Smith, 65, was first elected to the House in November of 1998 and served through 2006. He was defeated that year by Rep. Chris Bray, D-New Haven, who last month lost a close contest to Steve Howard of Rutland County in the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor.
MIDDLEBURY — The nearly 40 people gathered in Middlebury last Wednesday for a forum on local dairy agreed on many lingering issues holding back the industry, but solutions proved to be harder to come by.
SHOREHAM —Wilson MacIntire is gone but far from forgotten in his hometown of Shoreham, a community that last week conferred two posthumous honors upon one of its foremost civic volunteers.
Town selectmen confirmed the two tennis courts located behind the local elementary school will henceforth bear MacIntire’s name. The board also named MacIntire — who died on March 14 — Shoreham’s “citizen of the year” in recognition of the many civic and philanthropic efforts he pursued on behalf of the town.
BRANDON — “It’s like icing a cake,” said renowned artist and Brandon resident Warren Kimble of his process in creating his new work, unveiled for the first time at an opening reception on Sept. 5 at Brandon Music on Country Club Road. As fate would have it, Kimble revealed the work in Brandon Music Café, the same studio and gallery he worked in years ago.
MIDDLEBURY — The Mount Abraham Union High School boys’ soccer team took control during the second half of Middlebury’s J.P. Carrara tournament final to defeat Green Mountain Valley, 2-1, and win the championship.
As well as giving them their second straight Carrara title, the win also pushed the Division II Eagles to 2-1 after an opening one-sided loss to D-I title favorite Champlain Valley.
Junior striker Grayson Webb, who scored both Eagle goals against the 1-2 Gumbies, said the Eagles have improved their play and will get a lift from their tournament results.
BRISTOL - Over the past summer a crew at the Hub teen center in Bristol has been busy expanding the skatepark, which is used by skateboarders, inline skaters, and riders of scooters and BMX bikes from around the five-town region and beyond. Thanks to the donation of many ramps and features from the town of Hinesburg and the donation of time and services from many local businesses and organizations, the skatepark has doubled in size.