August 22nd, 2011
MIDDLEBURY — After two years of hard work, the Middlebury College Solar Decathlon team recently showed off their completed solar-powered house to fellow students and the community.
On Aug. 9 the lights and stereo system in the airy, 1,000-square-foot house were already being powered by solar electricity, and the bookshelves and walls were filled with homey details: board games, children’s books and artwork on loan from local artists Elizabeth Billing of Tinmouth and Nancy Taplin of Warren.
ADDISON COUNTY — Although lumber companies are concerned with possible onset of the invasive emerald ash borer, they’re currently preoccupied with a case of the ash yellows — a sometimes fatal disease that slows the growth of ash trees.
VERGENNES — There are few truly new elements in for the 30th annual Vergennes Day, which this year falls on Saturday, Aug. 25.
But when an annual event works well enough to still draw thousands to Vergennes after three decades, organizers believe it’s not a bad idea to rely on its tried-and-true formula — kid-friendly attractions, a road race, the Lions’ Club chicken barbecue, music, horse-drawn wagon rides, car shows and, of course, the Rotary Club’s Rubber Duckie Race.
The 63rd annual Addison County Fair and Field Days was last week, and the Addison Independent reporters were there with video cameras to record the action. We compiled a quick highlight reel of the fair, interspersed with fairgoers' favorite parts of the yearly Addison County tradition! Whether it was the food, the farm equipment or the family atmosphere, there was something at Field Days for everyone. What was your favorite part? Let us know in the comments!
I stopped growing corn a few years back … for good reason. It takes up precious garden real estate and inevitably gets snatched by some clever critter or other the night before I plan to pick it.
WEST ADDISON — The New York State Department of Transportation on Friday announced tentative plans to float the center arch span of the new Champlain Bridge to the construction site and lift it into place this week.
Officials stopped short of offering a specific date for the much-anticipated procedure, noting the potential for weather-related delays.
NEW HAVEN — A big increase in the number of youth participants and a number of upsets in the adult ranks stood out this past Friday night at the Addison County Fair and Field Days armwrestling competition.
The 158 kids 16 and younger who showed up for the youth portion of the evening meant an increase of 31 from 2010.
They dueled in 16 age and gender categories, and according to organizer Karen Brisson delighted the usual big crowd in the main Field Days show tent.