August 9th, 2012
ADDISON COUNTY — Data released earlier this year showed that in 2011 the Otter Creek poured more than 206 metric tons of phosphorus into Lake Champlain — almost twice the 18-year average of 121 annual metric tons.
An increase in phosphorus, which fuels growth of cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, is not viewed by staff at the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) as a positive harbinger in their effort to clean up Lake Champlain.
NEW HAVEN –– Each year the inviting scent of warm, sweet maple syrup pulls fairgoers into the Addison County Maple Sugarmakers Association building at Field Days. The sugarhouse is a must-see for most people at the fair, many of whom have a favorite maple treat.
“Everybody has their thing that they like,” said sugarhouse volunteer Maggie Seeley on Tuesday, the first day of Addison County Fair and Field Days. “I come in for the cup of coffee and the doughnut, that’s my thing.”
MIDDLEBURY — Extensive rehabilitation of the historic covered Pulp Mill Bridge is proceeding smoothly and is on target to be completed by November, according to the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) and Alpine Construction, which is doing the work.
NEW HAVEN — As the Addison County Gospel Choir performed before its biggest audience of the year on Tuesday night at Addison County Fair and Field Days, the singers sensed it was an important moment when they sang their rendition of “I’ll Fly Away.”
The song was dedicated to Alice Quesnel, a fan of the choir who died in the summer of 2007. The night of the annual Field Days concert five years ago, Quesnel told her husband, Victor, that she would fly away. She passed away later that night.
MIDDLEBURY — Despite Saturday’s searing heat, the second annual Vermont Beer, Wine and Cheese Festival drew about 1,500 paid visitors to Middlebury’s Marble Works, allowing the event to roughly equal the numbers and financial benefits from 2011, organizers said.
BRISTOL — Police are urging local businesses and vendors at Addison County Fair and Field Days to be on the lookout for counterfeit $5 and $10 bills this week.
An anonymous tip led Bristol police and the U.S. Secret Service agents on Tuesday to arrest Mildred Martin, 29, of Bristol for possession of a regulated drug.
But that’s not why the federal and local authorities stopped Martin, according to Bristol Police Chief Kevin Gibbs. They were informed that she and another person had counterfeit money and a firearm on national forest land.
NEW HAVEN — No one was injured in a Sunday morning fire at a New Haven home, and New Haven Fire Chief Alan Mayer said damage to the residence could have been much worse.
MONTPELIER (AP) — Nearly three-quarters of Vermont schools did not meet tougher standards under the federal No Child Left Behind Act for a second year in a row, according to results released Monday by the Vermont Department of Education.