MIDDLEBURY –– Tears filled Gwen Buchanan’s eyes as she discussed the improvement in her quality of life and happiness since coming to Project Independence, the senior day care program at Elderly Services Inc. (ESI) in Middlebury.
“When I first came here I was awful depressed with life and I just was discouraged,” the Vergennes woman said. “I’m better now.”
Buchanan is able to attend Project Independence because of her Medicaid insurance.
MIDDLEBURY –– Cheers, hugs, signs, bell tolls and a cannon boom greeted the five canoes that pulled up on the shores of Lake Dunmore.
A crowd of more than 100 gathered last Friday at Camp Keewaydin in Salisbury for a ceremonial paddle-in by Expedition 2012, a group of 10 young men who recently completed a 1,200-mile canoe trip to James Bay. The group hadn’t seen this many people since they shoved off in early April.
MIDDLEBURY — Gov. Peter Shumlin on Wednesday appointed longtime deputy Donald Keeler to succeed the late James Coons as Addison County Sheriff.
Keeler, a Middlebury resident and 40-year member of the Addison County Sheriff’s Department, had recently been endorsed for the post by both the Addison County Democratic and Republican parties. Keeler began as a part-time deputy with the department in 1972, and joined on a full-time basis in 1988 at Coons’ request after Keeler sold his Court Street gas station.
BRANDON — “Let’s face it — Otters are awesome.”
And according to Otter Valley Class of 2012 Valedictorian Matt Dier, the school’s furry mascot possesses many traits that his classmates should take with them into the future.
That was the thrust of Dier’s speech at OV’s June 16 commencement ceremony in the school’s gymnasium, where 110 new graduates moved on to the next stages in their lives.
MIDDLEBURY –– Hazel Devino was born the year Fenway Park was built — 1912. It seems she was destined to be a big Red Sox fan.
“I love it when the Yankees get beat,” she said in an interview last Friday.
Devino watched the ballpark’s 100th anniversary ceremony on TV and enjoys watching the games.
“I watched that celebration a couple weeks ago,” she said. “Oh, it was something, wasn’t it?”
VERGENNES — The owner of a Vergennes riverfront parcel just southwest of the Otter Creek bridge now envisions two buildings on it, including a restaurant with a deck overlooking the water.
Hinesburg architect Leonard Duffy also believes there is demand for a bank with a drive-up window on the vacant 1.1 acres he has owned since 1980.
ORWELL –– When Rhianna Carr, 12, learned that she won a Boston Red Sox Kid Nation community service contest, she couldn’t believe it.
“I was so happy I started crying and I was just jumping,” she said. “I almost passed out when I found out, I was so happy.”
Carr, an Orwell resident and big Sox fan, entered a contest run by Kids Nation, the Red Sox youth fan group.
NORTH BENNINGTON — What started as a typically laid back Father’s Day outing for Scott Atherton and his family on Sunday ended in a shocking series of events. But quick work from the Middlebury resident meant it did end not in tragedy.
Atherton nearly lost his corgi dog, Aaron, to a deadly whirlpool in the Walloomsac River formed by a hidden concrete slab forming a hole within the waters.