November 4th, 2013
MIDDLEBURY — Small business owners and entrepreneurs associated with Vermont’s working lands will gather with capital and service providers in Addison County on Thursday, Nov. 7, for the third annual Financing the Working Landscape Conference. The annual business symposium, which is produced by Addison County Economic Development Corp. (ACEDC) and Addison County Relocalization Network (ACORN) and features entrepreneur pitches and expert feedback on specific growth challenges, begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Middlebury American Legion.
VERMONT — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is reminding deer hunters that Vermont’s youth, rifle and muzzleloader seasons fall on relatively late dates this year. Youth weekend is Nov. 9-10 and rifle season begins on Nov. 16. Both seasons are beginning one weekend later than normal. Muzzleloader season begins on Dec. 7.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A cohort of legislators met in the capitol Wednesday in an attempt to find common ground on a new farm bill. But they made no real progress toward resolving differences between the U.S. Senate and House over legislation that covers a range of programs that affect dairy farmers, those who get food assistance and other Vermonters.
SHOREHAM — As anyone in Addison County knows, farming isn’t easy, especially for farmers who are new to the business. But a litany of USDA programs can help farmers get on their feet. In total, the Rural Development division of the USDA pumps $5 million-$10 million annually into Addison County, investing in farms, businesses and communities, according to Ted Brady, state director of the Vermont and New Hampshire Rural Development program of the USDA.
“Together we can make a difference.” That’s one phrase many area residents associate with the United Way of Addison County.
“The Way Addison County cares” is another.
Both are apt reminders of the way the United Way works: It relies on a large group of volunteers to reach out and help people in need. It works with more than two-dozen agencies in Addison County to be sure the human and social needs of people in the county don’t go unmet.
MIDDLEBURY — Many Addison County residents know “Hobbes” as the irrepressible little dachshund who has joined radio personality Bruce Zeman on the local airwaves for the past three years.
Well, Hobbes is now expanding his nascent media empire to print. With his owner Bruce Zeman lending him a voice, Hobbes in November will star in the first of potentially five children’s books that will tell the story of his rescue from an abusive home and hopefully help kids avoid and overcome similar situations.
BURLINGTON — The Mount Abraham Union High School field hockey team on Saturday punctuated an emotional season with an exclamation point, a convincing, 2-1 victory over previously undefeated and top-seeded Rice in the Division II final at the University of Vermont.
The No. 3 Eagles improved to 10-3-3 by allowing only one shot on goal, which went in with seconds to go to create the final score.
MIDDLEBURY — Serena Eddy-Guiles has used the stage as a dramatic platform on which to share her creativity in dozens of theater productions throughout high school, and well into adulthood with the Middlebury Community Players.
All those past performances are leading up to what Eddy-Guiles anticipates could be the most memorable role in her life: Sharing the stage with three generations of her family as part of The Company at Town Hall Theater’s staging of “Shrek the Musical,” which opens this Thursday, Nov. 7.