August 11th, 2014
On the opening day of Field Days last Tuesday, the blacksmithing barn at the Addison County Fairgrounds was dedicated to Roger Layn and his family in honor of Layn’s lifelong contribution to the fair.
The 94-year-old Monkton resident is a longtime dairy farmer and a collector of antique equipment.
“I really don’t think it was necessary,” said Layn, regarding the building’s dedication in his honor. “I appreciate it, however.”
VERGENNES — Around 50 or 60 people visited the new headquarters of the Vergennes Police Department during an open house on Saturday, July 26.
Members of the police force welcomed guests to the new 4,611-square-foot facility, located at 8 Main St. in the city of Vergennes.
MIDDLEBURY — Part of Main Street in the heart of Middlebury will be closed for portions of this week to allow construction crews to replace sidewalk and curbs.
The thoroughfare between the roundabout and Merchants Row will be reduced to one lane between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. from Monday, Aug. 11, through Friday, Aug. 15. During that time, crews will replace sidewalk and curb on the northbound, or upstream, side of the bridge. Both lanes of traffic will reopen each evening at 5 p.m.
BRANDON — As they say, “It’s not the destination, but the journey.” For Frieda Post, that couldn’t be more accurate. Her life experiences and passion for learning new techniques in arts and crafts has led her to become an artist of engaging contemporary, as well as traditional paintings. Her work is on view at the Compass Music and Arts Center through Aug. 31.
BRISTOL — Author Marcia Wells writes her books in her home just outside of Bristol, which is situated far from any neighbors.
“We’re very isolated — it’s just me and the chickens,” she told a visitor with a laugh last week.
NEW HAVEN — For those with a sweet tooth, the sugarhouse at Addison County Fair and Field Days is an irresistible attraction.
A warm, maple aroma fills the building, where customers decide between maple candies, donuts, creemees, cotton candy, maple coffee and maple popsicles.
Last week’s Addison County Fair and Field Days was filled with a thousand little stories — more than can be recounted in one newspaper. Lucien Paquette, the fair’s father figure, was there (see story here), as were thousands of vendors, competitors and families. We present here a few snapshots from the fairgrounds to give you a taste of the 66th annual Field Days.
It’s being called the new normal. Our unemployment rate is near full employment, the economy, while not robust, still trudges forward, real estate prices are edging upward — but the state’s budget is forever in the red.
We can’t seem to get ahead.
The next budget year continues the trend. The Shumlin administration has asked each of its agencies to submit a budget that reflects a 4 percent cut — totaling roughly $31 million.