July 18th, 2011
ADDISON — A large barn fire at Ass-Pirin Acres farm in Addison last Wednesday afternoon had fire departments from five towns on the scene for several hours.
Marshlyn Reed, who runs the miniature donkey farm with her husband, Michael, said none of the 140 animals on the farm were injured in the fire, which started around 2 p.m. in an unused silo connected to the old dairy barn on the property.
SALISBURY — Middlebury College faculty member Kateri Carmola pleaded “no contest” to an embezzlement charge in Addison County District Court on July 11 for allegedly siphoning $4,500 from the Salisbury Historical Society during a three-month period last year.
Editor’s note: Guest writer Abi Sessions of Cornwall has co-raised three strapping children on the products of her vegetable garden and has taught in local schools for 37 years.
The 33rd annual Middlebury Festival on-the-Green kicked off Sunday, July 10, with beautiful summer weather. With a wide variety of acts, from African music to magic shows, the festival wraps up Saturday, July 16, with its annual street dance.
Independent photo/Trent Campbell
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont’s 14 regional hospitals are performing well and aren’t at risk of being shuttered or consolidated as a byproduct of Vermont’s new health care reform law, according to the state official who is reviewing hospital operations and their proposed spending plans.
WILLISTON — The Vergennes Champs visited Champlain Valley Swim League rival Edge Swim Club on Tuesday and came from behind to defeat the hosts 249-223 in a nail-biter.
Here’s the disconnect on the issue of the hour: Fewer than one in four Americans think that raising the debt ceiling is necessary to avoid a national economic crisis, according to a recent Gallop poll.
Only 10 years ago, I was a self-described whiner when it came to my rooting interests on the professional sports scene. Having spent most of my life in New England, I rooted for the New England-area sports teams. That meant the Massachusetts-based Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics and Patriots.
Entering this millennium, rooting for those aforementioned teams (with the possible exception of the Celtics) meant wearing a big loser “L” on my forehead at any gathering of sports enthusiasts.