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By JOHN FLOWERS
MIDDLEBURY — Otter Creek Brewing’s award-winning beer is getting greener and greener.
No, we’re not talking about a build-up to a special St. Patrick’s Day promotion.
The green, in this case, symbolizes the many environmentally friendly processes the Middlebury-based brewery is using in production of the more than 30,000 barrels of beer it ships out annually to 22 states.
“It’s not one big thing we’re doing, but a lot of small things that add up,” Otter Creek Brewing President and owner Morgan Wolaver said during a Thursday tour that meandered around imposing steel vats, humming machinery and busy employees at Otter Creek’s Exchange Street plant.
By JOHN FLOWERS
SHOREHAM — Jeremiah Parker has spent his professional life restoring historic homes and barns to their former glory.
Now he wants to take a temporary detour from renovation to build some brand new homes — seven of them, to be precise. He is proposing those new abodes as part of “Green Woods Village,” an eight-lot subdivision that would be located on a four-acre parcel in the village of Shoreham.
Parker, the owner of Shoreham-based Jeremiah Parker Restoration, is collaborating with the Addison County Community Trust (ACCT) to find state and federal grants to make the new homes more affordable for middle-income buyers. He said he wants to market the development to people of all walks of life, who would benefit from the project’s proximity to town services, schools and churches.
By CYRUS LEVESQUE
BRISTOL — The Vermont Downtown Development Board last week awarded its official “downtown designation” to Bristol, which could make available more than $2 million in grants and tax credits to residents, business owners and property owners in the downtown area as well as to the town itself.
“It’s a fairly big deal,” said Joss Besse, coordinator of the Downtown Program of the Vermont Agency of Commerce. “The community has demonstrated it’s done a lot of work already (preserving) the downtown area.”
In order to obtain the downtown designation, which was created under the 1998 Downtown Development Act, a community must demonstrate a long-term commitment to revitalization through planning, capital improvements, economic development, and preservation of historic resources.
By JOHN FLOWERS
SHOREHAM — Having spent years selling apples, fudge and hot dogs, it’s only appropriate that Steve Jackson would use a food metaphor in describing Vermont’s economy.
The Shoreham Republican, one of two candidates in the running for the Addison-Rutland-1 seat in the Vermont House, likens the state’s economy to a pie that needs to be super-sized.
“Whenever I hear that money is needed to fund particular programs in the state of Vermont, it’s always, ‘What department are we going to take it out of?’” Jackson said. “It’s like the pie can be only one size. How about making the pie bigger?”
Jackson proposes to make Vermont’s economic pie larger by making it an even bigger draw for tourists, while encouraging the state’s smaller communities to follow Middlebury’s lead in creating their own industrial/business parks.
By CYRUS LEVESQUE
BRISTOL — The Deerleap Books team dashed into first place at the 27th annual Bristol Outhouse Race on July 4, and won the grand prize as the 2006 champions. In the final heat, they defeated teams sponsored by the Bristol Historical Society, Snaps Restaurant, and Robinson Elementary School with a time of 21 seconds.
This is the team’s second win in as many races. The store did not sponsor a team last year, but the year before that they had the winning team as well, according to owner Carol Wells.
“We’re going to start a dynasty,” joked Barry Vitz, 37, one of the team’s two runners.
Tuesday’s race followed its traditional course on West Street, starting at Saint Ambrose Church and ending at the stoplight.
By CYRUS LEVESQUE
NEW HAVEN — Coming on the heels of what has been described as a “perfect storm” of problems for the Vermont’s dairy industry, the $8.6 million emergency relief program announced at last Thursday’s dairy summit drew praise from local farmers.
“It will encourage a lot of people to work for nothing if they have to, because they know they are supported,” William Scott, a farmer from Vergennes said at a Farm Bureau meeting at Rep. Harvey Smith’s house last Thursday. About a dozen Addison County farmers attended the monthly meeting and all agreed that just knowing the state government and state residents understood the depth of the crisis meant a lot to them.
Any help is appreciated, said Harvey Smith, president of the Addison County Farm Bureau, who hosted the meeting at his own farm. For most farmers, the aid will only amount to a few thousand dollars of direct aid to counteract an estimated average decline in farm income of $50,000 this year just due to the lower price of milk, plus an equally onerous hit caused by crop damage and higher fuel costs. “It isn’t meant to replace the total amount of the loss,” Smith said.
LEICESTER — Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR) will seek state funds to start a new Route 7 bus service that would operate between Middlebury and Rutland. Two communities that figure to be stops along the route — Leicester and Salisbury — are currently readying “park-and-ride” facilities for prospective users of the new service.
BY HARRIETTE BRAINARD
BRANDON â€” Bluegrass music, food, music workshops, a guitar raffle, dancing and field picking will all be going on July 6-9 at the 12th Annual Basin Bluegrass Festival in Brandon.
â€œField picking,â€? says Dudley and Linda Berry, is â€œa unique component of the weekendâ€? which involves the spontaneous playing of instruments with others festival-goers in the field.
The Berries, who together with Rhodes and Donna Wyman and their son and daughter-in-law Tracy and Harriet Wyman have been running the festival since its inception in 1994, said the festivalâ€™s unique culture has attracted a loyal following for much of the past decade.
â€œPeople will start arriving on Sunday, July 2 at 8 in the morning (when the gates open) to pick their spot for the camper. Weâ€™ll have somewhere around 600 to 650 campers at the festival that weekend,â€? Linda Berry said. â€œSome people come to pick their spot for the following weekend, pay and reserve it. Many others come for the entire week before the festival with their instruments and spend the weekend playing music with others in the field.â€?