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July 18th

Quilts for Troops

FISK AND the Addison County Milk and Honey Quilters Guild has completed
six red, white and blue quilts that they are donating to wounded
soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The quilts are on display
at the Ilsley Library in Middlebury through July.
Independent photo/Trent Campbell


July 16, 2007

By MEGAN JAMES

MIDDLEBURY — Setting aside politics for a moment to pick up needle and
thread, quilters in Addison County found a non-partisan way to support
wounded troops back from Iraq: They collaborated on six homemade
quilts, which they plan to send to soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical
Center in Washington, D.C.

At the suggestion of Charlotte Fisk, the Middlebury Milk and Honey
Quilters’ Guild about a year ago joined a nationwide effort called
Quilts of Valor, which seeks to comfort wounded soldiers with homemade
blankets.

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July 16th

No worries at 100

July 16, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

BRISTOL — While his body doesn’t work as well as it once did, Sam Svrcek’s mind — and his sense of humor, in particular — remain very sharp as he joins the country’s exclusive club of centenarians.

Asked on Thursday — the eve of his 100th birthday — how he has managed to live so long, Svrcek grinned, looked off into the sky, and replied matter-of-factly, “I gave up my pipe three years ago. Maybe that’s what’s helped me live longer.”

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Vergennes church gets face lift

July 16, 2007

By WILL RYAN

VERGENNES — Paul Vachon’s footsteps echo through the bare worship space of the Congregational Church in Vergennes, which is currently undergoing significant interior renovations.

“Everything that you can see in the interior is going to have a new facelift,” said Vachon, chairman of the church’s building committee. The empty space is devoid of pews and the aging cork floor is out of place beneath the myriad colors thrown by the expansive stain glass windows.

There are no structural changes being made, but the result of the project will be significant, Vachon said. Renovations started in the middle of June, but the project has been five or six years in the making. It’s been more than 30 years since the last renovation.

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July 13th

Governor's veto kills climate control bill

By JOHN FLOWERS

MONTPELIER — Local House Democrats voiced disappointment on Tuesday at not being able to muster enough votes to override Gov. James Douglas’s veto of H.520, the so-called climate control bill.

The Legislature convened in special session on July 11 to consider overrides of Douglas’s vetoes of H.520 and a campaign finance reform measure.

With 147 House members present, H.520 supporters needed 98 votes to override Douglas’s veto. But in the end, only 86 House members backed the override in a vote split largely along party lines.

As the Addison Independent went to press, the Senate was working on a new version of the bill that would have taken out one of its more controversial components — a proposed $25 million tax on Vermont Yankee that would have helped pay for energy efficiency improvements to Vermonters’ homes. Douglas said he was not in favor of that new tax, which would have expired in four years.

Douglas instead suggested a host of other programs — including energy credits for businesses — as alternatives, programs that critics have charged are too weak to make any measurable difference.

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Cookbook serves up Blueberry Hill memories

By MEGAN JAMES

BRANDON — Laurey Master-ton was 12 years old in 1966 when her parents died and she and her sisters moved from Blueberry Hill Inn in Goshen to New York City. But her memories of the tiny mountain town, especially of her mother’s kitchen, are as rich as her sour cream biscuits, still hot from the oven.

Now the owner of a successful catering company and restaurant in Asheville, North Carolina, Laurie’s Catering and Gourmet-to-Go, Masterton returned to Vermont last week to share excerpts from her new book, “Elsie’s Biscuits: Simple Stories of Me, My Mother and Food,� at the Brigg’s Carriage Bookstore in Brandon. In September, she plans to visit the Vermont Book Shop in Middlebury for another author event.

Masterton’s parents, Elsie and John Masterton, owned and operated the Blueberry Hill Inn from the early ’40s to the mid-’60s. Elsie, a gourmet chef, ran the restaurant, cooking every part of every meal for her guests. In her spare time, she wrote cookbooks peppered with stories.

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Poetry flows from with for new state poet

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — Some people spend hours agonizing over pen and paper in their efforts to create memorable and meaningful prose and verse.

But it’s always come naturally to Ruth Stone — and sometimes at the most inopportune times.

“I remember when I was young, I’d be out playing and I would hear a poem way off — like it was way off in the universe, like it was coming toward me,� Stone said. “I’d rush in the house to see if I could get to pen and paper and write it down. If I couldn’t, it would go right through me and be lost forever. It was very weird.�

Weird, but the results are undeniable. At the age of 92, Stone, who divides her time between Goshen and Middlebury, continues to channel her seemingly boundless creative energy into poetry that has filled the pages of nine books and earned her numerous state and national awards. Her most recent accolade is being named Vermont’s State Poet by Gov. James Douglas, a fellow Middlebury resident.

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July 8th

New Ferrisburgh principal brings much experience to FCS

By ANDY KIRKALDY

FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh Central School board last week hired as the FCS interim principal a Barre native with experience as a middle school principal, adjunct professor at St. Michael’s College, teacher at the University of Vermont, part-time curriculum coordinator, interim co-principal, assistant principal, consulting teacher, summer school coordinator and special educator.

JoAnn Taft-Blakely began work immediately after her hiring on July 3, and she said from the school in a Tuesday afternoon phone interview that she believes she will be able to use that extensive background for the benefit of FCS students and teachers.

“I have a really wide breadth of experience,� said Taft-Blakeley, a Colchester resident. “I think I’m pretty good at taking people where they are and helping them move forward.�

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Ferrisburgh weighs property rights, rural character

By ANDY KIRKALDY

FERRISBURGH — With its 132-page draft of new zoning laws already drawing some fire, the Ferrisburgh Planning Commission has scheduled a public informational meeting for Thursday at the town’s elementary school in an effort to explain the proposed laws, which roughly double the number of zoning districts in the town.

Planners said the 7 p.m. gathering in the school library will not be a formal hearing, but rather a presentation of maps and a summary of changes to existing zoning. That zoning has been tweaked over the years, but not fully rewritten since the late 1970s. Planners hope that after a series of planning and selectboard hearings that a final version can go to a town-wide vote next March.

Planning commission Chairman Ted Ingraham said the proposal includes many changes mandated by the state legislature in 2003, plus rules on telecommunications towers, subdivisions and flood hazards.

Given everything the proposed ordinance must do, Ingraham said planners wish it were shorter and simpler, but that a certain amount of heft was inevitable.

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