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August 27th, 2009
ADDISON COUNTY — Annie Starvish has a suitor.
The heifer tags along as the veterinarian makes the rounds in the free stall barns at the Vorsteveld Farm in Panton, where she is out doing “preg checks.” Periodically, Starvish and farmer Rudy Vorsteveld throw their arms wide, corralling one of the heifers into a stall. Then, after a gentle, reassuring pat to the animal’s hip, Starvish inserts a gloved hand into the cow’s rectum. Soon after, her arm disappears entirely.
CORNWALL — Sara Daly, 37, at five-foot-four and the mother of two, seems an unlikely fist thrower. As co-founder of Waterfalls Day Spa in Middlebury and Waterfalls at Basin Harbor Club in Ferrisburgh, Daly spends her days surrounded by beauty and relaxation.
Nevertheless, she has put in nearly a year of serious training for the Golden Gloves boxing tournament that will take place at the Memorial Auditorium in Burlington early next year.
SHOREHAM — Addison County’s dairy farming industry continues to contract and diversify, but one thing has remained constant during the past 61 years — George Warner has been picking up the milk, and boy has he delivered.
Warner, now 82, wasn’t yet 21 in 1948 when he began hauling Addison County milk for Brox’s Dairies. Born in Vergennes and then living in Bridport, Warner recalls driving from farm to farm, picking up the milk in 44-quart cans.
MIDDLEBURY — Inching toward consensus, Addison County dairy farmers last Thursday hunkered down over coffee and donuts at the American Legion in Middlebury to discuss a plan some dairymen hope could pave the way beyond dramatic highs and lows in milk prices.
NEW HAVEN — Describing what makes a person a good composer of music is like describing what makes a person a good writer, according to David Ludwig.
“Some things you can quantify, like how clearly or effectively does he express himself,” he said in an interview last week. “Some you can’t define, like how does one person’s work touch our hearts more than another’s.
“Whatever that gift is, Tim has it.”
ADDISON COUNTY — A bill passed late last month by the U.S. House of Representatives could take steps to improve the safety of American food. Local foods advocates say the goal is laudable, but if it makes it into law provisions of the bill would place unfair burdens on small farmers and food producers in Vermont.
MIDDLEBURY — After two days of what organizers described as spectacular polo in steamy weather, the Wildwood team captured Sugarbush Polo Club’s annual August tournament held off East Munger Street in Middlebury last Saturday and Sunday. Wildwood from Connecticut scored an impressive eight goals over the weekend.
The Sugarbush Polo team — Justin Kenney, Peter Close, Ed Burns and Jed Lipsky — came in second, one goal ahead of the Barkeaters team, whose players hailed from Connecticut and Keene, N.Y. Ron Anderson provided the play-by-play coverage.
Alaska is big. It has lots of mountains. The mountains are big, too. So are the lakes and rivers. Enormous. Loads of them. Everywhere. As for the vast quantity of small and medium-size creeks, streams, lakes and ponds, it is hard to fathom until you come and take a look.