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August 2nd, 2012
BRANDON — What’s the big deal with sunflowers and soybeans?
Plenty, according to Jon Satz of Woods Market Garden in Brandon. Satz spoke about the cultivation of oilseed plants to a group of some 20 people last Tuesday, at an event sponsored by the University of Vermont Extension System.
Satz added sunflowers to his vegetable growing rotation in 2009, then added soybeans the following year. He was curious about the potential for growing a crop that could be turned into oil for energy.
BRISTOL — After making three small changes to Bristol’s proposed town plan on Monday, the selectboard OK’d the document. The plan will be presented to the public at two public hearings on Aug. 27 and Sept. 10.
The selectboard’s approval of the proposed plan comes after the Bristol Planning Commission supported the previous 42 changes the selectboard made to the document over a revision period that spanned several months. The planning commission issued its approval of the board’s changes on July 17.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — With the debate over gun control again simmering in the wake of the largest mass shooting in U.S. history in Aurora, Colo., on July 20, the three members of Vermont’s Congressional delegation reiterated their beliefs that individual states should maintain their ability to shape their own firearm laws.
MONKTON — Eastern philosophy and spiritual healing may be foreign concepts to most, but they have been the central practice for many years at the ToDo Institute in Monkton.
BRISTOL — Rainy weather on July 26 threatened the success of this year’s Three Day Stampede, Bristol’s annual major event to raise money to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, but the rain cleared up for the start of Friday’s lawn sale and stayed clear through the weekend, allowing organizers to raise more than $100,000 to fight the disease.
Organizer Bonita Bedard said that amount was on par with 2011, and she was thrilled with this year’s turnout, despite the worries about the weather.
NEW HAVEN — Imagine spending five days in Italy, talking about food and agriculture with hundreds of other people from all over the world.
In October, that’s just what Elizabeth Frank, Hugo Lara and Emilie “Savitri” McDonald will be doing.
CASTLETON — The Addison County American Legion baseball team fell short of its ultimate goal when Essex eliminated AC from the state championship tournament on Sunday, 11-1, but the local nine enjoyed a strong summer.
AC won twice at the state tournament after earning the No. 2 seed in the Northern Division with a 12-4 record, in the process erasing some of the sting of the team’s 2011 tournament performance — AC lost twice and was the first squad ousted.
MIDDLEBURY — The Festival on-the-Green capped what organizers said was one of its finest seasons, attracting big crowds who took in 17 great acts amid picture-perfect weather for its 34th annual run on Middlebury’s village green.
“Everything fell so nicely into place this year,” said Festival Secretary Pat Boera, who has helped lead the weeklong entertainment ritual since its debut in 1978.
“I can’t believe how we lucked out with the weather.”