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August 5th, 2010
FERRISBURGH — When he was 16, Mike Capra, then a Cornwall resident and Middlebury Union High School student, went to work for Miller Chevrolet on North Main Street in Vergennes.
Among those he called boss those 29 years ago were dealership owner Howard Miller and manager Robert “Cappy” Capra — whom Mike Capra also called Dad.
BRANDON — New England Woodcraft has bought the former Neo EMS (Nexus) building on Mount Pleasant in Brandon.
Jeff Thurston of New England Woodcraft confirmed the sale on July 19. According to the new deed and property transfer papers filed with the Brandon town clerk, the Forest Dale-based company bought the 33,000-square-foot building at the corner of Prospect and Cedar streets for $340,000. The 2008-2009 assessed value of the property, which includes 5.7 acres of land, was $863,000.
ST. JOHNSBURY — The Middlebury 10- and 11-year-old Little League all-star baseball team won twice this past weekend in St. Johnsbury — once in dramatic, extra-inning fashion — to advance to the championship game of the Vermont tournament.
District I champion Middlebury will play next on Friday at 6 p.m., again in St. Johnsbury, against the winner of the Wednesday evening losers’ bracket final between St. Johnsbury and Brattleboro.
Flowers occupy an uneasy space in many vegetable and herb gardens. Sure, we grow them for their good looks and scent, to relieve the eye from all that green. Mostly, though, we’re trying either to forestall the flowering event in vegetables and herbs — if what we harvest from a plant is leaf or stem rather than fruit or seed — or to usher the plant safely through the flowering stage and on to the point — the fruit. But what about eating and drinking the blossoms themselves? Or the seeds?
Sunflowers and popcorn we grow for seeds, sure.
This week we're picking:
• Herbs of all sorts
• Kale and other bitter greens
• Mustard & poppy seeds
• Peppers (bell and hot)
• Salad greens or all sorts
• Summer squash
ORWELL — Andrea Ochs was 13 years old when she and her mom moved to Orwell from Queens, N.Y. She at first wasn’t sold on the Green Mountain State.
“I promised my father that if I ever woke up and looked out my window and didn’t think I lived in the most beautiful place, I would move on,” Ochs said.
“I still wake up every morning and thank God that I live in Addison County.”
MIDDLEBURY — Drivers heading down Route 7 south of Middlebury will undoubtedly notice a structure on the side of the road that may give the impression that one is in the countryside of Ireland rather than in rural Vermont.
This structure is Louis Nop’s newly erected metal castle, located in the backyard of his Route 7 home.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury officials will order an asbestos assessment of the former Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society (CVUUS) meeting house at 6 Water St. in anticipation of soon demolishing the structure and selling the 0.21-acre lot for a retail or commercial venture.