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July 29th, 2010
SWANTON — The Vergennes 11- and 12-year-old all-star softball team lost twice late last week at the double-elimination state championship tournament in Swanton and was ousted from the competition.
The team, consisting of players from the Vergennes and Ferrisburgh areas, had earlier won the District I tournament in Burlington. But the team lost on Thursday, 13-6, to Fairfax, and to Connecticut Valley on Saturday, 12-7.
MIDDLEBURY — As the state agency that administers benefits to people living in poverty implements a new processing system for its services, charities in Addison County have reported that some of their clients have experienced delays in receiving benefits.
Laura Morse and Donna Rose, two employees of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity/Addison County Action (CVOEO) in Middlebury, said that last week alone, six people had received word that their applications had been delayed due to “work overload”
MIDDLEBURY — With the new Cross Street Bridge due for completion in a little more than three months, Middlebury selectmen on Tuesday got a first-hand view of what could be the community’s next big capital improvement project — a new municipal fire station.
BRISTOL — The bridge across the New Haven River at South Street in the Bristol village closed for repairs Tuesday and will not open again until 2012 at the earliest, according to Bristol Town Administrator Bill Bryant.
The Vermont Agency of Transportation, known as VTrans, inspected the bridge last week as a follow up to an inspection last October.
RIPTON — Middlebury and Ripton officials support further study of a $1.6-million plan to install a series of flood walls and culverts along Route 125 from Ripton to East Middlebury as a way of minimizing washouts and other damage from future flooding.
CASTLETON — Despite another fine regular season, the Addison County American Legion baseball team came up short in the Vermont tournament for the second straight summer this past weekend, when two upsets at Castleton State College sent AC home early.
On Friday, Southern Division No. 3 seed Brattleboro edged AC, the Northern No. 2 seed, 3-1. On Saturday, North No. 4 Colchester eliminated AC from the double elimination tournament, 12-2.
MIDDLEBURY — When Pierre Vachon set out to get a pair of tragedy/comedy masks tattooed on his upper arm last year, he had no idea that the venture would lead him to become a business proprietor in downtown Middlebury.
During the long hours in the tattoo chair, he got to know tattoo artist Christin Eaton, who was operating a fully licensed business out of her home.
“As she was tattooing me we were talking, and it just kind of fit,” he said. “We thought, ‘Why don’t we open up a shop together?’”
I recently went to a fly-tying workshop at Bristol’s Lawrence Memorial Library. Getting a lesson in tying flies from David Henderson and Bob Reynolds was not only highly enjoyable, it also reminded me of two important outdoor sporting lessons I learned when I was young.
The first was that outdoor sports can be expensive and dangerous. The second, and more important lesson, related to the first, had to do with which of my parents to go to for money and which to go to for permission.