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August 11th, 2014
BRISTOL — Author Marcia Wells writes her books in her home just outside of Bristol, which is situated far from any neighbors.
“We’re very isolated — it’s just me and the chickens,” she told a visitor with a laugh last week.
NEW HAVEN — For those with a sweet tooth, the sugarhouse at Addison County Fair and Field Days is an irresistible attraction.
A warm, maple aroma fills the building, where customers decide between maple candies, donuts, creemees, cotton candy, maple coffee and maple popsicles.
Last week’s Addison County Fair and Field Days was filled with a thousand little stories — more than can be recounted in one newspaper. Lucien Paquette, the fair’s father figure, was there (see story here), as were thousands of vendors, competitors and families. We present here a few snapshots from the fairgrounds to give you a taste of the 66th annual Field Days.
It’s being called the new normal. Our unemployment rate is near full employment, the economy, while not robust, still trudges forward, real estate prices are edging upward — but the state’s budget is forever in the red.
We can’t seem to get ahead.
The next budget year continues the trend. The Shumlin administration has asked each of its agencies to submit a budget that reflects a 4 percent cut — totaling roughly $31 million.
My interest was piqued by recent letters in the Reporter (July 30 edition) and Gene Pagano’s letter to the Herald. I must say I am beginning to think Brandon is doing an impression of the Israelites when they were in the wilderness for 40 years.
This week’s writer is Bill Schubart, a Vermont entrepreneur, author and commentator on VPR. He writes about Vermont and the nation in fiction, humor and opinion pieces.
Your editorial of July 31, “Is this the image to portray?” brings to mind other eyesores that despoil scenic Vermont.
SALISBURY — Fire crews from four area departments responded to a blaze at a home off Lower Plains Road in Salisbury this past Wednesday morning.
The fire, which began around 10:30 a.m., was extinguished by two dozen firefighters from Salisbury, Middlebury, Weybridge and Cornwall.