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August 13th, 2015
MIDDLEBURY — Fifteen months ago, Middlebury’s municipal building and recreation facility projects were simply controversial lines on paper. It took a second public vote of 880 to 714 in May of 2014 to affirm the $6.5 million undertaking, which had stirred up more intense debate than the town had seen since a controversial Price Chopper Supermarket proposal two decades earlier.
Fast forward to this past Monday.
MIDDLEBURY — We should all have a nickname like Nathan Zuses.
The World War II veteran goes by “Zues,” pronounced the same as “Zeus,” the mythical Greek God of the sky, lightning, thunder, law, order and justice.
Seventy years ago, Zues, as he likes to be known, was toting a 50-caliber machine gun through the Ardennes region in Belgium as part of a U.S. Army anti-aircraft unit fighting in the Battle of the Bulge.
BURLINGTON — On Aug. 14, eight kids from around Northern Vermont and one from New York state will take batting practice on the University of Vermont’s Centennial Field, throw out ceremonial first pitches at the Vermont Lake Monsters baseball game that will follow, stand on the field with the Lake Monsters team during the national anthem and spend an inning apiece in the team’s dugout.
MIDDLEBURY — The Abbey Food Service Group is hosting a free public barbecue on Monday, Aug. 17, at the Recreation Park next to Mary Hogan School in Middlebury from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
LEICESTER — John and Chris Herriman, owners of Country Village Campground in Leicester, will close the campground to the public from Aug. 14-16 to host their eighth annual free camping weekend for military families. The camp is to help families make connections and share the unique challenges and blessings of being a military family.
NEW HAVEN — The annual Addison County Fair and Field Days armwrestling event this past Friday evening drew even more competitors than last year — 231 this year compared with 223 in 2014. In all, 152 adults and 79 kids, from all across northern New England, New York, Canada and Florida, crowded into the main show tent to prove who was strongest in a series of mano a mano face-offs.
SALISBURY — Racing in the Vermont Sun Sprint Triathlon for the 18th time in nine years, Cory Coffey, 38, of Vergennes won his first overall title in 1:03:54. Cory Robinson of Brandon was the runner up in 1:05:22.
The triathlon — which consisted of a 600-yard swim, 14-mile bike and 3.1-mile run — was held Sunday, Aug. 9, at Branbury State Park in Salisbury for the third and final time in the 2015 season.
Coffey finished fourth in the June race and second in July.
A faraway Facebook acquaintance of mine recently posted that, in an unexpected but delightful gesture, a new neighbor had come to her door with a loaf of banana bread.
It struck me, as it did some of the Facebook commenters, that it would have been more appropriate if she and her family had brought banana bread to the new neighbor, and not the other way around.
She agreed but explained that she wasn’t aware that she even had new neighbors because (a) their car was similar to that of the previous owners and (b) she and her family never go outside.