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July 11th, 2013
ADDISON COUNTY — The almost daily occurrence of torrential downpours that many have grown accustomed to over the past several weeks has done worse than dampen the spirits of those who hoped for a sunny summer.
The rain is wreaking havoc on area feed growers by delaying the cutting of the second hay crop, preventing corn planting, and preventing existing crops from having proper nutrients due to flooding and the inability to spread manure, says Jeff Carter, agronomy specialist at UVM Extension in Middlebury.
MIDDLEBURY — The endless, unwanted phone calls began for Betty around six weeks ago. The elderly Addison County resident picks up her phone, and the caller — sometimes with an Indian accent — promises her a great deal on emergency response or computer services, all the while trying to mine her for personal information.
“It’s irritating,” said Betty, an octogenarian and already a Lifeline customer through Porter Medical Center who asked that her real name not be used.
STARKSBORO — Those who have unhappily watched the trends of young people leaving the state and farms closing up shop have reason to celebrate the launch of Footprint Farm in Starksboro this year.
Three young farmers — St. George native Jake Mendell, 25, and California natives Taylor Hutchison, 25, and Nathan Hammer, 32 — started work in April on their diversified, 9-acre farm at Starksboro’s Common Ground Center.
And already the trio says they have found a warm welcome for their mix of vegetables, flowers and animals.
MIDDLEBURY — Ashley Charron spent last summer reading hundreds of books by many authors to children at the daycare facility at which she worked.
She’s now written a children’s book of her own.
“I realized what the kids like (in a book), what they read the most,” said Charron, a lifelong Addison County resident. “I decided to write one, and that was that.”
MIDDLEBURY — The Sheldon Museum presents Middlebury’s Historic Core, a walking tour of Middlebury led by Glenn Andres Sunday, July 14 and 21, at 2 p.m. The core of Middlebury Village preserves landmarks of state and national stature. It also speaks of much of the town’s colorful history from the 18th into the 20th centuries — booms and busts, strong personalities and rivalries, ambitious patrons and master builders, educators, lawyers, politicians and industrialists.
BRISTOL — Phoenix Rising, the yoga-therapy training program on Mountain Street in Bristol, is planning to stay in town through the year’s end and possibly beyond. The business had announced plans last winter to fly the coop and move its location to Burlington.
But after a series of hoops and hurdles arose while planning the move, co-directors Kate Bentley and Jen Munyer decided to stay in Bristol for the time being — and they don’t sound the least bit disappointed about it.
VERGENNES — A series of delayed decisions has led to status quo at Northlands Job Corps: Alutiiq LLC, the center operator that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the national job training program’s overseer, said would leave this past December will now remain there until at least September.
Northlands is also doing business as usual even though the DOL’s lease for the MacDonough Drive campus in Vergennes, an agreement that dates back to 1978, technically expired on June 1.
BRISTOL — On July 1 Bristol police took two 13-year-old boys into custody during a pre-arranged sale of stolen property at one of the Mount Abraham Union High School fields, according to a statement by Chief Kevin Gibbs.
The juveniles have been released and cited to appear at the Addison Superior Court Juvenile Division. At least one was in possession of stolen property at the time that police intervened in the July 1 sale, Gibbs alleged. The stolen property was recovered and positively identified, according to police.