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August 22nd, 2011
VERGENNES — There are few truly new elements in for the 30th annual Vergennes Day, which this year falls on Saturday, Aug. 25.
But when an annual event works well enough to still draw thousands to Vergennes after three decades, organizers believe it’s not a bad idea to rely on its tried-and-true formula — kid-friendly attractions, a road race, the Lions’ Club chicken barbecue, music, horse-drawn wagon rides, car shows and, of course, the Rotary Club’s Rubber Duckie Race.
The 63rd annual Addison County Fair and Field Days was last week, and the Addison Independent reporters were there with video cameras to record the action. We compiled a quick highlight reel of the fair, interspersed with fairgoers' favorite parts of the yearly Addison County tradition! Whether it was the food, the farm equipment or the family atmosphere, there was something at Field Days for everyone. What was your favorite part? Let us know in the comments!
I stopped growing corn a few years back … for good reason. It takes up precious garden real estate and inevitably gets snatched by some clever critter or other the night before I plan to pick it.
WEST ADDISON — The New York State Department of Transportation on Friday announced tentative plans to float the center arch span of the new Champlain Bridge to the construction site and lift it into place this week.
Officials stopped short of offering a specific date for the much-anticipated procedure, noting the potential for weather-related delays.
NEW HAVEN — A big increase in the number of youth participants and a number of upsets in the adult ranks stood out this past Friday night at the Addison County Fair and Field Days armwrestling competition.
The 158 kids 16 and younger who showed up for the youth portion of the evening meant an increase of 31 from 2010.
They dueled in 16 age and gender categories, and according to organizer Karen Brisson delighted the usual big crowd in the main Field Days show tent.
ADDISON COUNTY — A three-car accident on Route 30 in Cornwall last Friday sent two people to the hospital.
Vermont State Police responded to a reported crash at the intersection of Route 30 and Cider Mill Road on the afternoon of Aug. 12. Sgt. Jim Hogan reported that Alexandra Rooker, 21, of Fair Haven was driving a 2007 Chrysler Sebring northbound on Route 30 and James Broderick, 66, of Hubbardton was driving a 2006 Toyota Highlander southbound on Route 30, followed by Jacob Abbott, 29, of Orwell piloting a 2002 Subaru Legacy.
Our dog days of August — and June and July — have come to an end.
We have been caring for two extra dogs this summer, on behalf of Mark and Ericka, my wife’s brother and his bride. They have been living in Germany with the dogs, and are returning stateside for Ericka’s new job this month. Because airlines do not fly animals in the heat of the summer, their companions needed an advance flight and a summer home over here.
If you were the next president of the University of Vermont, would you take a phone call from Gov. Peter Shumlin?
Not without reservation.
You would not know how your words would be used. You would not know whether the conversation was private or public. You would not know whether the motive for the call was for the good of the university, or the good of the governor.
That’s a problem.