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August 13th, 2015
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.
I am writing to address and accept responsibility for the discrepancy reported in the July 20, 2015, Addison Independent between estimated tax rates Addison Northwest Supervisory Union reported to the public and the actual tax rates issued by the state.
All the Patricia Hannaford Career Center expenditures were required to be included in the tax rate calculation and were not. This caused the estimated tax rates we provided to the public to be understated. It was an error and I accept full responsibility for it.
BENNINGTON — Bristol’s Debra Brown continued her winning ways on the horseshoe courts when she won the Women’s title in the Vermont State Championships at the Bennington Horseshoe Club this past Sunday.
Brown tossed a perfect 4-0 record in the competition, hitting ringers on more than three out of every four throws. Brown won the Women’s World Title at the World Horseshoe Pitching Championship in Kansas last month.
The Men’s champion was Gale Greene of Shaftsbury, who was fourth at the World Championships.
On a muggy July day I found myself parked on the side of the road somewhere near Whiting waiting for the car to move. The sky was the color of old denim and the distant ridgeline of the Green Mountains was in shades of green and purple. Ahead, the pavement cut a broad, jet-black ribbon straight toward the horizon.
The car had shuddered and died. A stunning stream of expletives ensued from my girlfriend’s mouth.
“I’ve had it,” she said, her jaw set in frustration. “I quit.”
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, right? What if that lemonade was really, really good? Then it would actually be a real boon that life gave you the lemons in the first place.
I have long thought that Middlebury would really benefit from two things that, while being luxuries, would substantially add to the quality of life in the area. One is a way to stroll along the river. River walks are popular attractions in towns that have them, whether they be in natural, park-like settings or in more commercial and retail-oriented forms.
I did go to Field Days — twice, to work at a booth. Today, I learned that there were bears in cages for the public to view. I did not see them, or this letter would be more strongly worded, perhaps.
The person telling me this said, “They were rescued.” Is this what the Fish and Wildlife people and the Humane Society recommend?