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August 10th, 2009
Editor’s note: The 61st annual Addison County Fair and Field Days last week was, as ever, a smorgasbord of sights, sounds, smells and sensations. With so many events, demonstrations, fried treats and heated competitions to take in, our reporters picked just a few favorites for our readers to savor.
NEW HAVEN — Patrick Fifield wasn’t making much progress across the fairgrounds.
It was a surprise when my sister married the football coach in 1969, given the gadabouts in her life before Jim. She was living and working as a photographer in Cambridge, Mass., a haven for rebels, radicals and rascals of all shapes and sizes at that strange time. Jim was coaching football at Harvard when they met and he was fishing a lot. All he had to his name were an old Land Rover and two canoes.
HARTFORD — Swimmers from the Middlebury Aquatic Club Panthers and the Vergennes Champs fared well at this past weekend’s Vermont Swim Association 2009 Championships, held at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in Hartford.
For the Panthers, Gracie Weinberg won four under-10 girls’ races, and the under-12 boys’ 200-yard medley relay team of Chandler Devaney, Bobby Ritter, Cullen Hathaway and Nathan Lalonde swam to a win by eight-hundredths of a second in that event.
By JOHN FLOWERS
MIDDLEBURY — Citing growing costs and bureaucratic delays, the Holm family has scuttled plans to reintroduce a small-scale hydroelectric power project to the Otter Creek Falls in downtown Middlebury.
Anders Holm confirmed on Monday that his family had just been quoted a price of $1.7 million for the water turbine that would have been the cornerstone of a project that would have produced an estimated 5 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year. Holm planned to market that power to area homes, businesses and the town of Middlebury.
By JOHN FLOWERS
MIDDLEBURY — A special tax district that has helped pay for more than $1.1 million in improvements to downtown Middlebury during the past 13 years will expire in 2010 unless supporters launch an effort to extend then levy.
By KATHRYN FLAGG
LEICESTER — The cucumber came soaring through the air in one smooth, effortless arc, landed solidly in 16-year-old Ernest Cormia’s hands, and then joined a growing pile of ripe vegetables in a five-gallon bucket at the end of the lush garden row.
“Toss me another,” Cormia called, and Bill Moore, a teacher at the Foxcroft Farm Harvest Program, hurled another across the garden.
NEW HAVEN — Heifers at the 4-H Youth Dairy Show Conformation Class at the Addison County Fair and Field Days are scrutinized on almost every physical trait — from their big wet noses to their tasseled tails, the animals are judged based on an “ideal” for the breed.
But the heifer is not the only one feeling the heat. To be a champion, handlers age eight to 18 must train and groom their animals to perfection.
HANCOCK — By the time the Middlebury College Snow Bowl opens this winter, college officials expect a new $1.7 million, triple-chair lift will be ready to carry skiers and boarders to the top of the ski area, using the same route as the old lift.
The new lift will replace the 40-year-old Worth Mountain double-chair lift, which the college learned this spring no longer meets state licensing requirements. The lift in question is the ski area’s main route to the top, heading up the Allen Trail that overlooks the Snow Bowl’s base lodge.