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July 13th, 2009
ADDISON COUNTY — Michael O’Neill had a run-in with a colorful but noxious weed last summer when he saw the plant and, out of curiosity, smelled and touched its tall, green stems and yellow blossoms. Unfortunately, the Shoreham man suffered an adverse reaction — itching and mildly blistering skin — but it was not bad enough for him to seek medical help for the condition.
Earlier this summer, however, O’Neill accidentally brushed his hand across one of the plants and this time suffered severe blistering.
By ANDREA SUOZZO
VERGENNES — Mirrors cropping up this month in local Vergennes businesses are reflecting well on the Little City’s record of public service.
This spring, local artists decorated 47 of these mirrors as part of a fund-raiser for the Vergennes Lions Club. Pieces in the project, entitled “Reflections on Vergennes,” will be on display all over town until July 18, when they will be auctioned off in a silent auction to benefit Lions Club community projects, including efforts to help with vision and hearing disabilities.
By MATT DICKERSON
In ancient Greek, the words “muthos” (a forerunner of the modern English word “myth”) and “logos” (related to our word “logic”) were almost interchangeable; both meant something like “an account of the truth.” Over time, “muthos” came to mean an account of truth through story. Then Plato started using the word “muthos” to mean something fictional, or untrue. Oddly enough, however, even Plato used myths to communicate his most important philosophical truths.
By KATHRYN FLAGG
BRISTOL — Even intermittent rain showers and cloudy skies this year couldn’t dampen what in Bristol marks the jovial kick-off of Independence Day: the annual running of the outhouses.
In the 31st annual Great Outhouse Race — which this year included head-over-heel tumbles, outhouse crashes and a disputed photo finish — the team from Snap’s Restaurant walked away with the championship title, though eyewitnesses disputed the neck-and-neck finish between Snap’s and a team from No. 15 School House Maple.
By KATHRYN FLAGG
ADDISON COUNTY — Bridport farmer Jon Rutter was getting by — but just barely -— as a conventional dairy farmer.
“Economically, we were just treading water, if not drowning, under the conventional market,” Rutter said, looking back.
That’s when Rutter became a convert — that is to say, when he made the choice to go organic. That was back in 2001. Now, Rutter milks around 270 cows on his Bridport spread.
By JOHN FLOWERS
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury selectmen on Monday approved a fiscal year 2010 residential property tax rate of $2.4627 per $100 in property value, amounting to a 7.8-cent increase compared to the current rate of $2.3840 — an increase of about 3.3 percent.
Approximately 7.7 cents of the increase is a result of public school-related expenses.
The new rate translates into a property tax bill of $4,925 for a homestead (house and two acres) valued at $200,000, according to Middlebury Assistant Town Manager Joe Colangelo.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR) will apply to the state for funding to expand its Tri-Town and Middlebury In-Town shuttle bus services.
By MATTHEW DICKERSON
BRISTOL — At Mount Abraham Union High School on Wednesday, the Mount Abe Babe Ruth 14-to-15-year-old team completed a 12-0 season with a 21-5 romp over Essex in a game called in the bottom of the sixth inning because of darkness with Mount Abe still batting with two runners on.