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May 22nd, 2014
MIDDLBURY — The Russ Sholes Senior Center was a pretty big draw when it formed in Middlebury some 35 years ago. Dozens of seniors gathered regularly in the lower level of Middlebury’s municipal building to share potluck meals, chat, and play cards and board games. A group of crafts enthusiasts —whom then-Town Clerk Richard Goodro fondly anointed the “sew-sew girls” — would also meet up to stitch and knit together, making clothes that they would donate to local charities.
VERGENNES — The keynote speaker at the service following the Vergennes Memorial Day parade will bring a lifetime of experience to the podium on the city green. Michael Wojciechowski, a Purple Heart recipient and highly decorated soldier, served in the Army National Guard for more than a quarter of a century — some of that in the hot spots of Iraq and Afghanistan.
He lives with his wife, Elizabeth, and family in Addison, and is a member of American Legion Post 14.
ADDISON COUNTY/BRANDON — The Spring Open Studio Tour over Memorial Day Weekend offers a great way for locals and visitors alike to see the Green Mountain State as well as the work of Vermont artist right where it is made. Bright yellow signs are placed along Vermont’s roads to mark the way to studios of craftspeople and fine artists during the self-guided tour on May 24 and 25 at a time when the landscape is fresh and inviting and without the crowds of summer and fall.
RIPTON — Third- and fourth-graders from Mary Hogan Elementary School, under the guidance of teacher Steve Flint, released trout into the Middlebury River in Ripton on May 20. Earlier this year Flint began a program to raise trout from eggs in the school with the students.
MIDDLEBURY — The distinguished watercolor painter Deborah Holmes is planning a return to Addison County this summer, after a five-year relocation to Greensboro, in the Northeast Kingdom.
The move north was inspired by a longing to produce a collection of work documenting family farms in Vermont. Holmes, who lived in Weybridge for more than two decades before moving to Orleans County, worked on more than 60 paintings of 12 farms in the Northeast Kingdom, inspired by the buildings, animals and pastoral landscapes.
VERGENNES — For the past 20 years, Beth Marr has celebrated Memorial Day with a traditional feast at her house. The menu is standard Cajun fare every year: corn-on-the-cob, sweet onions, Polish sausage and a secret spice potion created by the Vergennes resident herself.
For Marr, who originally comes from Louisiana and learned the recipes from her grandmother, the yearly meal is a tradition that falls around her birthday.
Ten years ago, Marr’s friends surprised her with a Memorial Day float on her 40th.
SALISBURY — Town Clerk Ann Dittami has announced a reduction in office hours. The town office will be open on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The office will be closed on Monday, May 26, for Memorial Day.
HANCOCK — The development of the Hancock Town Green is continuing. On Monday, May 19, a group of residents, led by Dick Robson, placed 14 memorial plaques at the base of the maple and crabapple Trees. Additionally, the selectboard purchased a raised memorial plaque for the Roxanne Sue Curtis Bowen memorial balsam tree that was installed this week.