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August 19th, 2010
MIDDLEBURY — Steve Dupoise Sr. is banking on a new business chugging into Middlebury’s former train station at 29 Seymour St. once he has completed substantial repairs to the historic structure.
Workers on Monday were busy shoring up the foundation to the 109-year-old building, one of several improvements aimed at making the former train station more attractive to prospective tenants while honoring its historic integrity.
NEW HAVEN — A good crowd once again packed the main show tent at Addison County Fair and Field Days for the Friday evening armwrestling competition, which in its 31st year drew 126 adults and 127 youths to test their strength and skill.
Organizer Karen Brisson, a former U.S. and world champion who started helping her father Armond Brisson run the event 31 years ago, said the number of competitors and the size of the crowd for the popular event roughly equaled 2009’s totals.
Ah, defense. No, it’s not the Breakfast of Champions, but it’s the essence of champions, the sine qua non, which loosely translates as without it you hit the golf courses early.
We remember Michael Jordan, scoring champion, dunker, unstoppable offensive force.
Too often we forget Michael Jordan, six-time All-NBA First-Team All-Defense, one-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, the guy who clinched one title by stripping the ball from Karl Malone.
Livestock and politicians are big part of the scene
Editor’s note: Addison County Fair and Field Days provides a calliope of sights and sounds that tantalize the senses and tickle the imagination, and the 62nd annual edition last week was no exception. As always, the five-day event proved too much to capture in one place, but we’re presenting a few verbal snapshots from the fairgrounds along with some of Trent Campbell’s fantastic photographs so you can relive the experiences and hopefully make plans to attend next year.
NEW HAVEN — The five Democratic candidates for governor squared off at Addison County Fair and Field Days last Thursday evening, in what will be one of their last meetings before the primary elections on Aug. 24.
In the televised debate, reporters from WCAX-TV, WDEV radio and Vermont Business Magazine took turns questioning the four current or former senators and current secretary of state on their proposed policies and experiences.
ADDISON COUNTY — The 40-some members of the Maiden Vermont women’s chorus have an important performance coming up this Saturday, and the choice of attire is an important consideration.
“It could take us a year to decide what color hat to wear,” chorus director Lindi Bortney said late last week. “Someone said we should wear the red hats, and then someone else said half of us should wear red and half should wear blue.”
BRISTOL — The Lathrop Limited Partnership last week appealed the denial of an Act 250 permit for its proposed Bristol gravel pit.
As a result, activity in the company’s years-long effort to get approval to extract sand and gravel from a 65-acre lot off Rounds Road in Bristol returns to the Vermont Environmental Court.
FERRISBURGH — At Button Bay State Park on Monday evening, a dozen small children ran around in swimsuits and bare feet, unfazed by the steady rain.
Andrea Viera of Lincoln smiled and looked across the crowd to Elias Stedman, a seven-year-old from Brooklyn, N.Y., who is finishing up a two-week stay in Vermont sponsored by the Fresh Air Fund. For two days after he arrived, she said, Elias kept his shoes on, but after watching Viera’s three children, Kayla, Jake and Nate, walk around shoeless, he decided to try it as well.
“Now he’s barefoot all the time,” she said.