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July 16th, 2012
ADDISON COUNTY — Between golden rays of early morning light last Wednesday, three volunteers for the Addison County Riverwatch Collaborative weaved through patches of poison parsnip along the Lemon Fair River. Middlebury College professor Kathy Morse, Cornwall’s David Anderson and Starksboro’s Matt Witten were taking samples and running various tests to monitor the Otter Creek tributary’s health.
NEW HAVEN –– A line of farmers waded through waist-high wheat in a New Haven field last Thursday, looking closely at the plants, determining if it could be harvested soon and asking questions about everything from the effects of dry and wet weather to the types of wheat that are doing the best this year.
MIDDLEBURY — It may be summer vacation, but 30 students will be traveling halfway around the world to attend classes at Middlebury Union High School later this month.
Those students will be coming from the cities of Chongchiang and Guizhou in southern China, through a program coordinated by Burlington-based SPIRAL International. Founded in 2010, SPIRAL International is a non-profit educational organization that promotes inter-cultural learning, understanding and relationships through international student placement services and exchange programs.
VERGENNES — Visiting Racquet’s Edge outpaced the Vergennes Champs, 269-214, in Champlain Valley Swim League action on Thursday.
Tucker Stearns won three races for the home team, while Allison Croke, Katrina Mayer and Matteo Palmer picked up two victories apiece for the Champs.
The Champs also won eight relays, sweeping the 10-and-under and 18-and-under boys’ and girls’ races.
Earning points for Vergennes with top-three finishes in individual races were:
ADDISON COUNTY — The end of June brought to a close the e-Vermont Community Broadband Project, a venture that for the past two years has distributed grants to Vermont towns for digital tools and training to use the Internet to create jobs and spur innovation in schools.
But as the project wraps up, Vermont communities have begun sharing stories on how they can maintain and build wireless Internet access despite the loss of e-Vermont.
Fifteen different groups entertained big crowds at this year’s Festival on-the-Green in downtown Middlebury. The Festival culminates Saturday July 14 at 7:00 p.m. with a street dance and performance by the Vermont Jazz Ensemble. This year marks the 34th annual Festival. Enjoy our favorite photos from the week’s festivities.
Amidst a riot of perennial blooms such as I have never seen in my backyard gardens, the peas are finished, the green beans are producing more than we can eat, tomatoes are ripening quickly, zucchini plants are covered with blossoms (though no fruit — not enough pollinators?), sorrel and spinach have gone to seed, carrots are long and tasty. And I have had to water; we need a good soaking rain.
SKATEBOARDERS PRACTICE AT the skatepark behind The Bristol Hub. The BYOBacon Skateboard Competition is on Saturday, July 14. Registration begins at 11 a.m. To learn more, read the story here. Independent photos/Andrea Warren