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July 8th, 2010
VERGENNES — The general manager of the Goodrich manufacturing plant in Vergennes was killed in a car accident in Pennsylvania Monday morning.
Gary J. Loftus, 58, of Connecticut was driving a 2005 Chevy Suburban in the left lane of Interstate 81 northbound near Pine Grove about 35 miles northeast of Harrisburg on July 5, according to news reports. Police say that a few minutes before 11 a.m. the SUV drifted into the right lane and made contact with a green 1996 Pontiac Grand Am driven by Melinda Brown, 31, of Lykens, Pa.
Something amazing is happening because of my garden, and it has nothing to do with weeding, thinning, pruning, watering, or harvesting vegetables. Instead, conversations are sprouting. Ideas are germinating. Something is taking root and it’s about people.
It started slowly. First, it was the older couple I ran into downtown: “I hope you don’t mind, but we went into your garden last week. You’ve got a huge crop of peas. What did you use for the trellis? And what made you decide to plant your lettuces that way? ”
ADDISON COUNTY — Businesses affected by the closure and subsequent demolition of the Champlain Bridge are now being offered free consulting through the Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC).
Sarah Kearns, a VtSBDC business adviser, will offer her services to businesses of any type until the end of 2011 — even after the replacement bridge is scheduled to open in the fall of next year.
Editor’s note: This spring Karl Lindholm was privileged to speak to Middlebury College athletes just prior to their graduation. Here are those remarks excerpted.
My favorite team is not the Red Sox or the Celtics — my favorite team is the Panthers of Middlebury College, or the Tigers of Middlebury Union High School.
BRISTOL — Last year’s reigning champions held on to their title in the 32nd annual running of the Great Outhouse Race on Saturday morning, when Chris and Kevin Berry hammered across the finish line first in the last leg of one of Bristol’s most beloved Independence Day traditions.
STARKSBORO — A resident in Starksboro is realizing that, when it comes to Vermont utility companies, not all solar projects are created equal.
Though one Vermont utility is offering generous incentives to promote solar project, the same isn’t true at other utility companies in the state — something homeowners and some legislators would like to see change as a way to promote the creation of more solar projects.
We are banking on a good crop of potatoes this year. Last year’s attack of late blight cut our season short. In order to save the crop we mowed the tops off early (Aug. 13), and successfully harvested and stored a modest quantity of small, but disease-free tubers. This year we planted our seed potatoes (a bit later than most years) with our usual springtime optimism and, knock-on-wood, the crop is looking pretty good so far.
VERGENNES — Vergennes resident Thelma “Kitty” Oxholm is no stranger to winning elections. She earned four terms on the Vergennes city council in the 1990s, and then two terms as city mayor between 2000 and 2004.
In 2006, Oxholm, a longtime special educator at Vergennes Union High School who then spent a decade coordinating special education services for Addison Northwest Supervisory Union before retiring last year, won one of two Addison-3 district seats in the Vermont House of Representatives, running as a Republican.