Archive - Aug 2009 - Staff Blog
MONKTON — When Monkton resident Nora Parren was casting around for a way to drum up scholarship money, the Vassar College student assumed she’d be left to writing essays until the end of time.
So when she stumbled across a contest sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency challenging students to create videos promoting water quality, Parren was pleasantly surprised. A hobby animator, for some time she’d been making stop-motion videos in her dorm room.
One day out of the year, a fair came to Craftsbury, Vermont. Adelard and Mary Paquette lived on a modest farm about five miles from Craftsbury Common, where the fair was held. Their seven children looked forward to the fair, and though the Great Depression wringed wallets dry, Mary gave her third son Lucien a quarter to spend on sweets at the festival. Lucien returned later that day with 20 cents and a five-cent pack of chewing gum for his mother.
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Food stands lined the dirt paths of the fairgrounds, their colorful signs screaming “Zeppoles!” “‘Fresh squeezed’ lemonade!” “Fried Oreos!” “Italian sausage!” Yesterday was the first day of the 51st annual Addison County Fair and Field Days, and it was already crowded.
The people strolling the paths, licking ice cream, drinking sodas, eating delicious-smelling fried things had whipped my head into a frenzied state, and I was hungry.
Reporter John Flowers chimed in last week with news from Bright Planet. The Middlebury start-up is based just a hop, skip, and a jump from our own Marble Works headquarters, so naturally we've been paying attention to what the resident environmentalists are up to.
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