July 29th, 2013
MIDDLEBURY — While everyone can appreciate the improvements being made near Otter Creek Falls in downtown Middlebury this summer, the construction site and the adjacent Marble Works lawn has had its share of mud and mess like any other construction site during this wildly wet summer.
Still, every Saturday and Wednesday the Middlebury Farmers Market has been open for business, with both vendors and customers alike putting aside any aversions they may have to mud for the sake of good food and company.
SALISBURY — For folks who live in the town of Salisbury, depending on where they live, there are certain sounds which are part of the auditory landscape — the rush of water, whine of mosquitoes, peepers, birdsong, the coyote chorus, power tools, to name a few. Two others come to mind: the train in the wee hours in West Salisbury and the tolling of the bell from the church in the village.
SHOREHAM — James Ross, a longtime physical education teacher in Ridgewood Public Schools in Ridgewood, N.J., will lead the Shoreham Elementary School for at least the next year.
Shoreham school directors offered the job to Ross after interviewing him and another finalist, Geoffrey Lawrence, on July 18. His hiring became official on Thursday after Addison Central Supervisory Union administrators confirmed that he had signed off on the appointment.
BRISTOL — Mary’s Restaurant this Sunday will host a community event to benefit the Vermont Land Trust’s “Gateway to Bristol” project. The project will conserve the historic Fuller and Farr farms on Route 116 (just down the road from Mary’s) by purchasing it, then selling it at a significant discount to local farming family Trent and Abby Roleau with conservation easements.
MONTPELIER — Lisa Gosselin, who helped to grow EatingWell Media Group into a profitable business with an online eatingwell.com viewership of 5 million, has been named commerce commissioner for Vermont. That position has been unfilled since the Douglas administration, but was reinstated by Gov. Peter Shumlin with the support of the Legislature to spearhead his aggressive jobs and economic development agenda.
ESSEX JUNCTION — Among this year’s inductees into the 11th annual Vermont Agriculture Hall of Fame are Addison County resident Sam Cutting III, of Dakin Farm in Ferrisburgh, and former Addison County resident John Deere, who was inducted posthumously. The awards will be presented at the Champlain Valley Fair in August.
MIDDLEBURY — Amy and Kyle Buxton enjoy spending time together. Sometimes they take it to the extreme.
For example, the Middlebury couple are training for an “extreme” sporting event — the New England Tough Mudder challenge — in which they will participate on Aug. 10. It will be the second year in a row that Amy, 36, and Kyle, 38, take on the challenging 10-12 mile obstacle course that is run up and down Mount Snow in West Dover.
CROWN POINT, N.Y./ADDISON, VT. — With the Lake Champlain Bridge landscape restoration project on the verge of completion, Chimney Point State Historic Site and Crown Point State Historic Site will together host a unique New York/Vermont afternoon of learning about preservation and restoration.