May 9th, 2011
MIDDLEBURY — Kendra Weber Gratton was a toddler 45 years ago when she and her four brothers were first tucked into bed with her mom’s story of “Flabby Rabbit,” who enlists the help of “Squinty Squirrel” and other forest friends in protecting “Millie Robin’s” four eggs.
Gratton and her siblings have since told that endearing tale of friendship to their own children.
Now the family will be able to share that story with an even wider audience — the general public.
MIDDLEBURY — Eight piles of hardwood logs stacked on the grounds of the Eddy Farm in Middlebury don’t appear to be crucial parts of a lucrative farming operation.
But the logs are part of a three-year joint project of Cornell University and the University of Vermont that examines the viability of shiitake mushrooms as cash crops. They have been inoculated with shiitake spores, and, if all goes well, will begin fruiting next year.
SALISBURY — Alfred Hare, known as “Waboos” to the legions of Camp Keewaydin campers whom he befriended over the course of nine decades, died on May 3 at the Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury. He was 96.
BRISTOL — It hasn’t been a typical spring for Mount Abraham Union High School baseball, which has won five Division II championships since 2001, including the 2010 title in dramatic, extra-inning fashion.
On Friday and Saturday, the Eagles dropped two home games, 7-5 to Colchester and 6-2 to Rice, respectively, and their record fell to 1-5.
BRISTOL — At a meeting of the Bristol Planning Commission Tuesday evening, a large crowd of Bristol residents sought clarity from commissioners on several parts of the draft 120-page town plan update — particularly with regard to specifics on the Conservation Zone.
MIDDLEBURY — Although the Middlebury Union High School girls’ lacrosse team perennially contends for the Division I title and reached the final a year ago, the Tigers entered this year with questions to answer.
A new coach, Kelley Higgins, brought an extensive experience guiding field hockey teams, including the successful Tiger program, but a more limited background in lacrosse. And seven starters are gone from the 2010 finalists, including the entire starting defense and attack.
Well, so far, so good.