July 11th, 2013
GRANVILLE — Firefighters from five towns knocked down a hot fire at an old tool shed in Granville last Sunday afternoon, thus saving the big old barn that sits only a few feet away.
The 30-by-40-foot shed was fully involved in flames when members of the Granville Volunteer Fire Department arrived on the scene at 3 p.m., and the firefighters immediately started pouring water on the blaze and on the historic barn that sat only 12 feet away.
MIDDLEBURY — The Henry Sheldon Museum presents two Lake Champlain Twilight History Cruises aboard the Carillon on Tuesday, July 23, and Thursday, July 25, on the historic waters of Lake Champlain. The guest speaker will be Jim Bullard, owner of the Fort Ticonderoga Ferry for 22 years and the ninth person to own and operate it since 1789. Bullard will be joined by Susan MacIntire, Shoreham town historian, who will add historical perspective on the area. Together they will present a fascinating talk, titled “Busy Times in the South Lake.”
MIDDLEBURY — This past weekend’s inaugural visit of the Vermont Voyageurs semi-pro box lacrosse team to Middlebury’s Memorial Sports Center went well enough that the team’s management is considering another weekend-long visit next summer.
The Voyageurs’ senior and junior teams played a series of games at the Sports Center on Saturday and Sunday, drawing a decent crowd at $7 a pop on Saturday night and at least some fans for an early afternoon game the next day.
MIDDLEBURY — As the Northern Division playoff contenders begin to distance themselves from the pack for the stretch run, the Addison County Legion team continued to roll, reeling off four recent wins in four days.
Addison began the stretch by grabbing a pair of come-from-behind victories against visiting South Burlington on Saturday, 5-4 and 3-2.
On Sunday, AC traveled to Hinesburg to face S.D. Ireland for the third and final time on the season and held off a rally for a 6-4 victory, winning the season series, 2-1.
CAGNES-SUR-MER, France (AP) — “Crying on the inside,” American rider Ted King fought back tears on July 3 as the Tour de France peloton rode away without him, because he was too injured to complete the previous stage in regulation time.
Some other riders felt race regulators were overzealous in excluding the Cannondale rider and Middlebury College graduate for being a fraction too slow in the team time trial.
How do I write about the recent rain without complaining or whining?
I could just dryly state some of the facts about various state records we have set for rainfall in May and June, or about how many times above average our June rainfall was this year. But anybody living within a few hundred miles of Addison County already knows this. As one friend posted on Facebook, it only rained twice last month: once for twelve days, and once for eighteen days. I have streams flowing around my property where I have never before had streams.
There’s good news in Bristol. Phoenix Rising, the Yoga organization that uses Bristol as an annual base for programs drawing patrons from around the nation, has opted to stay in Bristol for the rest of the year and, perhaps, longer. That’s a reversal of a decision declared earlier by co-owners, who had planned to move to Burlington before year’s end. (See story in this issue.)
Conducting studies on which to base a decision is part-and-parcel of the political process, but that’s not to say the requests for studies don’t get out of hand. In the 2013 session, Vermont legislators asked for 133 studies. That’s on top of previous studies, many of which are requested annually, bringing the tally to 326, according to a recent report in VtDigger.org.