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September 27th, 2007

To hell and back: Daughter tells a father's WWII story

September 27, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — Though the late Bob Blakeslee is recalled as a selfless and giving man, there was one thing he didn’t care to share — stories of his experiences during World War II.

“We just had little bits and snippets,” Middlebury resident Nancy Blakeslee Wood said of her father’s story. “He told us things in a humorous way. He talked about how he would sleep (in the jungles of the Philippines) and the rats would chew at his calluses.”

He never really opened up about it to his wife, Ruth, and his two children, Stephen and Nancy.

“I think men of that generation figured women and children don’t need to know that kind of thing,” Wood said. “He might have talked about it with war buddies … but he didn’t talk to us about it.”

As a result, Blakeslee’s heroic wartime legacy could’ve very easily died with him in 1976, when he succumbed to an illness.

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Nonprofits join forces for housing solutions

September 27, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

ADDISON COUNTY — A new Addison County program offering money and financial counseling for those seeking to find and remain in affordable housing has in its first two months already stopped nine evictions/foreclosures and helped seven area families find places to live.

The program is called “Addison County Housing Solutions,” and is the brainchild of several state and county human services organizations, including the United Way of Addison County (UWAC), the John Graham Emergency Shelter, the Parent-Child Center of Addison County, Addison County Community Action Group (ACCAG), Neat Repeats and the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO).

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September 24th

New Haven woman weaves new with old

NEW HAVEN-BASED tapestry maker Elinor Steele has several of her creations on exhibit at the Vermont State Craft Center at Frog Hollow in Middlebury. Steele has been weaving wool for more than three decades.
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September 24, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

NEW HAVEN — Elinor Steele has her feet planted in two epochs as she deftly manipulates dozens of delicate strands of wool into stunning tapestries in her New Haven studio.

The very basic upright frame loom at which she toils is a throw-back to the 1300s. But the designs that inspire her tapestry creations come from a modern-day computer.

“It’s the same technique as with medieval tapestries, but with modern design,” Steele says.

Several of Steele’s most recent creations are now on display at the Vermont State Craft Center at Frog Hollow. Each tapestry — most of them measuring four-feet-by-four-feet — bursts with vibrant colors and geometric shapes that seem to dance around such common agrarian fixtures as barns and rolling hills.

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College to offer language camps for youngsters

September 24, 2007

By MEGAN JAMES

MIDDLEBURY — Every year parents of high school-aged children from all over the country call Middlebury College asking why their son or daughter can’t attend the rigorous summer Language Schools program.

Vice President of the Language Schools Michael Geisler gives the same answer every time: The program is geared toward adults. It is intense, and younger students are usually not ready for that kind of intensity.

In 2008 he can give them another option.

In collaboration with the Monterey Institute of International Studies, the college recently established the Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy (MMLA), a summer language immersion program for pre-college students that will take place next summer at St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Menlo College in Atherton, Calif., and Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass.

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$70K grant to enable Boys & Girls Club to extend reach

September 24, 2007

By ANDY KIRKALDY

VERGENNES — A recently announced $70,000 federal grant should help the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes continue its recent growth by increasing outreach to and programs for local teens, said club director Mike Reiderer last week.

The grant was part of a $1.5 million national package announced on Sept. 14 by U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). It also included $310,000 to Burlington’s Boys & Girls Club.

Vergennes-area club officials and board members are still deciding how the grant will be put to use at its two School Street children’s and teens’ sites, although increasing staff hours will almost certainly be the outcome, Reiderer said.  

“Most likely it will go to staffing,” he said. “The purpose of the grant is to increase our service for the kids, to do more outreach, to reach more young people and to provide more programming. And the staff are the key to that. If you have good strong people who can get out there and build relationships with the kids, that’s what it’s all about.”

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September 20th

Apple crop for 2007 looks to be sweet

APPLE PICKER WINSTON Menzie from Jamaica works in the top of a tree full of Cortlands at Sunrise Orchards in Cornwall Tuesday afternoon. A June hailstorm impacted some of the county’s apple orchards, but most orchards are anticipating a bountiful harvest this fall.
Independent photo/Trent Campbell


September 20, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

ADDISON COUNTY — Many area orchardists this week reported a decent-sized, flavorful crop of apples ripening for wholesalers and pick-your-own enthusiasts, though the fallout of a June hail storm is forcing at least one major grower to convert all of his fruit into cider.

“We’re cautiously optimistic we will have a good season,” said Andrea Ochs of Orwell-based Crescent Orchards. “We’ve had some good pollination and beautiful weather.”

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Building of duplicate Grange expected to begin Oct. 8

September 20, 2007

By ANDY KIRKALDY

FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh selectmen on Tuesday voted to sign a $2.8 million contract with Middlebury’s Breadloaf Corp. for a historically accurate rebuilt Grange Hall with a one-story addition that will serve as a town office building and a community meeting center.

The vote, taken after weeks of debate in the town over whether to proceed with the project or to consider other options, and after a Tuesday closed-door discussion among selectmen, was 3-2.

Chairwoman Loretta Lawrence, Larry Simino and Sally Torrey voted to authorized Lawrence to sign the deal with Breadloaf on Ferrisburgh’s behalf, and Jim Warden and John DeVos voted no.

Work is now expected to begin on Oct. 8 on a Route 7 building that will include town offices at its ground level, plus an entry lobby with a small kitchen area and a meeting room to be shared by the town and the Grange. Under that level will run a full basement, and over it will be a larger meeting room with a stage that will be overlooked by a balcony.

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Closure of Hancock plant leaves 35 jobless

September 20, 2007

By ANDY KIRKALDY

HANCOCK — Vermont Plywood LLC, Hancock’s largest employer, closed its doors on Sept. 6 after a little more than three years under new ownership, putting 35 employees out of work. 

Vermont Plywood CEO Dan Davis bought the 120,000-square-foot plant on 50 acres on May 21, 2004, paying Chesapeake Hardwood Products $775,000 for the Route 100 facility that was formerly operated by Weyerhaeuser Co. Vermont Plywood made plywood for the housing industry, notably paneling, cabinetry and furniture.

That deal was supported by a $730,000 Community Development Block Grant and a $640,000 Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) loan. But Davis said broken promises by Chesapeake caused immediate problems, and a downturn in the housing industry contributed to the decision by Vermont Plywood’s financial backers to pull the plug earlier this month.

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