August 23rd, 2009
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John Lee fought many battles, braving hand-to-hand combat with steely sabers and charging horses — the kinds of battles fought more than a hundred years ago.
Lee doesn’t know why he became a Civil War reenactor in 1996, only that it “was just something that was inside [him], like anything else.” And though he has spent the past three years away from reenacting to become a certified nurse, Lee stormed the battlefield for about eight years as a part of the First Vermont Cavalry Company K.
ADDISON COUNTY — A bill passed late last month by the U.S. House of Representatives could take steps to improve the safety of American food. Local foods advocates say the goal is laudable, but if it makes it into law provisions of the bill would place unfair burdens on small farmers and food producers in Vermont.
MIDDLEBURY — After two days of what organizers described as spectacular polo in steamy weather, the Wildwood team captured Sugarbush Polo Club’s annual August tournament held off East Munger Street in Middlebury last Saturday and Sunday. Wildwood from Connecticut scored an impressive eight goals over the weekend.
The Sugarbush Polo team — Justin Kenney, Peter Close, Ed Burns and Jed Lipsky — came in second, one goal ahead of the Barkeaters team, whose players hailed from Connecticut and Keene, N.Y. Ron Anderson provided the play-by-play coverage.
Alaska is big. It has lots of mountains. The mountains are big, too. So are the lakes and rivers. Enormous. Loads of them. Everywhere. As for the vast quantity of small and medium-size creeks, streams, lakes and ponds, it is hard to fathom until you come and take a look.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s local option taxes generated a healthy $165,417 during the second quarter of this year — a sum that not only puts the town on a comfortable pace to meet its first-year debt obligation on the new Cross Street Bridge, but also provides positive signs the local economy may be turning the tide on the recession.
BRISTOL — Bristol voters will take to the polls on Tuesday, Aug. 25, to weigh in on a $1.5 million bond to fund stormwater system upgrades on North Street.
If the bond vote is approved, the town could be in line for stimulus funding that could pay for as much as half of that project. Town officials have said that if the stimulus money falls through, they won’t move forward on the stormwater improvements — but Bristol residents have to approve the bond first if the town is to be eligible for the government funds, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council on Tuesday indefinitely postponed its scheduled disciplinary hearing for Police Chief Mike Lowe, and at the same time confirmed that Lowe will no longer be drawing his salary while he remains on administrative leave.
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“In Italy, if you have bad food, it is not a good day,” said Carla Guglielmino.
Guglielmino is the Italian culture consultant and director of the Italian childrens’ school at the Middlebury College summer language schools, which wrapped up last week. To her, there are just a few rules of good Italian cooking.
“The oil must be a very good oil,” she explained, “and the tomatoes must be fresh. And you have to understand that pasta must be cooked al dente.”