June 25th, 2015
MONTPELIER — The Association of Vermont Conservation Commissions has awarded grants to five municipal conservation commissions, including Cornwall’s. Groups will receive between $400 and $500, depending on the project, from the AVCC Tiny Grant program.
“We are proud to be able to help advance, in a small way, conservation projects identified and carried out by local conservation commissions,” said Jake Brown, chair of AVCC. “Supporting this sort of work is what AVCC is all about.”
FERRISBURGH — The Abenaki people of Vermont will celebrate their vibrant history and culture at Abenaki Heritage Weekend at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Ferrisburgh on Saturday, June 27, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, June 28, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This is a fun-filled weekend of music, dance, storytelling, history and art, presented in partnership with the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s annual Peasant Market will take place this year on Saturday, July 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Middlebury town green.
A Middlebury tradition for decades, Peasant Market got its start as a “women’s fair” shortly after St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church was founded in 1827. The market took on its current name in the 1940s, and has been a local tradition ever since. All proceeds are donated to area nonprofits and service organizations. Last year’s market raised roughly $23,000.
MIDDLEBURY — As a kid growing up in Middlebury during the late 1970s and early 1980s, Peter Ferland would yearn for snow days and weekends when he could break out his Super 8 camera and make some fun-filled movies with his buddies.
He filmed, and occasionally starred in, some abbreviated and decidedly low-budget knock-offs of James Bond and the Swamp Monster. Ferland and his neighbor Mike Sommers filed down the blade of an axe to add realism to their own slasher movie. He also made some very good claymation movies.
CORNWALL — The Cornwall Volunteer Fire Department will slow-roast chicken all morning on Sunday, June 28, and baste the birds with secret sauce for the annual CVFD barbecue starting at noon at the Route 30 station.
Full meals, featuring baked beans, two salads, rolls and a beverage cost $12, with proceeds to benefit the CVFD's work. Hamburgers and hot dogs will also be available. Join the diners at the station or take a full meal home.
Kids of all ages are welcome to check out the big trucks and meet the volunteers. Serving continues until 3 p.m.
ADDISON COUNTY — Youth was served this year in Addison County, at least on the local high school softball teams.
Although all four teams had fine senior athletes, underclass students played prominent roles on the Middlebury, Mount Abraham, Vergennes and Otter Valley squads — seven of the 10 picks for the 2015 Addison Independent Softball All-Star Team were juniors, sophomores and, in one case, a freshman.
SALISBURY — The Vermont Sun Triathlon Series kicked off its 30th season on Saturday at Branbury State park in Salisbury with a pair of races — a Vermont Sun Sprint Triathlon and a longer Lake Dunmore Olympic Triathlon. Local athletes fared well in each event.
The sprint consisted of a 600-yard swim in Lake Dunmore, followed by a 14-mile bike ride and a 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) run. The Olympic swim was 1,600 yards, while the bike ride was 28 miles and the run a 10K.
Some fragments for the column today. Perhaps in the future, each of these sketches will grow up to be columns.
The town of Middlebury plans to oversee development of the parking areas between the Ilsley Library and Otter Creek. As the last major piece of soon-to-be-developed land in the downtown, this site has the special quality of being owned not by a company or an individual, but by the town itself.
So shouldn’t we expect something from the project that has town-wide benefits?