July 8th, 2013
BRISTOL — In the championship heat of the 35th annual Fourth of July Great Bristol Outhouse Race, cousins Chris and Kevin Berry hurtled their privy-on-wheels across the finish line and onto a fifth straight title (see audio slideshow of the race here).
“It felt like we had it the whole time, there was a couple close times but relatively it was about even,” said Kevin, 22, a Bristol native, trying to catch his breath.
FERRISBURGH — Members of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s (LCMM) Community Rowing Club will be heading to Ullapool, Scotland, in early July to participate in the inaugural St. Ayles Skiff World Championship. Over 30 teams from Scotland, England, Tasmania, New Zealand, the Netherlands and the United States are registered to participate in the weeklong competition and community event. LCMM was invited to participate in this international competition as winners of the 2012 St. Ayles Championship held in Mystic, Conn., last June.
WEYBRIDGE — Weybridge Selectwoman Gale Hurd has announced that she plans to retire from the board, effective Oct. 10, after almost 14 years of service.
She joined the board in 1999 after having retired as victims’ advocate with the Addison County State’s Attorney’s Office. Her civic résumé also includes a 13-year stint on the Weybridge Elementary School board.
“I’m going to be 70 (later this year), and it’s time to make way for the young whippersnappers,” Hurd said.
BRANDON — In Brandon on Wednesday, the Vermont Department of Health will unveil its plan to combat mosquitoes and the serious illnesses they carry.
Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen, along with other officials from both the Heath Department and the Agency of Agriculture, will unveil the state’s 2013 Arbovirus Surveillance and Response Plan at a public meeting on Wednesday, July 10, from 5-7 p.m. at the Brandon Town Hall.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday, July 9, will convene an “open forum” on a $7.5 million plan to build new town offices and a new recreation center.
The forum will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will be held in the Russ Sholes Senior Center in the lower level of the current municipal building at the intersection of College and South Main streets. The regular selectboard meeting will follow, at 7 p.m., at the same location.
MIDDLEBURY — The green in downtown Middlebury is a happening place this week as the venue for the Middlebury Summer Festival on-the-Green celebrating its 35th Season from July 7-13.
The week opened on Sunday evening with the Brooklyn-based Lake Street Dive. The four-piece ensemble pleased the crowd with two sets of soulful pop music on a beautiful evening under the tent next to St. Stephen’s church.
BRISTOL — Post-parade Fourth of July festivities took a tragic turn in Bristol on Thursday afternoon. A 26-year-old Bristol man was swept away while swimming in the New Haven River between the twin bridges on Route 116 north of Bristol village.
Officials recovered the body at 10:15 a.m. on July 5. The victim was identified as Steven Orvis, 26, of Bristol.
Vermont State Police Lt. William Jenkins said a call came in to police at around 3 p.m. regarding a man who had been swept away from the Bartlett Falls swimming area in Bristol.
Several years ago at the Vermont History Expo in Tunbridge, Bonnie Tocher Clause was standing beside the collection of prints she had assembled of Edward Hopper’s Vermont watercolor paintings when someone said, “These are nice paintings. Did you do them?”