September 18th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — The Kelly Brush Century Ride Powered by VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations drew more than 700 riders to its Sept. 6 ride and raised $320,000 for adaptive athletic equipment for individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) and to improve ski racing safety.
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Facilities Advisory Committee is conducting weekly tours of Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School in Bristol on Wednesday evenings. The tours start at 6:30 p.m. in the school lobby.
The tours began Sept. 10 and continue every Wednesday until Oct. 15.
During the summer the Facility Advisory Committee conducted several community engagements at the school and found building tours to be a very effective way to get community members through the doors.
VERGENNES — Daily Chocolate co-owner Jennifer Roberts had no plans to pursue one of Martha Stewart’s 10 annual American Made Awards.
In fact, Roberts had never heard of the honors until her younger brother, Evan, with whom she had grown up in Cornwall but who now lives in New Hampshire, told her this summer he was nominating her Vergennes business and had started filling out the online forms.
MIDDLEBURY — Representatives of Addison County’s business, human services and education sectors are banding together to tackle one of Vermont’s — and the nation’s — most pressing social and economic quandaries: How to draw into the workforce a growing segment of the population known as “disconnected youth,” citizens between the ages of 16 to 24 who are either unemployed or not in school.
MIDDLEBURY — Candidates running for the two Addison-I seats, the Vermont House district that represents Middlebury, have been invited to take part in a forum on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater. The forum will begin at 7 p.m. and run to about 8:30 p.m., allowing time for the audience to ask questions of the candidates and time to visit with the candidates after the forum.
ADDISON COUNTY — Eight years ago, Bill McKibben led a five-day march from Ripton to Burlington to raise awareness about climate change. It culminated in a rally in Battery Park that drew 1,000 people, making the event likely the largest climate change demonstration in U.S. history at the time.
McKibben was pleased with the turnout that day, but was shocked to hear it had set an attendance record. Wasn’t climate change on the radar elsewhere in the United States?
ADDISON COUNTY — Local orchards are reporting mixed results for this year’s apple crop: Growers say it’s not as good as last year’s larger-than-average harvest, but is still considered at least close to typical.
“We are picking less fruit than we originally thought we would,” said Bill Suhr of Champlain Orchards. “But we’re grateful that we’ve done a lot of planting lately. A lot of young trees are maturing.”
MIDDLEBURY — Everyone in Addison County knows Lucien Paquette, he moved to Addison County in 1946 to become County Extension Agent. Over 36 years in that position he became the best-known agriculturalist in the county.
Working with farmers of all sorts of crops — from apples to dairy — he developed a reputation that continues to be strong today.
Because of his enduring ties to farming in the Green Mountain State, Paquette recently was inducted into the Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame.