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August 18th, 2016
ADDISON COUNTY—At Mary Johnson Children’s Center in Middlebury, 60 youngsters are enrolled in the center’s upcoming session. About 50 percent of those children’s families qualify for the Child Care Financial Assistance Program, which recently received an additional $1 million in state funding.
Government funding for the program has remained stagnant over the past five years, leaving a $10 million gap between market childcare prices and tuition assistance, and the state’s childcare providers say families are struggling to pay the difference.
MIDDLEBURY — In Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater on a recent Friday morning, Anders Bright and Lana Meyer crouched, one nestled against the other, on the floor. Intertwining their hands, they experimented with waves, clasping and twisting their hands in search for the most unsettling effect that would do justice to the Cheshire Cat.
BRANDON — A young man from Brandon was killed in a single-car crash on Newton Road Friday night, and two passengers in the car were injured.
Police said no one in the 2000 red Honda Civic was wearing a seatbelt as the driver, 22-year-old Thomas Trudeau Savage, was traveling west on Newton Road just before midnight on Aug. 12.
Police said their investigation showed that the car left the roadway and hit an embankment, causing it to roll and crash into a chain link fence around a wastewater substation.
NEW HAVEN — The largest number of adult competitors in at least seven years signed on for the annual Addison Count Fair and Field Days armwrestling competition, held on Friday night in the fair’s show tent.
In all, 166 adults locked hands in battle, more than the 152 who showed up in 2015, and that number was easily the highest total since 2010, when 126 adults competed.
NEW HAVEN — Michael Manley’s eventful career with the Vermont State Police is taking yet another twist. Lieutenant Manley, 38, is stepping down as commander of the VSP’s New Haven barracks in order to step up as a newly promoted captain who will oversee the agency’s New Haven, Rutland, Shaftsbury, Royalton and Westminster barracks.
If it can be wrapped in dough and fried, Emily Miner has probably already done it.
“We try everything, and if it blows up in the fryer, we just take it out real quick,” she said during a short break at Field Days last week.
Miner, 34, is the owner of Thelma’s, a mobile food truck that was born in 1979 when her grandma Thelma Miner walked into the Addison County Fair and Field Days with her own cart and a recipe for fried bread dough with maple cream.
SHOREHAM — At 2 p.m. on a recent sunny afternoon, a group of 20 farmers stood around a giant metal reel, which pulled a hulking irrigation gun 1,300 feet toward them as it turned. The gun showered water onto the otherwise dry Elysian Fields, owned by Joe and Kathleen Hescock, which were certified organic in 1998.
The farmers were there to learn about something new for many of them — irrigating pastures where their cows graze.
MIDDLEBURY — For the past 11 years, Middlebury residents and visitors have stepped into Carol’s Hungry Mind Café in downtown Middlebury for the coffee, baked goods and relaxed atmosphere to meet friends or do work.
But with major construction on the horizon for downtown, café owner John Melanson is doing his best to make sure his Merchants Row shop will weather the disruption.
“I’m planning on the worst, but hoping for the best,” he said.