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August 7th, 2014
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Vergennes and Middlebury summer swim teams both completed their seasons with excellent finishes in the Vermont Swim Association’s state championship meet at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction this past Saturday and Sunday.
Both Addison County teams earned four first-place finishes in individual and relay races. Vergennes, with 1, 307 points, garnered sixth place out of 20 teams; Middlebury was eighth overall with 1,007.5 points.
BRISTOL — Bristol police on Monday, Aug. 4, responded to a reported burglary at a Main Street home, near the intersection at Mountain Street. Police said they believe someone entered the home through a front window after removing the screen sometime between Aug. 3 at 5:30 p.m. and Aug. 4 at 8:30 a.m.
Police urge anyone with information about the crime to call them at 453-2533.
Middlebury seems poised to enter an exciting decade of economic development, start-ups and expansion.
Woodchuck Hard Cider’s grand opening of its new $34 million, 100,000-square-foot facility — complete with architectually stunning tasting and gift room — on Exchange Street this Thursday is a central part of that growth.
NEW HAVEN — For Alexis Ouellette of Weybridge, the Addison County Fair and Field Days means more than maple donuts and the Ferris wheel.
Ouellette, along with throngs of children and teens from age three to 18, participates in the 4-H Dairy Cattle competitions that form an integral part of the agricultural fair experience.
Having been raised a Mainer, it’s fun for me to go back to Vacationland every year to reconnect with old haunts. But I never thought one of those haunts would take on the more literal meaning of the word and would apply to my late grandparents’ old farmhouse.
HANOVER, N.H. — The Granite State high school football players again this year showed their dominance over the all-stars from the Green Mountain State, winning the 61st annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl this past Saturday, 42-6.
The game, played at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., features teams of players who have recently graduated from high schools in each state. New Hampshire has won the past 14 games and holds the advantage in the series, 46-13-2.
The Vermont team featured several Middlebury and Otter Valley union high school players.
Gov. Shumlin has directed agency heads to cut their 2014-2015 budgets by 4 percent to compensate for reduced revenues in the first six months of 2014. The revenue projections and analysis prepared by Tom Kavet, the state government’s long-time economic forecaster, show that all three of Vermont’s major funds are facing serious structural challenges.
It was the middle of the afternoon on a hot August day. Hot August days are not known for good fishing in Vermont, especially for trout. And mid-afternoon might be the worst possible time to fish on a hot summer day. But I hadn’t been fishing in weeks. A major house project combined with a new position at work had sucked up nearly every minute of free time throughout the month of July. My rods had been sitting idle in my office collecting dust and cobweb. I needed to fish. Even if I didn’t catch anything, I needed to fish.