Otterside Condos get a fresh new look

Ray Papandrea has been working eight months on renovating the surfaces of all six residence buildings at Otterside Condominiums, replacing old wood surfacing from the 1970s with a fresh white vinyl look that also gives Otterside enhanced insulation.

College first responders ready to help in a pinch

“We actually — knock on wood — have not had to do one yet,” Middlebury College’s landscape horticulturalist and arborist Tim Parsons said.Parsons is referring to not having yet participated in a confined-space rescue, a term for a rescue in a place that i … (read more)

Salisbury’s future in BLSG debated

BRANDON — At an Aug. 19 meeting held on Zoom and at the Stephen A. Douglas House, the Brandon Leicester Salisbury Goshen Pittsford Insect Control District board members were conflicted about Salisbury’s future with the district.The BLSG bug district voted … (read more)

Field Days: Family business cooks up fried goodies

NEW HAVEN — “A lot of people just serve fried Oreos with powdered sugar or powdered cinnamon,” Charissa Swan said. “We actually offer an arrangement of specialty toppings. So, we can toss pretty much everything you want here.”Charissa co-owns, with her mo … (read more)

Area businesses set vaccine policies

MIDDLEBURY/VERGENNES — Many businesses in Addison County have been deliberating in the past few weeks on how to keep their workplace safe from COVID-19 in light of to the Delta variant’s spread and breakthrough cases in the county.Some are encouraging all … (read more)

Kids show calves at Field Days

“I’m the only one in my class right now, but first place is always the goal,” said Mount Abraham Union High School student Abigail Reen, 17.Reen, with her Ayrshire spring calf named Oakley, bagged an unchallenged Blue Ribbon at the 4-H Youth Dairy Show Co … (read more)

Field Days competitons aim to be family friendly

NEW HAVEN — How does a judge in Addison County Fair and Field Days Home and Garden Department competitions assess crafts, home-grown vegetables, art work?Quality of workmanship, flavor, distinctiveness …Bethany Barry, who was judging a fish tank filled wi … (read more)

Demolition Derby ROARS through Field Days

NEW HAVEN — “You always get told not to smash up a car all your life,” said New Haven resident Zachary Lavoie, 21. “(And then you) turn up and smash a car and do what you were meant not to do.”Lavoie competed in the four-cylinder qualifying competition of … (read more)

Film Review: ‘Goodfellas’ the most entertaining mob movie ever

It’s the anti-“Godfather” from frame one.The credits rush by with the sound of a car zooming. Three men in a car cruise down an empty road in the heat of the night, the passengers fast asleep. The driver looks exhausted, a little sweaty, handsome but not … (read more)

Film Review: DeNiro, others lift ‘Cape Fear’ past plot holes

They never got a break. I mean the Bowden family in the film “Cape Fear,” who are terrorized by the ex-con Max Cady (Robert De Niro). Cady poisons their dog. He stalks their daughter. He murders their housemaid then impersonates her. And when the Bowdens … (read more)

Youth group hauls timber, builds privy

LINCOLN — “They’re heavy,” Steve Abbot said. “They’re really awkward to carry. So you put (one) on your shoulders, and that works for 10 minutes. And then you start carrying it, and your arms get tired.”“They” are eight-foot-long, four-by-four-inch pieces … (read more)

Champs take second, Marlins sixth in St. Albans

ST. ALBANS — The Vergennes Swim Team on Saturday led the field in the St. Albans Invitational during the morning session of races, which featured the younger swimmers, but finished up second to powerhouse Burlington Tennis Club by the end of the meet.The … (read more)

Champs defeat Marlins in last dual meet

VERGENNES — The Vergennes Champs swim team easily defeated the Middlebury Marlins, 302-130, Thursday evening, July 29, at a dual meet in Vergennes. It was the last regular season race for the oldest swimmers on the two Addison County teams.The Vergennes S … (read more)

Field Days will not require masks

NEW HAVEN — Masks, social distancing measures and vaccinations will not be required for attendees of Addison County Fair and Field Days, which is returning to New Haven Aug. 10-14 after the county’s biggest agricultural event took a year off due to the CO … (read more)

CIT interns help at MALT camp

MIDDLEBURY — Ella Bennette-Fitzsimmons proudly held a muddy, blinking, red creature in her hands. The 7-year-old grinned, identifying her new-found friend as a salamander.As a camper at Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT)’s summer day camp, Bennette-Fitzsim … (read more)