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Man Dies As Result Of Metal Scrapping Accident
By Eric Francis
WEST WINDSOR – A freak accident Monday morning fatally injured a metal scrapper working on a remote farm field off Rush Meadow Road.
David LaValley, 54, of Claremont, New Hampshire had permission to be on the land and was working with a partner to remove scrap metal items from an old farm property about a mile-and-a-half up Rush Meadow from Route 44 when the pair came across a horse-drawn hay sickle that was stuck where some trees had grown up part of the way around it, state police explained.
The pair tried using a chain hooked up to Jeep in order to pull the large rusted steel item loose but shortly before 10 a.m. LaValley had dismounted from the vehicle and walked up to where the sickle was stubbornly wedged, Detective John Hagen recalled.
Rep. Smith Faces Republican Challenger
By Gareth Henderson
Democratic Rep. Megan Smith of Mendon and Republican James Eckhardt of Chittenden are facing off in a two-way race for the House seat representing Bridgewater, Chittenden, Killington and Mendon.
Smith, who is seeking her second term, wants to expand broadband Internet service, make strides in health care reform, and continue to build the House tourism caucus which she helped revive. She said cutting health care costs would go a long way toward boosting Vermont’s economic development.
“If we could get our health care situation under control, streamlined and affordable, I think businesses would flock to this state,” Smith said.
Woodstock Inn Spa Plans Grand Opening
By Gareth Henderson
Governor Jim Douglas will be on-hand next week to cut the ribbon for the Woodstock Inn’s new spa, the largest project this village has seen in years.
The $9 million spa saw its first day of business on Wednesday, and inn officials hope the new building will help the inn be more competitive with its neighbors.
At the Sept. 8 grand opening, Douglas will speak, followed by the Inn’s General Manager Werner Graef and then Douglas Horne of Woodstock Corp. The spa’s architect Peter Guzy of New York will also be there, and inn officials have also invited town officials and some neighbors. The ribbon cutting is at 4 p.m. and is by invitation only.
Large Pot Growing Operation Uncovered
By Eric Francis
STOCKBRIDGE – He’s a member of the local Rotary Club and a regular churchgoer in Bethel. He was honorably discharged from the Army after serving in the 82nd Airborne and has been working the past two years at Killington Resort, first at snowmaking and most recently on the ski patrol.
And, according to state police, he’s been hiding a “huge, elaborate, and sophisticated” indoor marijuana growing operation in the basement of his residence on Gilke Road that police have raided and dismantled, not just once, but twice, in less than two month’s time.
Cloudland Farm Kicks Off Weekly Dinners In New Building
By Gareth Henderson
POMFRET – Cloudland Farm has been a mainstay in the local farming industry for years. Now, it’s opening a stunning new restaurant that will serve fresh meat and produce twice a week, starting tonight.
“It’s just another way of getting our farm-raised food to people,” said Cathy Emmons.
Bill and Cathy Emmons hosted over 200 people at the new building last Sunday, following a “soft opening” with a dinner last Thursday. The fifty people at the dinner raved about the food, prepared by chef Nick Mahood of Woodstock. Cloudland’s new chef will be preparing the Cloudland Farm Dinners every Thursday and Saturday starting this week. Reservations are required.
Senator Doyle, Peregrine Productions Collaborate On Windsor County Film
By Gwen Stanley
Senate Minority Leader Bill Doyle recently visited the Woodstock History Center, along with filmmaker Vince Franke, who under the umbrella of his production company Peregrine Productions is working on a film about the history of Windsor County called “Life in Windsor County.”
This film is the seventh documentary produced as a collaboration between Bill Doyle’s Vermont Government and History class at Johnson State College and Peregrine Productions.
Pentangle Presses On With Fundraising For Arts Council Grant
By Gareth Henderson
With the cold season just around the corner, the Pentangle Council on the Arts is working feverishly to secure matching grant funds that would enable the non-profit to install a much-needed new sound system this year. An assisted listening system, new lighting and drapes would also be part of the project.
Last winter, the Vermont Arts Council selected Pentangle to receive a $20,000 matching grant for these improvements. That’s if the organization can raise $20,000 to match that commitment, and finish the project, by Dec. 31.
Can You Hear Me Now?
By David Brown
Special to The Vermont Standard
News that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) had awarded an $81 million broadband stimulus grant and a $35 million government-backed loan to Springfield-based Vermont Telephone Company (VTel) was met with glee, wonder, amazement, and some measure of doubt among the citizens of Vermont.
The Vermont congressional delegation spent a busy week patting themselves on the back for masterfully attracting such a large chunk of money to such a small state as ours. And VTel must be equally delighted to have a whopping $35 million to spend on improving its service existing broadband customers in 14 towns. An amazing feat to be sure.
Reading Food Shelf Holds Successful Thank You Barbecue
By Risa Mornis
This past weekend the Reading Food Shelf held a big Thank You Barbeque at the Reading Fire House. The Food Shelf has helped more than 50 community members this year and is proud to share its success with the individuals who have made it what it is.
A crowd of more the 50 enjoyed a delicious summer barbeque of burgers and dogs, potato and other salads, and a spread of cookies and cakes.
DockDogs Headed For Killington
KILLINGTON – For one weekend in September, canines will rule supreme.
The Town of Killington is hosting the world-famous DockDogsÂ®, featuring dock diving and distance jumping canine performances and competition in a huge 40-foot pool at the Snowshed Base Lodge at Killington. The three-day event will also include canine-friendly vendors, visits with local animal adoption agencies, and special demonstrations by groups like the Green Mountain Disc Dogs.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for unique family entertainment which we’re very pleased and excited to bring to Killington,” says Seth Webb, Killington’s Economic Development and Tourism Director. “We invite dog lovers to join us September 17-19th for this exciting competition, which will be a highlight of the 2010 Hay Festival.”
VINS To Host Wine And Cheese Fest
QUECHEE – The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) is proud to host the 3rd Annual Mountain Wine and Cheese Festival on September 18, 2010 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the VINS Nature Center in Quechee, VT. The festival will showcase delectables from local restaurants and cheese makers and more than 70 varieties of wine, as well as VINS raptor exhibits, a live bird program and a silent auction. New to this year’s festival, The Kerry Rose Band with Dave Clark will provide live entertainment.
Sculpturefest 2010 Offers Dazzling New Works
By Gareth Henderson
Sculpturefest 2010 on Prosper Road in Woodstock is bringing some impressive new work into the public eye.
Charlet Davenport’s outdoor gallery at 304 Prosper Road will have an opening reception for the artists and community on Saturday, Sept. 4 from 4-7 p.m. Attendees are welcome to bring their own picnic.
Following up on last year’s wind and air theme, Sculpturefest this year is focusing on the subject of water.
“I want to keep Sculpturefest connected to the land, to the earth,” Davenport said.
In total, 37 new pieces are at this year event for the eyes to feast upon.
Some Background On Hartland’s Fairview Farm
By Carol Mowry
On Clay Hill Road in Hartland, there stands a stately home that went through some rough times in her old age, but luck was with her and love and care have returned her to graceful elegance. People nowadays refer to it as Fairview Farm, but during the time that we are studying, it was known as Woodland. The Hon. Hampton Cutts lived there with his family. They moved there from Portsmouth, N.H.
” – The family decided to move to Vermont where the young man’s father-in-law had offered him a valuable estate in Hartland, if they would reside there. So in accepting the offer, he was accompanied by his mother and sister, as well as his wife and son. Hampden was admitted to the bar in Woodstock and represented the town of Hartland in 1840,41,47 and in 1858, Windsor County in the Senate in 1843, and was Judge in Windsor County Court in 1849-51.
Judge Katherine Hayes Set To Replace Judge Harold Eaton Jr. In Superior Court
By William Boardman
WOODSTOCK- After two years presiding in Superior Court here, Judge Harold E. Eaton, Jr. will be moving to a new assignment in Orange County while Katherine A Hayes will be replacing him here the day after Labor Day.
Judge Hayes is a cum laude graduate of Bryn Mawr College who took her J.D. at the University of Michigan Law School in 1982. She visited the Woodstock Courthouse recently to get some orientation, meet the court staff, and confer with Judge Eaton, while he was presiding in a jury trial that lasted over a week.
Social Security: Happy 75th Anniversary
By Sen. Bernie Sanders
Social Security just turned 75, and all across the country, people and senior organizations are celebrating this enormous achievement. Before President Franklin Roosevelt signed the law on August 14, 1935, about half of the senior citizens in American lived in poverty. That began to change on January 31, 1940, when the first monthly retirement check, for $22.54, was issued to retired legal secretary Ida May Fuller of Ludlow, Vt.
Today, more than 52 million Americans, including more than 124,000 Vermonters, receive benefits. For three quarters of a century, Social Security has been a great success doing exactly what it was designed to do. During that entire period not one American who has been eligible for Social Security has failed to receive benefits they were entitled to receive. That’s a pretty good record. Today, Social Security not only provides retirement benefits to seniors, it provides support for the disabled and widows and orphans.