Top Stories for Tuesday June 3, 2008
Vergennes FFA Members Shine
Vergennes Chapter of FFA Members win many honors at the Vermont FFA State Convention, held in the Burlington area, Tuesday and Wednesday of last week.
Winning the three highest degrees the Vermont FFA Association can award any member were David Verburg with Star Green Mountain Farmer Degree, Joe Marszalkowski with Star Green Mountain Ag. Placement, and Justin Lalumiere with the Star Green Mountain Agribusiness Degree. To win the Star Degrees, members had to submit the best applications based upon their work experience and FFA successes while in FFA. These three members were awarded $350 each for their work and are now eligible to compete in these areas at the Big “E” in September this fall. Winning $250 each for their Proficiency awards were Rachel Steponaitis for Horse Production, Justin Lalumiere with Vegetable Production, and Joe Marszalkowski in Diversified Crop Production.
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Jutta Miska Receives 2008 Governor's Award For Outstanding Volunteer Community Service
On April 26th, 2008 Jutta Miska of Weybridge VT was awarded a 2008 Governor's Service Award for Outstanding Volunteer Community Service in recognition of her tireless dedication to Addison Central Teens. Emily Joselson, Helen Freismuth and Anna Tract co-nominated Jutta for this award. Jutta has been working to establish a teen center, and teen programming, in Addison County for the past 20 years. Jutta played a central role in establishing early teen center efforts prior to the successful founding of 94Main, ACT's drop-in space, in September 2007.
In nomination her for this year's award, Emily wrote, “If it hadn't been for Jutta, more likely than not there would not be a vibrant, active and wholly successful teen center in Middlebury, serving hundreds of teens in the ACSU school district”. To quote Anna Tract,”Jutta has constantly given 150% of her time and energy. She is always willing to help out, and she truly cares about us teens”.
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Nick Garza Remembered
A driftwood memorial honors the memory of 19 year old Middlebury College freshman Nicholas Garza. Nick’s body was recovered a short distance from this spot below the Otter Creek falls in Middlebury on Tuesday evening May 27th, 2008. He had been missing since Feb. 5th, 2008. The missing person investigation and the coordinated search efforts that began in the days after his disappearance were some of the most intensive in the state’s history. The MiddleburyPolice Department was the lead investigation team in the Garza case. [ more ]
Bristol Interesting Places
By M. Stuart Parks
The Bristol Money Diggings: Around the year 1800, or so the story goes, an old Spaniard named DeGrau arrived at the foot of South Mountain to find the large quantity of silver that had been mined and hidden there when he was a boy. The silver had been Hidden by DeGrau's father and others but had to be left when the group had no way to transport it in the face of a coming winter. DeGrau spent some time digging but finding nothing he eventually left. About 1840 a group of men came from the Canadian border nd actually sold stock to the public promising one hundred dollars worth of treasure for every one dollar they invested. Twelve years and ten thousand dollars later they too left empty-handed. In 1934 a man from New Haven went to the same spot and using dynamite pretty much blew the place apart and left with nothing. [ more ]