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Francis Dupoise Family Patriarch Turns 86
By Larry Johnson
    Francis Dupoise is living proof that a lack of formal education need not be a deterrent to great success. Determination, a desire to learn, and a high degree of native intelligence were instrumental in propelling Francis into a rich and rewarding career at Polymers Plastics that spanned 38 years.
    Francis was born to Frank and Sophronia Dupoise on July 13, 1920. Francis’s father was a local trucker who delivered freight around the Middlebury area. In 1921 the family bought a dairy farm in Weybridge, where Francis and his brother David grew up. Francis worked on the farm, and occasionally worked for the town of Weybridge highway department until he got married and moved away. He also helped to cut cakes of ice at the dam in Weybridge. Upwards of a 1000 cakes a day were cut, loaded and sold for 2 to 3¢ a piece.The ice cakes were 12” to 18” thick and were blocked in two sizes 12” x 24” and 14” x 28”.   [ more ]

Vergennes Celebrates French Heritage Day

  Flags from France and Canada will be flying alongside the U.S. flag in the little city of Vergennes on Saturday, July 15.
   French Heritage Day, as the celebration is entitled, will be an educational, fun-filled day for the whole family.  
   From the park bandstand you will hear toe-tapping French Canadian fiddle music, spoon playing, singing, and clogging!  French food will abound both in the park and restaurants with outdoor cafés!  
   Step back in time and take a horse and carriage ride, or watch, as traditional crafts are demonstrated- spinning, weaving, quilting, rug hooking, knitting, rag rug making.
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