The Brattleboro Reformer from Brattleboro, Vermont on August 21, 2006 · 18
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Monday, August 21, 2006
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Tuesday, August 22, 2006 Page 2 iJrattlrboro j&tformrr NEW ENGLAND Tomato judges examine tomatoes from around the Bay State by flavor, quality, color and shape during the 22nd Annual Massachusetts Tomato Contest and Festival at Boston City Hall Plaza in Boston, Monday. Seeking the top tomato Contest kicks off Massachusetts Farmers Market Week BOSTON (AP) Three years ago, Peter MacArthur set out to grow the best tomato in the state. His father-in-law, the mentor who taught him everything he knows about farming, had died, and hed heard a minister talk about the need to have a goal in life: MacArthur decided to focus on tomatoes. A year later, his commitment started to pay off. He won first place in the field tomato category of the Massachusetts Tomato Contest and Festival. On Monday, the Holliston farmer stood nervously just outside the cordoned judging area in Bostons City Hall Plaza and hoped for another win. I heard the judges saying it was the best-tasting tomato, MacArthur said. With clipboards in one hand and toothpick in the other, 20 judges from the food industry walked up and dowrn three CHESTERFIELD RESIDENTS TOWN CLERKS OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED WEDNESDAY, AUG 23, 2006 FOR NEW ELECTION LAW TRAINING rows of tables sampling the best tomatoes the state had to offer. Judges looked for best flavor, a balance of acidity and sweetness, firmness or slicing quality, ideal color, and symmetrical shape. The tomato contest included four categories: cherry tomatoes, field or slicing tomatoes, heaviest tomato and heirloom tomatoes, or nonhybrid, much older varieties. Gail Perrin wrinkled her face as she tasted a cherry tomato she determined was overly acidic. They all looked beautiful, but very few tasted like tomatoes, said Perrin, a retired food editor, who wore plastic tomato earrings. This years contest drew just over 100 entries from all around the state, according to coordinator Nat Arena, a member of the New England Vegetable and Berry Growers Association. Arena said the number was slightly fewer than previous years, due to this years record rains, which damaged many tomato crops. Marie Hills, owner of Kimball Fruit Farm in Pepperell, said she and her husband Carl beat the rain by buying a machine to raise their tomato beds. The heavy rain ran down aisles between the raised beds instead of drenching and splitting the fruit. My family is passionate about tomatoes, said Hills, whose farm produced the 3.3-pound reddish pink Aussie that was awarded the heaviest in the competition. Producing an award-winning tomato isnt easy. MacArthur has to heat his greenhouse to keep his tomatoes at a constant 70 degrees. For a month in the winter, he brought his tomato seed trays into his bedroom to keep them warm before returning them to the greenhouse. The 22nd annual contest kicked off Massachusetts Farmers Market Week, a celebration of the more than 100 farmers markets throughout the state. The event is sponsored by the state department of Agricultural Resources, the Federation of Massachusetts Farmers Markets and the New England Vegetable and Berry Growers Association. The top three winners in each tomato category received trophies topped with bright plastic tomatoes. Stillmans Farm in Lunenburg took home two first-place trophies in the field tomato and heirloom categories. Ward's Berry Farm in Sharon won top honors in the cherry tomato category. MacArthur placed second in the field tomato category, but said he wasnt disappointed. Its just being here and being acknowledged for the hard work, he said. This makes it worthwhile. Eagles club loses gambling license PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -The Portland Eagles Club, which was the target of an 18-month undercover investigation by Maine State Police, was fined $60,000 and stripped of its gambling license after pleading guilty Monday to three counts of aggravated unlawful gambling. SALES and INSTALLATION AUDIO 428 Canal St. DESIGN Brattleboro, Vt. 05301 INC. 802-254-2005 The club, which was accused of operating illegal video poker machines, entered the plea in Cumberland County Superior Court. In addition to the fine, the club forfeited three video gambling machines and $23,353 in cash that were seized in January when police executed a search warrant. District Attorney Stephanie Anderson said she hopes the case will send a message to other clubs that may be engaged in similar activity. She said the investigation was continuing and that some officers or trustees of the club may face criminal charges. The pleas came five years after an investigation of illegal gambling at Eagles Clubs in Saco, Waterboro, Biddeford and Arundel. That case led to dozens of convictions of club officials who were assessed fines of up to $6,000. Anderson said the York County investigation prompted trustees of the Portland club to unplug their gambling machines and stick them in the basement until the heat cooled down. Fuel For The 21st Century. m GULF GASOLINES ARE CUSTOM FORMULATED WITH ADVENT 21, a powerful additive designed to keep your cars critical engine parts clean and running at peak performance. Available at: Hinsdale Gulf Hinsdale, NH Gulf s Advent 21 the fuel for the next century you can buy today. Distributed by: Barrows & Fisher Oil Co i .Summer Spa Sizzler Save $1000 or more off Saratoga Spa MSRP FREE Cover Lifter with Any Spa Purchase $229 Value Exp. 83106 BRATTLEBORO POOL & SPA "Prvriden of the Areas Finest Pools, Spas & Service. 1300 Putney Road, Brattleboro, VT 802-257-4999 Tues.-Fri. 8-5 Sat. 9-3 WOODMAN ATHLETICS FALL CAMP & CLASSES! Gymnastics, Rock Climbing & Trampoline Register Now! 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But court documents released Monday indicate that privately, Windhurst told a different story resulting from his own family crisis. Shortly before Melanie Paquette confided in him, Windhurst, then 17, had learned two older sisters actually were half-sisters from his mothers previous marriage. They had confronted their stepfather, John Windhurst Eric Wind-hursts own father with sexual-abuse accusations. The father was never charged. He did believe that his father had done it. He said his anger was probably what allowed him to kill (Paquette). He says hes not angry anymore," according to grand jury testimony in 2004 from Heather Bouchard, Windhurst's former girlfriend. (Melanie Paquette) had said that she wanted him dead and so thats what happened. Bouchard, who was granted immunity, testified that Windhurst told her he chopped up the rifle used to kill Danny Paquette and scattered its pieces during a crosscountry drive to Colorado when he was 19. She also said Windhurst was overwhelmed with guilt over Paquettes death and was ready to face the music," yet had asked her to lie for him to authorities. Windhurst had never met Danny Paquette when he shot him dead at a distance outside his Hooksett home. He had met Melanie Paquette, then 15, just two months earlier in Hopkinton, where she was living with an aunt and uncle. Monday, relatives of Danny Paquette jeered when Windhuist stood to say Im sorry." Him around!" a nephew yelled. Spit it out! I have no words to express how sorry I am for what Ive done, said Windhurst, looking at the Paquette family. I hope someday you can forgive me." As Windhurst left the court room, the nephew, Doug Paquette, called out, See you, loser. Eric Windhurst pronounced himself judge and jury and executioner of Danny Paquette," read a statement from Dannys brother, Victor Paquette. Eric, I now promise you that my family will take every opportunity to remind the court of what a cold-blooded killer you really are." Windhursts first-degree murder trial had been scheduled to begin Aug. 28. Last week, after a judge said he was leaning toward rejecting Windhursts self-defense argument, lawyers announced a plea agreement. Prosecutors said they agreed to the plea because of Windhursts age at the time of the shooting and the circumstances and difficulty of proving an old case. A plea also eliminates the possibility of retrials and appeals. This plea ends almost 21 years of uncertainty," said senior assistant Attorney General Jeff Strelzin. Judge Robert Lynn accepted the plea, crediting Windhurst with 251 days served since his arrest last December. Victor Paquette had said last week he was upset with the plea deal and accused prosecutors of protecting Windhursts prominent family and Melanies aunt, Merrimack County Superior Judge Kathleen McGuire. Two Mass, schools join ranks of party schools AUSTIN, Tfexas (AP) The Texas Longhorns earned another national title Monday, not for football but as the countrys best party school. The University of Texas at Austin beat Penn State University, West Virginia University and last years winner, the University of Wiscon-sin-Madison, in the Princeton Review survey of 115,000 students at campuses around the country. It topped the overall list its first time atop the Princeton Review chart by ranking second in the use of hard liquor, third in beer drinking and 13th in marijuana smoking. The University of Massachusetts-Amherst placed No. 7 on the list. For the ninth straight year, Brigham Young University was voted the most stone cold sober" school. Number 9 on that list was another Massachusetts school, Wellesley College, UT spokesman Don Hale said Lottery MONDAY Tri-State Pick 3 Pick 4 Day: 2-3-2, 7-9-0-8 Evening: 8-1-6, 3-7-7-6 Mass.: 8-8-4-1 Cash Winfall: 6-8-26-29-40-44 campus leaders dont take such rankings very seriously. I know there were a lot of good parties here after we won the national football championship, and Im going to guess that a lot of the kids who filled out the survey remembered those parties, he said. Student body president Danielle Rugoff said the school had a vibrant social scene even before the top ranking. With about 1,000 student groups, including more than 50 social sororities and fraternities, its easy to find a way to unwind after a long day of studying, she said. Its such a unique environment, said Rugoff, a senior government major. 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