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Community Beat: Hackett's Orchard

In this episode of Community Beat Annie sits down with Ron Hackett, owner of Hackett's Orchard in South Hero, Vermont. Ron shares the history of the orchard and what it is like to live in South Hero, Vermont.

Ron and Celia Hackett have owned Hackett's Orchard since 1967 and now three generations of family help run the orchard. They have a 50 acre farm that grows 47 varieties of apples. They have thousands of visitors each year who not only come for the apples but for their delicious homemade apple cider doughnuts as well. 

To learn more about Hackett's Orchard visit their website or Facebook Page.

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New Video Series: Community Beat

Welcome to our new video series, Community Beat. Follow us as we interview people and businesses to learn more about Lake Champlain and Northwestern Vermont. Through this series we hope to gain insight into the local community and what makes our area so unique. In our premiere video we sit down with founder, Bob Camp, of Hero’s Welcome General Store to learn more about this small business.

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Photo Sources: Hero's Welcome General Store website photo gallery and Facebook Business Page.

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Summer on Lake Champlain

Happy 4th of July! We hope everyone had a wonderful day and beat the heat by enjoying some time on the lake. The Islands have been busy the last two days with boating, campers, and beach goers. On Tuesday, July 3rd, Knight Point State Park hosted the Fireworks Extravaganza with live music, food and swimming. There was a huge turn out and it was the best fireworks show yet! Boaters anchored near the drawbridge and got an amazing view of the fireworks. On Wednesday, July 4th, South Hero and Alburgh held their annual parades. It was beautiful day for a parade. It is wonderful to see the community come together and put on such great events.

If you live around Lake Champlain, you live for summer. We endure the cold Vermont winters waiting for the warmer months. After Memorial Day the Islands become a hub of activity with people returning to their summer homes, enjoying the lake either by boat or on the beach, snack bars and restaurants opening back up and summer music happening all over. Lake Champlain does not disappoint. There are many events happening all summer long such as the Champlain Islands Farmers Market, the Summer Concert Series at Snow Farm Vineyard, the Annual Duct Tape Regatta and more! At the end of a fun-filled summer day you are reminded of what makes this place so special to many. It is truly a unique corner of Vermont and we are grateful to call this place home!

 

 

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