Archive - Jul 2009
VERGENNES — On Saturday, May 10, 1969, Vergennes resident Jim McEvilla responded to a ringing phone, raced to city hall, fired up a Chevrolet station wagon parked in the rear garage and drove off to a nearby medical emergency.
That was the first of 94 calls in the first year in what is now the 40-year history of the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad.
That’s a far cry from the most recent 12 months, when VARS’ three ambulances, with full crews and complements of life-saving equipment and drugs, responded to about 860 calls for help from its Panton Road headquarters.
ADDISON COUNTY — First-time home buying can be a daunting task and knowing how far your dollar can go in today’s market is even more confusing.
Curious to know what your budget could buy in Addison County? The Addison Independent has put together a smattering of homes and properties in the area that fit within three different price ranges. These listings were found through the Addison County board of Realtors member Web sites. This feature ran as a part of a special real estate section in print on 07/23/09.
Price Range: $150,000-$175,000
When Oliver Lathrop came to Vermont in the late 1700s the land was covered in heavy spruce and fir trees. His son, Jim, cut one of the first Lathrop homesteads, the Lust Farm in Lincoln, from deep mountain forest.
What is particularly irksome about today’s record low milk prices is that they are a direct result of a national food policy that emphasizes mass-produced food that is heavily subsidized over locally produced foods. It’s irksome because the policy is driving Vermont dairy farmers (and others) to the brink of extinction and because the food system is inherently nonsensical, not to mention unhealthy.
Note: this feature ran in the print edition on Thursday, July 32rd.
ADDISON COUNTY — Want to know what it might cost to finance your new home? Take a look at the chart below to find out an approximate payment schedule for a mortgage, depending on the price of the home and the initial down payment.
ADDISON COUNTY — The Addison County American Legion baseball team won four times in its final five regular season games to earn first place in the Northern Division. The local nine will head into the state tournament as not only the defending champion, but also the co-favorite with Southern Division champion Bennington.
It was just a year ago around this time that I was writing some summer columns about beautiful Vermont sunsets enjoyed on evening canoe trips around various Vermont lakes, especially Dunmore and Champlain. This summer, instead of enjoying the bright colors of sunsets over distant landscapes, I am enjoying many shades of gray rain clouds. Let’s call them rainscapes.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — When the Vermont Milk Commission meets late this week in Montpelier, undoubtedly the discussion will focus to the precarious state of Vermont’s floundering dairy industry.
It’s a conversation that has spread beyond Vermont, as lawmakers’ efforts to drum up support and attention to the dairy crisis ramped up in Washington, D.C., this month.
But it’s also a conversation that has some dairy advocates asking just what federal legislators can and will do to turn around the dairy slump.
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