Archive - Jul 2012
Black kids in the U.S. don’t play baseball anymore.
As a generalization, that’s true. Participation by African-Americans in baseball has declined precipitously at all levels in the last two decades or so.
In 1975, 27 percent of all major leaguers were African-American. Now that number is 8 percent. The Red Sox have one African-American on their 25 man roster, Carl Crawford.
VERGENNES — A local man is hoping to close soon on a deal to acquire the former Kennedy Brothers Marketplace at 11 North Main St. in Vergennes, a 41,724-square-foot complex that would house a new grocery store while maintaining its current tenants and recruiting others.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County’s Open Door Clinic is bustling with a new staff, a faithful cadre of volunteers and a surging patient load brought on by a sluggish economy and rising health care costs that are increasingly putting insurance coverage outside the grasp of citizens and employers.
BRISTOL — Last week, the Bristol selectboard issued a letter of support to the Vermont Land Trust (VLT) for plans to purchase conservation easements on the Farr and Fuller family properties.
MIDDLEBURY — A little piece of Hollywood is coming to Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury.
On July 26 at 6 p.m., Academy Award-nominated film producer Douglas Biklen will be appearing alongside the documentary film “Wretches and Jabberers.” The film follows two Vermonters living with autism as they travel to advocate for disability rights. This film is among others, including the Academy Award-nominated “Autism is a World,” that Biklen has produced on the topic of autism awareness.