July 7th, 2014
HANCOCK — On Monday, June 23, United States Department of Agriculture officials announced that more than $430,000 in USDA Rural Development Community Facility grants, loans and loan guarantees will be disbursed among eight organizations for the purchase, improvement and protection of community assets.
In Addison County, the town of Hancock received a $50,000 USDA grant toward the renovation of the 1850 schoolhouse, thanks in large part to the efforts of Hancock selectboard member Shelley Twitchell and Town Clerk Sarah Deering, who wrote the grant.
A pipeline of fracked gas from Canada through Vermont; perhaps this struggle really comes down to what’s important: principles or profit? Ethics or greed?
Sen. Chris Bray’s brilliantly argued letter in the June 26 edition of this paper goes to the heart of the Phase II pipeline issue. This Quebec project, as he writes, is about the private use of the proposed pipeline by the International Paper Co. and therefore deserves neither a Certificate of Public Good nor the right to eminent domain.
Did you know that Green Mountain Power is owned by Gaz Metro, a Canadian corporation? Gaz Metro is the same corporation that owns Vermont Gas Systems. VGS keeps infiltrating my computer and local newspaper with advertisements, promising much. What is reality? What is truth? There are citizens of Vermont who are dependent on Gaz Metro for their electricity AND their heating. I thought Bernie Sanders was concerned about large corporations taking over the rights of some of us human beings.
What does it mean to be a festival at 36?
It means a lot of creative energy, hard work, restless nights and thousands of volunteer hours have been invested in the festival’s success over the past 36 years.
It means committees researching musical acts for the twice-nightly performances, plus magicians and a whole other set of performers for the kid shows each noon. It means reaching out to them, getting rejections, negotiating prices, and finally booking the 17 acts each year.
ADDISON COUNTY — For local residents staying close to home and out-of-towners visiting for the first big holiday weekend of the summer, Addison County and Brandon will offer lots of Fourth of July fun and great family activities, ranging from live music and fireworks to living history events and town parades.
There is so much happening this year that one day cannot contain all the events. Activities run from Thursday through Saturday evening.