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September 18th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — Representatives of Addison County’s business, human services and education sectors are banding together to tackle one of Vermont’s — and the nation’s — most pressing social and economic quandaries: How to draw into the workforce a growing segment of the population known as “disconnected youth,” citizens between the ages of 16 to 24 who are either unemployed or not in school.
MIDDLEBURY — Candidates running for the two Addison-I seats, the Vermont House district that represents Middlebury, have been invited to take part in a forum on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater. The forum will begin at 7 p.m. and run to about 8:30 p.m., allowing time for the audience to ask questions of the candidates and time to visit with the candidates after the forum.
ADDISON COUNTY — Eight years ago, Bill McKibben led a five-day march from Ripton to Burlington to raise awareness about climate change. It culminated in a rally in Battery Park that drew 1,000 people, making the event likely the largest climate change demonstration in U.S. history at the time.
McKibben was pleased with the turnout that day, but was shocked to hear it had set an attendance record. Wasn’t climate change on the radar elsewhere in the United States?
ADDISON COUNTY — Local orchards are reporting mixed results for this year’s apple crop: Growers say it’s not as good as last year’s larger-than-average harvest, but is still considered at least close to typical.
“We are picking less fruit than we originally thought we would,” said Bill Suhr of Champlain Orchards. “But we’re grateful that we’ve done a lot of planting lately. A lot of young trees are maturing.”
MIDDLEBURY — Everyone in Addison County knows Lucien Paquette, he moved to Addison County in 1946 to become County Extension Agent. Over 36 years in that position he became the best-known agriculturalist in the county.
Working with farmers of all sorts of crops — from apples to dairy — he developed a reputation that continues to be strong today.
Because of his enduring ties to farming in the Green Mountain State, Paquette recently was inducted into the Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame.
VERGENNES — Vergennes business Daily Chocolate is one of about 1,000 finalists for 10 annual Martha Stewart American Made Awards. Winners of $10,000 will be announced on Oct. 17, and they will be honored in New York City on Nov. 7 and 8.
As organizers of the upcoming People’s Climate March in New York City prepare for the 100,000 people expected to participate in this coming Saturday’s march, here’s the takeaway comment from one of the world’s leading climate change advocates: We’ve won the argument, says Ripton resident and Middlebury College scholar in residence Bill McKibben, but we’re losing the fight.
I flew commercially to the Midwest this summer and it will probably not come as a shock to hear that a couple of my flights did not go well. It seems like everyone has bad flying stories these days. In the not too distant future it may be a newsflash when a flight actually goes smoothly. I can just see the news crawl during “Good Morning America” — “Vermont man makes connection and arrives to Duluth on time. Passenger enjoys complimentary peanuts and declares seat very comfortable.”