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July 7th, 2014
ADDISON COUNTY — The average price of a well-balanced meal in the United States is around $2.70, according to the hunger relief charity Feeding America. In Vermont, the average is closer to $3.14, and in Addison County, the figure rises again, to $3.66.
A nonprofit organization launched last year by a group of Middlebury College students has found a way to cut prices to around $1.50 by distributing food boxes at locations throughout Addison County.
MIDDLEBURY — Seminary Street Extension in Middlebury will be closed to through traffic from Monday, July 7, through Friday, July 11, due to a construction project.
The Middlebury Highway Department crews will be replacing culverts on the road, which is on the eastern side of the village and connects Washington Street and Valley View Road on the west to Quarry Road and Foote Street on the east.
Seminary Street Extension will be closed to all traffic between Valley View Drive and Foote Street throughout this period.
WINOOSKI — According to Gov. Peter Shumlin, Vermont needs more people like Kyle Munderville, 30 years old and employed by the online retailer MyWebGrocer in Winooski. Munderville graduated from Colgate University in 2011 with degrees in psychology and music and, after working for a short while in New York City, she came to Vermont to pursue a higher quality of life and lower costs.
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.