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August 5th, 2015
Tom Kavet, the economist who forecasts state tax revenues for the Legislature, presented his semi-annual report on the Vermont economy last week.
Kavet noted that the unemployment rate in Vermont — 3.6 percent in June — continues to be one of the lowest in the country. Job growth in the state has picked up a bit: 1.7 percent over the past 12 months compared with 0.7 percent the previous year.
So is social media making us all one big happy human family? Are we all friends now that we’re on Facebook — or are we fake friends who’ve been fooled into exposing our personal interests so companies can market to us?
Most of us — a billion-plus — have made our peace with Facebook. It’s not just a way to find long-lost friends. It’s an easy way to keep in touch with people we don’t see every day.
We recently narrowly averted a potential tragedy in our town when a young child nearly drowned in an aboveground swimming pool. Please ensure that your pool or spa does not become drowning hazard. A child can drown in the interval it takes to answer a telephone.
Ideally, in-ground pools are fenced with substantial materials, at least four feet high, resistant to climbing and with fencing spaced to prevent the passage of a 4-inch sphere. Gates should be self-closing and self-latching gates, with the latch at least 4 feet high.
Daily preparations are underway for the inaugural edition of The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival that will unfold from Thursday, Aug. 27, through Sunday, Aug. 30, at the Town Hall Theater, Dana Auditorium and the Marquis Theater.
Producer Lloyd Komesar, fabulous staffers, Phoebe Lewis and Kyla Jarrett, and I are coordinating filmmaker visits, building schedules, reaching out for volunteers, and approving PR materials.
The city of Burlington has recently hired a new chief of police, Brandon Del Pozo, who was previously a New York Police Department beat patrolman, precinct commander and NYPD representative in Jordan, where he investigated terrorist events in an attempt to broaden the NYPD’s knowledge of such activities.
MIDDLEBURY — Recently retired Middlebury College women’s lacrosse coach Missy Foote added another accolade to her storied career by being named a Northeast Regional Coach of the Year by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association. During her 35 years on the Panther bench, Foote earned the regional coaching honor eight times.