July 7th, 2014
ADDISON COUNTY — Most children living in poverty do not have any books at home, a sobering statistic that makes these students more likely to struggle in school and drop out before graduation. In addition, many students in this rural county do not have easy access to a library during the summer months when school is not in session. Yet research shows that reading during the summer can counter the academic summer setback students often experience when they return to school in the fall.
SALISBURY — Salisbury residents are being asked to gather at a special meeting on Tuesday, July 15, to hear details about a plan to replace the deteriorating Maple Street bridge in the village.
That project is tentatively estimated at $850,000, of which $625,000 would be sought through a bond issue to be floated to Salisbury voters this November.
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?