September 8th, 2011
VERMONT — An outpouring of community support has doused the state of Vermont following the devastation wrought by Tropical Storm Irene.
The United Way is directing Vermonters looking to donate money or volunteer time to two websites: one for volunteers looking to help (volunteer.truist.com/chittenden/volunteer) and one for agencies and towns in need (volunteer.truist.com/chittenden/agency).
BRANDON — The Brandon Congregational Church bells were ringing at 5 p.m. last Friday as Route 7 through downtown Brandon was re-opened to traffic a mere 122 hours after floodwaters scourged the road.
MIDDLEBURY — U.S. Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., marked Labor Day with a sobering message for workers: Barring an abrupt change in the federal government’s economic policies, the nation’s unemployment problems will worsen and household incomes will go down.
Sanders made his remarks before a capacity crowd at Middlebury’s St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, an audience that had assembled for a Labor Day dinner and rally sponsored by the Vermont AFL-CIO and several other statewide union groups.
MIDDLEBURY — Area actors will take to the Town Hall Theater stage this Friday, Sept. 9, and Saturday, Sept. 10, in a Civil War-era play drawn directly from the experiences of the people who lived through it.
RUTLAND — A female member of the Otter Valley Union High School cross-country team was attacked before a Marble Valley League race that was scheduled for this past Tuesday at Rutland’s Giorgetti Park.
According to a Rutland Heraldaccount, police said the girl, who they did not identify, was treated at the Rutland Regional Medical Center after she ran from the woods bleeding from her head.
OVUHS Principal Jim Avery said the student — he also declined to identify her — was back in school on Wednesday.
VERMONT — In response to the wreckage caused by Tropical Storm Irene, Vermont agencies and legislators this week released a deluge of information, warnings and guidelines surrounding safety precautions, cleanup methods and rebuilding efforts. Here’s a roundup:
Believe it or not, we reporters are asked from time to time if we are ever going to write a book. I personally take such inquiries as compliments — unless of course they come from a friend or wisecracking family member who adds, “You might as well write a book, you’re already doing a great job with fiction right now.”
But if I were going to write a book with the prospect of making a buck or two, I’m not sure I would delve into the fiction genre.
The real money seems to be in college textbooks.
ADDISON COUNTY — A Brandon woman got a scare Monday morning when the car she was driving on Route 7 in Salisbury struck a black bear.
Vermont State Police reported that on Labor Day at around 8:30 a.m., Dawn Marie Nicholson, 41, was driving a 1995 Dodge Intrepid northbound on Route 7 at 50-55 mph when a black bear ran in front of her from the east running west. The Intrepid collided with the bear in the northbound lane. The trooper described the road condition as wet.