August 5th, 2015
CASTLETON — The Vermont Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl team had a lot going for it this past Saturday at Castleton State College.
Vermont took a 12-7 lead after three quarters, faced a New Hampshire opponent missing some top players due to an in-state East-West all-star game, deployed a defense that held its foe to negative rushing yardage, and enjoyed the services of seven members of the two-time Division I champion Middlebury Union High School squad.
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Both the Vergennes Champs and Middlebury Marlins won four individual state titles at the Vermont Swim Association (VSA) state championship meet this past weekend, while the Champs won Division III and placed sixth overall among the 20 teams competing.
WEST HAVEN — Addison’s Chuck Bradford was among the July 31 winners at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, while Brandon’s Vince Quenneville Jr. and Steve Miller of Vergennes posted second-place finishes as the track kicked off the second half of its season.
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.