August 20th, 2015
Secretary Susan Minter has been quoted as saying that Middlebury is a bottleneck. There is no doubt in my mind that she was referring not to the town of Middlebury or its governing body, but to the physical landscape of the railway as it passes through the town center. And she is correct. The space is neither wide enough nor deep enough to accommodate the growing size of railway freight carriers.
Vermont communities, businesses and workers dependent upon tourism and the hospitality industry could and want to be doing better. And simply stated, doing better means having more people visit the state, delivering to those individuals and families a Vermont experience that exceeds their expectations and as a result they will promote Vermont to their extended family, friends and colleagues. More visitors spending more dollars strengthen the economic fabric of our communities.
American retailers have a problem.
It used to be that retail stores could buy their merchandise, then “pile it high and watch it fly” out of the store.
Now, in what some analysts think is a sea change in consumer behavior, Americans have begun buying fewer things. Instead, we’re spending more of our money on experiences.
The New York Times business section recently reported that while sales on dining, homes, travel and vehicles are up, spending in large department stores is flat or declining.
Dear Mary Hogan School and the Middlebury Community,
It is with heartfelt gratitude and sincere appreciation that I write to thank everyone for the “Dining for Matt” evening held on May 13 at Mary Hogan School. We are overwhelmed with the generosity of our colleagues, friends and neighbors.
I’ve attended four recent social gatherings in fabulous local settings, hosted by generous people interested in our plans for the upcoming Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival that unfolds Aug. 27 through 30. Festival producer Lloyd Komesar has joined me at each of these and, together, we’ve worked to start discussions about our planned festival.
The EPA’s newly released TMDL targets for phosphorus pouring into Lake Champlain are now subject to a month-long comment period.
Recently a client related a story to me. He was visited by representatives of the state occupational safety and health administration (OSHA). Apparently a passerby noticed material coming out of the barn doors while passing by on the road. The visitor was concerned enough to report the farmer for fumigating the farm with animals and workers inside. What was the mystery cloud? The farmer was applying fresh sawdust to the cows’ beds.