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Making a life in Addison County: Seth Kittredge

Posted on August 19, 2010 |
By George Altshuler



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Seth Kittredge grew up in New Haven, but spent ten years serving in the Vermont National Guard, including a one-year tour in Iraq. When he returned, Kittredge and his wife, Morgan, decided to raise their now 22-month-old son in Vergennes.

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Making a life in Addison County: Iraq tour gives native a new perspective

Posted on August 19, 2010 |
By George Altshuler



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Editor’s note — This article is part of our ongoing series about the thousands of young adults who reside in the county, how and why they live here. The series includes print articles and multimedia profiles of young adults, which can all be found on our website www.addisonindependent.com.

A multimedia profile of Seth Kittredge, 30, of Vergennes can be found here. A former member of the Vermont National Guard, Kittredge spent a year in Iraq patrolling for improvised explosive devices.

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Making a life in Addison County: Lack of jobs, housing strains young adults

Posted on August 12, 2010 |
By George Altshuler



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Editor’s note: Over the course of the summer, the Independent’s ongoing series “Making a Life in Addison County” has documented the lives of some of the 7,000 young adults in our community. We’ve looked at how people ages 18–35 view this community, why they choose to settle down here, and whether they choose to raise families here.

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Making a life in Addison County: Trent Roleau

Posted on July 30, 2010 |
By George Altshuler



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After Trent Roleau, 21, graduates from Vermont Technical College next year, he hopes to start a small-scale diversified farm on a property owned by his parents near where he grew up in Lincoln. Roleau's parents own Isham Brook Farm, and Trent grew up caring for pigs, collecting maple sap every spring and competing in draft horse competitions around New England.

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Making a life in Addison County: Jen Roberts and Judd Markowski

Posted on July 8, 2010 |
By George Altshuler



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Like many young adults in Addison County, Jen Roberts, 33, and Judd Markowski, 28, both moved away after finishing school. Roberts lived in England for a few months, working as a babysitter and bartender, and Markowski worked various jobs in Montana. But both chose to return here, and they soon met and got married. They're now raising their two daughters, Mirabelle and Adalaide in Bridport.

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Making a life in Addison County: Lifestyle, relatives draw new families

Posted on July 1, 2010 |
By George Altshuler



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ADDISON COUNTY — Four years after they got married, Sharon O’Daniel and Jason Fearon took a risk. The couple had good jobs in Boston, but they decided to move back to Addison County in June 2007, regardless of whether they had jobs waiting for them.

O’Daniel had given birth to their son Grey, and the couple knew they wanted to raise their family in the Vergennes area, where they both grew up.

“We couldn’t imagine raising a child in a city or suburbs,” O’Daniel said. “Vermont’s atmosphere, attitude, pride and people are what we wanted to share with our kids.”

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Making a life in Addison County: Maurice Bissonnette

Posted on June 24, 2010 |
By George Altshuler



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Next in the Making a life in Addison County series, we profile Maurice Bissonnette, a 25-year-old who has lived in Vermont nearly all his life. He did attend art school in Boston after graduating from Mt. Abraham High School in Bristol, but moved back to Addison County after just a few months — he discovered cities just aren't for him.

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Making a life in Addison County: Hoping for jobs, young adults continue learning

Posted on June 24, 2010 |
By George Altshuler



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Editor’s Note — This article is part of our ongoing series about the thousands of young adults who reside in the county, how and why they live here. The series includes print articles and multimedia profiles of young adults, now including a profile of Maurice Bissonnette. The 25-year-old lives in Monkton and takes classes at Vermont Adult Learning. This Saturday he’s marrying Emily Watson-Blagden, his sweetheart from Mount Abraham Union High School.  

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Making a life in Addison County: Carolyn Griggs

Posted on June 17, 2010 |
By George Altshuler



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The second installment of Making a life in Addison County profiles a very different story of a young adult in the local community. Carolyn Griggs, 23, grew up in Lincoln and went to Castleton State College to study elementary education. After she graduated last year, she moved back into her family's Lincoln home, and got a job assistant teaching at Addison Central school.

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Making a life in Addison County: Derrick Dykstra

Posted on June 11, 2010 |
By George Altshuler



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In the first multimedia profile of the "Making a life in Addison County" series, Derrick Dykstra, 28, explains what motivates him to work long hours on his New Haven dairy farm. After high school, Dykstra worked construction in Pennsylvania before coming back a few years ago to the farm his family has operated for three generations. He is one of 7,000 adults between the ages of 20 and 34 in Addison County.

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Making a life in Addison County

You’ve seen the headlines, you’ve heard the personal stories from friends and neighbors: Vermont needs to create more opportunities for its young people or else they will leave the state. But many young adults choose to stay here and many others return after a few years away.

The “Making a life in Addison County” series will take a closer look at the lives of the 7,000 people between ages 20 and 34 who live in this county. What are they doing? Why did they stay or come back? How are they making it? Among other things, the series will look at the effect of the tough job market on the lives of young adults, whether they plan on remaining in the area and how they see the future of Addison County.

It will include profiles in the newspaper, and a weekly multimedia profile. Find them here.

And if you have a story that deserves to be told about your decision to make Vermont your home, we want to hear from you. E-mail tips and ideas to news@addisonindependent.com or call 388-4944.

Young adults in Addison County by the numbers:

  • Number of 20 - 34 year olds in Addison County in 2007: 7,048
  • Percentage of Addison County population 20 - 34 years old in 2007: 19.2 percent
  • From 1995 to 200, net migration among college-educated people ages 25 - 39 in Vermont: -2,252
  • Average age of first birth in Vermont in 2006: 25.8

  • Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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