September 8th, 2011
ADDISON COUNTY — When President Obama approved Gov. Peter Shumlin’s request on Monday to add Addison and Orange counties to Vermont’s federal disaster declaration, it opened the floodgates for federal aid to those who suffered as a result of Tropical Storm Irene.
This declaration — which already applied to five other Vermont counties — will help Vermonters cushion the devastating blow of Tropical Storm Irene, which the White House estimated will cost the Green Mountain State $1.5 billion.
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.