July 14th, 2014
This week’s writer is Cyrus Patten, a licensed social worker and executive director of Campaign for Vermont, a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization. He lives in Monkton.
Two children died recently. There is no escaping the conclusion that they were failed by the system. Yet we’ve been told our system has not failed.
Here are two seemingly contradictory numbers that represent the nut of Vermont’s economic challenge: In the past four years, Vermont’s workforce has shrunk by 8,700 workers, while the total employed has gone up slightly from 339,700 in 2014 from 338,400 in 2013.”
Now, wait a minute, you might think. How can the workforce be shrinking by that much and we have more total employment over the past two years? And if total employment is up, and unemployment is statistically at rock bottom (3.3 percent), what’s the big worry?
Reporter Genevra Wetmore went to a Champlain Valley Swim League meet to talk to members of the Middlebury Panthers about their hopes for the season.
CVSL Swim Team and Meet from Addison Independent on Vimeo.
ADDISON — Although Addison residents say crime in their town has slowed dramatically with alleged serial burglar and town resident Raymond Ritchie behind bars for the past year, the Addison Community Watch remains active, said watch organizer Lorraine Franklin.
“The group is still very much in place,” Franklin said. “If something does happen, we get the word out.”
MIDDLEBURY — Bullrock Corp. has signed an agreement to sell its senior care-related holdings — including the Lodge at Otter Creek retirement community in Middlebury — in what is being called one of the largest private transactions in the state’s history.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison man arrested in July 2013 and accused of committing a rash of burglaries in his hometown and other county communities was back in court on Monday, this time contesting the terms of a plea agreement to which he agreed in April.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont Gas Systems has already spent more than $1.5 million on securing land rights for Phase I of the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project, and last week announced it had increased its budget for land acquisitions by more than $1 million.
This increased projected cost is part of a $35.6 million cost hike for the entire project, a bill 40 percent higher than the company told the Public Service Board last February.
SALISBURY — The 25 members of the Salisbury Congregational Church routinely find solace and affirmation in the Bible. And when it comes to their latest effort to repair the steeple of their historic place of worship, Galatians chapter 6, verse 9, must seem particularly a propos:
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”