July 22nd, 2010
VERGENNES — As Vergennes Area Rescue Squad officials approach the funding phase for the nonprofit’s planned major expansion of its Panton Road headquarters, they are seeking more help from the community in raising the roughly $1 million needed.
VARS President Stephen Fleming said this week an initial meeting of the squad’s building renovations committee drew only four local residents even though VARS leaders sent out 28 letters to key community members they thought could help spearhead fund-raising efforts.
The Addison Independent joined the crowds gathered to watch the Festival on-the-Green in downtown Middlebury during the week of July 11 to 17. See and hear some of what went on in the video below.
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Below is a Spanish translation of a July 19 article, Mexican officials visit Middlebury. Over 100 Mexican immigrants met with consulate officials in a Middlebury church to apply for passports and "matricula" residency cards. Various local organizations were also on hand to offer legal advice, health care and domestic abuse counseling. Special thanks to J.P. Allen for helping with this translation.
ADDISON COUNTY — Addison County candidates for Vermont House and Senate seats are apparently expending more shoe-leather than money thus far in their campaigns.
Phone calls to district town clerks in which there are races reveal that only a few candidates raised or spent more than the requisite $500 needed to trigger the filing of campaign finance forms by last Thursday’s deadline.
STARKSBORO — Dan Nugent considers problem-solving to be among his strong points, whether it be repairing a piece of equipment or helping draft a zoning ordinance as a member of the Starksboro Planning Commission.
“I’m known for being able to figure things out, and if I don’t know how, I ask people who do,” he said during an interview on Thursday.
MIDDLEBURY — A Mexican immigrant who wanted to go by the name “J” traveled three hours from the Northeast Kingdom to Middlebury to meet with representatives of the Mexican Consulate in Boston. He was one of at least 100 Mexican workers who met with consulate representatives and received other services at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Middlebury a week ago Saturday.
“J” was in good spirits, joking about the World Cup and enjoying meatballs, which he’d never had before.
BURLINGTON — When someone in the United States presses the “Send Payment” button to donate to a large charitable organization working overseas, it is difficult to track exactly how much is going to the organization’s upkeep and how much is going to on-the-ground work.
Bridging the Divide, a new, Burlington-based organization, is seeking to change all that.