August 9th, 2012
No candidate wants to embrace a national unemployment rate of 8.3 percent and suggest it is an accomplishment of a president’s first four years in office. On the other hand, it is imperative the president remind the nation how far the economy had fallen in the aftermath of President George W. Bush’s policies, explain the depth of the Great Recession and the underlying reasons that prompted it, and promote how current policies are producing slow but steady improvement.
Those numbers don’t lie.
MIDDLEBURY — Marion Guild left Middlebury 71 years ago with some disappointment. She had just seen one of her male bosses take credit for designing the Emma Hart Willard monument that still stands at the top of Main Street in front of the Congregational Church of Middlebury.
Well, Tuesday provided a triumphant return to Middlebury for Guild, now 95, who received belated credit for being the true designer of the monument honoring the person credited for starting women’s collegiate education in the United States.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police on Aug. 2 received a report of the theft of approximately $14,305 worth of property from a private camp off Swamp Road in Cornwall.
A 2004 Kubota Orange RV900 ATV worth $9,000 was stolen, as well as generators, tools, radiators from trucks, batteries, a 12-foot aluminum boat, chainsaws, 300 feet of copper welding cable, and scrap aluminum and metal.
BRISTOL — To meet the high demand for computer use in Bristol and surrounding towns, Mount Abraham Union High School is opening its computer labs to the public. The school is able to hire a coordinator for that lab thanks to a $4,000 grant from the e-Vermont Project — the final installment for the program.
Beginning Aug. 15, the school will initiate a trial period, making computers available to the public from 3:30-7 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police investigated, with Department of Fish & Wildlife officials, a report of a skunk acting strangely in the Jayne Court neighborhood on Aug. 5. State officials determined the skunk, which they euthanized, was either injured or rabid. Police said no one in the neighborhood reported being scratched or bitten by the animal.
In other recent action, Middlebury police:
• Were informed that a pad had been stolen off a crane parked off MacIntyre Lane on July 30.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Police Department canine twice recently alerted on the presence of drugs in vehicles, and citations were issued as a result, Vergennes police said.
On July 30 in Vergennes police saw a car being fueled at a city gas station by a man they said they knew had a suspended license. Police said the operator and a passenger seemed impaired, and they obtained permission to search the car after the dog alerted on it.
MIDDLEBURY — A Sunday soccer tournament created by a Middlebury teen raised $1,499.50 for Grassroot Soccer, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting the spread of the HIV/AIDS virus in Africa.
Organizer Kelsey Smith, 14, herself an active and accomplished player in the sport, said the first of what she hopes will become an annual “Midd For Kids” event was a success, especially with the late addition of adult teams to the Fucile Field event pushing the tally higher.
As usual, the Olympics have hooked me. No, I haven’t watched the London Games 24/7. The need to stain our deck, get our new desktop computer up to speed and other household chores have gotten in the way. Oh, and they actually expect me to show up for work, too. The nerve.
Still, my family and I have watched a fair amount, some live on our desktop, some painfully parceled out by NBC in primetime, and some recorded on our DVR. The DVR is great because it allows us to skip through video of gymnasts and swimmers when they were kids, not to mention Super Pac ads.