Archive - 2010
Vermont’s unemployment rate in November — the most recent month for which state-by-state data is available — was 6.4 percent. The national unemployment rate in November was 10 percent, and only five states had lower unemployment rates than Vermont’s. The Green Mountain State’s unemployment rate peaked in May 2009, at just over 7 percent, and slowly declined to 6.4 percent over the next six months. Maine was the only other state in the nation to see a decline in unemployment during this period, when national unemployment climbed from 9.4 to 10 percent.
This decade began with snow as nice as anything Addison County has enjoyed in the past few years. (I’m speaking, of course, to those like me who enjoy the white stuff.) We had such deep, light, fluffy covering that it was difficult for my wife and I not just to walk out into the woods every morning on our snowshoes, no matter how much work was beckoning to us.
I just couldn't let the dairy thing go.
Because for all of my cheesemaking attempts, I always had that nagging knowledge at the back of my head that I wasn't actually going to make cheese. Not when there's so much good cheese available right here in Vermont.
But I've been wanting to make yogurt for a long time. This seemed like a good time to do it, because the yogurt I like recently went back up to full price at the Co-op, after having been on sale for $2.60 for months.
FERRISBURGH — A real estate developer is eyeing 16 acres of land along Route 7 in Ferrisburgh near Vergennes for a new solar energy project that could, if built, generate enough power to run 170 homes each year.
At this point, the 1-megawatt solar farm would be the largest solar power project north of Pennsylvania, according to developer Ernest Pomerleau.
The proposed Addison Solar Farm would be located on land just east of the Vergennes Union High School on the Vergennes-Ferrisburgh town line.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board last week adopted an $8.9 million budget for 2010-2011 that calls for a decrease of about $11,000 from current spending levels.
Despite that level-funded spending plan, Addison Northwest Supervisory Union officials said declining enrollments in three of the four union schools and the expected hike in the statewide education property tax rate would lead to increase in residential property taxes in the five ANwSU towns.
Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, members of the General Assembly, distinguished guests, my fellow Vermonters:
In the late fall of 1927, the skies opened and a great flood devastated our state. Vermont's transportation, industrial and agricultural infrastructure was washed away over two long days.
On a visit back home less than a year after the flood, President Coolidge noted "the splendid recovery." He remarked that "Transportation has been restored. The railroads are in a better condition than before. The highways are open to traffic for those who wish to travel by automobile."
Ellen Young's yellow farmhouse sits on a rise of land in Shoreham, set apart from the road by a tidy stone wall. Inside, the wood beams of the living room hold paintings, and two old wooden wheels hang from the ceiling. All of the decorations in the room have memories attached, stretching back to a time when a small dairy farm and 30 cows could easily support a family.
Ellen grew up just a few yards down the road on a dairy farm run by her parents, Ada and Joseph Burgess. Years before, in 1888, Ada's parents had come to Vermont from Canada and bought the 300-acre farm.