Editor’s note: This story was provided by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Whitney Hughes.
PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan — When U.S. Army Warrant Officer Caitlin Purinton lifted up the thin blue cloth of the burka, she would not have been surprised to see despair in the eyes of the woman underneath who spends most of her life hidden under the garment that conceals her from head to toe.
ADDISON COUNTY — High-speed winds ripped through the county last Wednesday, knocking down trees and limbs and leaving thousands of residents without power.
The storm also left a number of damaged homes in its wake and led to at least one serious auto accident.
Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS) reported that more than 20,000 of its customer’s statewide had lost power — 3,700 in Addison County.
Men’s hoop improves to 6-0
SCHENECTADY — The Middlebury College men’s basketball finished the semester at 6-0 by picking up a 64-52 road win at Union on Saturday. The Panthers finished the week ranked No. 6 in NCAA Division III. Middlebury shot 50 percent from the floor, held the Dutchmen to .259 from the floor, and controlled the boards, 45-31.
MIDDLEBURY — It’s no secret that when people are struggling to find jobs, the demand increases for continuing education; retraining classes, certificate programs and colleges often see jumps in applications.
Over the past two years, for instance, Vermonters have been flocking to Community College of Vermont’s classes in droves to a record 7,300 part-time, full-time and non-degree students statewide, according to CCV Executive Dean Susan Henry.
“CCV has been growing by double digit rates,” she said.
MIDDLEBURY — Change is coming to the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center in Middlebury.
In recent years, enrollment in adult education programs at the technical center has taken a hit, said director Lynn Coale.
He said that a combination of reduced funding for the center’s adult education programs and a lack of funding for students hoping to take courses at the technical center has yielded an overall enrollment decline.
“We’re a fairly small tech center, compared to Rutland or Essex,” said Coale. “I think that we always struggle trying to keep the doors open in continuing education.”
MIDDLEBURY — A group seeking to open a new Middlebury dental practice that could absorb more under-insured clients is looking to partner with an organization trying to establish a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Bristol.
It’s a partnership that boosters believe could provide one-stop shopping for medical, dental and mental health services for county residents who are uninsured or cash-strapped.