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July 14th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — A lone wooden sign on Route 125 west of Middlebury village marks the Middlebury College Organic Farm, tucked on a slight rise in the gently rolling field beyond Bicentennial Hall.
Even though regular classes are not in session, the farm is active, with summer interns busily cultivating a half-acre of land to produce vegetables and herbs for consumption in the college’s dining halls.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College has hired top Bowdoin women’s basketball assistant Kelly “KJ” Krasco as the Panthers’ eighth women’s basketball head coach in a program that dates back to 1977.
Krasco, a former Clarkson University head coach, St. Lawrence assistant and Colby-Sawyer all-star, has served as Bowdoin’s top assistant for the past three seasons, during which the Polar Bears have won 20 games twice and appeared in the NCAA Division III tournament twice.
SOUTH BURLINGTON — In Champlain Valley Swim League action Thursday, the Middlebury Panthers lost on the road, 354-143, to The Edge in South Burlington.
Thomas Denton led the Panthers with three wins in the boys’ 10-and-under races, while boys’ U-18 swimmer Nick Merrill won two.
The Panthers won two of 10 freestyle relays and three of 10 medley relays.
Scoring points for the Panthers with top-three finishes were:
ST. GEORGE — A St. George landowner who lives along the route for Phase 1 of the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas project is at odds with Vermont Gas Systems over how much the company should pay to build the natural gas pipeline across his land.
Philip Beliveau is in the process of subdividing his 58-acre parcel into 19 parcels for a housing development, but Vermont Gas has assessed the value of his property as a singular parcel, and offered an easement payout based on that sum.
WINOOSKI — The Vergennes Champs prevailed on the road over Winooski on Thursday, 376-86, notching their fourth win of the season in the Champlain Valley Swim League.
Does Brandon need eight police officers? No. Does Brandon need four highway guys? No. Brandon could do with less; however, just as there is a cost to employing that number of staff there is a cost to not having enough staff. Chief Brickell told the selectmen at a recent meeting the effects of less than eight police officers. And in reality there are seven officers and a school resource officer that Brandon uses during the down school time.
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?