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July 28th, 2014
NEW HAVEN — Addison County residents can be proud that Addison County Fair and Field Days’ hand mowing contest is the oldest in the nation, and undoubtedly the most famous. The annual event has been covered by innumerable newspapers, magazines and television stations over the years. It was originally organized by Lucien Paquette in 1978; he supervised the event for the next 31 years. Paquette has always competed and, at 97 years old, is registered to compete again this year.
In Vermont, it’s well known that our high school graduation rate is one of the highest in the country, while we rank toward the bottom among states in sending graduating seniors to higher education. Roughly 40 percent of high school graduates in Vermont do not go on to post-secondary education.
Part of the reason is money: A college-education is expensive and Vermont ranks among the least generous of states to subsidize those expenses for in-state students.
In response to Sens. Mullin and Flory’s Community Forum in last week’s paper, I would first ask them: Please, senators, shouldn’t you pay for your own pipeline? Shoreham and Cornwall’s inevitably devalued land and our degraded Lake Champlain are not fair trade-offs.
Secondly, can you, senators, get Vermont Gas to guarantee that natural gas will continue to be 40 percent less than oil and propane?
This week's writer is Emerson Lynn, editor of the St. Albans Messenger
Franklin County has long held the distinction of producing more milk than any other county in Vermont, or New England. Dairy farmers have been to Franklin County what the Red Sox are to Boston.
There are easier professions, which explains why the average age of a dairy farmer includes a lot of gray hair, aching backs and not a lot of extended vacations.
And, increasingly, not a lot of sympathy.
Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.
Gaz Metro, aka Vermont Gas, has done it again. Originally the story had three major reasons for the increase in the cost of the natural gas pipeline:
I really want to say thank you to the Bristol Fourth of July Committee for the awesome fireworks show on July 3. I moved to Bristol last fall, so this was my first Fourth of July to watch the town fireworks. The fireworks show and the festivities on the green were very fun and very patriotic.
Could you please have the “screamer” fireworks next year (the ones that make a high-pitched noise after exploding)? Those are my favorites!
Due to the storm last night the main phone number at the Addison Independent office in Middlebury stopped working. If you call 802-388-4944 the phone will ring, but when the folks in the office pick up the line the call is immediately disconnected.
We have alerted FairPoint Communications, who said they would fix the line today.
In the meantime, we are in the office today, Thursday, July 24, and would like to receive your call. Please dial our alternate phone number: 802-388-4945.
Thanks for your perseverance.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont high school seniors with at least one college-educated parent are more likely to attend college than classmates who would be first-generation college students, a new report by the Vermont Student Assistant Corp. found.
A biannual survey by VSAC of a majority of the state’s high school seniors — including those in Addison County — revealed an “aspiration gap” between those who would be first- and second-generation college students.