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September 8th, 2011
It is an unusual nursery school conversation. A teacher and I kneel down to where my son Charles holds his latest rendering of our family in his four-year-old fists. Four figures, one very tall (John), two medium sized (Charles and me), and one exceptionally small (the little brother), stand in front of a tall house with four windows and a front door.
GRANVILLE / HANCOCK — As inhabitants of the White River Valley tried to pull their lives together after floods from Tropical Storm Irene last week tore up roads, knocked out power and isolated residents, Vermonters who live on the western side of the Green Mountains donated supplies and went in person in large numbers to help out.
Those offering support included local firefighters, college students and human service organizations.
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Agency of Human Services (AHS) has picked two Addison County nonprofits to team up in delivering mental health and child care services more cost-effectively and efficiently to citizens ranging in age from birth to 22.
The collaboration, if successful, could serve as an operational blueprint for human service agencies statewide as Vermont state government looks to pare back its expenses.
ADDISON COUNTY — As Tropical Storm Irene dropped a deluge of water across Vermont on Aug. 28, the late-season crops on Gildrien Farm’s River Road property in New Haven surrendered to chest-high water from the New Haven River.
Days later, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture issued the death knell for those crops left standing: Due to food safety concerns, no crops touched by floodwaters from the storm may be sold for human consumption.
ADDISON COUNTY — When President Obama approved Gov. Peter Shumlin’s request on Monday to add Addison and Orange counties to Vermont’s federal disaster declaration, it opened the floodgates for federal aid to those who suffered as a result of Tropical Storm Irene.
This declaration — which already applied to five other Vermont counties — will help Vermonters cushion the devastating blow of Tropical Storm Irene, which the White House estimated will cost the Green Mountain State $1.5 billion.
VERMONT — An outpouring of community support has doused the state of Vermont following the devastation wrought by Tropical Storm Irene.
The United Way is directing Vermonters looking to donate money or volunteer time to two websites: one for volunteers looking to help (volunteer.truist.com/chittenden/volunteer) and one for agencies and towns in need (volunteer.truist.com/chittenden/agency).
BRANDON — The Brandon Congregational Church bells were ringing at 5 p.m. last Friday as Route 7 through downtown Brandon was re-opened to traffic a mere 122 hours after floodwaters scourged the road.
MIDDLEBURY — U.S. Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., marked Labor Day with a sobering message for workers: Barring an abrupt change in the federal government’s economic policies, the nation’s unemployment problems will worsen and household incomes will go down.
Sanders made his remarks before a capacity crowd at Middlebury’s St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, an audience that had assembled for a Labor Day dinner and rally sponsored by the Vermont AFL-CIO and several other statewide union groups.