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July 17th, 2014
Recent headlines tell the story of Congressional Republicans fighting with Democrats over highway funding. Republicans, who control the House, are holding funds to the states hostage in the hopes of forcing reductions in spending — or, at least, transferring more of the cost onto states. (How that helps taxpayers we’re not sure, but Republicans could at least claim they reduced federal spending.)
Some state and area officials look at the aging population of Vermont as an obstacle to economic development in Addison County — as the demographic of residents 70 and older is expected to double in the next 20 years, while the 20-49-year-old demographic drops by 11 percent — but in my experience, there is an alternative, more positive story hiding in the data.
For the past couple of months I’ve been walking the dog on the Trail Around Middlebury or, as I like to call it, “The Trail That Runs Practically Past My House But Which, Until This Spring, I Had Been on Only Once in the Eight Years We’ve Lived There.”
In New York City, where I was born and raised, I grew up hearing about some unwitting out-of-towner buying the Brooklyn Bridge from some streetwise city shark. This happened about once a week.
If something looks, smells and feels too good to be true, wisdom tells us that it probably is.
Gaz Métro has us in their sights and are blinding us with illusion.
Fellow Countrymen, wake up: We are being sold the Brooklyn Bridge.
It’s mosquito season. The Lemon Fair Insect Control District encourages everyone to ensure a safe and enjoyable summer by protecting themselves from mosquitoes.
Editor’s note: The following letter was presented to the Addison County Regional Planning Commission on June 11.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County American Legion team won three out of five games late last week and over the weekend to remain in the driver’s seat for a Northern Division playoff berth.
As of Monday, AC stood in second place in the division at 12-6. The local nine is 12-7 overall, including a non-league loss to Southern Division leader Rutland.
VERGENNES — Champlain Valley Swim League power Racquet’s Edge cruised to a 345-111 victory over the host Vergennes Champs on Tuesday in a meet that was shortened to allow the swimmers to participate in time trials.
Only two free relay races were swum, and in all the Edge won 10 of 12 contested relays.
Winning races for the Champs were Frances Eckels, Acadia Clark, Noah Konczal, Tucker Stearns, Jeffrey Stearns, Parker Kayhart and Carlyn Rapoport.
Earning points for the Champs with individual top-three finishes were: