August 11th, 2014
It’s being called the new normal. Our unemployment rate is near full employment, the economy, while not robust, still trudges forward, real estate prices are edging upward — but the state’s budget is forever in the red.
We can’t seem to get ahead.
The next budget year continues the trend. The Shumlin administration has asked each of its agencies to submit a budget that reflects a 4 percent cut — totaling roughly $31 million.
My interest was piqued by recent letters in the Reporter (July 30 edition) and Gene Pagano’s letter to the Herald. I must say I am beginning to think Brandon is doing an impression of the Israelites when they were in the wilderness for 40 years.
This week’s writer is Bill Schubart, a Vermont entrepreneur, author and commentator on VPR. He writes about Vermont and the nation in fiction, humor and opinion pieces.
Your editorial of July 31, “Is this the image to portray?” brings to mind other eyesores that despoil scenic Vermont.
SALISBURY — Fire crews from four area departments responded to a blaze at a home off Lower Plains Road in Salisbury this past Wednesday morning.
The fire, which began around 10:30 a.m., was extinguished by two dozen firefighters from Salisbury, Middlebury, Weybridge and Cornwall.
MONKTON — After more than two years on hiatus, Monkton First Response is back in business.
The organization, founded in 1976 to provide emergency medical care to the northern Addison County town, lost its certification in 2011 due to dwindling membership. This year, Bob and Kelly Howard resurrected the rescue squad and in January began serving the town of 2,000 people.
“We started running again around Jan. 1,” Bob Howard said.
MIDDLEBURY — Last Wednesday was a good day for sun. For the fourth stop of his annual Summer Solar Tour (which so far have all recorded sunny weather), Gov. Peter Shumlin cut the ribbon on a 500-kilowatt solar array — the first array of its size in the state dedicated to providing electricity through a net metering plan.
NEW HAVEN — A familiar sight roamed the grounds of the Addison County Fair and Field Days in New Haven last week, just like he has for nearly seven decades.
Lucien Paquette, who will turn 98 on Thursday, helped found the event in the 1940s, and has since remained a part of Addison County’s annual agricultural celebration.