June 28th, 2010
ADDISON COUNTY — Music? Check. Food? Check. Fireworks? Of course.
With celebrations for the Fourth of July in Addison County ranging from local barbecues and ice cream socials to major parades and time-tested traditions, chances are there are events to suit everyone’s preferences happening somewhere in the county this week.
The challenge, it turns out, is just choosing.
BRISTOL — For one weekend in early July, the town that bills itself as the “Gateway to the Green Mountains” will become the unlikely epicenter of the hardcore punk rock music world.
Twenty bands from around the country are beating a path to Bristol, where on July 3 and 4 musicians will take the stage at the Bristol Hub Teen Center for the “Screaming for Change” music festival.
The music might sound angry, said organizer Ryan Krushenick, but it’s anything but.
ADDISON COUNTY — A months-long push to extend emergency unemployment benefits to out-of-work Americans stalled in Congress late last week after a united GOP caucus kept Senate Democrats short of the 60 votes needed to push their bill through.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ office estimated that 1.2 million Americans are already experiencing a cutoff in unemployment benefits because of the Republican filibuster, including an estimated 121 workers in Vermont. Another 860 Vermonters face a cutoff in benefits on July 10 unless Congress extends benefits.
In a story in today’s paper, Monkton resident Velissa Harris reminds all Americans that unemployment benefits are for those people who have lost their jobs and are struggling to make ends meet as they search for another job. And in this era of the Great Recession — which started the year before George W. Bush left office (2007) — most Americans are sympathetic to how difficult it has been to find work and are grateful the country has a national unemployment insurance fund.
EAST MIDDLEBURY — Since opening her candy store Middlebury Sweets in 2007, Blanca Jenne has been searching for a fun and exciting way to enrich the Addison County community. Now, with the help of other local businesses, she has come up with just the plan she was looking for.
“I wanted to find a way to give back to the community, and I enjoy reading with my daughter tremendously,” Jenne explained.
VERGENNES — A company based in Anchorage, Alaska, but already familiar with Northlands Job Corps in Vergennes has won the latest five-year contract with the U.S. Department of Labor to operate the federal job training center for disadvantaged youths.
An official of that company, Alutiiq Professional Services LLC, said few changes are planned in staffing and programming after a transition that will become official on Thursday.
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This posting covers the last remaining section of the TAM (Trail Around Middlebury) which has not yet been described in this blog. Most of this run proceeds through the open meadows to the west of Middlebury College, with a short loop on the Ralph Myhre Golf Course thrown in as a warm-up.
Next in the Making a life in Addison County series, we profile Maurice Bissonnette, a 25-year-old who has lived in Vermont nearly all his life. He did attend art school in Boston after graduating from Mt. Abraham High School in Bristol, but moved back to Addison County after just a few months — he discovered cities just aren't for him.