October 7th, 2010
ADDISON COUNTY — None of a wide range of business owners, executives and experts recently asked about the area’s economy were ready to announce that happy days are here again: Their attitudes ranged from cautiously optimistic to skeptical, but hopeful.
In a statement echoed by many interviewed, Waybury Inn co-owner Joe Sutton said he and others in the hospitality sector have adapted to flat or modest growth.
“Basically, even is the new good,” Sutton said. “The general concept is staying at par ... or up a little bit is OK, and you have to watch your expenditures.”
MIDDLEBURY — The Shard Villa residential care home continues its dramatic recovery from near closure last year. The historic mansion is now at capacity with 17 senior residents and its top administrator recently received a statewide award for her stewardship of the facility.
“We have a full house and are doing very well,” said Shard Villa Executive Director Deb Choma, who was named the 2010 Residential Care Administrator of the Year by the Vermont Health Care Association (VHCA). The VHCA represents the interests of for-profit and nonprofit long-term care providers.
MIDDLEBURY — For Middlebury College Professor Emeritus of Philosophy Victor Nuovo, retirement meant time to get down to business.
Nuovo has undertaken several projects since opting for early retirement 16 years ago, including joining the Middlebury selectboard, writing a series of eight essays for The Addison Independent on Plato’s “The Laws” this past spring and researching and writing various books and articles on 18th-century philosopher John Locke.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents next March will likely be asked to approve a $3 million bond issue to address a growing backlog of road improvement projects that would otherwise linger on the town’s to-do list due to a lack of available resources.
MIDDLEBURY — The primary builder of the Cross Street Bridge in downtown Middlebury has agreed to absorb the costs of an Oct. 30 celebration at which the new span will be formally unveiled.
Public anger against the federal bailout that rescued the nation’s financial system from collapse, prevented the bankruptcies of the nation’s auto companies and salvaged the insurance industry — preventing a second Great Depression, according to most economists — has turned the 2010 mid-term elections upside down. The lack of understanding from Tea Party supporters and like-minded conservatives is appalling, but so is the two-faced political response from both parties.
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont State Police investigators believe they have traced the cause of a Monday morning fire at Middlebury’s Otterside Court Condominiums to a laptop computer that had been sitting on a bed in the only unit that sustained major damage.
Calling community colleges the “unsung heroes of the America’s education system,” President Barack Obama challenged them to produce an additional 5 million graduates by 2020 to meet a growing demand for more educated workers. The White House put the nation’s two-year institutions in the spotlight because they are ideally suited to reinvent their educational and training programs to meet the changing needs of the marketplace.