July 11th, 2016
ADDISON COUNTY — As people who come from low or moderate income backgrounds can attest, being constantly short on cash can itself be the biggest barrier to keeping a steady job. That’s the vicious cycle that the United Way of Addison County is seeking to address through its Working Bridges program.
VERMONT — The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets (VAAFM) has announced its adjusted fee schedule, which has been approved by the legislature and went into effect July 1, 2016. The new fee schedule is available online at agriculture.vermont.gov/licensing-registration/fees.
BURLINGTON — The Vermont Department of Health on July 1 confirmed the year’s first case of human illness due to West Nile virus. The Windsor County resident became ill in mid-June, and was diagnosed with West Nile neuroinvasive disease, a more serious form of the illness that affects the nervous system.
MONTPELIER — If you want to apply for a Vermont moose hunting permit, you need to enter the lottery no later than July 12.
Lottery applications are on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com), and printed applications are available at license agents statewide.
A total of 135 regular moose season permits and 25 archery moose season permits will be issued for Vermont’s 2016 October moose hunt. The regular season will be Oct. 15-20, and the archery season is Oct. 1-7.
MIDDLEBURY — Amidst the applause ringing through the room, a student makes his way onto the raised platform. He kneels on the cushion, lowers his body onto his heels in seiza, the traditional way of sitting in Japan, and bows deeply to his audience.
MIDDLEBURY — Though it is being razed to oblivion, the old municipal gym at 94 Main St. continues to give up some secrets and surprises. The latest: A small time capsule that had been tucked into a cornerstone of the 1939 structure, which provided a recreational hub for generations of Middlebury-area students and adults.
FERRISBURGH — In late fall 2011, when Travis Simpson was a junior at Vergennes Union High School, he signed up for the Commodore wrestling team.
In the winter of 2013, Simpson, who then went by T.J., reached the 182-pound state final despite weighing about 165.
Early in 2015, Simpson, a Ferrisburgh resident who turns 21 on July 13, decided to put those skills to use in another combat sport — mixed martial arts, or MMA.
His success at the amateur MMA level, fighting around Vermont and upstate New York, has been equally dramatic.
Last week was tough on America. In the footsteps of the country’s celebratory summer holiday, the nation was faced — once again — with unthinkable gun violence.