January 5th, 2011
Editor’s note: Gov. James Douglas bade farewell to the people of Vermont and to his colleagues in state government on Wednesday afternoon in a final address to the Legislature. The Middlebury Republican was due to complete eight years in the state’s top elective office on Thursday, when Gov.-elect Peter Shumlin was to be sworn in. Douglas, 59, was first elected to the Vermont House as a representative from Middlebury in 1972, and, except for two years, has served in the Legislature or in the executive branch ever since.
It’s no surprise that one year can sometimes blend into the next. The Addison Independent staff’s picks for the Top 10 local news stories for 2010 contain four that were also on the list in 2009. Our top story for this past year — the Cross Street Bridge in Middlebury — was No. 4 for 2009.
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MIDDLEBURY — Local child care providers are concerned that parents will have a tougher time landing financial assistance under a new state plan that would see applications processed at a central call center in Waterbury rather than by officials in the county.
As we begin the New Year, let us — as Vermonters and residents of Addison County — resolve to:
• Redouble our individual efforts to give back to our state and communities, not in some vague notion of being a responsible citizen, but through specific actions to improve the lives of our neighbors or the betterment of the larger community.
ADDISON COUNTY — With the first official U.S. Census data out showing Vermont’s population grew just 2.8 percent in the past decade, estimates from 2009 indicate the next batch of information to be released within the next two months may show that Addison County’s growth may have been even slower.
The Census pegged Vermont’s population as of April 1 as 625,741, up from 608,827 in 2000, the last time a full national count was completed.