Local government

Wealthy Orange County town ponders hiring social worker

Low enrollment Xs out Craftbury soccer program

United Church of Thetford – photo credit neumc.org

The Thetford Selectboard will hold a public forum tonight on a proposal to hire a part-time municipal social worker.

According to an announcement by board chair Sharon Harkay, the board was asked to explore the possibility of creating the position. The meeting is at the town offices, but a Zoom link can be found in the calendar below.

If you cannot make the meeting but want to comment on the proposal, send an email to the Town Manager (townmanager@thetfordvt.gov) and the board (selectboard@thetfordvt.gov) by Friday.

Of note, the median household income in Thetford is $81,750, according to U.S. Census data. The Orange County median is $67,906.

The poverty rate in Thetford is 6.2%, lower than Orange County’s 9.5%, but there is a 3.6% margin of error for the municipal rate.

The town currently has a social services officer who helps residents apply for state and federal assistance, and meets with people who are behind in their utility or other bills, according to an August 31 VTDigger report.

No soccer at Craftsbury due to low enrollment – Craftsbury Academy will not field boys and girls varsity soccer teams this fall, according to The Hardwick Gazette.

Only 28 boys are enrolled at CA, while the girls numbers are lower than expected. Several CA soccer players will instead compete for Hazen.

It’s the first time in the modern era that the boys have not fielded a varsity soccer team, notes the Gazette’s Ken Brown. The Lady Chargers did not field a team in 2018, but returned to varsity competition the following year.

The CA girls will also not field a cross country team. The three-team defending state champion boys are still looking for a runner to fill out their roster. – September 7 newsletter of the Journal-Opinion.

AOT to hold EV webinar – Want to learn more about electrical vehicles?

The Vermont Agency of Transportation will hold a webinar Tuesday evening to cover the basic information needed to make the decision to go electric. AOT partner Drive Electric Vermont will host the webinar, which will summarize how EVs work, the types of EVs available, and incentives that can reduce the cost.

The virtual webinar on Zoom will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Sept. 19. To register, click here. –All stories sourced from September 18 newsletter of the Journal-Opinion

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