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River Bend August23, 5 (continued from page 1) "This is where the jobs are. Take young people from Vermont in a look at our tech centers to hold searchofgainful employment. trainings. We need support. We Discussions are ongoing at want a seat at the table." various levels to expand the number AssistantdirectorBrianEmerson of technical college offerings in followed up on St. Pierre's remarks, Vermont from the two Vermont explaining that collaboration be- Technical College sites in Randolph tween a number ofentities as well as and Williston. individuals and local businesses Gov. Scott congratulated the made the local CDL course pos- students on their accomplishment, sible. The River Bend sending andaddedthathe, too, hasaCDLand schools in Vermont--Blue Moun- technical training which helped him tain Union, Oxbow, Thetford and run his construction business. Rivendell--were supportive as were "Trades training is missing in the local businesses that communicate area, but it is where thejobs will be," withtheschooltooutlinewhattype Scott said. "We need to put our ofskills their workers need to get a money here." job. Vermont State Senator Jane "Collaboration is needed to Kitchel (D-Danville) also spoke support training initiatives," briefly, andsaidthatputtingfunding 2017--JOURNAL OPINION--Page ,Dam (continued from page 1) dam removals will open up miles of new fish habitat. Rhodes said the impact of the dam's removal is almost instantaenous. The brook trout respond immediately. He spotted a small trout believed to inhabit a pool beneath the spillway shortly after the dam' s removal got underway last week. Nevertheless, some of the other changes will happen more slowly, so the CRC and other partners will return to the site over the next several years to monitor channel changes and the impact on fish and other organisms. Rhodes said they were hoping to Emerson stated, into technical training is part of the complete the dam's removal on Aug. Emerson illustrated the point by legislature' s economic plan. 18, but were planning to return to the site this week for riverside plantings pointing out one of the students who "You set a bar here to move to the Local students who attend this summer are pictured here with Gov. Phil Scott. From and other clean-up work. attended the CDL course. Hugh next step," Kitchel said. "It's good Bogie ofBamet, a BMU graduate, to see government [be of] help." eft to right are Edward Hopper, who graduated recently from Woodavllle High School; Hunter Gsrduno, a Rlvendell Emaih editor~l'onews.com. graduate Mike Glroux, owner-operator of Glroux Transportation end CDL School; Joshua Puffer, s former Woodsvllle was referred for the training by hisEmail." news~l'onews.com.High School student Hugh Bogle, a BMU graduate; Corey Klngsbury, s homeschooled student who recently graduated; school's guidance department. Gov. Scott; Tyler Gillls, an Oxbow graduate; and B Haynes, nstructor for Giroux CDL School. Tyler Holloway, a recent "Guidance at BMU did well because they got to know [Bogie] and the family," Emerson said. "Hugh kind of had an idea of what he wanted to do. What BMU did was help him access the heavy equip- ment program at River Bend." Emerson said Bogie also wanted to become a truck driver and in pursuit of that goal, he was able to learn operation skills on a number of pieces of equipment. Learning hands-on proficiency in his time at the tech center as well as earning the certificate, Bogie now has "market- able" skills that will help him find What's going on Blake Memorial Library BMU graduate, also participated In the training, but Is not pictured. Holloway has the option of completing his CDL training In Barre. JO PHOTO BY LILLIAN GAHAGAN good employment. "The CDL was the icing on the EAST CORINTH--The Blake Me- cake," said Emerson about Bogie's morial Library plant and book sale experience, will take place Aug. 26 from 8 a.m. Bringing the course to River to 2 p.m. in East Corinth. This A pair of engineers stand on a snowmobile bridge spanning the Bend depended on the involvement community event benefits the li- Ompompanoosuc River as an excavator removes portions of the Geer of many partners. Administrators brary. The Geer Dam spillway in West Fairlee is shown in a photo taken last Dam in West Fairlee last week. The turbine room in the foreground end had learned from the Vermont This sale will feature a nice week shortly before work got underwayto substantially remove most portions of the sidewalls will remain. It's no accident the dam and the snowmobile bridge are in the same location, a stretch of the river where COURTESY PHOTO the channel narrows and existing ledge makes a solid foundation for bridge supports and dam sidewalls. JO PHOTO BY ALEX NUTI-DE BIASI M.K.RICI tARDSON AGENCY, INC, " Your Local b~urance Agency " Department of Labor that there was selection of children's picture of the old dam. a need for CDL drivers. Mike books (as well as non-fiction, Giroux, the owner-operator of chapter books, and young adult Giroux Transportation and CDL books). A large donation of School, talked to the DMV and was interesting anthropology/sociology able to get a course set up for the big books were donated as well. rigs in the school parking lot. The library is seeking plant Funding was a challenge because donations, and in the days leading up the complete training was $5,200 to the sale, plants can be left behind per student. River Bend applied for a the library, near the ramp. There are grant from the state department of empty pots available behind the labor and was awarded $14,000. library for potting and there will be VSAC changed a requirement to be popsicle sticks and pens on the ramp able to award grant funds to recent forlabeling. graduates, rather than awards to On Sept. 8 at 4:30 p.m., the students who had graduated more Vermont Humanities Council Ver- FREE. than six months before the course, mont Reads program continues with The award received from VSAC an informal read-aloud of the 2017" brought in another $7,795. This Vermont Reads selection, Browrt. reduced the cost to roughly $2,100 Girl Dreaming. In this award- per student, winning memoir, author Jacqueline St. Pierre's and Emerson's Woodson tells the true storyofher longer-term goal is to be able to childhoodgrowingupasanAfrican- WHEN: 9, p/v present courses like these at River American in the 1960s and 1970s. Bend as well as at the state's other Vermont Humanities Council The:Cot!ection is ~ 4D m tech centers, in essence turning the Reading and Discussion Series with ~ ~i~ tech centers into community tech- ScholarSttzanneBrownkicksoffon Di~sal costs $20 per car for in-district den{si $,100 nical colleges. Their vision includes Sept. 15 at 4:30 p.m. One week later having River Bend provide, in on Sept. 15 at 4:30 p.m., the four- ~r~:OUt, ot residents. Please ~ Bu~i~es addition to its high school level sessionfallReadingandDiscussion m~slc~ii~d: 80z,2 .... 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