July 29, 2010
Instead of Fall Festival, celebrate summer
Adams Apple Orchard & Farm Market has decided to cancel its annual Fall Harvest Festival after losing half its apple crop to a May frost, but instead will host a summer festival.
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 21 and 22. Activities will include pony rides, a bounce house, face painting and food sampling. The festival will also feature a Pennsylvania Peach Cook-Off.
For more information on the festival or to register for the Peach Cook-Off by Aug. 15, contact the market at 879-5226 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Williston’s Hometown Hero
Laura Parker of Williston has been nominated as a Hometown Hero for the United Way of Chittenden County.
Parker’s nomination came in the Adult Category for her service to Prevent Child Abuse Vermont.
Nominees include 135 individuals and six businesses in five categories. The winners will be announced Sept. 10 at a breakfast in the Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center.
A panel of community members will select the winners in each category. The agency served by each winner will receive $1,000, thanks to grants from Citizen’s Bank and the Argosy Foundation on behalf of John Abele.
The public can attend the awards breakfast for $15 per person. Make reservations by calling 860-1677 x822.
Companies say specialty jobs hard to fill
A number of Vermont businesses say they’re having trouble finding people to fill certain jobs that demand specific sets of skills.
Experts tell the Burlington Free Press recruiting highly skilled workers is hard in a rural state with a relatively small native work force and high cost of living.
Some of the examples include Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, which has been trying for more than a year to hire a radiation therapy physicist.
Microprocessor Designs of Shelburne is trying to hire an electrical engineer with experience with the software used in micro-controllers.
Steve Arms says his company MicroStrain of Williston is working to overcome the shortage by training paid interns, many from Vermont colleges and universities, to fill the positions.
— The Associated Press