Fri, Sep 9, 2011 01:14 PM
Remember when, as a child, just the sight of a swing set, or a
pony, or a hula-hoop, would get your heart racing and your
imagination somersaulting? And without even thinking in words you
felt that surely the world revolved around you, that you were the
most blessed creature ever to live, and that having fun was all
that really mattered? Well, it is a wonder how you knew so much, at
such a tender age. Yo, for sure, a little harder this week, but
President Obama has approved federal disaster assistance for
Vermont, which makes help available for Vermonters affected by
flooding from Tropical Storm Irene, this would include Vermont
businesses. Even if you have insurance, you should file your claim
right away in case some of the damage is uninsured. You can access
this assistance through FEMA at
1-800-621-3362, or www.disasterassistance.gov.
If you are experiencing problems with your insurance company,
please contact BISHCA at 802-828-3301 or at
For volunteer resources, clean up information, and to connect
with state agencies call 2-1-1.
The Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD)
would like to hear from impacted businesses and properties (both
for and non-profit businesses, including multi-family housing
providers and services). This information will help Vermont receive
federal assistance for recovery. Please call 802-828-3211.
The Hurricane Katrina Report: They sat on their ass and waited
The Hurricane Irene, You Bitch report: We got off our ass and
starting doing things. Nobody said you could do it, you just knew
it had to be done and you did it and are still doing and you did
before the rain and will do whatever needs to be done in the
future. Vermonters are a Beacon for America!
People are weighing in on Irene, You Bitch; some teachers were
concerned about students getting this message. The truth is, this
is humor by Traci who lost her home in Pittsfield and while her
home and possessions were drowning, she ambled up the muddy road
and helped save her neighbors home. Then all week Traci worked
tirelessly in the community to move Pittsfield's recovery efforts
forward. Humor is a great way to deal with anger and suffering,
Traci's smile lights up the whole valley.
There are Irene, You Bitch t-shirts out there and it is all
about being proactive for a fundraiser for Traci's pile of rubble
that was her home. Buy a shirt, your kid will wear it, well maybe
not such a good idea at school unless you want to play Meet the
Principal. A bitch is a female dog and this storm was a hound from
A Rochester community committee of friends and neighbors have
established two funds what will enable you to help in this time of
our great need. These two funds are jointly coordinated so that a
gift to either will be carefully and efficiently allocated so as to
relieve some of the economic suffering That Hurricane Irene has
inflicted on our valley. The infrastructure damage to this valley
is extreme and this will be a continuing struggle to get back on
A gift to either or both funds is tax deductible. Accordingly,
you will receive a receipt acknowledging your gift, and certifying
it for tax purposes. Please donate to one of the following funds:
Relief For Rochester Vermont, c/o Town of Rochester, PO Box 238,
Rochester, VT< 05767. Checks should read, Relief for Rochester,
VT. The 2nd fund is Rebuild Rochester Vermont Foundation, Inc., 122
South Main St., Rochester, VT, 05767. Checks should read, Rebuild
Rochester VT Foundation.
Pittsfield's 427 residents all survived any loss of family,
however the roads and homes were crushed and swept away by massive
flash floods. The Pittsfield Relief Fund can be aided by making
your checks to: Pittsfield Federated Church, Hurricane Relief Fund,
PO Box 623, Pittsfield, VT 05762 or you can donate through
Check out the various towns' websites for more information.
For information on Stockbridge, VT, you can call Cathy at
746-8400, go to their webpage at
www.stockbridgevtdisasterrelief.com. In addition there is a food
shelf open at the Stockbridge Central School from 4 to 7 pm.
Contact Melissa Levy at 234-5032 with any questions, The food shelf
is open to all residents.
Thought for the Week: "Vermont is a state I love… I love Vermont
because of her hills and valleys, her scenery and invigorating
climate, but most of all; I love her because of her indomitable
people. They are a race of pioneers who almost impoverished
themselves for love of others. If ever the spirit of liberty should
vanish from the rest of the Union, it could be restored by the
generous share held by the people in this brave little State of
Vermont." - President Calvin Coolidge, (Speaking after the floods
of 1927, couldn't have been said better for right now).
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