On Saturday afternoon, April 30 our Special Collections hosted an Open House for members of the Rutland Railroad Historical Society as part of the 25th annual convention of the group. The Open House provided an opportunity for society members to see some of the most interesting material that has been acquired for the archives in the past decade.
Rutland Railroad Archives Open House on April 30, 2010
A two page summary of material in the Rutland Railroad Archives can be found at http://midddigital.middlebury.edu/rutland_railroad/Summary%20of%20holdings%20of%20the%20Rutland%20Railroad%20Archives.doc and a more detailed 25 page listing of holdings can be found at http://midddigital.middlebury.edu/rutland_railroad/RRAGuide.htm. A two page gateway to other resources relating to the Rutland Railroad Archives can be found at http://midddigital.middlebury.edu/rutland_railroad/RutlandRailroadArchivesHandout.htm.
Hans Raum served as co-chair of the two day convention held at the Middlebury Inn, which drew attendees from as far away as California. Greg Pahl, an expert on the Beldens Falls Branch Railroad (and Joy Pile’s partner) spoke about the railroad at a program on Saturday, in preparation for a field trip on Sunday morning to visit traces of the short-lived railroad which ran from Beldens Falls, north of Middlebury, to a marble quarry about four miles away, east of Middlebury.
A front page article in the Burlington Free Press on January 25 announced the disapproval by the EPA of a 2002 plan to reduce phosphorus, the primary pollutant in Lake Champlain. In the past nine years $100 million has been spent in the cleanup effort, which appears to not have had any significant impact. Further information about the disapproval may be found online at http://www.epa.gov/region1/eco/tmdl/pdfs/vt/LakeChamplainTMDLDisapprovalDecision.pdf.
Copies of various state and federal income tax forms and booklets are now available in the display racks at the Information Desk in the Davis Family Library. Many additional forms can be found online at the website of the Internal Revenue Service, at http://www.irs.gov/. If your adjusted gross income was $58,000 or less in 2010, you can use new Free File software to prepare and e-mail your taxes online. The software can be accessed at the IRS website.
The final report of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling is now available online at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/search/pagedetails.action?packageId=GPO-OILCOMMISSION. The spill disrupted an entire region’s economy, damaged fisheries and critical habitats, and brought vividly to light the risks of deepwater drilling for oil and gas.
Our library will be receiving the print version of the report in about 2-3 weeks through the Federal Depository Library Program.
Anna Berry, a former library staff member in Starr Library in the 1970’s, died of a stroke on Tuesday, June 1. She was part of a team that converted our book collection from Dewey classification to the LC call numbers currently in use.
The library recently added a subscription to Social Explorer, which provides easy online access to demographic information about the United States, from 1790 to present. It allows for the easy creation of thematic maps and downloading into other software products such as PowerPoint. It also provides convenient digital access to two censuses never before available online: 1970 and 1980.
Among the many useful websites from U. S. government agencies there are several that seem particularly relevant to the current economic situation in the United States:
Provides a summary of commentary on current economic conditions by Federal Reserve District. It is published eight times a year.
Dedicated to helping find and report suspected cases of financial fraud.
Provides a state-by-state listing of where federal tax dollars are spent and what they are spent for. Vermont ranks 51st among the states for 2009.