MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Lt. Gov. Phil Scott will spend a day New Market Press, LLC, publishers of the Addison Eagle and Green Mountain Outlook newspapers. Scott will visit the staff of the newspapers Aug. 16. The lieutenant governor’s visit is part of his statewide Everyday Job Initiative.
Scott has been touring Vermont and working as a “temp” in a variety of small business. He was in Addison County last in 2010 when he worked as a lunch server at Hlen Porter Nursing Home in Middlebury.
Scott said the initiative is a way for him to better understand the challenges facing Vermont businesses.
On Aug. 16, Scott will attend New Market Press’ weekly staff meeting. He will also meet Publisher Edward Coats, Managing Editor Louis Varrichio, and Sales Director Mark Brady. Scott will join Brady on several sales calls in the Addison County area.
Scott’s visit to the newspaper offices resulted after Varricchio invited him to become a sales associate for a day as part of his Everyday Jobs challenges.
“We’re honored by Lt. Gov. Scott’s willingness to visit with us. I hope he will come away from the visit with a better understanding of how free community newspapers work as well as how we serve the community at no cost to readers. Like it or not, many folks don’t want to pay for their newspapers anymore, so advertising-paid free local papers are the model for the future,” Varricchio said. “This not unlike getting your news via AM-FM radio, network television, and the Internet. We also hope the lieutenant governor will come away with a better understanding of the economic challenges facing some of our local advertisers.”