• Welch speaks, Cox is honored at Rotary meeting
    By Gordon Dritschilo
    Staff Writer | March 28,2013
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    By Gordon Dritschilo
    Staff Writer

    Rotarians praised Greg Cox and heard about what’s happening in Washington Thursday.

    The Rutland South Rotary Club hosted Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., while bestowing its community service award on Cox for his efforts organizing the Vermont Farmer’s Food Center.

    “Several years ago, somebody asked me whether I wanted to have a big garden or make it easy on myself and spend $85 to get all the vegetables I could want all season long, plus a turkey and all the trimmings at Thanksgiving,” Daniel Pratt said as he introduced Cox. “That was Greg Cox. What a great idea.”

    Cox, who spoke little as he accepted the award and a giant check for $1,000 to the charity of his choice, noted that he still offers such farm-share deals, though “it’s no longer $85.”

    Cox was one of the primary organizers of the Vermont Farmers Food Center, which bought the former Mintzer property on West Street and converted it into a new home for the winter farmers market and what the group hopes will also serve as an event space and perhaps incubator for local food-related businesses, Rich Carlson, a member of the city club attending the Rutland South meeting, described going with Greg Cox to look at the property and saying “Greg, tear it down.” Instead, Cox helped organize a massive volunteer effort to renovate the building.

    “Today it’s a vibrant market,” Carlson said. “Every Saturday, 2,000 cars go into there.”

    Carlson said he believed the agricultural sector could help replace some of the industrial jobs the region has lost over the years.

    Meanwhile, Welch talked to the club about why Congress isn’t working together and how he hopes that can change.

    The problem, Welch said, is that Congress has moved away from the procedure in which legislation is proposed and then sent to a committee which makes a recommendation after committee members work together, hearing from the same people at the same time.

    For the complete story, see Friday's Rutland Herald.
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