Ailing Vermont Town Pins Hopes on Mideast Refugees

Jess Bidgood, “Ailing Vermont Town Pins Hopes on Mideast Refugees,” New York Times, January 2, 2017. “They hustled into the church on a biting winter evening, unburdened themselves of scarves and gloves, and settled into pews to sound out words in Arabic. “Ahlan fii Rutland,” said Fran Knapp, a retiree who lives about 20 minutes away, one of two or three dozen people who have attended a class here on rudimentary Arabic. ‘Welcome to Rutland.’ It was one of many preparations this remote city in central Vermont is making before 100 refugees from Syria and Iraq arrive here over the next year, with the first expected to come later this month.”