July 28th, 2014
This week's writer is Emerson Lynn, editor of the St. Albans Messenger
Franklin County has long held the distinction of producing more milk than any other county in Vermont, or New England. Dairy farmers have been to Franklin County what the Red Sox are to Boston.
There are easier professions, which explains why the average age of a dairy farmer includes a lot of gray hair, aching backs and not a lot of extended vacations.
And, increasingly, not a lot of sympathy.
Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.
Gaz Metro, aka Vermont Gas, has done it again. Originally the story had three major reasons for the increase in the cost of the natural gas pipeline:
I really want to say thank you to the Bristol Fourth of July Committee for the awesome fireworks show on July 3. I moved to Bristol last fall, so this was my first Fourth of July to watch the town fireworks. The fireworks show and the festivities on the green were very fun and very patriotic.
Could you please have the “screamer” fireworks next year (the ones that make a high-pitched noise after exploding)? Those are my favorites!
Due to the storm last night the main phone number at the Addison Independent office in Middlebury stopped working. If you call 802-388-4944 the phone will ring, but when the folks in the office pick up the line the call is immediately disconnected.
We have alerted FairPoint Communications, who said they would fix the line today.
In the meantime, we are in the office today, Thursday, July 24, and would like to receive your call. Please dial our alternate phone number: 802-388-4945.
Thanks for your perseverance.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont high school seniors with at least one college-educated parent are more likely to attend college than classmates who would be first-generation college students, a new report by the Vermont Student Assistant Corp. found.
A biannual survey by VSAC of a majority of the state’s high school seniors — including those in Addison County — revealed an “aspiration gap” between those who would be first- and second-generation college students.
ADDISON COUNTY — Opponents of the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project have asked the Vermont Public Service Board to reexamine its approval of Phase I of the pipeline, while the Department of Public Service asked the Board not to delay construction of the project.
Three residents who live in towns affected by the pipeline, which would run from Colchester to Middlebury and Vergennes, on July 21 petitioned the Board to investigate the reasons behind a 40 percent project cost increase announced by Vermont Gas Systems earlier this month, and take appropriate action.
VERGENNES — Vergennes property tax bills have gone out for 2014-2015 with increases from the past fiscal year.
The city’s new residential property tax rate stands at $2.1435, up 24.35 cents from the past year, or about 13 percent.
That translates to an increase of about $243 per $100,000 of assessed value.
MIDDLEBURY — On Monday evening, community members gathered in Middlebury College’s Bicentennial Hall to hear James Gustave “Gus” Speth speak about his career as an environmental lawyer and activist, and advocate for a “new economy” if we are to effectively address the environmental destruction of Earth.