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Top stories of 2014: #7 — New faces, angry voters mark Election 2014

Posted on January 5, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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The General Election of 2014 saw one local veteran lawmaker go down to defeat, and Addison County voters also added to some tense moments for incumbent Gov. Peter Shumlin as the ballots were counted on Nov. 4.

Bristol Republican Fred Baser had failed in 2010 to break through in his bid for one of the two seats representing Addison-4, the House district that includes the towns of Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton and Starksboro. But he made up for it in a big way this past November, finishing as the top vote-getter in a four-way race for the pair of seats.

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Top stories of 2014: #8 — School budgets go down as call for tax reform grows

Posted on January 5, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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As in many past years, 2014 saw many Vermonters complain about their property taxes, and that portion of the tax that pays for education in particular. But as in most years, proposals for reform of school funding were put forward but not acted upon.

Still, residents in seven local towns indicated that they had had enough, and they rejected some proposed school spending plans on Town Meeting Day.

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Top 10 stories of 2014: #9 — Middlebury College chooses Duke dean as next president

Posted on January 5, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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Middlebury College has been called “the town’s college,” and many things the college did in 2014 did indeed effect the town and surrounding communities. And some of the things that happened up on the hill were simply important in and of themselves.

The most momentous occurrence this year, of course, was the selection in November of Laurie L. Patton, a dean at Duke University, to succeed current President Ron Liebowitz when he steps down next summer.

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Top stories of 2014: #10 — High school athletes take home titles

Posted on January 5, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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ADDISON COUNTY — In recent years, young Addison County athletes have won more than their fair share of state championships — and 2014 was no exception.

Teams or individual athletes from each of the four local high schools — Middlebury, Mount Abraham, Otter Valley and Vergennes — earned banners.

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Top stories of 2014 — honorable mentions

Posted on January 5, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



Picking only 10 top stories in 2014 proved to be a challenge. Addison County saw many important, interesting, touching and fun stories last year that the Independent staff kept going after compiling the first 10. Here are some of the other stories of 2014 that caught our eyes.

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Boys' hoop: Otters win; VUHS splits, Tigers lose

Posted on January 5, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school boys’ basketball action last week, Otter Valley won, Vergennes took its first loss but won another game, Middlebury dropped a game to a top Division I team, and Mount Abraham lost on the road.

The Eagles also hosted the Otters on Saturday; see story.

OTTERS

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Scoreboard and schedule for Jan. 5, 2015

Posted on January 5, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



SCOREBOARD

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

Girls’ Hockey

12/30 MUHS vs. Northfield....................... 4-0

1/3 N. Country at MUHS......................... Ppd.

Boys’ Hockey

12/30 Northeast Clinton vs. MUHS........... 3-2

1/3 MUHS at Lyndon.............................. Ppd.

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Third period goals doom Tiger boys' hockey team

Posted on January 5, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team on Dec. 30 dropped the finale of its own holiday tournament, 3-2, to Northeast Clinton Central, N.Y.

Second-period goals by Tyler Crowningshield, from Colton Leno, and Marty Niemo, (his first career goal) from Nathan Lalonde, gave the Tigers a 2-1 lead.

But NCCS scored twice in the third period for the win despite 15 saves from Tiger goalie Sawyer Ryan.

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Girls' hockey: Tigers blank Northfield in tournament

Posted on January 5, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School on Dec. 30 dealt visiting Northfield its first loss of the season, 4-0. The Tigers improved to 5-2, while the Marauders dropped to 7-1 as the Tigers avenged an opening game loss to Northfield.

The game was the last in the Tigers’ holiday tournament. Northfield earned the tourney title over Burr & Burton and Spaulding. Each team finished 1-1, but Northfield prevailed on total points in the event’s scoring system.

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SunCommon withdraws Route 7 solar proposal in New Haven

Posted on December 31, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



NEW HAVEN — The application for what has become a controversial 150-kilowatt community solar array in New Haven was withdrawn on Dec. 19. Waterbury solar firm SunCommon withdrew the application with the Public Service Board citing community concerns.

The proposal would have occupied about one acre on the west side of Route 7 near the Waltham town line. The company noted opposition to the project in its decision to end its bid, and issued the following statement:

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