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Monkton teacher competes on Jeopardy!

Posted on February 12, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



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MONKTON — Most Vermonters would be perplexed to see Culver City, Calif., appear on their caller ID. But when that happened to Monkton Central School teacher Kate La Riviere-Gagner this past fall, she had a hunch who might be on the line.

“I was in my classroom standing by the window and my heart jumped,” La Riviere-Gagner said.

As she suspected, it was a producer from “Jeopardy!” informing her to book a flight to Los Angeles, because she’d been selected as a contestant on the popular TV game show.

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County's northeast towns look for full election slates

Posted on January 22, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — Local residents have until Monday to file the necessary paperwork to appear on the ballot for town offices or school boards, but ballots in each of the five towns that comprise the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union are already shaping up.

Anyone who wishes to run for a town or school office must submit a nominating petition at their town office by 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 26. Signatures from 1 percent of registered voters are required.

Voters will head to the polls on Town Meeting Day, March 3, to choose their representatives.

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Opinion: Cornwall wise to halt Vt. Gas talks

Posted on December 30, 2014 |
By Jane Palmer



Boy am I glad I am not a selectboard member in Cornwall right now.

Talk about being caught between a rock and a hard place. To recap the situation, in a nutshell, Vermont Gas/Gaz Métro proposed a high-pressure fracked gas pipeline through Cornwall and Shoreham and under the lake to reach its potentially most lucrative customer ever, and the majority of voters in Cornwall and Shoreham (at their respective town meetings last year), told VGS to go pound salt.

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School boards draft ANeSU budgets

Posted on December 23, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



BRISTOL — The five elementary schools in the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union this month created draft budgets for the 2015-2016 school year, giving residents the first idea of what they’ll be asked to approve on Town Meeting Day.

The district disclosed draft budgets for Bristol Elementary, Beeman Elementary, Robinson Elementary, Monkton Central  and Lincoln Community schools last week.

Each school estimates a spending increase, and those hikes range from 3.9 to 9.8 percent.

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Vt. Gas says cash offer to Cornwall does not set a precedent

Posted on December 23, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont Gas Systems’ recent offer of $1.5 million in cash and other incentives to Cornwall if the town dropped its opposition to Phase II of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project signaled a change in tactics for the company as it tries to complete the three-phase pipeline project.

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Opinion: Changes needed in siting rules for solar projects

Posted on December 8, 2014 |
By Stephen Pilcher



The lower cost of solar PV panels has led to a huge increase in solar projects in Addison County. Unfortunately the current regulatory model to govern the siting of solar projects is based on traditional large centralized power generation, transmission and distribution. This model is not appropriate for small distributed power generation such as solar PV or bio-fuels projects.

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Police look for missing Monkton teen

Posted on November 12, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



MONKTON — Vermont State Police are seeking the public’s help in finding a 14-year-old boy who has been missing from his Monkton home since Tuesday afternoon.

Wayne LaRose was last seen at his home at around 2:50 p.m. on Nov. 11, according to VSP Trooper Adria Pickin. He left the home on foot after having been involved in an argument with his stepmother, according to police.

LaRose is believed to be in the Monkton, Bristol, Vergennes or Starksboro areas.

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ANeSU proposes record $33 million Mt. Abe renovation bond

Posted on September 25, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — Voters in the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union will decide on Election Day whether to approve a bond to pay for an ambitious renovation of Mount Abraham Union High School.

The MAUHS school board voted Sept. 16 to ask residents for a sum not to exceed $32.6 million to make substantial improvements to school.

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Vt. Gas OK'd to build near VELCO poles

Posted on September 8, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



MONTPELIER — The Public Service Board on Aug. 26 lifted a stay on soil-disturbing activity in certain areas of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project, a 49-mile pipeline from Colchester to Middlebury and Vergennes.

The board ordered the stay July 25 after state officials became concerned that Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) utility poles near the pipeline route contained a dangerous chemical that could have leaked into water sources.

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State to provide independent appraisers in pipeline eminent domain cases

Posted on August 26, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



MONTPELIER — Gov. Peter Shumlin on Monday directed the Department of Public Service to provide independent appraisals for landowners entering eminent domain proceedings with Vermont Gas Systems for Phase I of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project.

The governor announced the policy changes in replying to a letter written by three Addison County legislators earlier this month, who expressed concerns about the project.

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