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Archive - May 2006

  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 1118.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_field::query() should be compatible with views_handler::query($group_by = false) in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_field.inc on line 1148.
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  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 1118.
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  • strict warning: Non-static method views_many_to_one_helper::option_definition() should not be called statically, assuming $this from incompatible context in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter_many_to_one.inc on line 25.
  • strict warning: Non-static method views_many_to_one_helper::option_definition() should not be called statically, assuming $this from incompatible context in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter_many_to_one.inc on line 25.
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Date

May 8th

A closer look at milk hauling charges for farmers

By JOHN FLOWERS

MONTPELIER — The Vermont House and Senate have asked the Agency of Agriculture to study the impact of milk hauling and stop charges on Vermont dairy farmers, and determine whether those expenses could be reasonably shifted to manufacturers and/or consumers.

As it stands, farmers pay the costs for haulers to stop and collect their milk. They are also assessed a fee to have that milk hauled to processing facilities. The fees are deducted from the farmers’ milk checks.

For many farmers, these hauling and stop charges are not insignificant. Sen. Harold Giard, D-Bridport, a former dairy farmer, said he paid upward of $20,000 per year to have his milk hauled to processing facilities in Massachusetts. Giard said he has a cousin in Bridport who milks 90 cows and paid $21,000 in charges last year. He heard recently from a farmer in the Northeast Kingdom who milks 30 cows and pays $4,800 annually in charges.

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May 4th

Addison County to receive $2.5 million from state

By JOHN FLOWERS

MONTPELIER — Addison County will reap more than $2.5 million from the fiscal year 2007 state capital bill, money that will be used to pay off a new vocational education building; complete a new Vermont State Police barracks in New Haven; and purchase a harvester to trim milfoil from the southern portion of Lake Champlain.

Sen. Phil Scott, R-Montpelier, confirmed on Monday that Senate and House negotiators had agreed on all money items to be included in the capital bill, which includes a list of more than $50 million in construction projects throughout Vermont that have been budgeted for the next fiscal year.

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CSAC plans local school

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — The Counseling Service of Addison County (CSAC) is planning a new school in Middlebury that would cater to local students who cannot thrive in traditional public school settings due to severe emotional and behavioral problems.

Counseling Service officials brought their CSAC school proposal to the Middlebury Zoning Board of Adjustment on Monday. They are seeking the board’s permission to establish the new school in 1,450 square feet of space in the Middlebury College-owned office building located off Route 7 South, across from the A&W Restaurant.

Robert Thorn, executive director of CSAC, said his agency would work with local middle and high schools to identify students who might benefit from the Counseling Service program. Those students, according to a CSAC project narrative, would have “severe emotional disturbance and behavioral and emotional issues that prevent public school placement.�

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Green Up Day

ADDISON COUNTY — Green Up Vermont and volunteer coordinators around state are distributing 40,000 green trash bags so that Vermonters can clean up the highways and byways of their towns this Saturday, Green Up Day 2006.

Join the thousands of people who are expected to take an hour or two on this, the 36th anniversary of this unique Vermont tradition, by picking up trash in public areas. The success of Green Up Day depends on the generous support of the many volunteers who help organize the clean up and on businesses and groups that help fund the distribution of the trash bags.

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May 2nd

Rainville throws hat into House race

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — Until recent­ly, Martha Rainville’s presence in a room would command either great trepidation or intense joy among those who would hang on her every word.

As adjutant general of the Vermont National Guard, it was Maj. Gen. Rainville’s duty to send troops off to battle zones and make somber walks to a podium to release the names of Vermont soldiers killed during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

On the other hand, Rainville presided over many a repatriation ceremony, at which soldiers and their families celebrated joyful reunions.

Rainville last month traded in her military fatigues for some civilian attire en route to what she hopes will be a new career serving the public — as Vermont’s lone U.S. House member in Washington, D.C.

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Bristol officer arrested on fraud charges

By JOHN S. McCRIGHT

BRISTOL — Vermont State Police arrested Bristol police officer Shawn Dillon on Friday and charged him with fraud in connection with an application for a $350,000 home mortgage.

Dillon, a Bristol resident, resigned from the Bristol Police Department on Saturday. He had been on the force for just under two years, according to Bristol Police Chief Kevin Gibbs.

According to VSP, Dillon, 28, had claimed on an application for a home mortgage that he was a state police trooper. He had applied for such a job, but had been denied the position.

Troopers arrested Dillon on Friday morning and charged him with fraud and resisting arrest. He was arraigned in Chittenden District Court Friday afternoon and released on conditions, including that he not contact witnesses. He is scheduled to appear before Judge Edward Cashman in that court on May 17.

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