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January 5th, 2015
MIDDLEBURY — Carl Roesch and Caetlin Harwood had owned the diner in downtown Middlebury for just six weeks last spring when they were introduced to one of its biggest annual traditions: the early morning breakfast for graduating seniors at Middlebury College.
“We kept peeking out the door to see when they were coming,” recalled Harwood, “and then — boom — they came in. It was like the whole school was walking up here.”
PANTON — Twenty Panton residents at a 22-minute special meeting Dec. 17 unanimously backed a selectboard proposal for a $121,012, five-year truck loan.
They also supported the board’s proposal to use a budget carry-over from the past year to make the first year’s payment for the truck of $20,192.
The selectboard had called the meeting to seek voter approval because the fully equipped, International Viking tandem plow vehicle was not in the board’s budget for the current fiscal year.
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Public Service Board has denied a proposal by Bullrock Corp. to install a 150kW solar array near The Residence at Otter Creek (TROC) that would have defrayed around 25 percent of the Middlebury retirement community’s annual energy bill.
BRANDON — The entity responsible for the best drinking water in Vermont will ask voters to approve a $2.5 million bond in March to pay for system-wide improvements. Brandon residents who tap into the water system would be responsible for paying back $1.7 million of the bond.
MIDDLEBURY — Citing surging cost estimates and a longer-than-anticipated construction timeframe, officials planning the replacement of Middlebury’s two downtown railroad overpasses said the project is now slated to begin in 2016, rather than this spring.
MIDDLEBURY — A majority of Addison County’s lawmakers said they will vote in favor of incumbent Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin over Republican Scott Milne when the Vermont General Assembly decides the matter on this Thursday.
Per the state Constitution, the General Assembly must decide the contest by ballot when it convenes Jan. 8 because neither Shumlin nor Milne garnered more than 50 percent of the votes cast back on Nov. 4.
The Top 10 catalogs what the news staff of the Addison Independent chose as the most important stories of 2014, but readers have their own opinions about what interested them most last year. To get one indication of that, look at the top 10 stories on our website. Here are the headlines for the most-read stories of 2014 on addisonindependent.com, with their page views according to Google Analytics (note: Unfortunately, the analysis did not track all of the site activity before July 1). We’ll post this list with links to the stories at addisonindependent.com.
At the end of each year, the Independent editorial staff pores through all of the issues to pick the ten stories that readers cared the most about in 2014. They span a variety of topics, from the Vermont Gas pipeline to the Middlebury town office, the expansion of solar projects to the success of local high school sports programs.