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July 5th, 2007

Weybridge Town Hall looks toward future

July 5, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

WEYBRIDGE — For 160 years, the venerable building at 1727 Quaker St. has provided a valued venue for spiritual and municipal guidance to Weybridge residents, first as a church, and currently as a town hall.

But the deteriorating condition of the building, along with the lack of some basic modern-day amenities, is prompting town officials to take a long, hard look at the town hall and its future as a community gathering spot.

“The ultimate goal is to come to a decision on how much (money) the town wants to put into maintaining that building,” said Weybridge Selectwoman Gale Hurd. “I think we’ll have to look at all the options.”

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July 2nd

Creative Communities Program shows shared vision

July 2, 2007

By ANGELO LYNN

MIDDLEBURY — More than 100 people turned out to offer ideas and their enthusiasm at the third meeting of the Creative Communities Program in Middlebury last Wednesday, setting the stage for action plans to be developed and volunteers to start formulating steps to make the initiatives become reality.

“There’s so much energy and excitement at these meetings,” Helen Labun Jordan said after the meeting, noting that the Middlebury area has been unique among the nine towns that have participated in the Vermont Council on Rural Development’s program because “most everyone seems to share a common vision” for the area. Jordan, who is the director of the Creative Communities Program, observed that residents who have participated in the discussions haven’t been divided over the vision for the area, but rather are more interested in figuring out how to move forward on the ideas.

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MacDonough Drive solution in the works

July 2, 2007

By ANDY KIRKALDY

VERGENNES — A solution is in the works for the buckled section of MacDonough Drive near Main Street in Vergennes, but drivers can plan on using the side-street detours for a few more weeks.

In one of several June 26 agenda items devoted to infrastructure issues, City Manager Renny Perry told aldermen that he had in hand engineering estimates for three different approaches for fixing the sagging MacDonough Drive roadbed and repaving about 150 feet of its surface.

The combination approach most likely to solve the problem — drainage work above the road, a roadbed rebuild and a downslope retaining wall — came in at $300,000, Perry said, while the less-sure solutions including only some of the above elements would cost $75,000 or $150,000.

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June 28th

Jobs needed in county

June 28, 2007

By MEGAN JAMES

MIDDLEBURY — Five years into his role as president of the University of Vermont, Dan Fogel stressed in an interview this week at the Addison Independent offices that creating jobs for the larger community, including Addison County, is as important to his research university as attracting and retaining students.

The key to achieving this, he said, is to bolster an academic environment that encourages the development of entrepreneurial projects, from students and faculty alike, that fit into “Vermont’s environmental brand” and sustainable technology niche.

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Lake restoration association partners with agency of natural resources

June 28, 2007

By CYRUS LEVESQUE

BRIDPORT — The Lake Champlain Restoration Association has been working since 2001 to combat the spread of aquatic nuisance plants like Eurasian milfoil in the southern part of the lake, and they recently got a helping hand. In an unusual partnership, Vermont’s Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) is leasing aquatic weed harvesting equipment to the group, a much more effective system than what they have been using.

Chip Morgan, president of the LCRA, said that the project is all the more valuable because the southern end of the lake receives relatively little help.

“There’s been a lot of attention paid to the north end of the lake, and not enough to the south, in my opinion,” he said.

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June 25th

What a difference a years makes

June 25, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

ADDISON COUNTY — What a difference a year can make down on the farm.

Last summer, farmers’ finances and collective patience were being stretched to the limit by anemic milk prices and a weather-beaten hay crop.

On Thursday, however, many farmers were making room in their barns for a fast-growing second cut of hay and were celebrating soaring milk prices that Agri-Mark Cabot Economist Bob Wellington said could climb beyond $22 per hundredweight before the end of the year.

“We’re right in that transition where milk prices are starting to move upward pretty dramatically,” Wellington said. “For farmers in Vermont, the (price of milk) will be well over $22 per hundredweight.”

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Koller wins statewide award for school volunteerism

June 25, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

SHOREHAM — Citizens serving on public school boards in Vermont toil many hours for little reward, other than the occasional pat on the back and the knowledge that they are helping local kids get a good education.

But every once in a while a school board member really gets noticed.

Such was the case last week for Bridport Central School board member Sharon Koller, who received a statewide award from the Vermont Board of Education for her many contributions to her district.

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June 21st

30 years and 51,000 acres

June 21, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

ADDISON COUNTY — It was in 1988 that the late state Sen. Arthur Gibb, R-Weybridge, became the first Addison County resident to sell the development rights to his property to the Vermont Land Trust (VLT).

Almost 20 years later — and in the 30th year of the VLT’s existence — more than 100 Addison County farmers, orchardists and private property owners have followed suit, conserving a combined total of 51,000 acres in 21 local communities.

“I think there is a strong conservation ethic in Addison County,” said Allen Karnatz, a New Haven resident and co-director of the VLT’s Champlain Valley office.

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