June 20th, 2015
2015 Profiles in Community
As seen in the July 2nd edition of the Addison Independent
With over 175 businesses and professionals in and around the Addison County Community, the 2015 Profiles in Community supplement was one of the largest in the 29-year history of this section. Featured are the many friendly faces that make us all proud to live in this community!
MIDDLEBURY — Porter Hospital has acquired a new, state-of-the-art mammography machine that uses 3-D technology in producing images so reliable that it gives staff radiologists a 41-percent better chance in detecting invasive breast cancer compared to the previous, two-dimensional mammography test.
WALTHAM — Despite some citizen questions at a May 13 Waltham Development Review Board hearing, Waltham and Addison County Community Trust (ACCT) officials say a proposed 14-unit affordable housing development on the Waltham-Vergennes border remains on track.
The DRB has set a second hearing for 6:30 p.m. on June 23 on the ACCT’s roughly $3 million proposal for seven modular duplexes on a 2.3-acre parcel served by municipal water and sewer. It will be held in Waltham Town Hall.
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Public Service Board on Monday, June 22, will begin the first of an anticipated two days of technical hearings en route to deciding whether to reopen the permitting process for Phase I of proposed Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project, which calls for a 43-mile natural gas pipeline extension from Colchester to Middlebury and Vergennes.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Regional Planning Commission is undecided on what the public body’s new position should be on a natural gas pipeline project headed to Middlebury.
The regional planning commission brings delegates from 21 towns around Addison County together to adopt a regional plan, discuss community and economic development, and advise communities on energy and land use policy. It meets monthly and is one of 10 regional planning commissions across Vermont.
ADDISON COUNTY — As the Vermont Public Service Board considers a permit for a proposed $1.2 billion electricity transmission line through Lake Champlain, local community planners are asking that the regulator not stop Addison County’s lakefront towns from taxing the underwater line.
If the permit does forestall such taxation, it could mean that Addison, Bridport, Shoreham and Orwell would miss out on up to $7 million in tax revenue, according to the Addison County Regional Planning Commission.
Editor’s note: With Father’s Day coming up on Sunday, this essay caught our eye because it reminds us of the boundless love children have for their caretakers. Bristol 9-year-old Shelby Stevers, daughter of Stacy and Matt Stevers, was asked by her third-grade teacher at Bristol Elementary School to write about somebody who meant a lot to her, and she chose to write about her great-grandfather, Pete Many of Middlebury.
By SHELBY STEVERS
MIDDLEBURY — The volunteers at the Neat Repeats consignment shop in Middlebury have awarded $14,900 in the spring 2015 grant cycle, as follows:
Payments of $3,750 to Addison County Housing Solutions, $2,900 in family assistance to 15 families, $1,500 in educational opportunities to six recipients, $1,000 to Festival on-the-Green, $900 in sports opportunities to three recipients, $750 to Addison Central Teens, $720 to Boy Scout Troop 543 and $500 to the Mary Hogan School playground.