September 4th, 2014
The most exciting news story of the week was the announcement by Mary Powell, president and CEO of Green Mountain Power, that the utility and NRG Energy, Inc. of New Jersey were partnering to test the viability of micro-grids in Vermont. The idea is the type of revolutionary thinking that could provide long-term energy security at a local, regional and national level, while also improving long-term political and economic stability.
ADDISON COUNTY — Phase II of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas pipeline, which would involve 19 miles of steel conduit stretching underground from Middlebury to the International Paper mill in Ticonderoga, N.Y., has generated a lot of criticism and comments of concern from citizens who have weighed in on the project this year.
VERGENNES — Reactions at an Aug. 27 public forum devoted to Addison Northwest Supervisory Union’s accounting crisis ranged from a call for the ANwSU board’s resignation to statements backing the board and new superintendent JoAn Canning’s effort to put the district back on course.
PANTON — Scores of farmers came to Vorsteveld Farm in Panton Friday to learn about conservation practices and test equipment at a soil health “field day” sponsored by the University of Vermont Extension’s Middlebury office.
Around 80 farmers from Addison and southern Chittenden counties came to the event, which ran from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on a humid Indian summer day.
As a young adult living in Vermont, I feel so privileged to reside in a state filled with natural beauty, rich history, and kind-hearted people. However, like many young Vermonters, I’m at a crossroads over where I plan to live as I approach the next stage in my life. The direction of our state government is an important factor in my decision, as it is for many other young Vermont residents. I want to live in a state with economic security, employment opportunities and a quality education system.
Just a quick note, somewhat delayed, to thank Sens. Ayer and Bray and Rep. Jewett for their comments to Gov. Shumlin on the proposed Phase 2 pipeline (also found in the “Community Forum” section of the Addison Independent on Thursday, Aug. 7). It is so appreciated when our elected officials actually represent the citizens. Your actions do not go unrecognized.
Turnout in last week’s primary election was a near-record low, with only about 8 percent of Vermont’s registered voters casting ballots. The few places with reasonably high turnout were districts such as Middlebury, with contested primaries for open legislative seats.
Statewide, the turnout of Democratic voters was particularly low. Normally, more than 70 percent of primary voters choose the Democratic ballot. This year, fewer than 60 percent of the votes were cast in the Democratic primary.