July 25th, 2011
ADDISON COUNTY — A new law requires electric utilities give a credit to their customers who produce some of their own power through home solar power panels. The credit is 20 cents for every kilowatt hour their units produce.
When the roughly 14-cent-per-kWh cost of power purchased from Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS) or Green Mountain Power (GMP) is factored into the mix, a solar customer will receive an approximate 6-cent credit called an “adder” for every kWh used and produced.
WHITING — When Bulwagga Books and Gallery closes its doors after 15 years in business, Whiting will lose one of two retail businesses in town.
It won’t be the end of Bulwagga Books — owners John Travis and Ellen Kurrelmeyer will relocate to a new house in Middlebury and reopen as a smaller, appointment-only shop. But the closing marks the end of a long run that established Bulwagga Books as both a destination for book collectors and a quirky stopping point for the curious along Route 30.
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You know the feeling when you look at something for so long that you almost stop seeing it?
Sometimes that’s how I look at our website. In the two years I’ve been here, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to make the website better and about what services and features to add, but when it comes right down to it, I have no idea how to approach the website as someone who’s not familiar with its every nook and cranny.
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People from across the country consider Addison County a bike Mecca. It’s home to steep climbs, 30-mile rollers and spectacular views. It also presents an extremely varied set of riding options to a wide range of cyclists, from those hammer heads looking to climb multiple mountain gaps to those bikers who haven’t been out in years. One of my favorite shorter rides in the area is what I call the Triangle de Midd, Cornwall, Weybridge.
Length: 10.3 miles
When the women’s soccer team collapsed into a national heartache Sunday there was this collective urge to find a way to make the pain disappear. It hurt. They had tried so hard, done so well and we had prepared ourselves for a moment of well-deserved glory.
Yet, a cruel fate, and some gargantuan Japanese hearts, stole it from our girls, and us, and left in its place a sense of undeserved loss.
It wasn’t supposed to be this way.
It rarely is, and yet, it keeps happening and the psychological and political consequences surround us.
ADDISON COUNTY — When the American settlers first crossed the Great Plains, they encountered native species of prairie grass like switchgrass and big blue stem.
Now those same grasses — seeded deep in the American perception of a rural aesthetic — are being sown in Addison County fields in an effort to make them an affordable and viable source of local energy.
VERGENNES — Property owners in Ferrisburgh, Vergennes and Addison will see their property tax bills go down this year, thanks largely due to lower school rates.
Homeowners are due to get bills with decreases ranging from about 4.7 cents in Ferrisburgh to 9.1 cents in Addison. Non-residential taxpayers in those three communities are also looking at lower tax bills, with decreases ranging from 1.5 cents in Vergennes to 6.3 cents in Addison.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last week Representative Collin Peterson, D-Minn., introduced a proposal that would dramatically overhaul federal controls on the national dairy industry into the U.S. House.
Peterson’s discussion draft bill would introduce dairy market stabilization measures that have been heralded by many in the industry as a solution to national overproduction issues.