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Amendments fly in debate over merger of GMP, CVPS

Posted on April 26, 2012 |
By John Flowers



ADDISON COUNTY — Local lawmakers on Tuesday and Wednesday fielded several amendments related to the proposed combining of the state’s two largest utilities, much of it related to a $21 million payback that some believe is owed to electricity ratepayers as a condition of the merger.

The $21 million in question represents additional money that electricity ratepayers were assessed to help shore up a financially strapped Central Vermont Public Service Corp. (CVPS) back in 2001.

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Whiskey distillery pitched for Middlebury location

Posted on April 26, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — People seeking architectural software services at the Friday Group LLC’s headquarters at 88 Mainelli Road will soon be in store for a gastronomic bonus.

The 6,000-square-foot building will soon be home to the Champlain Valley Creamery, makers of award-winning organic cream cheese. And that cheese company could soon be joined by a whiskey distillery, the plans for which the Friday Group LLC President Lars Hubbard recently submitted to the Middlebury Development Review Board (DRB).

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Senate passes health care exchange bill; Ayer pleased

Posted on April 26, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MONTPELIER — The state Senate on Tuesday passed a health care benefits exchange bill that will allow Vermont to fulfill the requirements of the federal Affordable Care Act, while setting stage for more substantial reforms in the future to help those who are uninsured or underinsured.

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Vt. House updates search and rescue policy

Posted on April 23, 2012 |
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MONTPELIER — The Vermont House on Thursday voted unanimously in favor of a bill that would revamp the state’s search-and-rescue policy in wake of the tragic death of 19-year-old Levi Duclos on a Ripton hiking trail this past January.

The legislation would set up some interim rules requiring Vermont Department of Public Safety, with the help of local emergency organizations, to immediately respond “to every search and rescue call for help, which shall include an immediate call to the department’s search and rescue team.”

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McCardell visits Middlebury, enjoying Sewanee post

Posted on April 23, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College President Emeritus John McCardell Jr. is settling in well in his new position as chancellor and president of Sewanee: The University of the South.

McCardell and his wife, Bonnie, returned together to Middlebury this month for the first time in almost two years. It was quite a homecoming for McCardell, who joined the history faculty at Middlebury in 1976 and served as the college’s president from 1992 to 2004.

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Bridport in line for school tax refund

Posted on April 23, 2012 |
By John Flowers



BRIDPORT — The Addison Central Supervisory Union is asking the state to credit the town of Bridport for $12,139 in excess education property taxes the community paid this academic year.

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Addison County Sheriff Jim Coons dies at 59

Posted on April 19, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Sheriff Jim Coons, who died on Monday evening at the age of 59, was recalled by fellow law enforcement officials as a gregarious, savvy and cooperative public servant who dramatically transformed his department during his three decades in office.

“Jim Coons was the iconic face of law enforcement in Addison County and a bridge between the past and present,” said Middlebury Police Chief Tom Hanley.

“He will be a tough act to follow.”

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Mobile slaughter business pitched

Posted on April 19, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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NEW HAVEN — A Weybridge man is proposing to establish the state’s first mobile slaughterhouse for large animals, a business he said will bring services directly to producers and help fill a sizable void of meat processing facilities in Vermont.

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Bristol farm approved for Cow Power project

Posted on April 19, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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BRISTOL — The Vermont Public Service Board has given the green light to a major methane-to-electricity facility at one of the county’s largest dairy farms.

It was this past Jan. 6 that Four Hills Farm requested a certificate of public good from the Public Service Board to install and operate a 525kW methane electrical generating facility at its 722 Burpee Road headquarters in Bristol. Four Hills has 2,500 head of cattle, around 1,250 of which are currently being milked.

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Friends remember Sheriff Jim Coons, the face of local law enforcement

Posted on April 18, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Sheriff Jim Coons, who died on Monday evening at the age of 59, was recalled by fellow law enforcement officials as a gregarious, savvy and cooperative public servant who dramatically transformed his department during his three decades in office.

“Jim Coons was the iconic face of law enforcement in Addison County and a bridge between the past and present,” said Middlebury Police Chief Tom Hanley.

“He will be a tough act to follow.”

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