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Vermont Gas details cost hike reasons in PSB report

Posted on January 19, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



MONTPELIER — In a flurry of filings before the Public Service Board Thursday afternoon, Vermont Gas Systems detailed the cost drivers for the most recent budget increase for Phase I of its Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project.

Company executives argued that the pipeline from Colchester to Middlebury and Vergennes still will bring significant economic benefits to the state, and asked regulators to allow the project to continue.

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Local students bring clean water to Ethiopia school

Posted on January 19, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



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BRISTOL — A preschool in Ethiopia has potable drinking water, thanks to the efforts of two Addison County students half a world away.

Fifth-grader Carter Monk and third-grader Noah Konczal organized a 5K road race to raise money to repair the well at the Negat Kokeb preschool, in Hawassa, Ethiopia.

Konczal got the idea after his teacher at Monkton Central School, Stacey Carter, went to Ethiopia last February with a group of Addison County teachers as part of an exchange program.

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Feds promise $16 million in grants for lake

Posted on January 19, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



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MONTPELIER — The federal government on Wednesday announced $16 million in funds to help Vermont and New York clean up their greatest shared resource — Lake Champlain.

The initiative, titled the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, will be administered by the federal government over the next five years to fund conservation efforts aimed at eliminating agricultural runoff into watersheds that feed into the lake, which is among the nation’s largest bodies of fresh water.

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Bristol to look at new West Street option for firehouse

Posted on January 15, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — The Bristol Fire Department may have a new, viable location on which to build its new firehouse, thanks to a land deal inked by a local businessman with a history of partnering with the town.

Kevin Harper told the Bristol selectboard Monday evening that he and business partner David Blittersdorf had just purchased two adjacent parcels on the south side of West Street, directly across from the West Street site currently under consideration for a new firehouse.

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UD-3 on track for 1.3 percent hike

Posted on January 15, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central Supervisory Union (ACSU) voters in March will be asked to approve a UD-3 school spending plan of $17,287,008 for the 2015-2016 academic year, which reflects a 1.3-percent increase compared to this year.

The UD-3 budget covers the combined annual operating expenses for Middlebury Union middle and high schools. The spending plan is fielded each year by residents in the ACSU towns that feed MUMS and MUHS: Bridport, Cornwall, Middlebury, Salisbury, Shoreham, Ripton and Weybridge.

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New CEO of Vt. Gas vows company will be more transparent

Posted on January 15, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



SOUTH BURLINGTON — Vermont Gas Systems President and CEO Don Rendall doesn’t have the biggest office at the company’s headquarters in South Burlington.

In fact, he doesn’t have an office at all. Rather, he set up his desk in the second floor reception area, by a row of windows that overlook Swift Street, and gave the administrative assistant that had occupied the space her own office down the hall.

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Pipeline opponents ask PSB to investigate December pipeline cost hike

Posted on January 15, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



MONTPELIER — The three members of the Public Service Board may have had a bout of déjà vu Monday afternoon. That’s when, as expected, opponents of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project formally asked the board to investigate a second major cost hike announced by the company for Phase I of the pipeline.

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Photographer for National Geographic to deliver talk

Posted on January 15, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — The annual meeting of the Green Mountain Club Bread Loaf Section will be held on Saturday, Jan. 24, at 5 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church in Middlebury. Photographer James P. Blair will give a talk titled “Being There.”

Blair worked as a staff photographer for National Geographic magazine for 30 years. Forty-six articles carried his byline and more than 2,000 of his photos have appeared within its covers.

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ACTR dispatcher Marcia Brown retires in December

Posted on January 15, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — After 16 years as a dispatcher at Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR) in Middlebury, Marcia Brown retired in December 2014. During her last weeks at ACTR, Brown was showered with cards and phone calls from community members and riders she had served so well. An open house luncheon was also held in her honor at the Community Transportation Center.

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Two-thirds of Vermont farmers join dairy insurance program

Posted on January 15, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



WASHINGTON, D.C. — The USDA on Monday announced that 582 Vermont dairy farms — 67 percent of Vermont’s registered dairy farms — had enrolled in a new financial safety net called the Margin Protection Program (MPP). Created by the 2014 Farm Bill, the voluntary program offers financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin — the difference between the price of milk and national average feed costs — falls below the coverage levels selected by individual farmers.

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