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The Outside Story: Spider webs use intelligent design

Posted on September 15, 2014 |
By Rachel Sargent



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Imagine you’re an insect cruising through the air. Suddenly, you realize you’re heading straight for a spider web. You’re doomed. But wait — you can still escape by slipping through one of the gaps. Spider webs are, after all, more gaps than web. You aim between the sticky threads — it’s going to be a close call, but you’re going to make it.

Then, as you pass through, the threads snap towards you … and you’re a spider’s dinner.

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UPDATED: Regulator mulls pipeline options, could reconsider previous approval

Posted on September 11, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



MONTPELIER — The Public Service Board plans to review whether to reconsider its approval of Phase I of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project, and could choose to amend the project’s Certificate of Public Good in a litany of ways.

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Area beverage makers blaze a new tasting trail

Posted on September 11, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Addison County’s shire town has long been home to the Trail Around Middlebury, a popular hiking amenity.

Middlebury is now home to another trail — though it’s just for adults who are keen on exercising their palates, rather than their legs.

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Public Service Board investigates pipeline costs

Posted on September 8, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



MONTPELIER — The Public Service Board on Thursday asked the Supreme Court to allow it to reexamine the merits of Phase I of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project.

The board will evaluate whether Vermont Gas Systems violated board rules by failing to notify regulators of a 40 percent cost increase for the project in a timely fashion, and could reopen proceedings for the Certificate of Public Good it issued the project last December.

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Vt. Gas OK'd to build near VELCO poles

Posted on September 8, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



MONTPELIER — The Public Service Board on Aug. 26 lifted a stay on soil-disturbing activity in certain areas of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project, a 49-mile pipeline from Colchester to Middlebury and Vergennes.

The board ordered the stay July 25 after state officials became concerned that Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) utility poles near the pipeline route contained a dangerous chemical that could have leaked into water sources.

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State handheld device ban to go into affect next month

Posted on September 8, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



VERMONT — Law enforcement agencies and interest groups like AARP Vermont are reminding drivers to get ready for a new law that will restrict use of cell phones and other handheld devices in vehicles traveling on Vermont roads. The new law will go into force Oct. 1.

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On gardening: Dancing grasses — magical movements in our gardens

Posted on September 8, 2014 |
By Judith Irven



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Rhythmic motion captivates as it soothes — a group of dancers twirling in time with the music or the wind rippling through a field of uncut hay.

And in the garden motion always delights — as a host of swallowtail butterflies swarm over the spring lilacs, or a flock of cedar waxwings swoop in to feast on the ripening crabapples.

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Dairies of Distinction: Farms put the best face on Vt. dairy

Posted on September 4, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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VERMONT — The Vermont Agency of Agriculture recognized 140 dairy farms as “Dairies of Distinction” at the annual luncheon hosted at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex this past Thursday. Twenty-seven of those farms, or about one-fifth of the total, are in Addison County.

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Vermont Gas defends underwater drilling process

Posted on September 4, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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.

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Field Day is all about soil conservation

Posted on September 4, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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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.

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