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Regulator won't reconsider pipeline permit

Posted on January 11, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



VERMONT — The Vermont Public Service Board on Friday said it would not reconsider the permission it had already granted to Vermont Gas Systems to build a 43-mile natural gas pipeline from Colchester to Middlebury and Vergennes.

Opponents of the so-called “Addison Natural Gas Project” had requested that the regulator reconsider the Certificate of Public Good it had granted to Vermont Gas in December 2013 because the projected price of the pipeline had jumped 78 percent.

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Vt. Land Trust conserved 2,200 Addison County acres

Posted on January 11, 2016 |
By JULIA JOHN



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ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont Land Trust (VLT) protected more than 12,000 acres of farmland and forest across the state via conservation easements in the last fiscal year. More than 2,200 acres, almost one-fifth of the conserved land, is in Addison County.

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Students of the Week - January 11, 2016

Posted on January 11, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



The Addison Independent is proud to publish the Students of the Week from area High Schools each week. The students are chosen by teachers and administration from each school who would like to recognize their exceptional engagement in the high schools they attend.

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Local schools benefit from Vermont mentoring program

Posted on January 11, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON COUNTY — This fall, through the 2015-2016 Vermont Mentoring Grants initiative, Mobius awarded 27 grants, totaling $327,715, to support adult-to-youth mentoring programs throughout the state. This funding will support 106 new and existing program sites, and nearly 1,900 adult-to-youth mentor pairs in communities across Vermont.

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Map sparks questions on surge of solar arrays

Posted on January 11, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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ADDISON COUNTY — Ellen Kurrelmeyer looked warily at a stack of applications for new solar power development in Addison County. The Addison County Regional Planning Commission member also considered a map produced by Green Mountain Power that shows power lines in the county are stretched thin by a number of solar arrays already here.

“So are you trying to tell me that we shouldn’t be seeing more heaps of these” applications, Kurrelmeyer asked two GMP officials who came to a planning commission meeting last Thursday to explain the map.

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Regulator won't reconsider its OK of natural gas pipeline

Posted on January 10, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



VERMONT — The Vermont Public Service Board on Friday said it would not reconsider the permission it had already granted to Vermont Gas Systems to build a 43-mile natural gas pipeline from Colchester to Middlebury and Vergennes.

Opponents of the so-called “Addison Natural Gas Project” had requested that the regulator reconsider the Certificate of Public Good it had granted to Vermont Gas in December 2013 because the projected price of the pipeline had jumped 78 percent.

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In the air and on the water, our feathered friends abound at Christmas

Posted on January 10, 2016 |
By Jim Andrews



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`MIDDLEBURY — This year 43 field birders and 11 observers at feeders located and identified 23,021 birds of 74 species during the 27th annual Middlebury Christmas Bird Count on Sunday, Dec. 20.

We survey a 15-mile-diameter count circle centered on the Lemon Fair in eastern Bridport and covering from the A&W Root Beer stand on the east to New York State on the west and from Snake Mountain on the north to Richville Dam on the south. The Middlebury count is one of over 1,800 held throughout North and Central America.

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Reglulator OK's power line under lake from Canada

Posted on January 10, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



BURLINGTON — The Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) this week issued a Certificate of Public good to the New England Clean Power Link, a high power line that would transmit 1,000 megawatts of wind and hydro power from the Canadian border to a transfer station at Ludlow.

Ninety-eight miles would be buried under Lake Champlain, including a stretch running near Ferrisburgh and Panton and then hugging the shorelines of Addison, Bridport, Shoreham and Orwell. The Clean Power Link would veer onto land south of Addison County, in Benson.

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ACSU elementary schools rein in spending, tax impacts

Posted on January 10, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MONTPELIER — Residents in six of the seven Addison County Supervisory Union towns this March will vote on proposed 2016-2017 elementary school budgets that reflect a decrease in their respective homestead education tax rates.

The decreases, according to ACSU Superintendent Peter Burrows, are in large part a response to new state law.

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Lawmakers ready for tough choices as Legislature convenes

Posted on January 7, 2016 |
By John Flowers



ADDISON COUNTY — As the Vermont Legislature returned to session this week, lawmakers agreed that a handful of issues will likely dominate the 2016 legislative session, including:

•  Resolving an estimated $58 million shortfall for the fiscal year 2017 budget,

•  Reconciling the shortage of Medicaid funds to pay for the state’s expanded health insurance programs, and

•  Continuing the ongoing implementation of Lake Champlain cleanup measures.

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