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The Independent's top 10 stories of 2014

Posted on January 5, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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At the end of each year, the Independent editorial staff pores through all of the issues to pick the ten stories that readers cared the most about in 2014. They span a variety of topics, from the Vermont Gas pipeline to the Middlebury town office, the expansion of solar projects to the success of local high school sports programs.

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Top stories of 2014: #1 — Pipeline project spurs plenty of controversy

Posted on January 5, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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For the second year in a row, the Vermont Gas Systems Addison Rutland Natural Gas Pipeline Project captivated (and sometimes enraged) county residents, and was the subject of more than 50 articles in the Independent.

After the Public Service Board in December 2013 approved Phase I of the pipeline, which will run from Colchester to Middlebury and Vergennes, Vermont Gas land agents spent the year securing land easements from Addison County residents.

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Top 10 stories of 2014: #2 — Middlebury town office's future is settled; work begins

Posted on January 5, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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No issue in recent Middlebury history proved as polarizing as the proposal to demolish the municipal building/gym complex at 94 Main St. and replace them with new town offices at 77 Main St. and a new recreation facility off Creek Road.

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Top stories of 2014: #3 — Upgrades to Mt. Abe, Bristol firehouse in spotlight

Posted on January 5, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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This past year in Bristol and the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union, residents debated two major projects that would require taxpayer-approved bonds: a new Bristol firehouse and a renovated Mount Abraham Union High School.

The Bristol Fire Department inched closer to getting a new firehouse this year, a process that firefighters have discussed for more than two decades.

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Top stories of 2014: #4 — ANwSU fiscal woes revealed; recovery begun

Posted on January 5, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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VERGENNES — In July, new Addison Northwest Supervisory Union Superintendent JoAn Canning discovered — and immediately made public — that the Vermont Agency of Education had sanctioned ANwSU by starting to withhold about $1 million in state and federal grant funds.

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Top stories of 2014: #5 — County ramps up services for opiate addicts

Posted on January 5, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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After Gov. Peter Shumlin made opiate addiction the focus of his State of the State address in January, Addison County and neighboring areas saw multiple large drug busts and drug-related arrests as well as expansions in services to people seeking recovery or assistance.

As 2014 opened, Porter Medical Center and the Counseling Service of Addison County were in discussions to collaborate on a clinic to provide Suboxone, a drug designed to help a growing number of Addison County addicts break their dependence on opiates.

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Top stories of 2014: #6 — Solar arrays take off, but not everyone is happy

Posted on January 5, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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For some it seemed that 2014 was the year that the predominant crop springing up in Addison County fields was solar arrays. The year saw the approval and development of numerous solar energy projects in Addison County, including Certificates of Public Good awarded to 26 projects by the Public Service Board, the largest number of projects of any county in the state. 

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Top stories of 2014: #7 — New faces, angry voters mark Election 2014

Posted on January 5, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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The General Election of 2014 saw one local veteran lawmaker go down to defeat, and Addison County voters also added to some tense moments for incumbent Gov. Peter Shumlin as the ballots were counted on Nov. 4.

Bristol Republican Fred Baser had failed in 2010 to break through in his bid for one of the two seats representing Addison-4, the House district that includes the towns of Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton and Starksboro. But he made up for it in a big way this past November, finishing as the top vote-getter in a four-way race for the pair of seats.

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Top stories of 2014: #8 — School budgets go down as call for tax reform grows

Posted on January 5, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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As in many past years, 2014 saw many Vermonters complain about their property taxes, and that portion of the tax that pays for education in particular. But as in most years, proposals for reform of school funding were put forward but not acted upon.

Still, residents in seven local towns indicated that they had had enough, and they rejected some proposed school spending plans on Town Meeting Day.

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Top 10 stories of 2014: #9 — Middlebury College chooses Duke dean as next president

Posted on January 5, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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Middlebury College has been called “the town’s college,” and many things the college did in 2014 did indeed effect the town and surrounding communities. And some of the things that happened up on the hill were simply important in and of themselves.

The most momentous occurrence this year, of course, was the selection in November of Laurie L. Patton, a dean at Duke University, to succeed current President Ron Liebowitz when he steps down next summer.

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