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City, island owner still seek pedestrian bridge

Posted on July 12, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — While Ferrisburgh resident David Shlansky hopes to move forward soon with restoring the Shade Roller Mill and its Annex after a court case was settled (see related story), plans to renovate another Vergennes property he owns on an island in the Otter Creek falls may take a little longer.

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Lewis Creek Farm lands USDA energy grant to build solar project

Posted on July 12, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



STARKSBORO — Lewis Creek Farm, one of Starksboro’s largest crop farms, is aiming to expand the already hefty solar energy portfolio in the small town.

At the end of last month, the USDA announced that its Renewable Energy for America Program (REAP) would fund 450 energy projects across the nation. The aim of the program is to help farmers and small rural businesses cut energy consumption and reduce costs.

Eight Vermont projects were funded, including one by Starksboro’s Hank Bissell, who runs Lewis Creek Farm. 

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Old Brandon High School auctioned

Posted on July 12, 2012 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The old Brandon High School got another chance at life late last month when new owners snapped up the 96-year-old building for a paltry $20,000.

Sunny skies and warm temperatures greeted the roughly 20 people who attended the June 28 bank foreclosure auction on West Seminary Street, handled by Thomas Hirchak Company. Curious local residents outnumbered potential bidders 10 to one as the bidding got under way following a one-hour registration and inspection period of the gutted, three-story brick building.

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Teen plans soccer tourney to raise AIDS awareness in Africa

Posted on July 12, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Kelsey Smith has gotten a kick out of soccer ever since she was 5 years old. Now 14 and a standout player, Smith has decided to put her favorite sport to use to help save the lives of young people on the other side of the globe.

Smith is organizing an Aug. 5 soccer tournament in Middlebury that will raise money for AIDS and HIV awareness programs for youths in Africa.

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Antique pedal cars stolen from Addison home

Posted on July 10, 2012 |
By Addison Independent Staff



ADDISON — Vermont State Police (VSP) are investigating a July 9 burglary at a residence off Elm Point Road in Addison that saw someone make off with three antique pedal cars.

Police said the 1950s-vintage pedal cars were stolen from the basement of the residence. State police did not specify how the culprit(s) got into the home.

Authorities have no suspects at this time.

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Algae blooms hit Champlain in wake of record phosphorus runoff

Posted on July 9, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



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VERMONT — Jeff Severson has spent much of the past 50 summers at his family’s Lake Champlain camp in West Addison. But it wasn’t until two weeks ago that the born-and-raised Vermonter had ever seen blooms of the potentially toxic cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, engulf his favorite swim and fishing spot.

While Severson and his son were fishing on June 29, his wife Lisa Windhausen, who teaches middle school science in Jericho, watched from above as Oven Bay turned from a pool of glistening glass to chunky green sludge within hours.

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Dairy farmers urge reform in farm bill

Posted on July 9, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



MIDDLEBURY — If market reform measures do not pass in this year’s federal farm bill, Vermont dairy farms will have a hard time staying in business, local dairy farmers told Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., last Thursday morning.

Without dairy reform, said Marie Audet of Blue Spruce Farm in Bridport, “I just don’t understand how our little farms will survive this fall. The farms that were on the brink three months ago, I don’t know how they can look to the future.”

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Holzapfel back in running for Addison-3 House seat

Posted on July 9, 2012 |
By John Flowers



FERRISBURGH — Vermont’s political landscape has changed quite a bit since Ferrisburgh Democrat Arabella Holzapfel ran for the Vermont House back in 2000.

That was a year during which the GOP claimed a decisive majority in the House following a session that saw passage of the nation’s first civil union law.

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Little city to fete French heritage

Posted on July 9, 2012 |
By Kaitlyn Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES –– Charles Gravier, Le Comte de Vergennes, a French nobleman for whom the city of Vergennes was named, died in 1787. But on July 14 le Comte de Vergennes will be strolling around the streets of the Little City, stopping to talk to passersby and leading a tour of the city’s downtown.

French explorer Samuel de Champlain, who lived from 1574 to 1635, will also be hanging out in the City Park this Saturday telling his personal history. Craftspeople will be knitting, making 18th century shoes, quilting, blacksmithing and spinning.

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Ripton preparing for PACE

Posted on July 9, 2012 |
By John Flowers



RIPTON — Ripton officials are getting their town ready to participate in the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, which provides renewable energy incentives for local residents. With that in mind, the Ripton selectboard recently adopted a PACE program description and guidelines for the program. Efficiency Vermont will administer the program for the town.

The selectboard is considering having the Addison County Sheriff’s Department periodically monitor the town shed in wake of unauthorized dumping of trash at that location between recycling dates.

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