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Middlebury tax rate reflects 10-cent increase

Posted on July 8, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday approved a fiscal year 2011 residential tax rate of $2.5637 per $100 in property value, a rise of approximately 10 cents above the current rate of $2.4627.

The new rate translates into a property tax increase of $202 for the owner of a homestead (home and two acres) valued at $200,000, according to Middlebury Assistant Town Manager Joe Colangelo.

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Bear sightings on the increase

Posted on July 8, 2010 |
By Erin Cummings



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ADDISON COUNTY — On the evening of June 28, a black bear demolished a steel fence at Paul and Kristin Francoeur’s home on Shackett Road in Leicester, following the scent of grain that had been freshly laid out for the Francoeurs’ alpacas.

Kristin Francoeur explained that alpacas are protective of their food, and it appears that when one of the animals stood up to the bear he hit it with a fatal blow that broke its neck and burst an artery.

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Bristol Act 250 hearing wraps up

Posted on July 8, 2010 |
By Kathryn Flagg



BRISTOL — The District 1 Act 250 commission on Tuesday afternoon drew to a close the public testimony portion of a hearing to determine whether a proposed Bristol gravel pit conforms with the state’s land use and development law.

The hearing opened on June 28, and ran four days in total.

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Middlebury to vote on water bond

Posted on July 8, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury voters will head to the polls on Tuesday, July 13, to cast ballots on a $3 million, 20-year bond to chip away at a mounting backlog of needed repairs to the town’s water system infrastructure.

The backlog of projects has been created by town officials’ decision to apply a substantial portion of Middlebury’s current water fund balance toward water-related upgrades near the Cross Street Bridge project while the ground in that area is still ripped up by construction. This has meant that other projects have had to be delayed.

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Goodrich plant manager killed in car crash

Posted on July 8, 2010 |
By John S. McCright



VERGENNES — The general manager of the Goodrich manufacturing plant in Vergennes was killed in a car accident in Pennsylvania Monday morning.

Gary J. Loftus, 58, of Connecticut was driving a 2005 Chevy Suburban in the left lane of Interstate 81 northbound near Pine Grove about 35 miles northeast of Harrisburg on July 5, according to news reports. Police say that a few minutes before 11 a.m. the SUV drifted into the right lane and made contact with a green 1996 Pontiac Grand Am driven by Melinda Brown, 31, of Lykens, Pa.

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Business advice offered during wait for bridge

Posted on July 8, 2010 |
By George Altshuler



ADDISON COUNTY — Businesses affected by the closure and subsequent demolition of the Champlain Bridge are now being offered free consulting through the Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC).

Sarah Kearns, a VtSBDC business adviser, will offer her services to businesses of any type until the end of 2011 — even after the replacement bridge is scheduled to open in the fall of next year.   

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Green Mountain leads way in solar energy

Posted on July 8, 2010 |
By Kathryn Flagg



STARKSBORO — A resident in Starksboro is realizing that, when it comes to Vermont utility companies, not all solar projects are created equal.

Though one Vermont utility is offering generous incentives to promote solar project, the same isn’t true at other utility companies in the state — something homeowners and some legislators would like to see change as a way to promote the creation of more solar projects.

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Oxholm chooses to run again

Posted on July 5, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes resident Thelma “Kitty” Oxholm is no stranger to winning elections. She earned four terms on the Vergennes city council in the 1990s, and then two terms as city mayor between 2000 and 2004.

In 2006, Oxholm, a longtime special educator at Vergennes Union High School who then spent a decade coordinating special education services for Addison Northwest Supervisory Union before retiring last year, won one of two Addison-3 district seats in the Vermont House of Representatives, running as a Republican.

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Economy puts stress on victims of violence

Posted on July 5, 2010 |
By Kathryn Flagg



ADDISON COUNTY — Advocates for victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Addison County are anecdotally reporting that the number and severity of reported assaults is on the rise, and groups that support these vulnerable Vermonters say the economic recession is making life more difficult for battered women.

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Time for an auction: Lions Club, artists team up for fund-raiser

Posted on July 5, 2010 |
By Kathryn Flagg



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VERGENNES — Tick, tock: “It’s about time” that arts lovers and community-minded local residents chipped in for a good cause.

That’s the thinking (and the theme) behind a silent auction the Vergennes Lions Club is organizing to raise money for its community service efforts. This week’s auction will peddle the wares of 23 local artists, each tasked with creating at least one clock to donate for the charity auction.

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