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Public Service Board rejects Middlebury solar array

Posted on January 5, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Public Service Board has denied a proposal by Bullrock Corp. to install a 150kW solar array near The Residence at Otter Creek (TROC) that would have defrayed around 25 percent of the Middlebury retirement community’s annual energy bill.

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Brandon needs $2.5 million for water system repairs

Posted on January 5, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The entity responsible for the best drinking water in Vermont will ask voters to approve a $2.5 million bond in March to pay for system-wide improvements. Brandon residents who tap into the water system would be responsible for paying back $1.7 million of the bond.

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Middlebury rail bridges fix delayed until 2016

Posted on January 5, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Citing surging cost estimates and a longer-than-anticipated construction timeframe, officials planning the replacement of Middlebury’s two downtown railroad overpasses said the project is now slated to begin in 2016, rather than this spring.

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Legislators to decide governor's race this week

Posted on January 5, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — A majority of Addison County’s lawmakers said they will vote in favor of incumbent Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin over Republican Scott Milne when the Vermont General Assembly decides the matter on this Thursday.

Per the state Constitution, the General Assembly must decide the contest by ballot when it convenes Jan. 8 because neither Shumlin nor Milne garnered more than 50 percent of the votes cast back on Nov. 4.

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Most popular web stories of 2014

Posted on January 5, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



The Top 10 catalogs what the news staff of the Addison Independent chose as the most important stories of 2014, but readers have their own opinions about what interested them most last year. To get one indication of that, look at the top 10 stories on our website. Here are the headlines for the most-read stories of 2014 on addisonindependent.com, with their page views according to Google Analytics (note: Unfortunately, the analysis did not track all of the site activity before July 1). We’ll post this list with links to the stories at addisonindependent.com.

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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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