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Middlebury puts brakes on downtown rail bridges project

Posted on August 27, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury has successfully applied the brakes on a $55 million, three-year fix for its two downtown rail bridges and is now sitting in the driver’s seat in planning a project the community hopes will be less of an impact on local merchants, residents and shoppers.

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New Haven wary of yet another transmission line proposal

Posted on August 27, 2015 |
By Gaen Murphree



NEW HAVEN — A standing-room-only crowd packed the meeting room at the New Haven town offices Monday night to hear a proposal for a renewable-energy transmission line project that would bring 400 megawatts of wind power and hydropower from upstate New York into the New England grid at the Vermont Electric Power Co. (VELCO) substation in New Haven.

While some welcomed the potentially huge property tax payments the project would bring to New Haven, others worried that it would have an undue adverse impact on the rural landscape.

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Landslide! Bristol wants to join county's waste district

Posted on August 27, 2015 |
By Gaen Murphree



BRISTOL — Bristol residents overwhelmingly voted to join the Addison County Solid Waste Management District (ACSWMD) in Tuesday’s election.

“We’re thrilled that people turned out to vote and supported what the selectboard feels is the right decision for Bristol,” said Therese Kirby, Bristol town administrator.

The town voted 173 to 8 in favor of joining ACSWMD and 172 to 8, with one spoiled ballot, to ratify the admission agreement worked out between the selectboard and ACSWMD this past July.

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Norovirus closes Branbury beach

Posted on August 27, 2015 |
By Gaen Murphree



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SALISBURY — During the last weekend before schools resumed, the beach at Branbury State Park was closed after more than 50 swimmers reported that they were sick to their stomachs.

Vermont State Parks officials closed the beach on Friday, Aug. 21, due to a suspected norovirus outbreak.

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Orwell's only diner closes

Posted on August 27, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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ORWELL — The breakfast crowd at Pam’s Country Kitchen in Orwell found the pancakes to have a slightly bittersweet taste on Monday morning.

No, Pam LaDuc’s batter and the Vermont maple syrup were, as usual, on point.

It’s just that the regular customers — some of whom have been eating at the folksy diner on Main Street three or four times a week for more than a decade — knew that their go-to hub for good grub and gossip would be closing its doors for good after the last of Monday’s java had been drained from the pot.

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Bike victim's family introduces evidence in Gonyeau case

Posted on August 27, 2015 |
By John S. McCright



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MIDDLEBURY — A woman who knew Kenneth Najarian, the bicyclist who was killed when a car driven by Holly Gonyeau struck him on Greenbush Road in Ferrisburgh on June 17, said she doesn’t buy the story that Najarian’s actions contributed to the tragic crash.

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New Porter chief maps out future priorities

Posted on August 27, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The state and national health care systems are changing at warp speed, and new Porter Medical Center (PMC) President Lynn Boggs is determined to make sure that Addison County’s community hospital isn’t left in the dust.

Boggs, during a Monday interview with the Independent as she rounds out the first two months of her tenure, outlined an ambitious agenda that includes preparation of long-range facilities and strategic plans to help guide Porter through the next two decades.

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New Porter budget calls for a 3.1 percent spending hike

Posted on August 27, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) on Wednesday, Aug. 26, was scheduled to review a proposed fiscal year 2016 Porter Medical Center (PMC) budget of $77,254,719, representing a 3.1 percent increase in spending that among other things reflects a bigger commitment in helping opiate addicts, an ongoing investment in health care technology, and the refinancing of the organization’s debt at a more favorable rate.

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Lessons from the Bangkok bombing: finding hope in the balance

Posted on August 27, 2015 |
By Gregory James Supernovich



Editor’s note: On Aug. 17, at least 20 people were killed and more than 120 injured in a bombing at Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, Thailand. Gregory James Supernovich of Cornwall, who is living and working in Bangkok for a year, was a patient at Chulalongkorn Hospital, a mile away from the shrine, at the time of the blast. He wrote the following essay about his experience.

By GREGORY JAMES SUPERNOVICH

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RNeSU welcomes 44 new employees

Posted on August 27, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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BRANDON — The Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union welcomed 44 new employees at its Brandon office and throughout its schools: Otter Valley Union Middle/High School, Neshobe Elementary School in Brandon, Leicester Central School, Whiting Elementary School, Sudbury Country School, Barstow Memorial School in Chittenden and Lothrop Elementary School in Pittsford.

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