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County trash district spending budgeted to rise

Posted on November 8, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Solid Waste Management District (ACSWMD) directors on Nov. 15 will seek public feedback on a proposed 2013 annual budget of $2,667,844. The spending plan reflects a 3-percent increase largely driven by the creation of some new savings accounts designed to help the district meet the requirements of Act 148, a major new recycling law that will begin to sweep the state in 2014.

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Incumbents win in uncontested elections

Posted on November 8, 2012 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON COUNTY — In addition to the contested races for seats in the Vermont House of Representatives, voters in several Addison County towns returned incumbent lawmakers to the House in three uncontested elections.

Winning two-year terms representing the two-seat Addison-1 district were Democratic Reps. Paul Ralston and Betty Nuovo of Middlebury. Also, Democratic Reps. Michael Fisher and David Sharpe won re-election in Addison-4 (Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton and Starksboro).

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Court OKs gas station, restaurant on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh

Posted on November 5, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — The Environmental Court has ruled in favor of South Burlington firm Champlain Oil Co. (COCO) in COCO’s lengthy effort to build a gas station, a convenience store and fast-food restaurant on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh.

Environmental Court Judge Thomas Durkin’s Oct. 10 ruling not only granted COCO a permit for its project, but also overturned conditions that the Ferrisburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) had placed on the business, notably by allowing COCO to sell diesel fuel and to open earlier and close later.

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HOPE seeks donations for those needing winter fuel

Posted on November 5, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Officials at the organization Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) are bracing for what they believe will be a substantial spike in requests for assistance from area residents unable to pay their fuel and utility bills.

As of the end of September, HOPE was more than 50-percent shy of meeting its $128,000 donation goal to help people facing electricity shut-offs and/or at risk of seeing their fuel oil tanks go dry. This is assistance accorded to people who have exhausted their own resources and governmental assistance programs.

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Solar project powers up for Lincoln elementary school

Posted on November 5, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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LINCOLN — The number of Five Town Area elementary schools that can boast of being powered by solar energy has just doubled — to two.

Twelve solar trackers on Kim Smith’s property in Lincoln began generating 50 kilowatt hours of electricity last week. The solar panels will generate close to 100 percent of the electricity that the recently renovated Lincoln Community School needs.

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Black Sheep founder to launch tavern in downtown Middlebury

Posted on November 5, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Local restaurateur and chef Michel Mahe on Oct. 31 confirmed his plans to open an as-yet-unnamed, new tavern in the former Jackson’s on the River space at 7 Bakery Lane in Middlebury.

Pending the signing of a lease and the construction of a 309-square-foot addition to accommodate a handicap-accessible restroom, the new restaurant would become the fourth in Mahe’s growing culinary empire. He already owns the very successful Black Sheep Bistro in Vergennes, the Bobcat Café in Bristol and the Bearded Frog in Shelburne.

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Seniors feel the energy at Tai Chi classes

Posted on November 5, 2012 |
By Allison Lockwood



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ADDISON COUNTY — They stood in silence, focusing on breath. Slowly, their arms rose in a smooth synchronized movement and then drifted back down by their sides. From this starting point, a group of 16 men and women from as far north as Alburgh, as far south as Brandon and Orwell and many towns between, spent two days intensively studying adaptations of the first 12 forms of the Sun practice of Tai Chi.

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Students reprimanded for prank urging college to divest

Posted on November 5, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



MIDDLEBURY — Dana Auditorium at Middlebury College overflowed last Thursday, as the college held its first judicial board hearing open to the broader college community in more than five years.

Five students defended their actions last month when they posed as the college’s communications office and distributed a mock press release under the guise of the “Dalai Lama Welcoming Committee.” The fake press release stated that the college would divest from weapons and fossil fuels in honor of the Dalai Lama’s October visit.

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Monkton celebrates retired town clerk

Posted on November 5, 2012 |
By Liz Pecor



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MONKTON — On the morning of Oct. 13, former Town Clerk Carmelita “Carmie” and Rod Burritt were invited to go leaf peeping by their son, Chris, and daughter-in-law, Robin. “Not much to see, mostly yellows and a lot of leaves have already fallen,” said Carmie. With urging from Rod (who knew what the game plan was), Robin and Chris, she consented to the ride.

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Two Middlebury streets to be closed this week

Posted on November 5, 2012 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — Public Works Department officials in Middlebury said they will close parts of Washington Street Extension and Painter Road on Tuesday, Nov. 6, and Wednesday, Nov. 7, while they improve the water infrastructure.

The street will be closed on Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Painter Hills Road.

The next day work will move to the Grey Ledge Road area, which will be closed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

This work is for installation of water main across the road in both locations.

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