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County's apple crop called best in years

Posted on September 12, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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ADDISON COUNTY — A sunny May, a rain-rich early summer and some recent cold nights have produced the perfect recipe for the state’s apple crop, already dubbed by area orchardists to be the best in years.

“It’s a bumper crop,” said Bill Suhr of Shoreham’s Champlain Orchards, which grows more than 50 varieties of apples that are hanging heavy on the trees.

“We have a lot of fruit available.”

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Lincoln man heads west to fight Idaho wildfires

Posted on September 12, 2013 |
By Zach Despart



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LINCOLN — Western states plagued by hot, dry conditions have been beset by wildfires this summer. In late August, more than 50 large wildfires were burning across 10 states, according to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho.

When local resources are strained, towns and municipalities request assistance from agencies in other parts of the country.

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Addison considers the future of its town hall

Posted on September 12, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON — The Addison selectboard has set a Sept. 16 public informational meeting on the future of the now vacant former Addison Town Hall on Route 22A, and that gathering will also focus on a septic system that could serve not only that building, but also the Addison Community Baptist Church and the town’s nearby fire station and clerk’s office.

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Denecker Chevrolet eyes Route 22A parcel, move to prominent intersection

Posted on September 9, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Denecker Chevrolet co-owners Tom Denecker and Mike Capra have emerged as potential buyers of land owned by the town of Ferrisburgh at the junction of Routes 7 and 22A.

Denecker and Capra, whose dealership has a Ferrisburgh showroom at the intersection of Route 7 and Monkton Road and a Vergennes service center on North Main Street, met behind closed doors with the Ferrisburgh selectboard on Sept. 3 to discuss the 34.9-acre parcel. Ferrisburgh has been marketing it since September 2010 for $375,000.

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Town of Middlebury to discuss acquisition of Lazarus building

Posted on September 9, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Monday, Sept. 9, will review a proposed agreement with Middlebury College that would culminate in the demolition of the Lazarus building at 20 Main St. and the consolidation of property off Bakery Lane that would then be marketed for an as-yet undefined economic development initiative.

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Middlebury College athletic facility upgrade called a plus

Posted on September 9, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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MIDDLEBURY — The first stage of a big construction project at the Middlebury College athletic facilities is nearing completion as work on a major new component of the complex continues apace.

The new 17,800-square-foot squash facility behind Kenyon Arena should be finished by October, before the start of the college squash season. The expanding construction site on the Route 30 side of the Peterson Family Athletic Facility is being readied for a new 110,000-square-foot field house, due to be completed in October 2014.

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Artist T.J. Cunningham showing lovely mountain landscapes

Posted on September 9, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — The Edgewater Gallery will hold a reception for its September artist of the month, T.J. Cunningham, on Friday, Sept. 13, from 5-7 p.m., during the monthly Middlebury Arts Walk. “Adirondack Lake,” a series of landscapes, is on exhibit through the end of the month.

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Memorial Sports Center eyed for 40 solar panels

Posted on September 9, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s ad hoc energy committee is evaluating a plan to install a series of solar hot water panels on the south facing façade of the Memorial Sports Center as a way of reducing the facility’s fuel expenses while providing an alternative way of heating water in the municipal swimming pool.

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Leahy, Shumlin talk Syria, Vermont Yankee; prepare for budget battles

Posted on September 5, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Two of Vermont’s leading government officials — U.S. Sen. Pat Leahy and Gov. Peter Shumlin — shared their views on issues ranging from the Vernon nuclear power plant to potential military reprisals against Syria during a recent joint visit to Addison County.

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Regulators will seek input on pipeline plan at Tuesday hearing

Posted on September 5, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Supporters and critics of a $70 million plan to extend a natural gas pipeline 43 miles from Colchester into Middlebury and Vergennes will have a chance to state their views at the Vermont Public Service Board’s second (and final) scheduled public hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 10, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Middlebury Union Middle School gym at 48 Deerfield Lane.

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