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Solar siting debated at Legislative Breakfast

Posted on April 14, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — A proposed new solar siting law continues to be the top legislative talking point among Addison County residents, many of whom have seen a substantial surge in the number of renewable energy projects in their communities.

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Rail bridges' impact leads to talk of lawsuit

Posted on April 14, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — A group of downtown Middlebury property owners has given municipal and state transportation officials until the end of this month to produce more environmental and safety-related information about the upcoming replacement of the Main Street and Merchants Row railroad bridges, or they will take legal action.

That request is contained in an April 11 letter from local attorney Peter Langrock to the Middlebury selectboard.

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Candidates for governor share their ideas at forum in Middlebury

Posted on April 14, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Four of the current five candidates for Vermont governor weighed in on some meaty issues — including the minimum wage, economic development and state taxes — in an April 9 forum in Middlebury sponsored by Rights & Democracy, a new grassroots organization focused on issues facing working families.

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Decision due soon on what town will host power line converter

Posted on April 11, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Developers of the proposed Vermont Green Line energy project said they will decide within “a couple of weeks” on their choice of either New Haven or Middlebury as the host for a new high-voltage converter station that could net the selected community millions of dollars in property tax revenues and other financial contributions over the next few decades.

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Salisbury aims to close its town dump by early 2017

Posted on April 11, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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SALISBURY — Salisbury’s unlined landfill could cease accepting trash by the end of this year.

The local selectboard is preparing to close the community landfill in the aftermath of a Town Meeting Day referendum that saw Salisbury residents vote 229 to 98 to shut down the facility.

In the meantime, Salisbury will pursue membership with the Addison County Solid Waste Management District, which coordinates the solid waste and recycling needs for the vast majority of towns in the county.

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Bernie's book nets thousands of dollars for Parent/Child Center

Posted on April 11, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — A marathon speech delivered by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., more than five years ago is now paying some big dividends to the Addison County Parent/Child Center.

It was on Dec. 10, 2010, that Sanders — now in a battle for the Democratic nomination for president — took to the podium in the U.S. Senate chambers and launched into an eight-and-a-half-hour filibuster decrying the preservation of the Bush-era tax cuts for the highest wage-earners.

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Towns' role in solar siting is debated as House takes up bill

Posted on April 7, 2016 |
By John Flowers



WEYBRIDGE — Many Addison County residents will be closely watching the Vermont House as it fields a proposed law aimed at giving communities more input in the siting of solar arrays.

Bill S.230, endorsed by the state Senate last Thursday by a 22-3 tally, encourages communities to develop energy sections within their respective town plans that specify their solar siting priorities and specific locations within their borders where renewable energy projects could be sited.

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New unified school districts become official as deadline passes

Posted on April 7, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Town Meeting Day votes that authorized public school governance unification in both the Addison Central and Addison Northwest supervisory unions are now official, as the statutory deadline by which to challenge those referenda has now passed.

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United Way needs big leap to make funding goal

Posted on April 7, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The United Way of Addison County (UWAC) is hitting the home stretch of its 2015 fund drive needing a major infusion of cash if it is to achieve its goal of raising $700,000.

As of Monday, the United Way had received contributions amounting to $557,000, leaving officials concerned about the resources it will ultimately have at its disposal to distribute amongst the 32 local social service programs that fall under its organizational umbrella.

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A low-snow winter results in savings for area towns

Posted on April 7, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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ADDISON COUNTY — When it comes to the economy, Mother Nature giveth and she taketh away.

The almost snow-free winter of 2015-2016 has cost area ski resorts thousands of dollars in lost revenues, but has saved the state of Vermont and municipal public works departments an avalanche of money that would have been spent on overtime, sand and salt expenses during an average winter.

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