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Demographics trouble Vermont planners; aging population could affect local economy

Posted on July 10, 2014 |
By Weyland Joyner



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ADDISON COUNTY — It’s no secret that Vermont’s population, on average, is aging, and Addison County is being affected almost as much as any of the rural counties.

In the past 10 years, three new senior living facilities opened in Addison County (Armory Lane Senior Housing in Vergennes and Eastview and the Lodge at Otter Creek in Middlebury), indicating an increase in the county’s elderly population. During the same period, high school enrollment dropped to its lowest levels since the early 1990s.

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North Country Trail may reach into Vermont

Posted on July 2, 2014 |
By Weyland Joyner



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WEYBRIDGE — Vermont Congressman Peter Welch took a walk Monday with members of the Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT) and the James family, who own Monument Farms Dairy, to discuss an effort under way to add to Vermont’s network of hiking trails.

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Opinion: Ignoring town and regional plans ignores public process

Posted on July 2, 2014 |
By Ross Conrad



The June 26 edition of the Addison Independent featured a story on proposed changes to the Middlebury Town Plan by the Middlebury Planning Commission. The report claimed that the changes were necessary to “clarify language that might have been ambiguous.” Not that they were ambiguous, but might be.

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Middlebury area ambulance service seeks funding from towns

Posted on June 30, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Regional EMS has decided to resurrect its practice of asking for Town Meeting Day contributions from the 10 towns it serves, money the organization will place in a fund for future capital needs.

Middlebury Regional EMS — once known as the Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association — began requesting Town Meeting Day contributions in 1998. The organization used those funds — an average of $25,319 per year — to help solidify its operating budget.

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River Watch group has some concerns with local waters

Posted on June 23, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — At its volunteer training session in March, Addison County River Watch Collaborative had a standing-room-only crowd of eager water samplers, and, since then, one morning per month those volunteers from many Addison County communities have been venturing out to collect bottles of water from area streams. This year the river monitoring collaborative established several new sampling sites on the upper Middlebury River in Ripton, and also is still monitoring five other rivers in the county, an ongoing effort designed to tease out trends in water quality.

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Regional Planning Commission opts not to change pipeline endorsement

Posted on June 16, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Regional Planning Commission (ACRPC) on Wednesday, June 11, narrowly rejected a request from the town of Cornwall that the panel rescind its earlier vote indicating a majority opinion that Vermont Gas’s proposed Phase II pipeline could comply with the county’s regional plan.

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Students earn diplomas after suspending their studies

Posted on June 12, 2014 |
By Mary Langworthy



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury resident Jesse Euber started high school in Fair Haven and transferred to Middlebury Union High School. It proved to be a difficult period for her.

“I was having a really hard time with the transition and I wasn’t getting pushed to go to school,” Euber, 21, recalled in an interview last week.

She dropped out of high school when she was 16 and moved in with her son’s father. Without a high school diploma, Euber’s job prospects were limited, and her transition into adulthood was daunting.

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Barge filled with local foods begins new voyage to NYC

Posted on June 9, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — A crew of four will set sail down the Hudson River early this June on the Ceres, the volunteer-built sailing barge of the Vermont Sail Freight Project, whose mission is to bring low-carbon regional food trade back to the Hudson. VSFP is entering its second season of operation and plans to host about 15 public markets on its journey down to the New York/New Jersey harbor and back.

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Climate report: Vermont agriculture is at risk

Posted on June 5, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series.

ADDISON COUNTY — Climate change has forced Addison County farmers and sugarmakers to rethink the way they do business, amid worries that increasing temperatures and precipitation threaten Vermont’s backbone industries.

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Law enforcement officials launch holiday weekend safety campaign

Posted on May 22, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON COUNTY — Law enforcement agencies in Addison County kicked off a high-visibility “Click It or Ticket” enforcement campaign this week, one that will last through the holiday weekend and the end of next week.

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