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November 20th, 2017

Middlebury denies AquaViTea's tax break request

Posted on November 20, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard has declined Aqua ViTea’s request for a five-year suspension of its municipal property tax levy, a reduction that would have totaled around $92,400.

The reason: The popular kombucha-manufacturer’s request was judged by the town’s Tax Stabilization Task Force to be more of an abatement pitch than something that could’ve been accommodated through a municipal tax stabilization policy that is currently up for revisions.

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ACTR bus ridership continues to surge

Posted on November 20, 2017 |
By Emma Cotton



ADDISON COUNTY — On the corner of South Pleasant and Cross streets on a sunny Monday afternoon, buses fly by, one after the next. Blazoned with the blue, green and gold trademark symbol, all 21 belong to Addison County Transit Resources, known as ACTR.

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City option tax talk put on hold

Posted on November 20, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — When they met this past Tuesday, members of the city council in Vergennes briefly discussed the issue of local option taxes. Towns can choose to add to state rooms and meals and/or sales taxes and keep a portion to devote to local needs.

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Permits allow you to cut a Christmas tree in the national forest

Posted on November 20, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



RUTLAND — U.S. Forest Service officials in Vermont are encouraging the public to purchase Christmas tree removal permits should they be interested in a five-dollar tree for the holidays.

This year, all fourth graders can take advantage of the Every Kid in a Park Initiative and get a free Christmas tree voucher by going to everykidinapark.gov. Fourth graders that present a printed copy of the voucher may redeem it for an EKIP Pass and a Christmas tree removal permit at one of the U.S. Forest offices listed below.

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Vermont naturalist to present slides and talk on coyotes Dec. 7

Posted on November 20, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



CORNWALL — Coyotes and foxes are not uncommon in Addison County, seen in woodlots and fields, along hedgerows and even in backyards. What traits do they share with each other and with their canine cousins: wolves and dogs? And, what role do these predators have in maintaining a healthy ecosystem? Vermont naturalist Sue Morse will be in Cornwall on Thursday, Dec. 7, from 7-9 p.m., to answer these questions in a slideshow/lecture entitled “Cousins of Our Best Friends: Wolves, Coyotes and Foxes.” 

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Middlebury to save $99K through new insurance program

Posted on November 20, 2017 |
By John S. McCright and John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — At its Nov. 14 meeting, the Middlebury selectboard accepted a bid of $278,600 from the Vermont League of Cities & Towns to provide property and casualty insurance, as well as workers’ compensation insurance, to the town of Middlebury in 2018.

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The Outside Story: Roadkill — a reflection on the hows and whys

Posted on November 20, 2017 |
By Brett Amy Thelen



Every so often, my friend David texts me a picture of roadkill. A fisher trailing a single strand of blood-red sinew. A wind-roused pile of porcupine quills. A bobcat in graceful, permanent repose. One year, he built extra time into his schedule so he could stop to document every carcass on his daily commute — 40 critters in all, not including salamanders, snakes, and myriad other wildlife too small to be seen from a moving vehicle.

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Transit company to release new schedule Dec. 1

Posted on November 20, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR) will publish a new Shuttle Bus System schedule on Friday, Dec. 1.

This redesigned schedule will reflect changes brought about by the relocation of its Middlebury Transit Hub bus stop. The move, from Merchants Row to Academy Street, was necessitated by the bigger Downtown Railroad Bridge Replacement Project, which is replacing the decrepit bridge on Merchants Row near the former bus stop.

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