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January 16th, 2017

Federal agency to investigate Vermont Gas on safety standards

Posted on January 16, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



VERMONT — Eight environmental and public advocacy groups late last week announced that a federal agency was going to investigate concerns they raised over the quality of the construction of natural gas pipeline being build from Colchester to Middlebury by Vermont Gas Systems.

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Candidates sought for Addison-Rutland House seat

Posted on January 16, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott is seeking candidates from the Addison-Rutland legislative district to fill the Vermont House of Representatives seat being vacated by Rep. Alyson Eastman, I-Orwell.

Eastman, who won re-election to her second term unopposed last fall, was appointed by Gov. Scott to be deputy secretary of the Agency of Agriculture.

“I am looking for someone who, like Alyson, will be a dedicated public servant and representative for the people of Shoreham, Orwell, Benson and Whiting,” said Gov. Scott in a press release.

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Grange, farm bureau plan legislative breakfasts

Posted on January 16, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON COUNTY — Bridport Grange No. 303 and the Addison County Farm Bureau have organized a series of breakfasts and lunches at which local lawmakers and residents can discuss what is going on in Montpelier during the legislative session.

The 2017 Legislative Breakfast series will debut on Monday, Feb. 6, and include a March 20 breakfast with Gov. Phil Scott in Middlebury.

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Vt. residents can now register and vote on same day

Posted on January 16, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — Secretary of State Jim Condos announced that eligible Vermont voters are now able to register to vote on any day up to and including Election Day. As of Jan. 1, Act No. 44 (S. 29) An act relating to election day registration officially went into effect, and will be implemented immediately for all local and state elections going forward, including any special elections and Town Meeting Day, which is Tuesday, March 7.

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Middlebury College conference to look at how news frames minorities

Posted on January 16, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — The media plays a powerful role in shaping and reflecting societal attitudes and opinions toward minority groups. Coverage of minorities in recent high-profile events has invigorated public scrutiny of how minority groups are framed in the news.

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Opinion: Dave Silberman on cannabis legalization, part 3 — How to tax legal cannabis

Posted on January 16, 2017 |
By Dave Silberman



Editor’s note: This is the third of three commentaries on issues surrounding cannabis legalization in Vermont by Dave Silberman, a Middlebury attorney and pro bono legalization advocate. This column focuses on tax policy; the first focused on impaired driving, and the second on edibles; each column can be found online addisonindependent.com.

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Letter to the editor: Time to renew involvement in 'American Experiment'

Posted on January 16, 2017 |
By Jeff Fritz



January 20, 1937. Franklin Delano Roosevelt took the solemn oath of the office of the Presidency for the second time on a new constitutionally mandated date and my father was born in a small town in the Midwest.  Because of that coincidence, inaugural events played a special role in my family and my father’s life. Although not an overtly political man he would remark on another year and another presidency gone and look forward to the opportunities a new year and a new presidency would bring.

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Celebrations set in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted on January 16, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — During a week when Americans remember and honor Martin Luther King Jr., Middlebury College’s Center for Community Engagement (CCE) will offer a Day of Activism and Service on Saturday, Jan.  21, so members of the college community can discover ways to harness their skills, passion, and knowledge to bring about social change.

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