January 23rd, 2012
When President Barack Obama rejected a permit for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline to carry oil 1,750 miles from the tar sands of western Canada to the refineries in Texas, it was more than a victory for Ripton environmentalist Bill McKibben against this one project: it was a rare victory against the special treatment the U.S. government has long given the oil industry.
It also signals the beginning of change, perhaps, in the county’s attitude when weighing the value of dirty energy against the health of the environment.
BRISTOL — The Bristol Police Department reported last week that in early December it had tied up loose ends on a September burglary in which more than $1,000 worth of machinery was stolen.
The machinery was stolen from a workshop on North Street in Septemberand allegedly sold to a resident of Kountry Trailer Park. When the Kountry Trailer Park resident reported a stolen table saw, which later was found on Liberty Street, he asked about other recent machinery thefts. That’s when the police discovered the machinery was resold.
CORRECTION: A story on the Ripton Elementary School budget that ran on Page 1A of last Thursday’s Addison Independent had a major inaccuracy. The proposed 2012-2013 Ripton Elementary School spending plan of $775,360, a 5.4-percent increase, will not require two votes at town meeting after all.
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The mild conditions this winter have not been conductive to ice skating on our local waterways, but on Wednesday morning many Addison County residents took unplanned trips across ice - when traveling across driveways and parking lots!
The culprit? A warm front bringing unseasonable rain, followed by a cold front and plummeting temperatures - an effect some meteorologists call a “flash freeze”.
This is the third opinion piece in a series discussing a proposal for Middlebury to create a fund that promotes economic development in town. Ben Wilson grew up in Middlebury, is an attorney in town and is vice president of the Better Middlebury Partnership.
VERGENNES — Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel estimated about 100 area residents attended a Jan. 11 meeting that was the follow-up to last month’s forum on drug trafficking and substance abuse in the Vergennes area.
Merkel said those who attended broke into groups to brainstorm what is hoped to be an effort to curb illegal drug use and sales in the area.
More than a dozen of us gathered for dinner on a cold Saturday night. Cassoulet simmered on the stovetop, and a fire in the wood stove warmed the room.
Some of us there had been close friends for decades. Others barely knew one another. But we were all united by one thing: We had been in the same college class or had come with someone who was in that class.
ADDISON COUNTY — A Brandon man on Monday night was rushed to the hospital with head injuries he sustained when the car he was driving was struck by a tractor-trailer on Route 7 in Leicester.