September 4th, 2014
VERMONT — The Vermont Agency of Agriculture recognized 140 dairy farms as “Dairies of Distinction” at the annual luncheon hosted at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex this past Thursday. Twenty-seven of those farms, or about one-fifth of the total, are in Addison County.
BRANDON — This fall, the Middlebury Union High School girls’ soccer team returned many key players from a group that gelled to make a run to the Division II semifinal round in 2013, and added talented newcomers.
ADDISON COUNTY — About this fact, there is no dispute: Five local soccer players who started for their Middlebury and Mount Abraham union high school teams in 2013 will not wear those jerseys in 2014, even though they remain eligible.
Instead, the five — MUHS seniors Calder Birdsey, Oliver Clark and Evan Ryan and two Mount Abe players, senior Theo Weaver and junior Jackie Gorton — will practice and play solely for the Synergy Football Club.
MIDDLEBURY — Commuters driving Route 116 north of East Middlebury might have noticed the construction taking place at the Jehovah’s Witnesses Center of Worship this past month. Many days saw scores of cars and pickup trucks on the property, which was also dotted with tents for staging various construction tasks.
The story of Bristol police busting a sizable drug operation last Friday offers several teachable moments to the general community.
First, it costs money to be vigilant 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Support the police to the level that is appropriate within your community.
The most exciting news story of the week was the announcement by Mary Powell, president and CEO of Green Mountain Power, that the utility and NRG Energy, Inc. of New Jersey were partnering to test the viability of micro-grids in Vermont. The idea is the type of revolutionary thinking that could provide long-term energy security at a local, regional and national level, while also improving long-term political and economic stability.
ADDISON COUNTY — Phase II of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas pipeline, which would involve 19 miles of steel conduit stretching underground from Middlebury to the International Paper mill in Ticonderoga, N.Y., has generated a lot of criticism and comments of concern from citizens who have weighed in on the project this year.
VERGENNES — Reactions at an Aug. 27 public forum devoted to Addison Northwest Supervisory Union’s accounting crisis ranged from a call for the ANwSU board’s resignation to statements backing the board and new superintendent JoAn Canning’s effort to put the district back on course.