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October 22nd, 2009

Joint football effort worth a serious look

Posted on October 22, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



Football can play an important role at a school. Back when Mount Abraham Union High School adopted the sport, I remember co-athletic director Jeff Stetson making the point that football would serve students that Mount Abe’s other fall sports — soccer and cross country, which both favor greyhounds, not Great Danes — did not. Over the years, it’s fair to say he’s been proven right, regardless of the program’s ups and downs.

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Champlain Bridge damage evaluated

Posted on October 22, 2009 |
By John Flowers



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ADDISON — Vermont transportation officials have declared an emergency in an effort to leverage more federal assistance in fixing the Champlain Bridge and in developing short-term solutions in getting commuters across Lake Champlain between Addison County, Vt., and Essex County, N.Y.

Vermont Transportation Secretary David Dill announced the emergency declaration at a press conference in Middlebury on Tuesday, five days after New York and Vermont authorities closed the Champlain Bridge when an inspection revealed substantial concrete deterioration to two of the span’s 12 piers.

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Businesses hit hard by bridge closing

Posted on October 22, 2009 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — To tourists, the Champlain Bridge has for the past 80 years served as a convenient conduit from Vermont to New York state across Lake Champlain.

But the span has also served as a key funnel for economic activity in Addison County, ushering in hundreds of New Yorkers daily who work at area businesses and who shop at local stores.

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Families stranded from their livelihoods

Posted on October 22, 2009 |
By John Flowers



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ADDISON — Robert Smith, co-owner of the Chimney Point Dairy Farm in Addison, has 100 acres of corn and 45 acres of soybeans growing on land a tantalizing six miles away in New York state.

“It’s so close you can almost taste it,” Smith said on Monday.

So close, yet so far.

Smith tried to harvest that corn last Friday, the day authorities closed both lanes of the Champlain Bridge due to concerns about the 80-year-old span’s structural supports. Officials would not make an exception to allow Smith’s agricultural equipment to cross over Lake Champlain on the bridge.

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Ferrisburgh heading to court over Rt. 7 project

Posted on October 22, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — As many on both sides of the issue have said they expected, South Burlington firm Champlain Oil Co.’s controversial Ferrisburgh proposal for a Route 7 gas station, convenience store and fast food restaurant is headed to court.

Champlain Oil (COCO) and Friends of Ferrisburgh for Responsible Growth have both appealed to Environmental Court the Ferrisburgh’s Zoning Board of Adjustment’s Sept. 16 conditional approval of COCO’s planned 9-acre development at the former site of the Ferrisburgh Roadhouse.

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Bill would put medical marijuana in pharmacies

Posted on October 22, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



ADDISON COUNTY — An Addison County lawmaker is pushing for legislation that would make it easier for approved Vermont users of medical marijuana to obtain the drug. That effort comes as the Obama administration earlier this week directed federal prosecutors not to pursue cases against drug users complying with state medical marijuana laws.

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MUHS field hockey shuts down Brattleboro; CVU next on Friday

Posted on October 22, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — The No. 8 Middlebury Union High School field hockey team dominated visiting No. 9 Brattleboro in a first-round Division I playoff game on Wednesday and claimed a 2-0 win.

The 6-6-3 Tigers out-shot the 6-8-1 Colonels, 15-2, and scored a goal in each half to earn a shot at undefeated top-seed Champlain Valley (14-0) in the quarterfinal round. CVU will host that game at 3:30 p.m. on Friday. The Tigers lost twice to the defending champion Redhawks this fall, 2-0 at CVU, and 2-1 in overtime at home on Oct. 10.

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Cornwall judge confirmed as chair of U.S. sentencing commission

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Chief United States District Judge William K. Sessions III of Cornwall was confirmed today by the Senate as chair of the United States Sentencing Commission. Sessions had been nominated for this post by President Barack Obama on April 20, 2009.

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