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October 13th, 2014
MONTPELIER — The Public Service Board on Friday decided not to reopen the Certificate of Public Good it issued Phase I of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project, allowing construction of the pipeline from Colchester to Middlebury and Vergennes to continue.
The state utilities regulator also detailed an increased burden on Vermont Gas Systems ratepayers, who will ultimately pay for the pipeline project.
NEW HAVEN — In the final days of the Addison County Fair and Field Days this past August, Ken Button, one of the fair’s directors, was counting the tickets that had been collected that week. He was trying to get a sense of how many people had come through the gates. On the table in front of him lay stacks of exhibitor day passes and season passes arranged by type of ticket.
But when he looked closely at the stacks of tickets, something didn’t look right.
MIDDLEBURY — Peter Welch is running in more ways than one. The four-term Democrat took some time out before a jog in the Middlebury area last week to discuss some foreign and domestic issues during his run for another two years as Vermont’s lone representative in the U.S. House.
BRISTOL — A house of worship is more accessible to parishioners and a food shelf is better able to serve the community, thanks to a $250,000 renovation of St. Ambrose church in Bristol.
MIDDLEBURY — In the kind of battle that could help both teams prepare for the upcoming playoffs, the host Middlebury Union High School field hockey team on Friday made a beautiful early goal stand up against Mount Abraham’s second-half onslaught and won, 1-0.
BRISTOL — After 15 years with the Mount Abraham Union High School football program, almost seven years as its head coach, Ernie Senecal resigned this past week.
Both Senecal and Mount Abe Co-Athletic Director Jeff Stetson cited “personal reasons.” But Senecal acknowledged that some of those reasons came because of “some of the things that have been said about me,” citing complaints about his leadership and treatment of some athletes, complaints that he said were unfair.
ADDISON COUNTY — In Saturday football action, Middlebury and Otter Valley each won handily, but the Mount Abraham/Vergennes squad came up just short in a game with postseason implications.
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school field hockey play in the latter half of last week, Mount Abraham stretched a winning streak, Middlebury gave undefeated Essex a battle in a loss, and Otter Valley posted two tight wins against Marble Valley League rivals.
MUHS also hosted Mount Abe on Friday; see story.