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January 5th, 2015
Speaker of the House Shap Smith has spent the past couple of weeks asking Vermonters for their ideas on how the state can reduce property taxes and still maintain a high quality educational system.
He should be careful for what he asks.
Let’s start by saying I was born and raised in Vermont. I have lived in Orwell 18 years, building my home in a beautiful meadow. Over the years I’ve opened the hedgerow between Vera Blakeley’s meadow and mine. My family and I have enjoyed watching that field be used to harvest everything from hay, corn, pumpkins, now solar, “yea.”
This week’s writer is Mary Powell, president and CEO of Green Mountain Power.
December 31st, 2014
NEW HAVEN — The application for what has become a controversial 150-kilowatt community solar array in New Haven was withdrawn on Dec. 19. Waterbury solar firm SunCommon withdrew the application with the Public Service Board citing community concerns.
The proposal would have occupied about one acre on the west side of Route 7 near the Waltham town line. The company noted opposition to the project in its decision to end its bid, and issued the following statement:
MIDDLEBURY — The first-ever contract signed between Porter Medical Center (PMC) and its nurses will, among other things, grant salary increases of 2 percent during each of the three years of the pact.
SALISBURY — The Middlebury Union High School community is mourning the death of 9th-grader Walter “TJ” Duncanson IV, who took his own life on Dec. 26. He was 14.
MIDDLEBURY — A Ripton man on Tuesday told a court that he did not steal prescription drugs from the Rite Aid Pharmacy in a Sunday evening robbery of the Middlebury store.
Michael Maheu, 40, pleaded innocent in Rutland Superior Court, criminal division, to a felony count of larceny from a person, in connection with the Dec. 28 robbery. He faces up to 10 years in jail and/or a fine of up to $500 if convicted.