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November 19th, 2014
North America is a land where, as Jackson Browne says on his new album, “Even in the richer neighborhoods, people don’t know when they’ve got it good. They’ve got the envy, and they’ve got it bad.”
Which is one more reason it’s a good thing that in Canada and the United States, we set aside one holiday weekend a year to count our blessings.
MIDDLEBURY — Four Middlebury families were left without housing this past Saturday evening when a fire that authorities believe was caused by a space heater did substantial damage to an apartment building at 36 Seymour St.
The Addison Independent is proud to publish the Students of the Week from area High Schools each week. The students are chosen by teachers and administration from each school who would like to recognize their exceptional engagement in the high schools they attend.
MIDDLEBURY — Some of the candidates in the county’s four contested House districts raised in excess of $9,000 in an effort to get elected this past Nov. 4, according to campaign finance records available online through the Vermont Secretary of State.
Those records, covering campaign expenditures through Nov. 1, show the latest fund-raising totals for the candidates — including the size and origin of the contributions in excess of $100, as well as how many donations they received of less than $100.
NEW HAVEN — As New Haven sorts through more than a dozen solar projects proposed in town, a resident has an idea that he says would mollify the siting concerns of neighbors and also allow solar firms to make the best use of the town’s abundance of flat, open farmland.
Residents have raised concerns about the Public Service Board approving one-acre, 150-kilowatt solar arrays to be built in residential areas, often a stone’s throw from their homes. Some say they’re ugly, while others are concerned that nearby arrays will devalue their property.
VERGENNES — Residents of the five Addison Northwest Supervisory Union communities have opportunities to learn more about their schools’ finances and long-delayed audits at upcoming board meetings.
Audits for the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 fiscal years for all four ANwSU schools and the central office were completed in October, and officials have set aside time at board meetings to field residents’ questions about the results.
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont had the distinction in 2000 of becoming the first state in the union to approve a civil unions law, through which same-sex couples were extended many of the same rights as heterosexual married couples. Nine years later, Vermont became the first state to approve a same-sex marriage law without being required to do so by a court decision.