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July 13th

Grassroots plan for greener county

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — In a grassroots effort to help reduce global warming a citizens’ group has asked Middlebury selectmen to endorse a plan aimed at reducing the community’s greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent by the year 2012.

The Middlebury Area Global Warming Action Committee (MAGWAC) on Tuesday presented selectmen with a 43-page report on the extent to which Middlebury, its residents and commuters are generating greenhouse gases (such as carbon dioxide), and how those gases could be reduced.

MAGWAC members Steve Maier and Peg Martin urged selectmen to adopt four major recommendations within the Middlebury Area Climate Action Plan, including:

• That the town set an example in reducing greenhouse gases on a municipal level by using biodiesel and other alternative fuels for its vehicles and heating; by encouraging public transportation, walking and less driving; by considering “building efficiency standards” for new construction; and by developing a plan to reduce town government-related greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2012.

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Sanders readies for Senate race

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — After 15 years of service as Vermont’s lone representative in the U.S. House, independent Bernard Sanders hopes voters this November will give him a new role in Washington, D.C. — as a United States senator.

Sanders, 64, is seeking to fill the spot being vacated by longtime Sen. James Jeffords, I-Vt. The fiery progressive congressman and former Burlington mayor faces competition from IDX Systems founder Richard Tarrant, a Colchester Republican.

During a far-ranging interview on July 7 at the Addison Independent, Sanders shared his views on such issues as the war in Iraq, farming, job creation, the federal deficit and health care.

As usual, he did not mince words.

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July 10th

Middlebury tax rate up 7 cents

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury selectmen on Thursday set a fiscal year 2006-2007 residential tax rate of $2.2103 per $100 in property value, an increase of approximately 7 cents compared to the current residential rate of $2.1397.

Middlebury overall rate for non-residential properties (business and second homes) was set at $2.055 per $100 in property value.

The new tax obligation reflects a municipal rate of 73.6 cents per $100, which includes 2 cents for the fire equipment replacement fund and 1 cent for the land conservation fund. The previous municipal rate was 69 cents per $100.

Also reflected in the new rate is an education property tax rate of $1.474 per $100 for residents and a non-residential school property tax rate of $1.32 per $100.

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McGrath announces bid for House

By JOHN FLOWERS

FERRISBURGH — Former Rep. Tom McGrath of Ferrisburgh has thrown his hat into an already bustling ring of candidates for the two House seats representing Addison-3, a move that will trigger a Republican primary contest in the Vergennes-area district.

McGrath’s entry into the race sets up a GOP primary in which he will compete against incumbent Rep. Greg Clark of Vergennes and former Vergennes Mayor Kitty Oxholm. The top two finishers will move on to the general election, where they will face Vergennes Democrat Diane Lanpher and current Vergennes Mayor April Jin, who is running under the Progressive Party banner.

The Addison-3 district includes the communities of Ferrisburgh, Vergennes, Panton, Addison and Waltham. Longtime incumbent Rep. Connie Houston, R-Ferrisburgh, will not seek re-election.

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Otter Creek brewing green

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — Otter Creek Brewing’s award-winning beer is getting greener and greener.

No, we’re not talking about a build-up to a special St. Patrick’s Day promotion.

The green, in this case, symbolizes the many environmentally friendly processes the Middlebury-based brewery is using in production of the more than 30,000 barrels of beer it ships out annually to 22 states.

“It’s not one big thing we’re doing, but a lot of small things that add up,” Otter Creek Brewing President and owner Morgan Wolaver said during a Thursday tour that meandered around imposing steel vats, humming machinery and busy employees at Otter Creek’s Exchange Street plant.

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July 5th

Shoreham affordable housing units proposed

By JOHN FLOWERS

SHOREHAM — Jeremiah Parker has spent his professional life restoring historic homes and barns to their former glory.

Now he wants to take a temporary detour from renovation to build some brand new homes — seven of them, to be precise. He is proposing those new abodes as part of “Green Woods Village,” an eight-lot subdivision that would be located on a four-acre parcel in the village of Shoreham.

Parker, the owner of Shoreham-based Jeremiah Parker Restoration, is collaborating with the Addison County Community Trust (ACCT) to find state and federal grants to make the new homes more affordable for middle-income buyers. He said he wants to market the development to people of all walks of life, who would benefit from the project’s proximity to town services, schools and churches.

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Bristol OK'd for downtown designation

By CYRUS LEVESQUE

BRISTOL — The Vermont Downtown Development Board last week awarded its official “downtown designation” to Bristol, which could make available more than $2 million in grants and tax credits to residents, business owners and property owners in the downtown area as well as to the town itself.

“It’s a fairly big deal,” said Joss Besse, coordinator of the Downtown Program of the Vermont Agency of Commerce. “The community has demonstrated it’s done a lot of work already (preserving) the downtown area.”

In order to obtain the downtown designation, which was created under the 1998 Downtown Development Act, a community must demonstrate a long-term commitment to revitalization through planning, capital improvements, economic development, and preservation of historic resources.

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Steve Jackson throws his hat into the ring for House seat

By JOHN FLOWERS

SHOREHAM — Having spent years selling apples, fudge and hot dogs, it’s only appropriate that Steve Jackson would use a food metaphor in describing Vermont’s economy.

The Shoreham Republican, one of two candidates in the running for the Addison-Rutland-1 seat in the Vermont House, likens the state’s economy to a pie that needs to be super-sized.

“Whenever I hear that money is needed to fund particular programs in the state of Vermont, it’s always, ‘What department are we going to take it out of?’” Jackson said. “It’s like the pie can be only one size. How about making the pie bigger?”

Jackson proposes to make Vermont’s economic pie larger by making it an even bigger draw for tourists, while encouraging the state’s smaller communities to follow Middlebury’s lead in creating their own industrial/business parks.

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