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New Haven board approves Vermont Green Line

Posted on April 14, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



NEW HAVEN — After a four-hour emergency meeting Tuesday night, the New Haven selectboard ratified a set of terms that could pave the way for building a big electric power converter station in town and pour millions of dollars into municipal coffers.

“We’re 99.5 percent there, maybe 99.9 percent there,” said Selectman Steve Dupoise, a member of the team negotiating with developers of the Vermont Green Line (VGL), which would bring wind and hydro power from upstate New York into the New England grid at the VELCO substation in New Haven.

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Rail bridges' impact leads to talk of lawsuit

Posted on April 14, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — A group of downtown Middlebury property owners has given municipal and state transportation officials until the end of this month to produce more environmental and safety-related information about the upcoming replacement of the Main Street and Merchants Row railroad bridges, or they will take legal action.

That request is contained in an April 11 letter from local attorney Peter Langrock to the Middlebury selectboard.

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New citizens are all smiles at Beeman

Posted on April 14, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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NEW HAVEN — Melinda Knights, a native of the Philippines, first came to the United States in 2009.

“Since I was small I was dreaming to come here to the United States,” the St. Johnsbury resident told a questioner at the Beeman Elementary School gym on Tuesday afternoon.

“I really, really love this country,” Knights continued. “And I am so very proud that I am here today.”

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Candidates for governor share their ideas at forum in Middlebury

Posted on April 14, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Four of the current five candidates for Vermont governor weighed in on some meaty issues — including the minimum wage, economic development and state taxes — in an April 9 forum in Middlebury sponsored by Rights & Democracy, a new grassroots organization focused on issues facing working families.

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160-year-old Bristol barn wins restoration grant

Posted on April 14, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — A recently awarded historic preservation grant will help restore a 150-year-old barn on the Rocky Dale Gardens property in Bristol.

“We’re elated,” said Rocky Dale owner and landscape designer Ed Burke, of the $15,000 matching grant from the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development’s Division for Historic Preservation.

“It’s still a costly and uphill battle for us to do this, but we find it incredibly important to this homestead and to this business.”

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Salisbury aims to close its town dump by early 2017

Posted on April 11, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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SALISBURY — Salisbury’s unlined landfill could cease accepting trash by the end of this year.

The local selectboard is preparing to close the community landfill in the aftermath of a Town Meeting Day referendum that saw Salisbury residents vote 229 to 98 to shut down the facility.

In the meantime, Salisbury will pursue membership with the Addison County Solid Waste Management District, which coordinates the solid waste and recycling needs for the vast majority of towns in the county.

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Some are upset that small farms get break in clean water rules

Posted on April 11, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



ADDISON COUNTY — As the latest revision of proposed farming practice rules loosens requirements on an estimated 1,000 Vermont farms, some in the agriculture community are wondering what happened to the rallying cry “All in!” on Lake Champlain cleanup.

“We went into this water quality understanding that we (farmers) own 40 percent of the problem. And we are in, and we are working,” said Marie Audet of Bridport’s Blue Spruce Farm at a recent luncheon with county legislators.

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Bernie's book nets thousands of dollars for Parent/Child Center

Posted on April 11, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — A marathon speech delivered by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., more than five years ago is now paying some big dividends to the Addison County Parent/Child Center.

It was on Dec. 10, 2010, that Sanders — now in a battle for the Democratic nomination for president — took to the podium in the U.S. Senate chambers and launched into an eight-and-a-half-hour filibuster decrying the preservation of the Bush-era tax cuts for the highest wage-earners.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer discusses his work locally

Posted on April 11, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — John White, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer whose career spans more than four decades, will give a talk and presentation of his work at Middlebury College on Tuesday, April 12, at 4:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall. At the event, titled “In Flight: The life and work of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer John White,” he will share some of his images, and discuss the people and the stories behind them. A reception will follow. 

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Trained dogs help students learn to read

Posted on April 11, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — In a quiet corner of the student support room at the Neshobe Elementary School in Brandon, a boy reads and a dog listens.

It’s Friday, and third-grader William Burt, 9, is carefully reading aloud to Ivan, a two-year-old German shorthaired pointer, and Ivan’s owner, Kristie Adams.

Ivan is a therapy dog, and once a month Adams brings him to Neshobe through a program offered by Caring Canines Therapy, a nonprofit group based in Massachusetts. He is one of three dogs that visit the student support room at Neshobe to do just that: support.

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