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Baser bill seeks boost in homes for new workers

Posted on February 22, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MONTPELIER — A local lawmaker is spearheading an effort to increase affordable housing opportunities for young Vermonters who might otherwise leave to pursue careers in other states where the cost of living is lower.

The proposed law is bill H.702, an initiative led by Rep. Fred Baser, R-Bristol, at the urging of the Addison County Economic Development Corp. (ACEDC). The bill, among other things, calls for the creation of two “workforce housing projects” of at least 12 units each to be built in the state.

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Milk truck accident under investigation

Posted on February 20, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police continue to investigate a Friday afternoon accident in the community’s downtown rotary that led to the capsizing of a tractor trailer unit carrying 64,000 pounds of milk. Middlebury Fire Chief Dave Shaw said the truck driver claimed the trailer separated from the truck after he was forced to brake suddenly for a vehicle that had entered the rotary at the same time.

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Addison County lawmakers pan proposed pot legalization

Posted on February 18, 2016 |
By John Flowers



VERGENNES — If the Vermont Legislature passes a bill this year legalizing small quantities of marijuana, it will not come with the support of a majority of Addison County lawmakers.

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State budget features $68M gap

Posted on February 18, 2016 |
By John Flowers



VERGENNES — State lawmakers and Gov. Peter Shumlin are trying to resolve a $68 million revenue shortfall in the fiscal year 2017 general fund budget. While state politicians agree on the magnitude of the financial problem, it’s clear that there is far from consensus on how to mop up the red ink.

Rep. Diane Lanpher, D-Vergennes, provided an update on the fiscal year 2017 budget at Monday’s legislative breakfast in Vergennes. Lanpher is a member of the House Appropriations Committee, which considers funding requests for state agencies and programs.

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ACSU forum to focus on unification effort

Posted on February 18, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Independent this Sunday, Feb. 21, will co-sponsor a forum for candidates running for a new, 13-member school board that would represent a unified Addison Central unified school district.

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Local builder stars in 'This Old House'

Posted on February 18, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The long running, popular PBS television show “This Old House” will soon showcase the wares of a Middlebury-based business that specializes in construction of new old houses — Connor Homes.

Representatives of the show confirmed on Tuesday that Connor Homes will provide a pre-engineered, 3,000-square-foot home that will be assembled at an Essex, Mass., site for a young family during the course of 10 upcoming episodes of “This Old House” for a project titled, “North Shore Farmhouse.”

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Starksboro firefighters stop chimney fire

Posted on February 16, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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STARKSBORO — A suspected chimney fire on Saturday, Feb. 13, caused some significant damage to the upper floor of a single-family home at Lewis Creek Farm off Route 116 in Starksboro, but the structure was saved during a frigid night thanks to the efforts of firefighters from several area departments.

It was at around 6 p.m. that Starksboro firefighters were toned out to the reported fire at 3071 Route 116, according to Chief Tom Estey. Homeowner Hank Bissell reported the fire after noticing smoke in the house, Estey said.

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Middlebury broadband initiative could help area

Posted on February 15, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury has hired a consultant to devise a state-of-the-art broadband telecommunications system that would serve the seven towns within the Addison Central Supervisory Union and — organizers hope — serve as a powerful catalyst for economic development.

Dave Silberman, a Middlebury resident who telecommutes to his job as a financial services company executive in California, understands the need for a high-speed Internet connection.

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Middlebury considers police dog program

Posted on February 8, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Police Department wants to re-establish its police dog program, an undertaking that would require an approximately $50,000 up-front investment from the community.

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