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Chronology 2009: A year of farewells and new beginnings

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Editor’s note: The change of the year is a good time to look back over the last 12 months and recall where we’ve been before diving into the 12 months ahead of us. We present this look back at 2009 to help you bring to mind the big stories of the year and also some of the smaller ones that have touched our lives in Addison County. Happy New Year!

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County preparing to celebrate New Year's

Posted on December 30, 2009 |
By Andrea Suozzo



ADDISON COUNTY — This New Year’s Eve, thousands will watch the ball drop in Times Square. Here in Vermont, there won’t be police barricades or headlining pop singers, but there will be plenty of other events around the county to ring in 2010.

Bristol’s fourth annual Best Night celebration will feature a series of concerts and activities in three town venues — Holley Hall, First Baptist Church and the Walkover Gallery. Events will run from 3 until 11 p.m., starting with a fire organ on the Bristol Green and finishing with a dance party in Holley Hall.

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Suiting up as Santa: Local stand-ins lend jolly old St. Nick a hand

Posted on December 23, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



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ADDISON COUNTY — It’s a busy time of year for Addison County residents — and a busier time still for the man of the hour, Kris Kringle, who is slated to swing by local homes late Thursday night on his annual Christmas rounds.

Kringle was unavailable for comment Monday at his North Pole workshop, but sources close to the man confirmed that Kringle, who also goes by “Santa Claus” and “Jolly Old St. Nick,” had spent much of December deep in plans for the big event.

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Farmers consider changes to land conservation deal

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ADDISON COUNTY — Loren Wood was 18 years old in 1972 when he and his family relocated from New Hampshire to Vermont, leaving a farm just outside of Manchester to set up shop in Shoreham.

At the time, Wood remembers, the farmland around Manchester was slowly beginning to be transformed by development — a house here and a house there.

“It’s not hard to see why we chose to conserve our land,” Wood said. “It bothers me to see good farmland go to houses.”

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Emergency aid arrives for local dairy farmers

Posted on December 21, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



ADDISON COUNTY — The U.S. Department of Agriculture late last week announced that emergency aid payments, approved by federal lawmakers earlier this fall, will soon be on their way to struggling dairy farmers.

The new Dairy Economic Loss Assistance Payment (DELAP) program will distribute $290 million to dairy farmers across the country. The funding is part of a $350 million dairy assistance measure Congress approved in October at the request of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

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More kids sit down to breakfast at school

Posted on December 17, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



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ADDISON COUNTY — The number of Vermont schoolchildren participating in school breakfast programs is on the rise, but many school administrators and food program directors are finding that federal and state reimbursements for the programs aren’t covering the costs of those initiatives.

On average, almost 15,000 low-income schoolchildren eat a free school breakfast every day in Vermont. That number represents a 15.5 percent increase over last year’s figures, according to the Food Research and Action Center, and marks the largest percent increase in the country.

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Cow Power farms find reprieve in new rates

Posted on December 17, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



ADDISON COUNTY — Three “Cow Power” farms that pioneered the generation of electricity from manure are suffering because they say the price they are paid for that power doesn’t meet the cost of producing it. Now they are getting some relief from the Public Service Board, which last week approved a temporary hike in that price.

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County recovers after windstorm

Posted on December 14, 2009 |
By John S. McCright and Kathryn Flagg



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ADDISON COUNTY — As powerful winds swept through Addison County on Wednesday afternoon, Middlebury residents Mike and Marcia Adams kept a close eye on the wind gauge installed at their Munger Street home.

The wind was howling at a pretty steady 50 or 60 miles an hour, Mike Adams said. It was three or four o’clock in the afternoon by then. Outside, trees cracked and shimmied in the wind.

The gusts that plowed through Bennington, Rutland and Addison counties that afternoon toppled trees and power lines, leaving an estimated 19,000 Vermont households without power.

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H1N1 cases beginning to dwindle

Posted on December 10, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



ADDISON COUNTY — The hospital and doctors’ offices in Addison County are enjoying the calm after the storm, after the number of cases of the H1N1 “swine” flu has reportedly tapered off over the last two weeks.

Vermont Health Commissioner Wendy Davis last week said the swine flu outbreak appeared to be waning in the state, though she warned that the illness could return in another wave and urged “high risk” patients to get vaccinated.

Still, the flu virus is keeping county healthcare providers — especially family practices and pediatricians’ offices — plenty busy.

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Breaking news: High winds cut power to 14,000 Vermont homes

Posted on December 9, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON COUNTY — Hundreds of homes around Addison County and Brandon lost power on Wednesday in the high winds of winter’s first serious storm.

According to Central Vermont Public Service Corp. spokeswoman Christine Rivers, more homes in Addison County lost power by late Wednesday afternoon — 2,700 — than in any other Vermont county except Rutland County, where 4,200 CVPS customers had lost power as of 4 p.m.

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