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Porter Medical Center asks regulator for 3 percent spending hike

Posted on August 28, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Green Mountain Care Board this week reviewed a proposed fiscal year 2015 Porter Medical Center (PMC) budget of $74,323,358, representing a 3.3-percent increase in spending. The state health care regulator is scheduled to decide within a few weeks whether to accept the budget or request that Porter make changes to it.

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Garden club highlights roadside attractions

Posted on August 28, 2014 |
By Middlebury Garden Club



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ADDISON COUNTY — The Middlebury Garden Club has announced the winners of its annual “Roadside Attractions Awards.” These accolades recognize gardens cultivated by people around the county who are not members of the club.

The theme for all these gardens is that they can be enjoyed from the road while passing by in a car or on foot.

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George, Poole garner most votes in write-in contest for side judge

Posted on August 28, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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ADDISON COUNTY — Lobbying for write-in support on Tuesday were the three candidates for Addison County side judge: Alice George of Middlebury, Mark Smith of Middlebury and Irene Poole of Ripton. No one had filed nomination papers for the county’s two side judge vacancies at the filing deadline in June. So George, Smith and Poole have all decided to lobby for the minimum 50 write-in votes they will need to get on the Nov. 4 ballot.

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State to provide independent appraisers in pipeline eminent domain cases

Posted on August 26, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



MONTPELIER — Gov. Peter Shumlin on Monday directed the Department of Public Service to provide independent appraisals for landowners entering eminent domain proceedings with Vermont Gas Systems for Phase I of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project.

The governor announced the policy changes in replying to a letter written by three Addison County legislators earlier this month, who expressed concerns about the project.

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A garden can be a loving journey through ages and stages

Posted on August 25, 2014 |
By Judith Irven



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“A garden should be in a constant state of fluid change, expansion, experiment, adventure; above all it should be an inquisitive, loving but self-critical journey on the part of its owner.”

— H.E. Bates

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Emily Peyton hopes to shake up GOP primary

Posted on August 21, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Emily Peyton of Putney makes no apologies for having never run for an elected position less lofty than that of governor.

“If the ship is headed up for an iceberg, why sign up for the crew?” the erstwhile independent candidate asked, rhetorically, with a smile on Tuesday while discussing her third try at Vermont’s top executive post.

“I think we need a new direction.”

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Some states have property rights advocates — why doesn't Vermont?

Posted on August 21, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



ADDISON COUNTY — For months, landowners along the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project pipeline route have asked state regulators to provide them with legal help to negotiate easements with Vermont Gas Systems.

The Office of the Attorney General does not represent private citizens, and many landowners feel the Department of Public Service has not offered adequate legal support, leaving them with few resources to represent their best interests.

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Does algae threaten Lake Champlain drinking water?

Posted on August 21, 2014 |
By Jenevra Wetmore



VERMONT — For three days early this August Ohio’s fourth-largest city had no drinking water. Toledo’s tap water, supplied by Lake Erie, was contaminated with toxins produced by blue-green algae, forcing 500,000 residents to turn off their taps.

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Local primary election candidates profiled

Posted on August 21, 2014 |
By Addison Independent Staff



ADDISON COUNTY — When voters in Addison County go to the polls for the primary election on Tuesday, Aug. 26, they will have one contested race for a Vermont House seat and several candidates seeking to get enough votes to qualify to get on the General Election ballot.

In the past few months the Addison Independent has published profiles of candidates involved in competitive elections. Click on the links below to read about these candidates.

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ANeSU communities see tax levies increase

Posted on August 18, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



ADDISON COUNTY — Most property owners in the five-town area are seeing higher tax bills than last year.

Selectboards in Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton, New Haven and Starksboro set municipal tax rates in the past month or so to pay for town staffing obligations and highway spending.

Town leaders have also received final homestead and non-residential school tax rates from the state, allowing towns to send out 2014-2015 tax bills. Each of the five towns are served by the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union.

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