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Vergennes solar project receives final touches before deadline

Posted on January 2, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Workers earlier this week were putting the finishing touches on a double solar array near the Vergennes sewer plant that is projected to save the city $4,120 a year on its power bill.

About half of the nearly 500 solar panels are being placed on the plant’s lawn, and the rest sited on a knoll behind the nearby Vergennes-Panton Water District office.

The combined array is rated at 149 kilowatts and is expected to produce 200,000 kwh a year, all of which will be sent directly into the larger Green Mountain Power grid.

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ANwSU beginning search for a new leader

Posted on January 2, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Addison Northwest Supervisory Union has begun a formal search for a replacement for longtime superintendent Tom O’Brien; his co-superintendent during this school year, Addison Central School Principal Wayne Howe, has confirmed he is a candidate for the full position.

O’Brien, 65, an Orwell resident, announced in late November 2012 he would step down this June, which will complete his 13th year leading ANwSU and his 30th leading school districts in Washington state, Maine and Vermont.

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Middlebury hires new planner

Posted on January 2, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s six-month, cross-country search for a new town planner has finally paid dividends, with the hiring of Eric Blair of Portland, Ore.

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Starksboro man gets assurance on health insurance

Posted on January 2, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



STARKSBORO — Jeffrey Keeney, the Starksboro man who was having trouble with the Vermont Health Connect website and the focus of an article in our Dec. 19 issue, told the Independent this week that he completed the application for himself and his family Dec. 24. Keeney said a VHC representative told him that his family’s insurance should begin on time on Jan. 1.

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Middlebury New Year's Eve fireworks moved to Rec Park

Posted on December 31, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — Town officials in Middlebury on Tuesday announced that they have moved the location of Tuesday night’s annual New Year’s Eve fireworks display.

Due to severe icing conditions at the American Legion Field on Creek Road — the traditional site for the fireworks — the fireworks display was moved to the recreation park between Mary Hogan School and the Memorial Sports Center.

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Senior luncheon to be held in Middlebury next Friday

Posted on December 27, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — CVAA invites seniors to the New Year’s First Friday Luncheon kickoff on Jan. 3 at the VFW hall on Exchange Street in Middlebury.

Participants will enjoy a meal of roast pork with gravy, baked stuffed potatoes with cheddar cheese and ranch dressing, roasted beets, butternut squash, onions, red potatoes, applesauce, zucchini bread, and chocolate brownies with white chips and ice cream for dessert.

Seniors ages 60 and older are welcome to attend.  Suggested donation is $4.

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Police plan patrols for New Year's Eve

Posted on December 27, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Police Department, in cooperation with other Addison County law enforcement agencies, will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint, as well as saturation patrols, on New Year’s Eve, Chief George Merkel announced on Friday. This initiative is in support of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program’s Holiday Safety campaign.

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State gives OK for natural gas pipeline through Addison County

Posted on December 24, 2013 |
By John Flowers and Zach Despart



MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Public Service Board on Monday gave its conditional approval to, and issued a Certificate of Public Good for, Vermont Gas Systems’ proposed 41-mile natural gas pipeline from Colchester to Middlebury and Vergennes.

The $86 million project could be delivering natural gas to businesses along Middlebury’s Exchange Street by late next year, followed by service to other areas of Middlebury and Vergennes, as well as pockets of consumers in Monkton, Ferrisburgh, New Haven, Bristol and East Middlebury.

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County's final deer kill decreases as muzzleloader and bow counts drop

Posted on December 24, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON COUNTY — Relatively low numbers for fall and December archery and muzzleloader deer seasons left the overall 2013 Addison County hunting success rate short of that in most recent years.

The total number of deer weighed at the county’s nine weigh stations ended at 807, down by almost 8 percent from last year’s total of 875.

The breakdown for this year was:

•  Bow season: 132.

•  Youth Hunting Weekend: 109.

•  Rifle season: 421.

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Entrepreneur turns 'Recess' into a business

Posted on December 24, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — It’s an oft-repeated joke that still gets a chuckle or two: “Did you hear about (place name of butt of joke here)? His favorite subject at school was recess!”

Well, Alex Consalvo’s favorite subject these days is an enterprise called “Recess,” and he and business partner Ward Wolff are hoping to smile all the way to the bank.

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