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Charter House needs help feeding and housing our neighbors

Posted on April 15, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The Charter House Coalition could use a few more cogs to power its formidable engine that delivers food, clothing and shelter to Middlebury-area folks in need of a boost.

Established in 2005, the coalition is a nonprofit association of local religious groups and individuals who each year donate hundreds of volunteer hours and thousands of dollars to make sure the less fortunate in our midst have access to the basic necessities.

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A number of organizations make up the volunteer network

Posted on April 15, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



The United Way of Addison County and RSVP each have their own mission, support a number of community initiatives and lead some of their own. These programs are always in need of volunteer support.

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State, feds allege fraud at Jay Peak

Posted on April 14, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin, Department of Financial Regulation (DFR) Commissioner Susan Donegan, Attorney General William Sorrell, and Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) Secretary Patricia Moulton today announced that the State and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have filed similar civil actions alleging investor fraud dating back to 2008 at EB-5 development projects run by Florida resident Ariel Quiros and Bill Stenger.

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Orwell vote stops unification in Addison-Rutland district

Posted on April 14, 2016 |
By John Flowers



ORWELL — Orwell residents on Tuesday voted 211 to 121 against joining five Rutland County communities in forming a “Slate Valley Unified Union School District” that would have been governed by a single board presiding over a global education budget for all of the schools in the new union.

“A pretty strong message was sent,” Orwell’s Alyson Eastman, chairwoman of the Addison-Rutland Supervisory Union’s Act 46 Study Committee, said on Wednesday of her community’s vote on the issue.

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Vermont Green Line: We'll pay Ferrisburgh fees

Posted on April 14, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — In emails this week to the Independent, the companies proposing the $650 million Vermont Green Line said they would pay the town of Ferrisburgh’s legal fees to review a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the companies and town for compensation for allowing work in town rights of way.

The emails said compensation — pegged at $40,000 for these preliminary costs alone — could also go toward the town’s other expenses researching the project.

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'Hansel and Gretel' make their way to Addison County

Posted on April 14, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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ROCHESTER — Bald Mountain Theater, based in Rochester, will embark on its first region-wide tour this spring, presenting an original adaptation of the folk classic “Hansel and Gretel.”

In Addison County, the show will run in Vergennes on Sunday, April 17, at 1 and 4 p.m. at the Vergennes Opera House; in Middlebury on Saturday, April 23, at 2 and 7 p.m. at the Middlebury Union High School auditorium; and in Bristol on Sunday, May 1, at 1 and 4 p.m. at Holley Hall.

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Two key employees buy Middlebury bike shop

Posted on April 14, 2016 |
By Evan Johnson



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MIDDLEBURY — New owners who officially took the helm of Middlebury’s only bike shop, The Bike Center, say Addison County cyclists will continue to be able to choose from a full menu of bike services and get advice on riding in the area this season.

The one new thing cyclists will encounter is a new sign: They are changing the shop’s name to Frog Hollow Bikes.

Local cyclists and Bike Center employees Chas Lyons and Carl Robinson just recently bought the shop on Main Street from longtime owner David Tier.

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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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Bristol-area teachers and schools reach contract accord

Posted on April 14, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



BRISTOL — Teachers in the Bristol-area school district and school officials have reached a tentative contract agreement.

The contract between the Addison Northeast Education Association (teachers union) and the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union covers the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years, Interim Superintendent Armando Vilaseca said on Tuesday.

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State OKs ‘biogas’ pipeline in Salisbury

Posted on April 14, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



SALISBURY — The Vermont Public Service Board on Friday authorized the construction and operation of a pipeline to send methane gas, derived from organic waste, from the Goodrich family farm on Shard Villa Road in Salisbury to Middlebury College. The project is being spearheaded by a company called Lincoln Renewable Natural Gas, or Lincoln RNG.

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