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August 7th

Grassroots hope for Lt. Governor race

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — As director of AmeriCorps*VISTA, Sen. Matt Dunne, D-Hartland, organized thousands of people to perform community service projects throughout the nation.

Dunne, 36, is now organizing a grassroots campaign that he hopes will push him over the top in his bid to unseat incumbent Lt. Gov. Michael Dubie.

Dunne was in Middlebury last week stumping for support in anticipation of his first hurdle in the election — a primary contest against fellow Democrat John Tracy, a Burlington representative in the Vermont House.

“I want the next generation to be able to earn a living and stay in Vermont, and I plan to work hard to make the state a place where our children and grandchildren can live in strong, vibrant communities,” Dunne said.

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August 3rd

Symington's to-do list

By JOHN FLOWERS

MONTPELIER — Election day is still three months away, but that hasn’t kept Vermont House Speaker Gaye Symington from drafting a 2007 legislative “to-do” list that includes re-examining Vermont’s use of the property tax; devising a long-range energy plan; helping farmers; and implementing health care reform measures.

Symington, a Jericho Democrat, recently discussed her 2007 agenda during a far ranging interview at the Addison Independent offices. With Democrats currently holding an 83-60 seat edge over Republicans in the Vermont House, it appears unlikely that she will have to give up the gavel this winter. Symington believes her party could even pick up a few seats, though she does not anticipate Democrats will be able to muster the two-thirds majority they would need to override gubernatorial vetoes.

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Great Wall to Mt. Abe

By MEGAN GAMBINO

LINCOLN — After thunderstorms subsided Tuesday morning, a group of high school students and educators from South China and Vermont left from the base of Battell Trail to hike to the top of Lincoln’s Mount Abraham. Their mission on a small scale was to reach the top.

But on a grander scale, they hoped to bridge a cultural divide, through a shared interest in the environment.

The 12 Chinese students, four Chinese educators, three Vermont students and two Vermont educators are all participants of Green Across the Pacific, an intensive three-week summer program that teams American and Chinese teenagers to study natural resource management and environmental leadership.

This year’s program, which began on July 16, has addressed topics such as wind power, invasive plants, mercury pollution and transportation issues, and the group’s travels have taken them all across central and northern Vermont. Stops in Addison County included a lesson on turning cow manure into electricity at the Blue Spruce Farm in Bridport, and visits to Middlebury’s OMYA quarry and Shoreham’s Champlain Orchards, Millborne Farms and Golden Russet Farm.

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July 31st

College to contribute to Town Hall Theater

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College on Friday took center stage when the institution pledged to contribute $125,000 toward the $4 million project to renovate the Town Hall Theater.

The pledge, which will be paid over five years, will be used specifically for interior repairs to the 122-year-old building on Middlebury’s Merchants Row, according to THT Executive Director Doug Anderson.

College officials and THT boosters hailed the contribution as an affirmation of the many town-gown artistic collaborations that have occurred throughout the years.

“The college has long contributed to the vitality and well-being of the town, just as the town has always been an important part of the college’s 206-year history,” said Middlebury College President Ronald Liebowitz. “But supporting a cause like the town theater is especially important and rewarding today because we live in a time when it has become increasingly rare for members of a small town to come together and share experiences that inevitably and importantly strengthen the bonds within a community. We believe supporting the Town Hall Theater, with its visionary leadership, will inspire Middlebury residents to come together, share artistic performances, and strengthen the civic culture of our town.”

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Locally grown, nationally loved

By HARRIETTE BRAINARD

ADDISON COUNTY — “The real pleasure is not just the delicious food one gets to eat, but the abundance of new relationships that are formed, the growing knowledge of where I live — the people and the geography of where I live,” says Ripton resident Bill McKibben of his stint as a “localvore.” 

Localvore refers to people who eat only locally grown food, and is a national movement that is growing quickly in the state of Vermont, as many people become educated on the multitude of benefits of eating foods grown close to home. McKibben, and author and Middlebury College visiting scholar, went seven months eating all Vermont fare and wrote about the experience last year for Gourmet magazine.

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July 27th

Selectmen not sold on railroad overpass plans

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury selectmen on Tuesday served notice they are far from sold on the state’s latest plans to replace the deteriorating railroad overpass on Merchants Row.

Board members this week got their first glimpse of the Vermont Agency of Transportation’s (AOT) draft plans to replace next summer the portion of the road that passes over the railroad. Plans submitted by AOT Project Manager Roger Whitcomb call for:

• Removal of the existing pier columns at the bottom of the new deck, which would be around eight inches thicker than the current deck.

• A rise in street level of around 13 inches at the project site, which would require installation of a grade-separated, split sidewalk near the main entrance of the Battell Block.

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Election shaping up to be one of least contested in recent history

By JOHN FLOWERS

ADDISON COUNTY — A spirited, six-candidate race for Addison-3’s two House seats figures to provide the most excitement in what is otherwise shaping up as one of the least-contested Vermont House and Senate election slates that Addison County has seen in at least two decades.

Information provided by Addison County Superior Court and local town clerks shows that incumbent Democrats are unopposed in their re-election bids for Addison County and Brandon’s two state Senate seats, as well as in two of the area’s six House districts.

Candidates had until Monday, July 17, to file their nomination papers to get on the November ballot.

Paul Forlenza, chairman of the Addison County Democratic Committee, said the lack of competition could be construed as an endorsement of the job the incumbents have been doing in Montpelier.

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Weybridge forms mosquito district

By JOHN FLOWERS

WEYBRIDGE — The town of Weybridge will spend $40,000 to form its own “insect control district,” an organization that should be in place in time to give citizens some relief from mosquitoes beginning next spring.

The move earned approval from a decisive majority of the approximately 70 voters who showed up at a special town meeting on Tuesday to discuss the issue. A local resident had requested the meeting and vote through a citizens’ petition filed this spring.

Weybridge residents had rejected an insect control program last March at town meeting. But an onslaught of mosquitoes spawned by this spring’s wet weather prompted some citizens to bring the issue back to the fore.

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