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November 21st, 2016

Orwell farm loses half its turkeys to fowl cholera outbreak

Posted on November 21, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



ORWELL — Hail, flood, drought, plagues of locusts — since ancient times farming has been one of the riskiest of human endeavors. And it still is. Just ask Orwell turkey farmer Peter Stone, who’s facing devastating losses just as the calendar nears Turkey Day.

An outbreak of what’s known as fowl cholera, possibly introduced into one of the eight barns at Stone’s Stonewood Farm by a determined fox or bobcat, has claimed 15,000 turkeys — nearly half of Stonewood’s 2016 flock of 32,000 birds.

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Veteran cop joins Bristol force

Posted on November 21, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



BRISTOL — The Bristol selectboard earlier this month hired Bruce Nason as a new part-time officer for the Bristol Police Department.

Nason, a Bristol resident, has been a police officer for 22 years, 20 of those on the police force in Saranac Lake, N.Y., where he was chief for six and a half years. He came to the Addison County Sheriff’s Department in April 2015, and will continue to work full-time there as patrol supervisor.

He and his wife and youngest son moved to Vermont from New York state.

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VTrans unveils Middlebury RR bridge plan

Posted on November 21, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Area residents packed the Town Hall Theater on Thursday for a preview of a coming attraction that will have a four-year run in downtown Middlebury that will make everyone cheer when it shuts down.

Ironic performance art?

No.

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Citizens and city council discuss dangers to pedestrians & cyclists

Posted on November 21, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Many of the dozen residents at last week’s city council meeting recounted near misses they have had as pedestrians on Vergennes streets. They joined with council members to brainstorm possible solutions.

Ideas included adding flashing lights, flags and more signs to city crosswalks; adding crosswalks; tweaking traffic signals; restoring a crossing guard cut from the Vergennes Union Elementary School budget; and following Safe Routes to School guidelines.

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Report tallies up projected cost for city pool repairs

Posted on November 21, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — The long-awaited, $4,000 report from the inspection of the Vergennes city pool arrived in early November and suggested up to $150,000 of “remedial work.” City officials do not believe all that is recommended is necessary — especially the two biggest-ticket items that could cost up to $135,000.

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New use for wool could boost state's sheep industry

Posted on November 21, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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NEW HAVEN — Since shortly after its glory days supplying wool blankets and uniforms to Union troops during the Civil War, the Vermont wool industry has been struggling to regain its footing.

Now a New Haven farm is taking part in a UVM study to determine the feasibility of using wool as an environmentally friendly building insulation. Researchers hope this use could create a whole new market for the 100,000-some-odd pounds of wool that’s sheared each year off Vermont sheep and give a much-needed boost to the state’s sheep industry.

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Pipeline completion awaits Supreme Court decision

Posted on November 21, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree of the Addison Independent and Mike Polhamus of VTDigger.org



Editor's note: The article that originally appeared under this headline was an older pipeline story; it is replaced below with the correct story as it appeared in the Nov. 21 print edition of the Independent. We appologize for the error.

VERMONT — Vermont Gas Systems is wrapping up installation of the bulk of its Addison Natural Gas Project pipeline while it awaits court action on a 2,000-foot section in Geprags Park in Hinesburg.

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New Middlebury dog park nears funding goal

Posted on November 21, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Organizers of a new Middlebury dog park are in the stretch drive to raise the final $3,000 it will take to pay for the fencing that will encircle the roughly two-acre property adjacent to the Porter Medical Center campus. Boosters would like to see construction begin on the park before the snow flies, though they will not begin work until they have the entire $15,000 fence budget in hand.

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