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August 16th

Which way is up?

CODY QUATTROCCI OF Panton twists and turns his way into the Vergennes pool in the heat of the afternoon on Monday. A few dozen children enjoyed the waning days of summer as the pool readies to close at the end of next week.
Independent photo/Kevin Lehman

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Crackdown on migrant workers worries local farmers

August 16, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — Local farmers this week sharply criticized new federal rules calling for large fines to be levied on employers who do not fire foreign workers who present them with inaccurate Social Security information.

Farmers argued that the new rules — unveiled late last week by the Department of Homeland Security — will further stem a vital source of foreign labor that has kept many Vermont dairy operations afloat. An estimated 2,500 migrant laborers, many of them with dubious work and immigration credentials, currently toil in anonymity on dairy farms throughout the state, performing jobs that Vermonters increasingly don’t want to take.

Approximately 500 migrant laborers, hailing primarily from Mexico, are believed to be working on farms in Addison County.

“It was just starting to get better, and now this happens,” said Cheryl Connor, a Bridport farmer and member of the Addison County Migrant Workers Coalition (ACMWC), a group that advocates for the needs of guest farm laborers.

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Otter Creek hydro proposal dries up

August 16, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — Planning for a proposed small-scale hydro project for the Otter Creek Falls in Middlebury has come to a screeching halt after a Vermont Department of Public Service (DPS) decision to take a pass on a grant request submitted by the project’s local developers.

Meanwhile, planning will go forward on the feasibility of using biomass technology to supply heating and power for Otter Creek Brewing, which did receive a DPS grant through the state’s Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF).

State officials recently announced that they will award $2 million in grants to 17 projects designed to promote clean electric energy technologies and programs — primarily with respect to renewable energy resources — and the use of combined heat and power technologies.

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Bristol sewer proposal calls for double capacity

August 16, 2007

By CYRUS LEVESQUE

BRISTOL — The Bristol selectboard on Monday received a proposal for a new wastewater treatment system to fix the town’s lack of excess sewage capacity. If the plan is approved in its current form it would double the existing capacity of the system, which is now at its limit and cannot allow additional users or changes in use.

The proposal presented to the board by engineer Alan Huizenga is only a draft, preliminary proposal, he said, and would cost between $400,000 and $500,000. The proposal would be voted on by residents before any action is taken.

“This is the first step in the preliminary design process,” said town administrator Bill Bryant.

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August 13th

Deep fried everything

FRIED DOUGH, ONE of the fair’s most popular food choices, could be found at several locations on the fairgrounds. There were lots of options for those who wanted to sample seasonal delicacies — like ribs, fudge and deep-fried Oreos — yearly at the Addison County Fair and Field Days last week.
Independent photo/Trent Campbell


August 13, 2007

By MEGAN JAMES

NEW HAVEN — In the shade of a turning Ferris wheel, John Baker flips a rack of glistening ribs, the hair on his forearms singed off from years spent tending the grill.

Like many of the food stands at the Addison County Fair and Field Days, Baker’s is a permanent fixture, having fed carnivorous fair-goers every summer for the last 28 years. It was a popular stop for hungry visitors at Field Days last week.

For many, besides the competitions, exhibitions and the midway, Field Days is a chance to chuck the diet and indulge in Italian sausage, fried dough, caramel apples and frozen bananas dipped in chocolate rolled in nuts.

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Local cops train for schools' worst nightmare

August 13, 2007

By ANDY KIRKALDY

VERGENNES — The entrance to the library at Vergennes Union High School looks innocent enough. The door sits back about 10 feet from the hallway, flanked by windows that offer views of a computer room on one side, an office on the other, and long rows of bookshelves beyond.

But to Middlebury policeman and school resource officer Scott Fisher and another half-dozen cops with drawn guns on Wednesday, that entry looked like a death trap. Fisher called it a nightmare.

Fisher was one of 18 local police officers, eight of them full- or part-time members of the Vergennes Police Department, prowling the VUHS hallways, offices and classrooms. They were being trained by four members of the Vermont State Police Tactical Services Unit (TSU) to handle a true worst-case scenario: a shooter loose in school.

And that library entrance posed a potentially deadly problem. To those more often at VUHS, the windows are helpful: Students can find their friends, and teachers and administrators can keep an eye on what’s going on.

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Bristol eyes health center

August 13, 2007

By CYRUS LEVESQUE

BRISTOL — A local group seeking volunteers to help start a federally funded community health center in the Bristol area, gathered to talk strategy with Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., last Wednesday evening. They hope to get such a center up and running in two years.

Sanders said that a federally qualified health center would make medical services available to all area residents, not just a segment of the population.

“This is not poor people’s health care, this is community health care,” he said. “It doesn’t solve everything, but it helps.”

The Five-Town Health Alliance, which was organized over the last few years as concern about the lack of dental care in the five-town area grew, has been working with the Bi-State Primary Care Association, a group devoted to improving access to medical care in Vermont and New Hampshire, for more than a year.

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August 9th

Into the ring

SARAH HILL OF New Haven laughs as she stays one step ahead of her prancing calf, “Ginger,” and her older sister, Megan, during the peewee dairy show at Addison County Fair and Field Days Tuesday. For more photos from the fair, see Page 2A of Thursday's Addison Independent.
 Independent photo/Trent Campbell

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