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February 22nd

Bristol memory project

February 22, 2007

By CYRUS LEVESQUE

BRISTOL — On the wall of the Bristol Bakery between the main dining area and the back door, a customer can find several portraits to the left of the bulletin board. The pictures are by students at Mount Abraham Union High School, but they are not your typical school art project. They depict orphans from the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar based on photographs mailed to art students, and when they leave the bakery, they will be mailed back to those children.

“This is meant to be a gift that stresses their individuality and importance to the world,” said MAUHS art teacher Elise Cleary, who helped organize the portrait painting. “These kids don’t have much, and they move around a lot.”

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February 19th

Blizzard collapses barn roof

February 19, 2007

By CYRUS LEVESQUE

ADDISON COUNTY — Little could have prepared Salisbury dairy farmer Lee Ann Goodrich for what she saw the morning after Wednesday’s blizzard dumped two-to-three feet of snow on the area.

When a farmhand went to the barn around 3:30 a.m. Thursday to milk, he found the structure’s roof had almost completely collapsed, killing at least 40 cows.

“We’re afraid we’re going to lose more,” said Goodrich, who runs the farm with her husband, Ernie, and father-in-law Don Goodrich.

The death toll at the Goodrich farm was especially painful, but several other barns around the county and state also suffered damage due to the heavy snowfall. In all, at least a dozen Vermont farms lost all or part of their barn roofs on Wednesday or Thursday, including the Goodriches’ and barns in Shoreham, New Haven and Weybridge.

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Ferrisburgh voters reject land purchase

February 19, 2007

By ANDY KIRKALDY

FERRISBURGH — In another close vote Ferrisburgh residents on Thursday said no, 276-259, to a potential $750,000 purchase by the town of a 34-acre Route 7 parcel. The land includes a home and barn and lies next to Ferrisburgh Central School and the future home of new town offices.

Thursday’s balloting was a petitioned revote of December vote in which residents backed the deal, 242-218. The $750,000 includes $700,000 for  the purchase price and $50,000 for septic work already done on the parcel, which will regardless provide in-ground septic service to the school and future town offices.

The facts that the votes were close and contradictory and that many residents may have found voting on Thursday difficult after the Valentines’ Day blizzard may make reading the tea leaves difficult for town officials.

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February 16th

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February 15th

Views on migrant workers discussed

February 15, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — Migrant workers in Addison County remain scared to leave the farms on which they work lest they be stopped and deported for a minor infraction in what has become the strictest state in the Northeast for rounding up illegal aliens, local advocates said on Tuesday.

A panel of local educators, farmers, Mexican government officials and a former U.S. Border Patrol agent shared these and other views on the issue of migrant farm workers at a special forum hosted on Tuesday by the Middlebury Congregational Church.

The standing-room-only crowd of more than 100 featured farmers, human services providers, lawyers and students, but was largely devoid of the people who were the focus of the gathering — migrant workers, who clearly wanted to avoid scrutiny in order to keep their jobs.

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Proposed ANwSU school budget holds steady

February 15, 2007

By ANDY KIRKALDY

VERGENNES — Residents in the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union towns of Addison, Ferrisburgh and Panton are looking at increases of only one or two cents on their school tax rates if they approve school budgets as proposed, according to ANwSU estimates.

Meanwhile, Waltham residents may see a five-cent drop in their school taxes, but all bets are off in Vergennes: The city is just completing a reappraisal of all of its properties, making it virtually impossible to guess where its school tax rate will end up.

In all, ANwSU officials are happy to pass on some good news, for which they credit accurate property assessments as well as spending increases they believe are responsible.

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Biomass pellet plant discussed for industrial park

February 15, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — Some local entrepreneurs, college officials and economic development leaders are talking about the possibility of establishing a new plant that would produce biomass pellets and transform them into steam energy to generate heat and electricity for several businesses in Middlebury’s industrial park.

Plans are still very conceptual at this point, as prospective players in the project are still crunching numbers to see if a biomass pellet/cogeneration facility would be economically and logistically viable for Middlebury. But those involved in the planning are very upbeat.

“This is very promising,” said Morgan Wolaver, owner of Otter Creek Brewing, one of the potential participants. “It’s not completely confirmed, but I think there is a more than 50-percent certainty it could happen.”

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February 12th

Java jolt

February 12, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — The developer of The Center shopping plaza in Middlebury wants to build a Starbucks Coffee shop that would be erected at the site of the former Route 7 Car Wash, next to McDonald’s Restaurant.

Plans on file with the Middlebury Planning Commission show a 1,749-square-foot Starbucks shop that would feature 25 parking spaces and drive-through service.

Representatives of Myron M. Hunt Inc. and Mill Bridge Construction — the prospective contractor for the project — are scheduled to discuss their plans with the Middlebury Planning Commission on Monday, Feb. 12.

“We are very excited about doing this,” said Chris Hunt, a partner in Myron Hunt Inc. “We see it as a big improvement over the car wash property as it exists today, and as a great amenity for the town.”

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