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Is Vermont’s answer to climate change blowin’ in the wind?
Virtually all the climate change experts have concluded that yes, wind has to be part of the solution.
Unless renewable energy becomes a substantial portion of America’s energy mix, they say, we will continue our dangerous reliance on coal and natural gas for electricity.
Because these fossil fuels release carbon that is driving us over the climate change cliff, we have to find safer alternatives, and do it now.
This week’s writer is Anders Holm, a longstanding Addison County resident, a senior member of the surgical staff at Porter Hospital and a lifelong renewable energy advocate.
VERGENNES — On a snowy March 15 evening, Vergennes police were helping Vermont State Police direct traffic around a rollover accident at the top of Woodman Hill when they arrested a Stockbridge woman for driving with a blood-alcohol content they alleged was more than three times the legal limit.
ADDISON COUNTY — State police at the New Haven barracks are working with several police agencies in California investigating numerous recent reports of fraud. The investigation does not suggest that the recent cases are linked in any way.
Trends have been phone calls or Internet orders to rural businesses around Addison County where an order is made and money is exchanged. In some cases, purchases are being bought with stolen credit cards and, in other cases, businesses are swindled into sending money to the offender(s) via MoneyGram or Western Union to California.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police received a call from a shocked Buttolph Drive resident who had found a male college student from Alaska sleeping on her couch on March 13. The student told authorities he was trying to find the Courtyard by Marriott hotel.
Police said the Buttolph Drive resident ended up taking the student to the hotel.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Responded to an unlawful trespass complaint in the Case Street area on March 11.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central Supervisory Union Board on Wednesday evening offered the job of superintendent to Peter Burrows, principal of Willamette High School in Eugene, Ore., and Burrows accepted.
Burrows will replace Superintendent Gail Conley, who will retire at the end of June.
MIDDLEBURY — The Shoreham Zoning Board of Adjustment has given its approval to WhistlePig’s proposal to establish a whiskey distillery at its property off Quiet Valley Road.
But WhistlePig founder and owner Raj Bhatka cannot take that zoning board approval to the bank — at least not yet. George Gross and Barbara Wilson, owners of the nearby Solar Haven Farm LLC, have already served notice they will appeal the zoning board’s decision to the Vermont Environmental Court.
BRIDPORT — A wind turbine is up and running at the Audets’ Blue Spruce Farm in Bridport, the second in Addison County that was constructed especially for the Green Mountain Power’s Wind Power Program. The turbine, which sits atop a 121-foot-tall tower just off Route 22A, generates around 165,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year, about enough to power 23 homes. It also will save around 191,807 lbs. of carbon emissions annually.