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September 4th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — Commuters driving Route 116 north of East Middlebury might have noticed the construction taking place at the Jehovah’s Witnesses Center of Worship this past month. Many days saw scores of cars and pickup trucks on the property, which was also dotted with tents for staging various construction tasks.
The story of Bristol police busting a sizable drug operation last Friday offers several teachable moments to the general community.
First, it costs money to be vigilant 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Support the police to the level that is appropriate within your community.
The most exciting news story of the week was the announcement by Mary Powell, president and CEO of Green Mountain Power, that the utility and NRG Energy, Inc. of New Jersey were partnering to test the viability of micro-grids in Vermont. The idea is the type of revolutionary thinking that could provide long-term energy security at a local, regional and national level, while also improving long-term political and economic stability.
ADDISON COUNTY — Phase II of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas pipeline, which would involve 19 miles of steel conduit stretching underground from Middlebury to the International Paper mill in Ticonderoga, N.Y., has generated a lot of criticism and comments of concern from citizens who have weighed in on the project this year.
VERGENNES — Reactions at an Aug. 27 public forum devoted to Addison Northwest Supervisory Union’s accounting crisis ranged from a call for the ANwSU board’s resignation to statements backing the board and new superintendent JoAn Canning’s effort to put the district back on course.
PANTON — Scores of farmers came to Vorsteveld Farm in Panton Friday to learn about conservation practices and test equipment at a soil health “field day” sponsored by the University of Vermont Extension’s Middlebury office.
Around 80 farmers from Addison and southern Chittenden counties came to the event, which ran from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on a humid Indian summer day.
As a young adult living in Vermont, I feel so privileged to reside in a state filled with natural beauty, rich history, and kind-hearted people. However, like many young Vermonters, I’m at a crossroads over where I plan to live as I approach the next stage in my life. The direction of our state government is an important factor in my decision, as it is for many other young Vermont residents. I want to live in a state with economic security, employment opportunities and a quality education system.