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September 16th, 2013
In a speech that entertained the 100 members present at last Thursday’s annual meeting of the Addison County Chamber of Commerce, renown sports writer Alex Wolff painted an exciting portrait of tomorrow’s Addison County: a county-wide destination resort steeped in Vermont’s rural traditions, blessed with farm-to-table cuisine, and focused on outdoor recreation.
MIDDLEBURY — More than 500 people from throughout the state packed the Middlebury Union Middle School gym on Tuesday to weigh in on a proposed 43-mile natural gas pipeline, with most of the commenters urging the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) to deny Vermont Gas Systems the permit it needs to pursue the $70 million project.
Like many citizens who spoke, New Haven resident Craig Zondag addressed environmental issues, including the fact that some of the gas in the pipeline would have been captured using a controversial drilling technique called fracking.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College’s ongoing efforts to prevent sexual assault and dating violence on campus received a major assist on Monday in the form of a three-year, $272,258 federal grant to enhance programs for victims while providing training to advocates to counsel students on how to avoid falling prey to assaultive behavior.
ADDISON COUNTY — A sunny May, a rain-rich early summer and some recent cold nights have produced the perfect recipe for the state’s apple crop, already dubbed by area orchardists to be the best in years.
“It’s a bumper crop,” said Bill Suhr of Shoreham’s Champlain Orchards, which grows more than 50 varieties of apples that are hanging heavy on the trees.
“We have a lot of fruit available.”
LINCOLN — Western states plagued by hot, dry conditions have been beset by wildfires this summer. In late August, more than 50 large wildfires were burning across 10 states, according to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho.
When local resources are strained, towns and municipalities request assistance from agencies in other parts of the country.
ADDISON — The Addison selectboard has set a Sept. 16 public informational meeting on the future of the now vacant former Addison Town Hall on Route 22A, and that gathering will also focus on a septic system that could serve not only that building, but also the Addison Community Baptist Church and the town’s nearby fire station and clerk’s office.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Oct. 8 will vote on a draft memorandum of understanding with Vermont Gas that spells out the conditions under which the board could endorse the company’s proposed natural gas pipeline extension from Colchester to Middlebury.
The board on Monday got an initial glimpse of the memo, prepared by the town’s attorneys, according to Middlebury Selectman Victor Nuovo.