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October 12th, 2015
ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham edged Middlebury to highlight local high school boys’ soccer in the latter half of last week. In other games, the Eagles won again, the Tigers prevailed at home, Otter Valley won one and lost one, and Vergennes fell to a Division I power.
SOUTH BURLINGTON — The Middlebury Union High School football team bolted to a 32-0 first-half lead on the way to a 39-0 victory over Division I newcomer Rice on Saturday to remain undefeated at 7-0. Rice, the two-time defending D-II champion, dropped to 1-6.
The Tigers can wrap up an 8-0 regular season with a win at Champlain Valley at 7 p.m. on Friday. The Redhawks lost at home to Mount Anthony, 30-27, this weekend to fall to 4-3.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
10/7 OV vs. Bellows Falls 2-1
10/8 MUHS vs. Burlington 1-0
10/8 Essex vs. Mt. Abe 1-1
10/10 CVU vs. MUHS 2-0
10/10 S. Burlington vs. Mt. Abe 0-0
10/10 Hartford vs. OV 2-2
10/10 OV vs. Mt. Abe 55-22
10/10 MUHS vs. Rice 39-0
The Vermont Department of Public Service has struck an agreement with Vermont Gas that would allow the company to recover $134 million of the $154 million budgeted to extend its natural gas system from Colchester to Middlebury. That means the company will be forced to absorb $20 million of the project’s total cost, not the ratepayers.
There are a variety of conditions tied to the agreement, but the intent remains intact: The company intends to push forward and the department still supports the project as something that benefits Vermonters.
The Champlain Valley Farmer Coalition felt compelled to respond to the stories and an opinion letter published recently in the Addison Independent regarding the construction of a manure pit by Allandra Farm. As a farmer organization that aims to educate farmers, the public and lawmakers about how a clean Lake Champlain and thriving farms in Vermont can work together, we find this particular circumstance highlights one challenge of trying to accomplish this goal — public misconceptions about farming practices.
A major disruption to the life of downtown Middlebury will occur in the next few years as the railroad tunnel is enlarged. Nobody wants this disruption, and so suggestions for alternatives have been suggested.
I am writing to express my support for the Healthy Workplaces bill, H.187 — and to ask that the Senate pass it into law when they return to Montpelier this January.
I recently moved to Massachusetts to work in construction. I left two full time jobs — one at food-related business, and the other at a social service agency — because this opportunity paid better and provided great benefits. While I had great benefits at the social service agency, at the food-related business I received no paid sick days or health insurance.
As the likelihood of a railway project moves forward, I share the concern of business owners. I am proposing a pedestrian-friendly project for consideration.