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July 13th, 2015
This week’s writer is Sen. Christopher Bray, a New Haven Democrat who is chair of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy and vice chair of the Joint Energy Committee.
Dear Addison County Neighbors,
For over a decade, Vermonters have been supporting efforts to reduce the negative effects of burning fossil fuels. We have chosen to come at this challenge in two complementary ways: burning less fossil fuel, and generating the power we need more cleanly.
Open up your eyes, Vermont. The truth is about to smack you in the face. I feel all people need to know that, when one finds themselves in legal trouble and are headed to jail, like Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility in Burlington, they are entering a dangerous place.
I was recently sentenced to five days in CRCF. The booking wasn’t so bad. I stated I was hungry and asked for food. They said I’d get a bag lunch, but it never came.
I attended the “special” Addison County Regional Planning Commission meeting about whether or not the commission should still support the Addison “Natural” Gas Project, in light of the most recent cost estimate increase. I heard some interesting comments as reported by Mr. Flowers in a recent Addison Independent article.
BRISTOL — The price is right. That was the message Bristol voters sent Tuesday by approving a $3.19 million bond to build a new firehouse.
The 415-140 decision came at the end of a two-year process, during which Bristol’s Fire Facility Building Committee evaluated some 31 possible sites, discussed plans and held informational meetings.
FERRISBURGH — Addison County lakefront property owners have been skeptical about Vermont’s Shoreland Protection Act, which became law in July 2014.
For example, at a February 2014 legislative breakfast in Bridport several attendees panned draft versions of the bill, and some local lawmakers also came out against it during the legislative process.
BRISTOL — For Andrew Lafleur, Justin Stone and Blair Stone, the giant American flag draped over Bristol’s Main Street between two fully extended fire ladders on July 4 acted like the Arc de Triomphe does in Paris for the Tour de France winner.
The flag — donated and lofted for Bristol’s Independence Day celebration by the Addison County Firefighters Association — served as the backdrop for their victory in a famous athletic event, the 37th annual Great Bristol Outhouse Race.
The 37th annual Festival on-the-Green, a gala of music and fun, kicked off its week-long run on Sunday evening with a blues and country performance by Caroline Rose. The festival hosted two evening performance and a noon-time “Brown Bag Lunch” on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the Middlebury Recreational Park, where the event was moved last year in anticipation of bridge work next to the green.
MIDDLEBURY — Coordinators of Addison County’s food shelves are soliciting more donations to ensure that local low-income residents will be fed during the summer and into the fall, when various schools, civic groups and businesses will conduct their seasonal food drives to re-stock the shelves for the winter.