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April 2nd, 2015
ADDISON — With Vermont Gas having pulled the plug on its Phase II natural gas pipeline plan, attention is now shifting to another project designed to funnel energy through Lake Champlain — although the proposal in question has not drawn the same controversy that the Vermont Gas application generated.
At issue is the New England Clean Power Link, a proposal by TDI New England for a 1,000-megawatt, high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line that would stretch south from the Canadian border at Alburgh to Ludlow.
NEW HAVEN — A Vermont solar company has withdrawn a proposal for a solar array near Route 7 in New Haven after neighbors complained it would be an eyesore and hurt their business.
Waterbury firm SunCommon had planned to site a one-acre, 150-kilowatt Community Solar Array (CSA) on Route 7 just south of Town Hill Road, on land owned by the Gilbert family. The site was behind Tourterelle inn and restaurant.
MIDDLEBURY — Greg’s Meat Market officially closed its doors at the end of its business day on Wednesday, April 1, ending much speculation about the future of the independently owned community supermarket on Elm Street in Middlebury.
Greg’s co-owner Bart Litvin confirmed the closing on Tuesday in the following statement issued to the Addison Independent:
BRIDPORT — A bill before the Legislature that aims to clean up Lake Champlain was the hot topic of a Monday legislative luncheon that focused on agricultural issues.
Two members of the House of Representatives, Democrat David Sharpe of Bristol and Republican Harvey Smith of New Haven, were on hand at the Bridport Community Hall to hear residents’ concerns about the bill and other farming topics.
The bill, H.35, would limit municipal, commercial and agricultural sources of pollution into the Lake Champlain watershed.
MIDDLEBURY — The North Carolina hospital executive who was tapped this week to succeed James L. Daily as president and CEO of Porter Medical Center has more than two decades of experience in health care administration plus almost 10 years as a registered nurse. Daily will retire this spring after 31 years in his role at the Middlebury organization.
Lynn Boggs has worked as senior vice president, System Operations, for Mission Health in Asheville, N.C., for the past 19 months and was also president and CEO of McDowell Hospital in nearby Marion.
Legislative committees are considering whether to impose a 2-cent-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. In my opinion, this tax will raise less revenue than its proponents expect and will adversely affect low-income households and small retailers.
Lawmakers are considering a beverage tax in order to increase payments to health care providers whose patients are covered by Medicaid. Because Medicaid payment rates are low, providers shift their costs to patients covered by employer and individual insurance policies.
I was both surprised and dismayed to read the report of the possible closure of Greg’s Meat Market in the March 26 edition of the Addison Independent. As a steady customer of this store for many years, I find its possible demise to be very distressing. I have spoken to other customers who are equally distressed and puzzled by this sudden, unexpected turn of events.
This week’s writer is Nancy Malcolm, a Middlebury resident who helped gather signatures for the two petitions being presented to the ID-4 school board at its annual meeting on April 8.