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January 19th, 2015
CORNWALL — It is looking like Cornwall citizens will not field a Feb. 12 referendum on the Phase II natural gas pipeline after all.
Citing a recent decision by Vermont Gas to suspend its permitting efforts for Phase II, Cornwall selectboard members are poised to rescind a motion they made earlier this month to hold a townwide vote on whether the community should sign a compensation agreement with Vermont Gas.
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Filmmaker Bess O’Brien will discuss and show excerpts from her film “The Hungry Heart” in a talk at Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury on Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. Her talk, “The Hungry Heart,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.
MIDDLEBURY — Incumbent Middlebury selectboard members Dean George, Susan Shashok and Donna Donahue all confirmed last week that they will run re-election on Town Meeting Day, when they could be challenged by candidates who have until 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 26, to file the necessary petition papers with 30 signatures at the town clerk’s office.
MONTPELIER — In a flurry of filings before the Public Service Board Thursday afternoon, Vermont Gas Systems detailed the cost drivers for the most recent budget increase for Phase I of its Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project.
Company executives argued that the pipeline from Colchester to Middlebury and Vergennes still will bring significant economic benefits to the state, and asked regulators to allow the project to continue.
BRISTOL — A preschool in Ethiopia has potable drinking water, thanks to the efforts of two Addison County students half a world away.
Fifth-grader Carter Monk and third-grader Noah Konczal organized a 5K road race to raise money to repair the well at the Negat Kokeb preschool, in Hawassa, Ethiopia.
Konczal got the idea after his teacher at Monkton Central School, Stacey Carter, went to Ethiopia last February with a group of Addison County teachers as part of an exchange program.
MONTPELIER — The federal government on Wednesday announced $16 million in funds to help Vermont and New York clean up their greatest shared resource — Lake Champlain.
The initiative, titled the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, will be administered by the federal government over the next five years to fund conservation efforts aimed at eliminating agricultural runoff into watersheds that feed into the lake, which is among the nation’s largest bodies of fresh water.
VERGENNES — Vergennes Union Elementary School this month was honored by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service with a HealthierUS School Challenge Bronze award, which the school received for its multi-year efforts to support and improve the health of its students.
According to the School Challenge press release, VUES earned its honor, which comes with a $500 cash prize, for featuring healthy items on its menus and emphasizing physical education and activity. A USDA representative will visit VUES to make an official presentation.