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October 2nd, 2014
ADDISON COUNTY — As new solar arrays pop up around Addison County, and a litany of others await Public Service Board approval, some town officials and residents are wondering how much tax revenue these solar projects will generate.
One question many have is whether the land used for solar arrays can be enrolled in “current use,” a designation that decreases the assessment value of farm and forestland, and thus lowers property tax bills.
MIDDLEBURY — Two Rutland men are facing assault-related charges in connection with their alleged roles in an Aug. 18 fight at a Seymour Street residence in Middlebury where a woman was struck in the face and a youth was beaten and choked to the point of almost losing consciousness, according to records on file at the Addison County Courthouse.
Grover W. Pangburn, 39, pleaded innocent on Monday in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, to a felony charge of aggravated assault stemming from the fight.
MIDDLEBURY — For more than 110 years, the majestic St. Mary’s Church has stood as a spiritual beacon at the base of the College Street ascent into the heart of the Middlebury College campus. Those who travel past the church can’t help but admire its regal stone facades and its vibrant, stained glass windows.
But what passersby haven’t seen during the past month are a litany of repairs being performed inside the church, mostly plasterwork and painting that when completed will restore the building’s expansive worship hall to its former glory.
MIDDLEBURY — Rebekah Chamberlain was disappointed when she showed up for her first week of classes as a high schooler. Last year as an eighth-grader in middle school, she’d been told she could buy locally produced Monument Farms milk in the Middlebury Union High School cafeteria.
But when lunchtime came around last month, Monument Farms milk was nowhere to be found.
“It’s, like, the best milk,” said Chamberlain, 14, of Bridport.
ADDISON COUNTY/BRANDON — Leaf peepers love Vermont in autumn, traveling the state to see the brilliant show of reds, oranges and yellows shimmering in the mountains and valleys. While looking for peak foliage, however, they also can take advantage of many special events during their stay, one of which is the Vermont Fall Open Studio Weekend.
SHOREHAM — Madi Wheeler is only two months old but already engaged in the fight of her life.
The Shoreham infant has been diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, or RMS, a very rare form of cancer of the connective tissues. It can also be found attached to muscle tissue, entwined around the intestines, but most commonly in areas lacking skeletal muscle.
MIDDLEBURY — As locally produced Monument Farms milk disappears from high school cafeterias in Addison County, another Vermont dairy is trying to fill the void.
Green Mountain Organic Creamery, a North Ferrisburgh dairy that makes organic milk under the brand name Kimball Brook Farm, last month began selling two kinds of flavored skim milk to students at Mount Abraham Union High School.
VERGENNES — The New England Secondary Schools Consortium has this month already awarded Vergennes Union High School expert support and $6,000 for its work to establish Proficiency Based Graduation Requirements and Personalized Learning Plans — and VUHS is a finalist for comprehensive support over the next two years.