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April 6th, 2015
ADDISON COUNTY — Dairy farmers in Addison County and across Vermont are weathering a significant decrease in the wholesale price of bulk milk, a trend that shows no sign of reversing.
And what a difference a year can make. The price per hundredweight of milk peaked last year in New England at more than $25, an all-time record. This month farmers expect to be paid about $16 per hundredweight, or cwt, a unit of measure that equals about 11 gallons.
MONKTON — The Monkton Central School board on Thursday evening warned for voter consideration a new spending proposal that shifts resources within the school without increasing the size of the budget.
The sum of the proposal, around $2.82 million, is $200 less than the version voters rejected on Town Meeting Day by a tally of 231 to 178.
If passed, the budget would represent a 9.3 percent spending increase over the present fiscal year. The new vote will be Tuesday, April 14.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County residents have been registering in decent numbers for medical insurance through Vermont Health Connect, but local officials remain concerned about the number of children who are falling through the cracks of the federal program.
FERRISBURGH — The Nea-Tocht Farm in Ferrisburgh hopes to save $2,200 a year on electricity thanks to a wind turbine installed on the Botsford Road spread just west of Vergennes last month by Green Mountain Power.
Chuck Miller wrote about it in his 1956 song “bright red convertible”.
Prince wrote about it in “little red corvette” in 1986.
There’s just something alluring about a little red car that few can deny. It always catches the eye and makes both women and men swoon.
One such local beauty belongs to Rock MacIntyre of MacIntyre Fuels in Middlebury. “Her name is Elisabeth — or Betty,”MacIntyre says, “with the top down.”
MIDDLEBURY — More family is joining the Addison Press Inc. media company that publishes the Addison Independent and several other media entities.
MIDDLEBURY — For Jesse Haller, it’s that time of year again. When the mountains of snow outside of the Middlebury Mountaineer outdoor gear shop start to shrink, dedicated anglers begin to re-emerge and show up at the Park Street shop for leaders, tippet and lures with names like Geezus Lizard, Sneaky Pete and Sleazeburger.
For them, springtime means only one thing: Opening day of the fishing season is just around the corner.
The irony in Indiana’s hasty retreat from its recently passed “religious freedom” law is that it was largely led by Republican businessmen, Chamber of Commerce leaders and legislators who realized the bigotry of the law would be damaging to the state’s bottom line. In the Republican arsenal of values-based politics, in this case money trumped religion.
And it did so in a comparative nanosecond.