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January 4th, 2016

Top stories of 2015: #6 — Drivers under the influence strike and kill locals riding bicycles

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A series of bike fatalities rocked the Champlain Valley this spring, prompting public outcry and discussion around sharing the region’s scenic roads.

On April 14, Middlebury resident Kelly Boe was struck and killed by a car while cycling on Hamilton Road in Weybridge with his wife. Boe, who worked as the manager of Middlebury College’s central heating plant, was transported to Porter Hospital by Middlebury Regional EMS, where he was pronounced deceased. He was 55, the father of two teenage daughters, and very active in the community.

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Top stories of 2015: #7 — Big power lines proposed for Addison County

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Vermont continued to figure prominently as a pathway for proposed large-scale energy transmission projects moving renewable energy from Canada and northern New York toward large markets in southern New England. Two proposed projects, in particular, would affect Addison County.

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Top stories of 2015: #8 — Juvenile and drug cases flood an overwhelmed justice system

Posted on January 4, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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Gov. Peter Shumlin shined a bright spotlight on the drug addiction problem in January of 2014 and, with a lot of help from many other advocates for those addicts, began to mobilize Vermonters to help solve the problem. But in 2015 it was clear that the opiate crisis is still ongoing. Drug addiction is still messing up previously promising young lives, causing heartache and fear in many, many Vermont families, and mounting untold costs to the economy.

The amount of disruption that drugs is causing was particularly clear to those who come in contact with the courts.

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Top stories of 2015: #9 — New leaders take charge at Middlebury College and Porter Medical Center

Posted on January 4, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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Addison County’s two largest institutions and employers welcomed new top leadership this year. Laurie Patton succeeded Ron Liebowitz as Middlebury College’s 17th president and Lynn Boggs took the helm of Porter Medical Center as the president and CEO, following the retirement of James Daily.

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Top stories of 2015: #10 — Critical town buildings take shape in Middlebury, Bristol and Ferrisburgh

Posted on January 4, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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After years of discussion, major infrastructure projects began in both Middlebury and Bristol in 2015, while Ferrisburgh also went big last year.

In Middlebury, a crew broke ground in the spring on the $6.5 million project to build a downtown municipal office building and a Creek Road town gymnasium and recreation center. After much debate, town voters had backed the projects in March 2014 (and reaffirmed that in May 2014).

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Bear hunting season safe and successful

Posted on January 4, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department reports that bear hunters in Vermont had a safe and successful hunting season in 2015. Preliminary numbers show that hunters took 669 black bears during the 83 days of the two-part “early bear season” and “late bear season.” There were also no hunting-related shooting incidents.

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It's National Radon Action Month: test your house for radon gas

Posted on January 4, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



VERMONT — Long-term exposure to radon gas is the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Criterium-Lalancette Engineers is working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a nationwide campaign to educate Americans about the dangers of radon exposure and to encourage them to take action to protect their homes and families.

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