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September 30th, 2014
ADDISON COUNTY — The federal agency responsible for regulating interstate energy projects has granted a waiver that gives New York and Vermont, the two states through which Phase II of Vermont Gas Systems’ Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project would run, authority to approve or reject the plan.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a ruling Sept. 26 that Phase II complies with the Natural Gas Act, which prohibits the construction of a natural gas pipeline in an area already served by natural gas.
The Addison Independent is proud to publish the Students of the Week from area High Schools each week. The students are chosen by teachers and administration from each school who would like to recognize their exceptional engagement in the high schools they attend.
MIDDLEBURY — Noted journalist and climate movement activist Bill McKibben has won the 2014 Right Livelihood Award, which is sometimes referred to as the “Alternative Nobel Prize.”
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Chamber of Commerce will host a candidates’ forum Tuesday, Oct. 7, focusing on Addison County’s contested races for the Vermont House of Representatives. It will be held from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Ilsley Library Community Room in Middlebury. Paul Ralston, owner of Vermont Coffee Company and outgoing Vermont state representative, will moderate the event.
BRISTOL — Since launching in the heart of downtown in 2011, the Bristol Works business park boasts about a dozen tenants across manufacturing, healthcare and energy sectors. On Friday, the community is invited to come see for themselves during an open house on the campus, which is located at Munsill Avenue and Pine Street.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Sept. 23 confirmed the city still has in hand a $21,000 Department of Buildings and General Services grant for a new toddler playground despite an error in its initial application.
A letter from the department told aldermen that state officials appreciated being updated about the mistake in a survey percentage of how many residents supported the playground, and it asked the city to keep state officials updated on the construction timing and possible move of the playground site.
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Chamber of Commerce recently announced the selection of Stephen C. Terry of Middlebury as its 2014 Citizen of the Year. Terry’s contributions to Vermont will be celebrated at an awards dinner on Thursday, Nov. 13, in the Grand Maple Ballroom at the University of Vermont’s Davis Center.