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September 9th, 2014
VERGENNES — A Vergennes Union High School Spanish teacher has been chosen to represent Vermont in the running for a prestigious regional award that would bring with it a $100,000 award for her school. To win the award she must receive the most votes in an online poll that is open to all members of the public.
MONTPELIER — The Public Service Board on Thursday asked the Supreme Court to allow it to reexamine the merits of Phase I of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project.
The board will evaluate whether Vermont Gas Systems violated board rules by failing to notify regulators of a 40 percent cost increase for the project in a timely fashion, and could reopen proceedings for the Certificate of Public Good it issued the project last December.
MONTPELIER — The Public Service Board on Aug. 26 lifted a stay on soil-disturbing activity in certain areas of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project, a 49-mile pipeline from Colchester to Middlebury and Vergennes.
The board ordered the stay July 25 after state officials became concerned that Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) utility poles near the pipeline route contained a dangerous chemical that could have leaked into water sources.
VERMONT — Law enforcement agencies and interest groups like AARP Vermont are reminding drivers to get ready for a new law that will restrict use of cell phones and other handheld devices in vehicles traveling on Vermont roads. The new law will go into force Oct. 1.
BRISTOL — A town institution is for sale in Bristol, but the owners say business is doing just fine.
Almost Home Market co-owner Beth Marr said she and fellow owner Gary Smith are selling the store, which has been a fixture of Bristol’s North Street for a decade.
“My business partner is not able to fulfill his partnership because of illness and I never intended on taking it solo,” Marr said, adding that she wants to pursue other interests.
MONKTON — Police are looking for information on what started a fire that destroyed a Monkton home this past Wednesday evening.
The Monkton Volunteer and Bristol fire departments responded to a structure fire at 1226 Hardscrabble Road in Monkton at just before 6 p.m. on Sept. 3. When firefighters arrived on scene the entire structure was fully engulfed in flames.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater is known for Broadway musicals, Met Opera broadcasts, serious plays and great concerts. What’s next? Cat videos.
The Internet Cat Video Festival, in collaboration with Homeward Bound in Middlebury and the Walker Art Center, will be screened at Town Hall Theater on Saturday, Sept. 13, at 2 and 7 p.m.
BRISTOL — Bristol police on Aug. 30 arrested a Vergennes man on suspicion of heroin possession connected to a big drug bust in town Aug. 29.