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July 25th, 2011
ADDISON COUNTY — A hometown boy is back in town and looking to make big headway this year in solar technology across Addison County.
Chris Eaton is a Middlebury Union High School graduate and a 1999 Middlebury College alumnus. He co-founded the local company Salamander Construction in 2004, and two years later followed his future wife down to Massachusetts, where he started another construction company, called Ducksholm Builders in Nantucket.
ADDISON COUNTY — A new law requires electric utilities give a credit to their customers who produce some of their own power through home solar power panels. The credit is 20 cents for every kilowatt hour their units produce.
When the roughly 14-cent-per-kWh cost of power purchased from Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS) or Green Mountain Power (GMP) is factored into the mix, a solar customer will receive an approximate 6-cent credit called an “adder” for every kWh used and produced.
WHITING — When Bulwagga Books and Gallery closes its doors after 15 years in business, Whiting will lose one of two retail businesses in town.
It won’t be the end of Bulwagga Books — owners John Travis and Ellen Kurrelmeyer will relocate to a new house in Middlebury and reopen as a smaller, appointment-only shop. But the closing marks the end of a long run that established Bulwagga Books as both a destination for book collectors and a quirky stopping point for the curious along Route 30.
When the women’s soccer team collapsed into a national heartache Sunday there was this collective urge to find a way to make the pain disappear. It hurt. They had tried so hard, done so well and we had prepared ourselves for a moment of well-deserved glory.
Yet, a cruel fate, and some gargantuan Japanese hearts, stole it from our girls, and us, and left in its place a sense of undeserved loss.
It wasn’t supposed to be this way.
It rarely is, and yet, it keeps happening and the psychological and political consequences surround us.
ADDISON COUNTY — When the American settlers first crossed the Great Plains, they encountered native species of prairie grass like switchgrass and big blue stem.
Now those same grasses — seeded deep in the American perception of a rural aesthetic — are being sown in Addison County fields in an effort to make them an affordable and viable source of local energy.
VERGENNES — Property owners in Ferrisburgh, Vergennes and Addison will see their property tax bills go down this year, thanks largely due to lower school rates.
Homeowners are due to get bills with decreases ranging from about 4.7 cents in Ferrisburgh to 9.1 cents in Addison. Non-residential taxpayers in those three communities are also looking at lower tax bills, with decreases ranging from 1.5 cents in Vergennes to 6.3 cents in Addison.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last week Representative Collin Peterson, D-Minn., introduced a proposal that would dramatically overhaul federal controls on the national dairy industry into the U.S. House.
Peterson’s discussion draft bill would introduce dairy market stabilization measures that have been heralded by many in the industry as a solution to national overproduction issues.
MIDDLEBURY — At Thomas Hoya’s age, not many people still have their sights set on negotiating resolutions to international commercial and environmental disputes. For Hoya, who will turn 80 this year, that is just one possibility that he is considering for his future.
Hoya is enrolled this summer in the Russian Language School at Middlebury College, where he aims to strengthen his proficiency in Russian to aid him in his future pursuits, which may also include resuming a position as a law professor at a university in Moscow.