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MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Public Service Board on Monday gave its conditional approval to, and issued a Certificate of Public Good for, Vermont Gas Systems’ proposed 41-mile natural gas pipeline from Colchester to Middlebury and Vergennes.
The $86 million project could be delivering natural gas to businesses along Middlebury’s Exchange Street by late next year, followed by service to other areas of Middlebury and Vergennes, as well as pockets of consumers in Monkton, Ferrisburgh, New Haven, Bristol and East Middlebury.
ADDISON COUNTY — Relatively low numbers for fall and December archery and muzzleloader deer seasons left the overall 2013 Addison County hunting success rate short of that in most recent years.
The total number of deer weighed at the county’s nine weigh stations ended at 807, down by almost 8 percent from last year’s total of 875.
The breakdown for this year was:
• Bow season: 132.
• Youth Hunting Weekend: 109.
• Rifle season: 421.
MIDDLEBURY — It’s an oft-repeated joke that still gets a chuckle or two: “Did you hear about (place name of butt of joke here)? His favorite subject at school was recess!”
Well, Alex Consalvo’s favorite subject these days is an enterprise called “Recess,” and he and business partner Ward Wolff are hoping to smile all the way to the bank.
MONTPELIER — Vergennes Union High School’s Jared Birchmore has been nominated along with three other Vermont high school seniors by Vermont Department of Education officials to the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.
Vermont Secretary of Education Armando Vilaseca announced the four selections at a Dec. 20 press conference and reception at the Vermont Statehouse. Each state is invited to nominate students for the program, and Vilaseca said Vermont was happy to announce its selections.
MIDDLEBURY — The historic Middlebury Community House could soon be home to a “Middlebury Community Music Center,” where aspiring musicians would be taught to become more proficient on the instrument(s) of their choice — including voice.
ADDISON COUNTY — Addison County’s low-income households will have a tougher time keeping their homes warm this winter in light of new eligibility standards and tighter resources for federal fuel assistance, according to state and local human services advocates.
Richard Moffi, fuel program chief for the state of Vermont, said current signs point to the Green Mountain State receiving around $17 million through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). That is approximately 5 percent less than the state received last winter.
BRISTOL — The Bristol selectboard on Dec. 18 approved funding for the Bristol Fire Department to purchase six new vehicle extrication coveralls.
Brett LaRose, the first assistant chief of the outfit, said that the fire department had previously purchased 30 suits, but some have been removed from service due to wear and tear.
LaRose said that he spoke with several vendors, and the best quote he received for the coveralls was $2,772. The selectboard approved an appropriation in that amount.
ADDISON — Members of the Addison planning commission and selectboard reached at least a tentative consensus last week that planners should turn their attention away from updating zoning regulations and toward updating the town plan before it expires late next summer.
Planning commission chairman Frank Galgano said and selectboard chairman Jeff Kauffman confirmed that the members of the two boards at a Dec. 16 planning meeting also agreed that the Addison Development Review Board should in the meantime rely on the town’s 2007 zoning laws.