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ACTR bus company marks 25 years on the go

Posted on September 7, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR) began its journey back in 1992 with a handful of volunteer drivers believing they could make a difference for shut-ins, the disabled and people who couldn’t afford their own vehicles.

A quarter-century later, ACTR provides more than 180,000 rides per year through six different public bus routes helping people get around Addison County and to Rutland and Burlington.

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School board gives OK for $35 million Mt. Abe bond vote

Posted on September 1, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



BRISTOL — A vote on a $35 million bond to renovate the 48-year-old Mount Abraham Union High School will definitely take place in November.

The Mount Abe school board this past Wednesday evening voted 8-1 in favor of the recommended major overhaul of the building.

“I think initial reaction will be sticker shock,” said board member Sandy Lee of Lincoln. “But if we don’t invest in this multimillion-dollar building are we going to let it just fall apart?”

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Organic milk prices plummet across Vermont

Posted on September 1, 2017 |
By Erin Mansfield of VTDigger.org



VERMONT — A once-hot market for organic milk has cooled, and farmers are paying the price.

In the face of a market glut, companies are paying Vermont’s organic dairy farmers less for their product, at a cost of tens thousands of dollars to each farm.

Organic Valley, which buys milk from more than half of Vermont’s roughly 200 organic dairy farms, will be accepting less milk from farmers at its highest price and paying discount rates for additional milk.

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Days gone by: Monkton Historical Society collects photos from past times

Posted on September 1, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MONKTON — A dedicated cadre of Monkton residents shared photographs and stories of Monkton days gone by at a recent Monkton Historical Society meeting.

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Local food organization considers creating a facility to process crops and meats

Posted on September 1, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Relocalization Network (ACORN) is beginning a new chapter in its 12-year history of promoting sustainable, local sources of food and energy. The non-profit, grassroots organization has hired a new executive director who is leading an effort to create a new facility where small Addison County food producers could process and store their wares.

ACORN leaders last week formally announced Lynn Coale as the group’s new executive director.

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12th Annual Kelly Brush Ride coming to Addison County Sept. 9

Posted on September 1, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — The 12th Annual Kelly Brush Ride, powered by VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations is ready to roll on Saturday, Sept. 9, in Middlebury.

The bicycle and handcycle ride supports the Kelly Brush Foundation’s mission to empower those with paralysis through sport and recreation and to prevent ski racing injuries.

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Supreme Court reverses regulator's decision on New Haven solar array

Posted on August 31, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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NEW HAVEN — The Vermont Supreme Court has reversed a key permit for a solar array off Route 7 in New Haven and ordered the state utilities regulator to reconsider the matter.

In a unanimous decision issued last Friday, the court ordered the Public Utilities Commission to consider town comments it had deemed to be filed too late and to hold a technical hearing on an interconnection issue in its reconsideration of the solar power project.

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Portrait of a migrant dairy farmworker; Mexican man flees violence, poverty to work in Vermont

Posted on August 31, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



Editor’s note: This newspaper has done a number of stories about Vermont’s immigrant farmworkers. In this article, the Independent’sagriculture reporter puts a personal lens on this issue. What follows is one person’s story, as told to the Independent.

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Bridport landmark closes its doors; Ray Boise ran Citgo station for 45 years

Posted on August 31, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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BRIDPORT — It’s Monday morning at Boise Citgo in Bridport, and it’s a beehive of activity.

But on this day, workers aren’t pulling ailing vehicles into the garage for tune-ups, oil changes or repairs.

They’re hauling out a variety of automotive equipment, including brake lathes, floor jacks, anvils and king-sized wrenches.

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Successful Middlebury film festival excites viewers, filmmakers

Posted on August 31, 2017 |
By Yvette Shi



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MIDDLEBURY — With the awarding of 13 fuzzy, well-groomed teddy bears, the third annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival closed its curtains on Aug. 27, concluding what festival organizers said was the best year ever.

MNFF Artistic Director Jay Craven reported that this year’s festival featured the largest number of films screened (96), the most filmmakers to attend (over 40), and a record number of special guests. That the festival also attracted bigger audiences with high engagement also gave this year’s festival high marks.

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