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Murray hopes third time is charm in run for Middlebury selectboard

Posted on February 24, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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EAST MIDDLEBURY — Eric Murray is hoping his third try for a spot on the Middlebury selectboard will be the charm, as he seeks to break into the winning column on March 4 following a spirited six-person race for two three-year spots on the town’s chief elected board.

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Sled dogs keep Addison man young

Posted on February 24, 2014 |
By Christy Lynn



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How long in life can you continue to pursue physically and emotionally demanding hobbies that have you outside in extreme temperatures, facing challenging and even dangerous scenarios?

The answer for Ed Blechner, dog sled driver of almost 40 years, is “as long as I can.”

Blechner, now 66, first got into dog sledding in 1975. “I was always interested in dogs in functional, non-traditional ways,” he says. With a parallel interest in winter camping, working with sled dogs seemed like a natural hobby to pursue.

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Major solar farm proposed for Route 7 South in Middlebury

Posted on February 24, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — A New Jersey company is proposing to build a 9,000-panel, 2.2-megawatt solar farm on 13.5 acres off Route 7 south in Middlebury, a project that would send enough electricity into the state’s grid to annually power 519 Vermont homes.

It’s a project being proposed by Champlain Valley Solar Farm, LLC (CVSF), which lists itself as being affiliated with the SunEdison office in Pennsauken, N.J. SunEdison is headquartered in Belmont, Calif.

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Top court backs Rt. 7 store in Ferrisburgh

Posted on February 20, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — The Vermont Supreme Court on Feb. 14, 2014, upheld a 2012 Environmental Court ruling favoring a Dollar General store proposed for the Ferrisburgh intersection of Route 7 and Monkton Road.

The Ferrisburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment in February 2011 first granted landowners Group Five LLC a permit for the discount retail store. It is proposed for a 9.9-acre field that lies across Monkton Road from Denecker Chevrolet and across Route 7 from a solar farm.

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UD-3 voters to consider recreation facility lease Feb. 25

Posted on February 20, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middle­bury’s plan to build a new recreation facility off Creek Road will face its first major hurdle at the annual UD-3 meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 25, when district voters will be asked to authorize the negotiation of a lease for the land on which the 11,500-square-foot facility would be built.

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Monkton residents decry Vermont Gas tactics after company threatens to use eminent domain

Posted on February 20, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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MONKTON — Vermont Gas Systems has said it will use eminent domain to obtain Monkton land it needs to build its pipeline through Addison County if town landowners do not agree to let the company cross their land.

At least some Monkton residents said they consider that tactic to be threatening.

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George seeks encore on Middlebury board to cap 2014 agenda

Posted on February 20, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — With almost 18 years logged with Middlebury’s top elected board and his latest term set to expire this March, Middlebury selectboard Chairman Dean George had seriously considered riding into the sunset. But he decided to place his name on the ballot again this year in an effort to take care of what he believes is some unfinished business.

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Sick leave bill advances in legislature

Posted on February 20, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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BRISTOL — A bill that would require many Vermont businesses to allow their employees to accrue paid sick time is advancing in the House, where the measure has unleashed a great deal of debate about the potential impact on businesses.

That bill, H.208, was one of several topics discussed at Monday’s legislative breakfast in Bristol.

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No ACSU consolidation for now

Posted on February 17, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central Supervisory Union will not go through a formal process to consolidate its schools or governance structure — at least for now.

After a 3.5-year process, the ACSU Governance Study Committee on Monday issued its final report on the notion of forming a “Regional Education District (RED)” encompassing two or more of the seven school districts within the supervisory union.

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Three candidates seek town jobs in Ferrisburgh

Posted on February 17, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — The emergence of a write-in candidate will give Ferrisburgh residents a choice on Town Meeting Day for the posts of town clerk and treasurer, both of which will open with the retirement of current Town Clerk and Treasurer Chet Hawkins.

On the Jan. 27 deadline, Hawkins’ grandson, David Hawkins, 23, filed his paperwork for town clerk. At the same time, Garrit Smits, 31, handed in his petition for treasurer.

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