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VTrans working to improve New Haven railroad crossings

Posted on September 11, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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NEW HAVEN — Upgrades are under way to two railroad crossings in New Haven, one at Campground Road and one at Plank Road.

“The crossings will be a lot safer,” said New Haven Selectman Jim Walsh, who’s the selectboard’s point person on the project.

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Pioneering organic wheat grower reflects on the farming life

Posted on September 11, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRIDPORT — Pioneering organic wheat farmer Ben Gleason is making plans to lay aside his plow. The 73-year-old Bridport resident is working with the Vermont Land Trust to conserve his farm’s 75 acres and conduct a nationwide search for a new farmer interested in Gleason’s farm and flour business.

“I was gonna farm until I died,” said Gleason. Instead he’s decided just to find new owners.

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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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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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Natural gas pipeline depth investigation continues

Posted on September 1, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



VERMONT — The Public Utility Commission continues its investigation of whether Vermont Gas violated its 2013 Certificate of Public Good (CPG) by burying sections of the Addison Natural Gas Project pipeline at depths shallower than four feet at 18 locations in New Haven. The 18 locations are in a wetland along the VELCO right of way.

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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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Accessibility work slated for Burnham Hall

Posted on August 31, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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LINCOLN — Lincoln has been awarded a $17,600 Community Development Block Grant to make additional accessibility improvements to Burnham Hall.

“We’re delighted that the Vermont Community Development Program awarded us this grant. They’ve helped us before and they’ve continued to help us,” said Mark Benz. Benz spearheaded the grant writing and is a member of the nine-person Walter S. Burnham Committee that oversees the building and will be overseeing the renovations.

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Migrants play a big part in the dairy industry

Posted on August 31, 2017 |
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VERMONT  — An estimated 1,200 Latino farmworkers labor on Vermont’s dairy farms, according to University of Vermont researcher Dan Baker. He said most are undocumented.

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Late mowing helps grass-nesters thrive

Posted on August 28, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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ADDISON COUNTY — Things are looking up — just a little bit — for Vermont’s bobolinks, thanks in part to increased acreage enrolled in Vermont’s Bobolink Project.

A grassland bird, bobolinks like to nest in open fields. They also have a propensity to return to the same fields year after year, come what may. But being birds, they’re unlikely to consult with local farmers about their haying schedules. The result?

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