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Weybridge duo scales new heights in hiking quest

Posted on February 21, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — For most Vermonters, the Adirondack Mountains represent some of Mother Nature’s sweetest and most impressive eye candy — an omnipresent, majestic vista often enjoyed from a distance.

Weybridge neighbors Michele Bayliss and Dean Ouellette can look at the Adirondacks with admiration and at the same time utter the words, “been there, done that.”

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WhistlePig Act 250 opinion could affect Vermont agriculture

Posted on February 18, 2013 |
By John Flowers



SHOREHAM — Raj Peter Bhatka’s argument that his proposed whiskey distillery should be considered a farm operation does not hold water and therefore should be subject to Act 250 review as a commercial enterprise, according to a recent opinion issued by District 9 Environmental Commission Coordinator Jeffrey Green.

And the reason Green believes Bhatka’s argument doesn’t hold water is because the whiskey he would make will hold a lot of water.

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Mary Hogan sees a proposed spending hike of 4.5%

Posted on February 18, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury voters on April 10 will be asked to approve a 2013-2014 Mary Hogan Elementary School budget of $6,418,788, reflecting a 4.46-percent increase in spending that would preserve current programs and beef up science, technology, engineering and math instruction.

The proposed budget does not include a second-language (Spanish) program that the ID-4 school board has been discussing for the past few years. The board elected to take a pass on such a program, at an estimated cost of $144,671, in favor of a greater focus on math and sciences.

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Shumlin: Education leads to good jobs

Posted on February 14, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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BRISTOL — Gov. Peter Shumlin on Monday at a legislative luncheon in Bristol urged Addison County residents and their legislative delegation to support his public education reform agenda in the next two legislative sessions.

He said that maintaining the status quo will leave future generations of Vermonters unable to compete in the regional or global economies.

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Middlebury hires its new jobs ‘czar’

Posted on February 14, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday overwhelmingly endorsed Jamie O. Gaucher, deputy chief of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center, as the town’s first-ever business development director. In this job he will be responsible for bringing new jobs to Addison County’s shire town.

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Gov. Shumlin defends break-­open ticket tax

Posted on February 14, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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BRISTOL — At a public luncheon at American Legion Post 19 in Bristol this week, Gov. Peter Shumlin defended his plan to fund a program to weatherize Vermont homes by taxing break-open tickets.

The Vermont Home Energy Challenge is an Efficiency Vermont-led effort to weatherize 80,000 homes by the year 2020. The program is particularly directed at porous homes from which expensive heat is escaping.

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Shumlin would sign End of Life Choices bill

Posted on February 14, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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BRISTOL — Gov. Peter Shumlin on Monday boosted his education reform plans (See story, Page 1A), reiterated his support for a bill that would allow terminally ill Vermonters to end their own lives, and explained why he favors bringing the F-35 fighter jet to Burlington for use by the Vermont National Guard.

At a legislative lunch in Bristol and during an interview with the Addison Independent, the issues Shumlin discussed included:

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Middebury hires new Ilsley Library director

Posted on February 14, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Kevin Unrath, who currently heads up the borrower services division of the Middletown Township (New Jersey) Public Library, will in April begin his new job as director of Middlebury’s Ilsley Public Library.

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Planning starts for gas pipeline to Ticonderoga, N.Y., paper plant

Posted on February 11, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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SHOREHAM — While Vermont Gas Systems Inc. is now actively seeking the necessary permits and easements it needs to extend its pipeline south into Vergennes and Middlebury by next year, the company is also starting to lay the groundwork for the second phase of its expansion plans: Service to International Paper Co. in Ticonderoga, N.Y., by 2015, a construction project that will affect several property owners in Cornwall and Shoreham.

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Ripton eyes new school roof with solar panels

Posted on February 11, 2013 |
By John Flowers



RIPTON — Ripton voters on Town Meeting Day will be asked to spend up to $150,000 to put a new roof on their elementary school. And in a separate vote on the same day, they’ll be asked to add to that new roof 200 solar panels in order to generate electricity to reduce the school’s energy bill for at least the next 20 years.

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