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Decision due soon on what town will host power line converter

Posted on April 11, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Developers of the proposed Vermont Green Line energy project said they will decide within “a couple of weeks” on their choice of either New Haven or Middlebury as the host for a new high-voltage converter station that could net the selected community millions of dollars in property tax revenues and other financial contributions over the next few decades.

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Salisbury aims to close its town dump by early 2017

Posted on April 11, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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SALISBURY — Salisbury’s unlined landfill could cease accepting trash by the end of this year.

The local selectboard is preparing to close the community landfill in the aftermath of a Town Meeting Day referendum that saw Salisbury residents vote 229 to 98 to shut down the facility.

In the meantime, Salisbury will pursue membership with the Addison County Solid Waste Management District, which coordinates the solid waste and recycling needs for the vast majority of towns in the county.

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Bernie's book nets thousands of dollars for Parent/Child Center

Posted on April 11, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — A marathon speech delivered by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., more than five years ago is now paying some big dividends to the Addison County Parent/Child Center.

It was on Dec. 10, 2010, that Sanders — now in a battle for the Democratic nomination for president — took to the podium in the U.S. Senate chambers and launched into an eight-and-a-half-hour filibuster decrying the preservation of the Bush-era tax cuts for the highest wage-earners.

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Towns' role in solar siting is debated as House takes up bill

Posted on April 7, 2016 |
By John Flowers



WEYBRIDGE — Many Addison County residents will be closely watching the Vermont House as it fields a proposed law aimed at giving communities more input in the siting of solar arrays.

Bill S.230, endorsed by the state Senate last Thursday by a 22-3 tally, encourages communities to develop energy sections within their respective town plans that specify their solar siting priorities and specific locations within their borders where renewable energy projects could be sited.

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New unified school districts become official as deadline passes

Posted on April 7, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Town Meeting Day votes that authorized public school governance unification in both the Addison Central and Addison Northwest supervisory unions are now official, as the statutory deadline by which to challenge those referenda has now passed.

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United Way needs big leap to make funding goal

Posted on April 7, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The United Way of Addison County (UWAC) is hitting the home stretch of its 2015 fund drive needing a major infusion of cash if it is to achieve its goal of raising $700,000.

As of Monday, the United Way had received contributions amounting to $557,000, leaving officials concerned about the resources it will ultimately have at its disposal to distribute amongst the 32 local social service programs that fall under its organizational umbrella.

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A low-snow winter results in savings for area towns

Posted on April 7, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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ADDISON COUNTY — When it comes to the economy, Mother Nature giveth and she taketh away.

The almost snow-free winter of 2015-2016 has cost area ski resorts thousands of dollars in lost revenues, but has saved the state of Vermont and municipal public works departments an avalanche of money that would have been spent on overtime, sand and salt expenses during an average winter.

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Middlebury opens new town office

Posted on April 7, 2016 |
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MIDDLEBURY — Monday ushered in a new era for Middlebury municipal employees, who began working in the new, expansive town office building at 77 Main St. And on Tuesday, those workers were still pinching themselves as they settled into a facility that was more than a decade in the making.

“It doesn’t seem real quite yet,” a beaming Beth Dow said from her sumptuous office on the second floor of the stately structure.

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Porter officials ready for new chapter

Posted on April 4, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center officials last week publicly apologized for what they acknowledged have been almost 10 months of internal strife within the hospital, and urged physicians, nurses, staff and patients to help them turn the page to a new chapter in the organization’s 91-year history.

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House Speaker Smith, Rep. Jewett weigh future plans

Posted on April 4, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MONTPELIER — Vermont House of Representatives Speaker Shap Smith might re-enter the race for governor, and one decision he has already made could affect the plans of at least one Addison County lawmaker.

Smith, a Morrisville Democrat, acknowledged in a March 30 phone interview with the Independent that he might re-insert himself into the contest for governor, this after having withdrawn from the race this past November.

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