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A helping hand

Posted on September 1, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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MEMBERS OF THE Middlebury College football team work together to take apart a rotted wood wall at the Middlebury Recreation Park last Wednesday afternoon. The team did community service at both the park and St. Mary's School. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

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USDA details new insurance program for dairy

Posted on September 1, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



BURLINGTON — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, flanked by Sen. Patrick Leahy and Rep. Peter Welch at a press conference in Burlington last Thursday, announced a new dairy insurance program to protect farmers against volatile price swings.

“I would urge farmers to sign up to this program for $100,” Leahy said. “It is a great investment and a chance to stop the boom and bust cycle we have.”

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Feds promise $45 million for Lake Champlain

Posted on September 1, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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BURLINGTON — With the stunning vista of Lake Champlain at his back, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last Thursday that the federal government will spend up to $45 million to protect the lake and its watershed.

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Lake Monsters 'draft' Bristol baseball player

Posted on August 28, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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BRISTOL — The Vermont Lake Monsters minor league baseball team in Burlington looked in their own backyard to fill an open roster spot by signing a Bristol native to a one-day contract.

The Class-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics signed catcher Ethan Fritz, who became a free agent after a strong season this spring with the Bristol Eagles.

Not bad for a kid who’s just 11.

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State to provide independent appraisers in pipeline eminent domain cases

Posted on August 26, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



MONTPELIER — Gov. Peter Shumlin on Monday directed the Department of Public Service to provide independent appraisals for landowners entering eminent domain proceedings with Vermont Gas Systems for Phase I of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project.

The governor announced the policy changes in replying to a letter written by three Addison County legislators earlier this month, who expressed concerns about the project.

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Middlebury College seeds squash center with new green roof

Posted on August 25, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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MIDDLEBURY — Gazing east from the Kenyon Lounge on the campus of Middlebury College, there’s a wonderful view — the campus’ sprawling athletic fields, golf course and Green Mountains in the distance.

That view just got a lot better, thanks to the installation last week of a new green roof on the school’s squash center, which opened last fall.

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Some states have property rights advocates — why doesn't Vermont?

Posted on August 21, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



ADDISON COUNTY — For months, landowners along the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project pipeline route have asked state regulators to provide them with legal help to negotiate easements with Vermont Gas Systems.

The Office of the Attorney General does not represent private citizens, and many landowners feel the Department of Public Service has not offered adequate legal support, leaving them with few resources to represent their best interests.

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ANeSU communities see tax levies increase

Posted on August 18, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



ADDISON COUNTY — Most property owners in the five-town area are seeing higher tax bills than last year.

Selectboards in Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton, New Haven and Starksboro set municipal tax rates in the past month or so to pay for town staffing obligations and highway spending.

Town leaders have also received final homestead and non-residential school tax rates from the state, allowing towns to send out 2014-2015 tax bills. Each of the five towns are served by the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union.

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Monkton residents lobby for soil testing

Posted on August 18, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



MONKTON — Does soil along the VELCO power line route in Monkton contain unsafe levels of a hazardous chemical, and if so, who is responsible for cleaning it up?

Those questions were the subject of a meeting among a dozen Monkton residents and representatives from the departments of Public Service, Health and Environmental Conservation, as well as VELCO on the evening of Aug. 7 at the Monkton Firehouse.

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Addison farmers test soil-saving methods

Posted on August 18, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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ADDISON COUNTY — A tenet of good business practices is to minimize risk. In agriculture, where profit margins are thin, this is especially true.

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