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Addison Independent top 10 stories of 2013

Posted on January 6, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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Looking back on 2013, the staff of the Addison Independent found that it was particularly busy covering news on the proposed natural gas pipeline through the county and on the proposed new town office and town gym. Those two stories grabbed plenty of headlines, but there were logs of other important stories, too. Read our roundup of the top 10 stories of the year just passed, as well as some of the others that caught our eye.

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Local lawmakers size up priorities for 2014

Posted on January 2, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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ADDISON COUNTY — State and local lawmakers are preparing for a 2014 legislative session that they said will include the familiar task of dealing with a sizeable general fund budget shortfall, as well as ironing out the kinks in the state’s transition to universal access health care, exploring education finance reform, helping citizens deal with drug addiction, and confronting pollution and nuisance aquatic weeds in Vermont’s waterways.

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Inaction in Congress hurts local dairy farmers, future milk prices uncertain

Posted on January 2, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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ADDISON COUNTY — As a new year dawns across the bleak Vermont landscape, dairy farmers have yet another worry to contend with.

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Police plan patrols for New Year's Eve

Posted on December 27, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Police Department, in cooperation with other Addison County law enforcement agencies, will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint, as well as saturation patrols, on New Year’s Eve, Chief George Merkel announced on Friday. This initiative is in support of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program’s Holiday Safety campaign.

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State gives OK for natural gas pipeline through Addison County

Posted on December 24, 2013 |
By John Flowers and Zach Despart



MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Public Service Board on Monday gave its conditional approval to, and issued a Certificate of Public Good for, Vermont Gas Systems’ proposed 41-mile natural gas pipeline from Colchester to Middlebury and Vergennes.

The $86 million project could be delivering natural gas to businesses along Middlebury’s Exchange Street by late next year, followed by service to other areas of Middlebury and Vergennes, as well as pockets of consumers in Monkton, Ferrisburgh, New Haven, Bristol and East Middlebury.

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County's final deer kill decreases as muzzleloader and bow counts drop

Posted on December 24, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON COUNTY — Relatively low numbers for fall and December archery and muzzleloader deer seasons left the overall 2013 Addison County hunting success rate short of that in most recent years.

The total number of deer weighed at the county’s nine weigh stations ended at 807, down by almost 8 percent from last year’s total of 875.

The breakdown for this year was:

•  Bow season: 132.

•  Youth Hunting Weekend: 109.

•  Rifle season: 421.

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Less heating fuel assistance available this winter

Posted on December 24, 2013 |
By John Flowers



ADDISON COUNTY — Addison County’s low-income households will have a tougher time keeping their homes warm this winter in light of new eligibility standards and tighter resources for federal fuel assistance, according to state and local human services advocates.

Richard Moffi, fuel program chief for the state of Vermont, said current signs point to the Green Mountain State receiving around $17 million through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). That is approximately 5 percent less than the state received last winter.

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Where to get help with heating your home

Posted on December 24, 2013 |
By John Flowers



Here are the main fuel assistance programs available for Vermonters:

Crisis Fuel Assistance

This is for folks in danger of running out of fuel for home heating, or who may have received a disconnect notice from the utility company. This program provides help to homeowners or renters who pay for their heat or who have heat included in their rent. The program can also help eligible people repair or replace their furnace. A family of four may earn up to $3,926 per month to qualify.

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Public Service Board approves pipeline project

Posted on December 23, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON COUNTY — The Vermont Public Service Board on Monday gave its conditional approval to, and issued a Certificate of Public Good for, Vermont Gas Systems’ proposed 41-mile natural gas pipeline from Colchester to Middlebury and Vergennes.

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CVAA offers Tai Chi classes

Posted on December 23, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



VERMONT — CVAA has announced the schedule for its winter schedule Tai Chi for Arthritis classes. Classes are offered at no charge and are open to adults age 50 and over. Tai chi can help seniors stay independent and take control of their health, as well as improve balance, muscle strength, breathing, agility, energy levels and mood.

Beginning classes are planned as follows:

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