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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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Does algae threaten Lake Champlain drinking water?

Posted on August 21, 2014 |
By Jenevra Wetmore



VERMONT — For three days early this August Ohio’s fourth-largest city had no drinking water. Toledo’s tap water, supplied by Lake Erie, was contaminated with toxins produced by blue-green algae, forcing 500,000 residents to turn off their taps.

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Local primary election candidates profiled

Posted on August 21, 2014 |
By Addison Independent Staff



ADDISON COUNTY — When voters in Addison County go to the polls for the primary election on Tuesday, Aug. 26, they will have one contested race for a Vermont House seat and several candidates seeking to get enough votes to qualify to get on the General Election ballot.

In the past few months the Addison Independent has published profiles of candidates involved in competitive elections. Click on the links below to read about these candidates.

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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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Vermont Gas to offer mediation to landowners, begin eminent domain process

Posted on August 14, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont Gas Systems announced on Tuesday that it is employing a new tactic to secure land rights necessary to construct a natural gas pipeline from Colchester to Middlebury — the company will now provide independent mediators to help landowners negotiate with the company.

“We’re going to be offering neutral mediation for those landowners who we have not been able to reach agreements with,” company spokesman Steve Wark said.

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Try shopping local for back-to-school supplies

Posted on August 14, 2014 |
By Christy Lynn



It’s the middle of August and that time of year when you wake up in the morning and there’s a chill in the air that reminds you autumn is on the way.

It’s also that time of year when you start looking at your kids’ tattered, stained clothes and worn-out shoes and start thinking about what they may need to start another school year.

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Flying tractor wheel injures elderly spectator at Field Days

Posted on August 11, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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NEW HAVEN — The Addison County Fair and Field Days ended on a somber note Saturday evening when an elderly man was crushed by a wheel that detached from a tractor and flew into the crowd during the tractor pull.

Witnesses say as the tractor neared the end of the track, the left wheel broke away from the vehicle and rolled toward the crowd. The wheel struck a barrier made of cable and concrete, jumped about 10 feet in the air and landed on the elderly man, who has not been identified to the media.

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Field Days vignette: Showing sheep takes a lot of commitment

Posted on August 11, 2014 |
By John S. McCright



After the sheep judging was done for the day Thursday evening and the sheep tents were relatively quiet, a big, white ewe bleated plaintively in one corner. A young man in a pink shirt and madras shorts was manhandling her into a frame that would hold her head erect and her body still so he could give her a trim.

Jarrod Ashley of Whiting was primping a female named Clarice to get her ready to compete in the natural color ewe judging the next morning.

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Field Days vignette: ‘Cotton candy guy’ is one of many options

Posted on August 11, 2014 |
By Mary Langworthy



In terms of food options, Addison County Fair and Field Days is a moveable feast.

Each year, fairgoers flock to the trailers and tents that dot the New Haven fairgrounds to get their annual dose of caramel apples and cotton candy.

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Field Days vignette: Horse and rider work together in competition

Posted on August 11, 2014 |
By Weyland Joyner



Brief, heavy rain Tuesday night didn’t dampen spirits at Addison County Fair and Field Days, and the Gymkhana horse competition got under way after a brief delay as a rainbow showed itself over the horse ring.

Among the approximately 50 entries in this year’s Gymkhana were local riders of all ages and experience levels, from pre-adolescents to people of middle age and older.

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