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Lakeside towns seek power-line tax revenues

Posted on September 7, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Four Addison County communities have joined a legal effort to compel developers of the proposed New England Clean Power Link (NECPL) to pay municipal property taxes on the entire electric power transmission line — including the segment located on the bed of Lake Champlain off their respective shorelines.

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ANWSD negotiators strike a deal on a new teachers contract

Posted on September 1, 2017 |
By John Flowers



VERGENNES — The Addison Northwest School District (ANWSD) and Addison Northwest Teachers’ Association have tentatively agreed on a new, two-year contract. Mark Koenig, a leader of the ANWSD board negotiating team, said the two sides reached the tentative deal at around 3 a.m. Friday, Sept. 1, following a mediated session that lasted more than 11 hours.

The last teachers contract ran through June 30.

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Homestead tax rates drop in Panton, Waltham and Addison

Posted on August 28, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON — The final 2017-2018 residential property tax rates in the three smaller Addison Northwest School District towns, Panton, Waltham and Addison, are lower than in the 2016-2017 fiscal year, although the decrease in Panton is minimal.

Meanwhile, non-residential rates — paid by owners of business and rental property and second homes along Lake Champlain — dropped in Waltham, rose by less than 2 cents in Addison, and increased by around 5 cents in Panton.

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Panton adopts new zoning laws

Posted on July 27, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



PANTON — The Panton selectboard on July 11 adopted new zoning regulations that include for the first time extensive provisions on the siting of wind and solar projects, and also create rules on the siting and occupation of farm labor housing.

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Panton consolidating two town office jobs into one

Posted on July 24, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



PANTON — The Panton selectboard has decided to consolidate its two main town office jobs into one position and is now advertising for one person to serve both as a treasurer and town clerk, posts now held by Diane Merrill and Jean Miller, respectively.

Merrill, a Vergennes business co-owner who according to selectboard Chairman Howard Hall plans to resign before the end of August, now holds a 20-hour-a-week job in town hall, while Miller works 32 hours a week as clerk.

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$20K raised to help Panton farmer fight deportation

Posted on July 13, 2017 |
By Will DiGravio



PANTON — The GoFundMe campaign in support of Juan De La Cruz, a Panton resident of Mexican birth, farm owner and father of six who is facing deportation, has met its $20,000 fundraising goal.

As reported in the June 15 issue of the Independent, the funds raised via the campaign webpage are being used to cover De La Cruz’s legal costs as he fights to stay in the country.

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Tax rates in Waltham and Panton are going down

Posted on July 10, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON/PANTON/WALTHAM — The June 30 Vermont Department of Taxes release of 2017-2018 school tax rates brought mostly good financial news for owners of residential and commercial property in Addison, Panton and Waltham.

Homestead school tax rates in Addison and Waltham dropped by more than 13 and 10 cents, respectively, while the rate in Panton rose, but by less than a cent, according to a spreadsheet released by the Department of Taxes. See below for exact rates.

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Community rallies as farmer fights deportation

Posted on June 15, 2017 |
By Will DiGravio



PANTON — More than 110 people have donated money to a GoFundMe campaign in support of Juan De La Cruz, a Panton resident of Mexican birth, farm owner, and father of six who, according to the campaign website, was told that he will be deported on July 6.

The fundraising webpage was created by Ferrisburgh resident Kim Haigis on June 12. The money donated, more than $8,000 as of Wednesday morning, will be used to help pay his family’s legal fees.

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Meet the Farmer: Alessandra Rellini from Agricola Farm in Panton

Posted on May 8, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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PANTON — Alessandra Rellini always wanted to raise her own animals. So when this Italian native was recruited by the University of Vermont to teach in the Psychology Department, she saw an opportunity to pursue her farming dream in the Green Mountain State.

“The opportunity allowed me to cultivate the idea of raising my own animals and doing my own butchering,” she said in an interview at the end of March. “But then things spiraled out of control.”

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All Paw Art: Memorializing your best friends

Posted on April 27, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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PANTON — Warning, this is a sad story. It’s about a reality we all know, but hate to face: our four-legged family members simply don’t live forever. It’s a truth that Brenda Murphy had to face again last fall when her “soul-puppy” Mallard died.

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