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Food in your composter can attract bears seeking calories

Posted on January 4, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — Bears in Vermont are already thinking about winter, and are currently in search of easy calories to fatten up. Residential trash bins, bird feeders, pet food, and beehives can become bear attractants if not properly secured. Composting in bear country may also be an issue, and many residents wonder how to compost without enticing curious bears.

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Brandon Craft and art sales to perk up chilly days

Posted on January 4, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



BRANDON — For the third year, the Compass Music and Arts Center is holding a series of sales during the winter months, giving crafters, artists and music enthusiasts an opportunity to sell their goods make some extra cash, free up some storage space and give someone else the chance to make use of and enjoy their items.

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Brandon art exhibit takes on winter

Posted on January 4, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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BRANDON — The conflicting emotions of how people feel about the winter season was the spark for the juried exhibit, “Winter as Prism or Prison” at the Compass Music and Arts Center in Brandon. The juried exhibit opens Friday, Jan. 15, and runs through March 26, with an opening reception to be held on Sunday, Jan. 17, from 1- 3 p.m.

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State cautions snowmobilers to follow guidelines for safe recreation

Posted on January 4, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



VERMONT — With snow expected in the coming weeks, the U.S. Forest Service is looking forward to a successful snowmobile season and wants to encourage all riders to put safety first. Green Mountain National Forest (GMNF) officials are recommending that snowmobilers exercise caution when operating on the National Forest, and all lands, in Vermont this winter. GMNF officials remind snowmobile enthusiasts to heed all gates and signs and to stay off roads and trails that are closed.

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Top stories of 2015: #1 — Vermont Gas abandons Phase II pipeline; PSB launches Phase I review

Posted on January 4, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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Vermont Gas in 2015 received some sobering news in its efforts to expand its natural gas pipeline into Addison County and points further south.

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Top stories of 2015: #2 — Voters reject school funding plans; lawmakers push consolidation

Posted on January 4, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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When school boards were wrapping up their budget proposals last January they knew that 2015 would be a difficult year in terms of money, but few knew just how difficult it would get. Bristol Elementary, for instance, was looking at six job cuts, Vergennes Union High School planned to cut the equivalent of three full-time teaching positions and a maintenance job as well as cutting funding for some extracurriculars, and the Hannaford Career Center was seeing a 2 percent spending increase but a 14.7 percent tuition increase.

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Top stories of 2015: #3 — Solar arrays abound, siting challenged

Posted on January 4, 2016 |
By Addison Indedendent



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The debate continued — and to some degree intensified — in 2015 over the value and aesthetics of ground-based solar arrays as more were installed or proposed locally from as far north as Ferrisburgh to as far south as Brandon.

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Top stories of 2015: #4 — $78 million and new farming rules aim to clean up Lake Champlain

Posted on January 4, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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Toxic swirls of blue green algae closing beaches along Lake Champlain are now a recurring summer event. Although such events continue to be concentrated most heavily in Missisquoi Bay and St. Albans Bay, such popular Addison County spots as Kingsland Bay and Button Bay continue to see troubling levels of blue green algae in the hottest months intermittently.

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Top stories of 2015: #5 — Middlebury cries foul over rail bridge project

Posted on January 4, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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Middlebury’s decade-long quest to replace its two downtown rail bridges took a dramatic and expensive turn for the worse in 2015, according to property owners, merchants and residents who figure to be affected by the project.

Local officials had hoped the deteriorating bridges, which carry vehicle and pedestrian traffic on Merchants Row and Main Street above the railroad below, could be replaced for under $10 million during a single construction season, in order to minimize the disruption of detours, noise, dust and the temporary loss of parking spots.

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Top stories of 2015: #6 — Drivers under the influence strike and kill locals riding bicycles

Posted on January 4, 2016 |
By Addison Indedendent



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A series of bike fatalities rocked the Champlain Valley this spring, prompting public outcry and discussion around sharing the region’s scenic roads.

On April 14, Middlebury resident Kelly Boe was struck and killed by a car while cycling on Hamilton Road in Weybridge with his wife. Boe, who worked as the manager of Middlebury College’s central heating plant, was transported to Porter Hospital by Middlebury Regional EMS, where he was pronounced deceased. He was 55, the father of two teenage daughters, and very active in the community.

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