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Geologist to discuss local wines and a 'taste of place'

Posted on January 23, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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MIDDLEBURY — When one thinks of a French wine, perhaps Bordeaux or Beaujolais comes to mind.

That’s the concept of “terroir” at play: the “taste of place” that is so central to French wines. And the concept is one that Scott Burns, a professor of geology at Portland State University, is extending to home turf with his studies of how soil type affects wine in his home state of Oregon.

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County firefighters celebrate success

Posted on January 23, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



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VERGENNES — Firefighters from 17 local towns showed up in festive fashion last Wednesday evening for the annual dinner of the Addison County Firefighters Association (ACFA). 

But they weren’t the only ones in attendance at the Addison County Eagles Club. A crew of Canadian firefighters came down to learn what makes Addison County firefighting squads so dynamic.

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Bristol Police Log: Stolen machinery linked to Bristol man

BRISTOL — The Bristol Police Department reported last week that in early December it had tied up loose ends on a September burglary in which more than $1,000 worth of machinery was stolen.

The machinery was stolen from a workshop on North Street in Septemberand allegedly sold to a resident of Kountry Trailer Park. When the Kountry Trailer Park resident reported a stolen table saw, which later was found on Liberty Street, he asked about other recent machinery thefts. That’s when the police discovered the machinery was resold.

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ACSU corrects Ripton budget

Posted on January 23, 2012 |
By Addy Indy Staff



CORRECTION: A story on the Ripton Elementary School budget that ran on Page 1A of last Thursday’s Addison Independent had a major inaccuracy. The proposed 2012-2013 Ripton Elementary School spending plan of $775,360, a 5.4-percent increase, will not require two votes at town meeting after all.

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Mount Abe keeps spending steady

Posted on January 19, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union Middle and High School board on Tuesday approved a proposed budget that would level-fund education spending for next fiscal year.

Under the proposal, overall expenses would increase 0.7 percent to $13,542,142, but education spending — the part of the budget that directly affects tax rates — would remain the same as this year at $11,309,068. Additionally, the per pupil spending rate would increase 4.1 percent next year to $13,552.

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Ferrisburgh farmer turns back time to generate power

Posted on January 19, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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FERRISBURGH — From a distance, the vertical green panels revolving in a back field at Boundbrook Farm in Ferrisburgh look more like an art installation than a piece of farm equipment.

But don’t be deceived: Come spring, the unconventional windmill will pump as many as 150 gallons of water a minute into farmer Erik Andrus’s 5-acre rice paddy, day in and day out.

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Moms take hundreds of shoes to Haiti

Posted on January 19, 2012 |
By Kyle Finck



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MIDDLEBURY — Just before the Jan. 12 second anniversary of Haiti’s devastating earthquake, three local moms early this month delivered more than 700 pairs of shoes collected in Addison County to needy children on the Caribbean island.

“There is an incredible culture of humility that happens when you take a trip like this because we come from a place of such excess by comparison,” said Andrea Ward, a New Haven resident, who made the Jan. 4-8 relief trip to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, with Maria Graham and Kelly Hickey.

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Ripton eyes two votes for school plan

Posted on January 19, 2012 |
By John Flowers



UPDATE 1/23/12: This story has a major inaccuracy: Due to a calculation error by Addison Central Supervisory Union (ACSU), the proposed 2012-2013 Ripton Elementary School spending plan will not require two votes at town meeting after all. Please see the end of the article for more details, and stay tuned for an article with updated ACSU budget information.

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VUES board seeks 0.5% budget hike

Posted on January 19, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union Elementary School board on Monday made final a decision to put before voters on Town Meeting Day a $3.91 million budget proposal for 2012-13 that would increase current spending by $20,500, or 0.5 percent.

Addison Northwest Supervisory Union officials are cautiously optimistic that spending proposal, combined with the recently proposed $8.97 million Vergennes Union High School spending plan, would lead to little or no school tax hikes in the three towns served by VUES.

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Group eyes Middlebury business

Posted on January 19, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP) wants to hear local business owners’ views on the challenges and advantages of operating in Addison County’s shire town, so that future changes can be made to improve local commerce.

With that in mind, the BMP is circulating its second survey of the winter, this one featuring 32 questions polling Middlebury business owners on their impressions of municipal services, help they might need to become more prosperous, and what local events seem to best stimulate customer traffic.

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