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  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 1118.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_field::query() should be compatible with views_handler::query($group_by = false) in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_field.inc on line 1148.
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  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_argument::options_validate() should be compatible with views_handler::options_validate($form, &$form_state) in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_argument.inc on line 917.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_argument::query() should be compatible with views_handler::query($group_by = false) in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_argument.inc on line 917.
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  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_sort::options_submit() should be compatible with views_handler::options_submit($form, &$form_state) in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_sort.inc on line 165.
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  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter_node_status::operator_form() should be compatible with views_handler_filter::operator_form(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/modules/node/views_handler_filter_node_status.inc on line 15.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_argument_validate::options_submit() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_submit($form, &$form_state) in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_argument_validate.inc on line 87.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_argument_validate_taxonomy_term::options_submit() should be compatible with views_plugin_argument_validate::options_submit(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/modules/taxonomy/views_plugin_argument_validate_taxonomy_term.inc on line 165.
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  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_style_default::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_style_default.inc on line 24.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_validate() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_validate(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_row.inc on line 136.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 1118.
  • strict warning: Non-static method views_many_to_one_helper::option_definition() should not be called statically, assuming $this from incompatible context in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter_many_to_one.inc on line 25.
  • strict warning: Non-static method views_many_to_one_helper::option_definition() should not be called statically, assuming $this from incompatible context in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter_many_to_one.inc on line 25.
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  • strict warning: Declaration of image_attach_views_handler_field_attached_images::pre_render() should be compatible with views_handler_field::pre_render($values) in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/image/contrib/image_attach/image_attach_views_handler_field_attached_images.inc on line 112.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_area::query() should be compatible with views_handler::query($group_by = false) in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_area.inc on line 81.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_area_text::options_submit() should be compatible with views_handler::options_submit($form, &$form_state) in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_area_text.inc on line 121.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 1118.
  • strict warning: Non-static method views_many_to_one_helper::option_definition() should not be called statically, assuming $this from incompatible context in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter_many_to_one.inc on line 25.
  • strict warning: Non-static method views_many_to_one_helper::option_definition() should not be called statically, assuming $this from incompatible context in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter_many_to_one.inc on line 25.

Ice out days and rapid temperature change

Posted on February 19, 2018 |
By Declan McCabe



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While driving down from Isle La Motte in early December, my son and I noticed a fine skim of ice floating down the Alburg Passage. As it collided with the Route 2 bridge supports, it broke into rectangular fragments. I wondered if what I was seeing was typical, or a symptom of changing climate? But a single observation tells you only about the current weather, and says nothing about climate trends.

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State seeks $25K Vermont Gas fine

Posted on February 19, 2018 |
By Mike Polhamus VTDigger.org



SOUTH BURLINGTON — Vermont Gas, the natural gas utility owned by Canadian fossil fuel giant Énergir (formerly known as Gaz Métro), has likely buried an Addison County gas pipeline improperly, regulators said last week in a filing with the Public Utility Commission (PUC).

The Department of Public Service has asked the PUC to assess a $25,000 fine against Vermont Gas for failing to bury the pipeline according to the standards set out in the state permit authorizing the pipeline’s construction.

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Vt. Senate OKs $15/hour minimum wage

Posted on February 19, 2018 |
By Elizabeth Hewitt VTDigger.org



MONTPELIER — The Vermont Senate on Thursday advanced a measure that would raise the state’s hourly minimum wage to $15 by 2024.

The bill, S.40, would incrementally hike the state’s minimum wage over the next six years, from the current level of $10.50 per hour.

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Boat launch stewards needed to protect environment

Posted on February 19, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



GRAND ISLE — The Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) is hiring up to twelve boat launch stewards to work at New York and Vermont public boat launch access areas during the steward program’s 12th season. The stewards help to reduce the spread of aquatic invasive species by identifying high-risk boats for courtesy inspection and providing information about invasive species spread prevention.

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Women's clubs offer training scholarships

Posted on February 19, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



VERMONT — The General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Vermont (GFWC-VT) has announced the availability of scholarships for Vermont women seeking to further their education or training or to upgrade their skills in preparation for advancing in the work place. Applicants must submit a specific plan for their education or training by March 15.

The scholarships range from $500 to $1,500. GFWC-VT has been awarding this financial aid, funded through contributions from the state federated clubs and individuals, for many years.

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Bill would regulate internet data brokers

Posted on February 19, 2018 |
By Xander Landen VTDigger.org



MONTPELIER — The Vermont House late last week passed a bill that would regulate data brokers and provide consumers with protections against companies that collect, analyze and sell their personal information.

Under the legislation, H.764 would require data brokers to register annually with the Vermont Secretary of State’s office and publicly disclose information about data collection practices and opt-out policies.

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Tax form gifts help protect Vermont wildlife

Posted on February 15, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — Vermonters interested in conserving wildlife can donate to the Nongame Wildlife Fund on their state income tax form this year, according to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. The fund helps protect some of Vermont’s most threatened wildlife such as bald eagles, lake sturgeon spruce grouse and bats.

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Ways to cope with the death of a pet

Posted on February 12, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



The loss of a pet can bring as much grief as the loss of some human friends and family members.

This makes sense when you consider the role our animal companions play in our everyday lives. You cared for your pet’s every need and, because they could not speak, you learned to communicate in other ways. Such caring builds intimacy similar to that found between a parent and their infant; love without conflict, jealousy, or any of the other complications found in most relationships. So when a pet dies, the depth of your grief reflects your loss of a special relationship.

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Fresh Beats: Ron Powers reviews 'Follow My Heart' by Pauline Frechette

Posted on February 12, 2018 |
By Ron Powers



With her latest EP release, “Follow My Heart,” Pauline Frechette creates emotional music that is simple and melodic with poetic lyrics that tell her story. The EP includes both a vocal version and instrumental version of the same song. In the vocal rendition, Pauline’s technically demanding tune is delivered with such a purity of heart and with such honesty that it created quite a visceral effect on me. I felt myself pulled into her world. In fact, I was caught quite unaware of how deeply it affected me emotionally. 

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Check out these helpful snowblowing tips

Posted on February 12, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



The recent heavy snowfall reminds us that clearing driveways, sidewalks and parking lots in winter is no small job. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute is offering tips for safe and correct use of snow throwers, often referred to as snow blowers.

“Weather today is more unpredictable than ever, and you need to have your snow thrower serviced and ready to power up,” says OPEI President and CEO Kris Kiser. “You want to have the right fuel on hand and review your owner’s manual now so you can use your equipment safely.”

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