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Ethan Allen Institute: Are you ready for the Vermont carbon tax?

Single payer health care taxes are gone – for now – but there’s another hot idea in Montpelier for a new tax – the carbon tax. It’s being promoted by “Energy Independent Vermont”, a coalition led by the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG), the Vermont Natural Resources Council, and the Conservation Law Foundation.

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Nor'easter damage assessment expands to 12 Vermont counties

The Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) has asked for an expansion of a Preliminary Damage Assessment by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to include eight additional counties.

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O Christmas tree!

'Tis the season in downtown Middlebury

Librarian Judy Holler touches up the fragrant Christmas tree on display in the Ilsley Public Library’s reading room in downtown Middlebury this week.

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Protesters burn healthcare bills at Vermont State House

Burnt toast for Gov. Shumlin

Supporters of the Healthcare Is a Human Right Campaign rallied and burned their medical bills in front of the Vermont statehouse, denouncing Democrat Gov. Shumlin for abandoning his support for universal, publicly financed healthcare Dec. 18.

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College to inaugurate new Athletics Hall of Fame

To honor the top student-athletes from its storied past, Middlebury College will inaugurate the Middlebury Athletics Hall of Fame in January as part of the opening of the College’s new field house.

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Shumlin: Single-payer ‘greatest disappointment of my political life’

Vermont Watchdog Report

Gov. Peter Shumlin announced Wednesday he has called off his plans for single-payer health care in Vermont for 2015, saying “now is not the right time.”

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From the Editor: This week's wild ride

This week has been a wild ride for Vermont’s governor, Green Mountain Power utility crews, state residents, and even health-care activists.

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Doud named new Lake Monsters G.M.

Vermont Lake Monsters officials announced that Joe Doud has been promoted to general manager, becoming the sixth G.M. in the New York-Penn League baseball team's 22-year history.

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Van bus, truck accident closes Route 7

A Dec. 16 accident on U.S. Route 7, in front of Middlebury Beef Supply, involved an ACTR van bus and a Nop Brothers dairy farm feed truck; it resulted in four injuries with at least one, possibly two, serious injuries.

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CVU, sports community, mourns death of Kevin Riell

Champlain Valley Union High School Athletic Director Kevin Riell died this week.

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“Shrek the Musical” headlines Paramount Theatre this week

The award-winning Rutland Youth Theatre will present “Shrek the Musical”with a live orchestra, Friday, Dec. 19 and Saturday, Dec. 20. The show is produced by Saskia Hagen Groom and guest directed by Meghan Hakey.

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Funding comes for local programs supporting women, girls

Funding is now available for new or existing projects, programs, and organizations that serve women and girls ages 15-25 through the Vermont Women’s Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation.

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Farmer-owned co-op business opens new Middlebury office

The Addison County Chamber of Commerce welcomed Yankee Farm Credit to its new office located at 320 Exchange St. in Middlebury.

Officials mull solar, funding, roundabout

Vermont State Representatives Betty Nuovo and Amy Sheldon and State Senators Claire Ayer and Christopher Bray, discussed several legislative issues of interest to Middlebury residents at a Middlebury Select Board meeting Dec. 9.