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From the editor: Fracking myths

There’s a new book about fracking that caught my eye. Written by Virginia-based engineer and environmentalist Greg Kozera. I may be in the minority around here, but for me it was a must read. I want to learn the truth about fracking technology—a technology which is helping put the U.S. on the road toward energy independence

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170 displaced workers seek jobs after Rutland-area fire

A blaze at a local plywood facility has left 170 people unemployed as of Friday morning.

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Middlebury's Woodchuck fest draws big audience

Beverage-maker Woodchuck celebrated the grand opening of its state-of-the-art cider-making facility with a mini Woodstick-style festival attended by fans and tourists, Aug. 23.

Forbes resigns; Shaw congratulated

Citing personal reasons, Midlebury Select Board member Travis Forbes tendered his resignation after more than four years of service on the Middlebury Select Board, July 29.

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Firefighters battle Rutland Plywood blazes

A fire Aug. 20 at the Rutland Plywood Corp. facility, located on Ripley Road in Rutland, kept multiple firefighting crews busy. After the initial fire was extinguised, another blaze broke out and caused extensive damage. According to fire officials on the scene and early news reports, flames were first spotted in a tower situated on the suth end of the plywood manufacturing plant.

Town considers new ordinances

Public input on proposed amendments to Middlebury’s ordinances on the regulation of vehicle speed, parking, traffic lights and traffic signs was discussed July 29.

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From the editor: A case of solar hubris

Lately, I’ve been wondering why Vermont is rushing so quickly to embrace every neighborhood solar- and wind-energy project that comes down the pike.

Board considers solar-power plan

At a recent meeting, the Middlebury Select Board reviewed a draft Group Net Metering Agreement between the Town of Middlebury and Burlington-based Encore Redevelopment for a proposed 650-panel solar array to be constructed on farmland on Twitchell Hill Road in New Haven.

Heritage grants available through CVNHP

The Addison County Chamber of Commerce announced that grant opportunities are available through the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership (CVNHP).

Town signs amendment agreement

On July 29, the Middlebury Select Board reviewed a list of “Early Release Packages” for the Main Street and Merchants Row Railroad overpass bridge replacements, including a revised grant agreement with the Vermont Agency of Transportation recommended by the project engineering team.

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Vermont Gas has booth at Addison County Fair & Field Days

Vermont Gas is hosting a booth at the Addison County Fair and Field Days through Aug. 9 and is encouraging local residents to stop by to learn more about the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Pipeline Project.

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Rutland using natural gas in advance of pipeline

The City of Rutland is in the process of recreating itself. According to the city’s Public Policy Statement 2013, one of the things Rutland is counting on to help in the revitalization is natural gas. The problem is that the planned expansion of the Vermont Gas Systems pipeline will not happen until 2020 at the earliest. Rutland cannot wait. The city must stay competitive. The transition from expensive to cheaper, cleaner natural gas has already begun.

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The new seal of quality: "Made in Vermont"

Big Lenny’s Hot Dogs have been an essentially staple in the Rutland lunch scene for over 25 years now. Local legend Lenny Montuori has been serving hot dogs at his roadside cart since he and friend Reggie Groeneweld purchased the cart in 1988 with his homemade toppings as well.

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From the Editor: Did they die with their boots on?

Perhaps one of the weirdest—dare I say down right ghoulish—things I’ve seen in recent months is a web-based real estate-related service known as DiedInHouse.com.

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Vermont’s only rodeo is a touch of the real West

Pond Hill Pro Rodeo Co. in Castleton kicked off its 44th year of producing one of New England’s best and most colorful, summer-long professional rodeo event. The 2014 rodeo season east of the Rockies got underway on the last weekend of June and the Eagle was on hand at Vermont’s sole venue to document the all-American thrill sport.

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