Author: Courtney Lamdin

Georgia Wind will sell power to Burlington Electric

The Georgia Mountain Community Wind project will sell its energy to Burlington Electric Dept., said Jim Harrison, the project owner. The decision to execute a power purchase agreement with the Harrisons was approved at the Burlington City Council meeting on Monday, Sept. 27. The four 2.75-megawatt turbines are estimated to power 4,200 homes, said Martha Staskus of the Vermont Environmental Research Associates that has helped the Harrisons with permitting. The actual price of the power is confidential, she said. The contract hasn’t been formally inked, but Staskus expects to see the document this week, she said. The decision is...

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Woman extricated from vehicle in Westford Road crash

A local woman crashed her SUV on Westford Road on Tuesday, Sept. 21 after the vehicle became airborne and landed 65 feet from the traveled portion of the road and into the woods, according to emergency responders. Stacey Hojohn, 39, was trapped in her vehicle but used her cell phone to call 911. Milton Rescue intercepted the call at 8:34 a.m. Hojohn was alert but didn’t know where she was, said Fire and Rescue chief Don Turner. The dispatcher said the crash was at the intersection of West Milton Road and Vermont 128, but Turner knew those roads were...

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Court upholds decision in junkyard case

In a 3-2 ruling, the Vermont Supreme Court issued a decision on September 27 that upheld the Selectboard’s January 2008 decision to deny location approval for ABC Metals, the much-contested junkyard on Shirley Avenue. Owner Gil Rhoades’ permit expired in 2001, and after two public hearings and a site visit, the Selectboard denied his application. Rhoades appealed the decision to Chittenden Superior Court and then the Vermont Supreme Court, both of which upheld the Selectboard’s decision. “It was a disappointing decision,” said Rhoades’ attorney, Tom Walsh. “I feel as though the majority gave it a fairly superficial review.” ABC...

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Grade 4 scores dip in state science tests

Fourth grade science scores took a dramatic downturn in the latest round of state tests, according to data released by the Vermont Department of Education last week. Scores dropped from 61 percent proficient or above to 36 percent on the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP), compared to the state’s 54 percent. Last year, fourth grade scores improved by 33 percent points. Grade eight and 11 scores both improved by 1 point to 26 and 18 percent proficient or above, respectively. Still, each grade level tested fell below the state averages. District administrators were surprised by the grade four...

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Selectboard forms dog-barking committee

After failing to pass the vote at its previous meeting, the Selectboard voted to accept the charge of an ad hoc committee to address dog-barking issues at its Sept. 20 meeting. Todd Shepard, who was absent at the Sept. 8 meeting when the charge was first presented, made the motion to form the committee. Lou Mossey, who abstained from the previous vote, seconded the motion. Mossey and Darren Adams voted “aye,” and Randy Barrows voted,“no.” Jeff Turner was absent. The vote came after a back-and-forth dialogue between Barrows and Shepard, who said the current ordinance, which allows for an...

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