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Michael Bielawski is a freelance reporter for Vermont Watchdog. A Seton Hall 2005 graduate, Bielawski has been writing articles for various publications in and around New York City, Seoul in South Korea, and Vermont for ten years. He’s a staff writer at the Hardwick Gazette, keeping track of rising school budgets and rural Vermont issues. He likes to write about energy and the environment, looking for angles not seen in mainstream media. At home he’s busy looking after two little boys, and during free, time loves to watch Stanley Kubrick films on Netflix. He can be reached at [email protected]

Grafton, Windham residents fear flooding from turbine project

By   /  September 23, 2016  /  Energy and Environment, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of Vermonters for a Clean Environment

Residents in the flood-prone communities surrounding the proposed 28-turbine, 96-megawatt Stiles Brook wind project are unhappy about what the project will do to the aesthetics of nearby ridgelines. But they’re more worried about what it will do to the risk of flooding.

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Toting up the winners and losers under Minter’s sales tax expansion

By   /  September 21, 2016  /  News, State Government, Taxes, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of Vermont Agency of Transportation

Democrat gubernatorial candidate Sue Minter says she wants to expand the sales tax to services while lowering the rate, a move critics say could be both inefficient and costly.

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The ins and outs see different sides of industrial wind project on Forest Service land

By   /  September 20, 2016  /  Energy and Environment, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy Grafton Woodlands Group

It was a private ceremony held on private property, for a public project being built on public land. And when members of the public showed, they were barred from entering by public employees. Welcome to “clean” energy in Vermont.

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Vermont attorney general candidates say state opioid addiction policies are failing

By   /  September 16, 2016  /  News, Politics & Elections, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo by Michael Bielawski

Attorney general candidates Republican Deborah Bucknam and Democrat T.J. Donovan criticized Vermont’s handling of the opioid addiction crisis during a debate at Johnson State College on Thursday.

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Second-home owners say Iberdrola shouldn’t use them to deny wind farm vote

By   /  September 14, 2016  /  Energy and Environment, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

SHOWDOWN: Residents of Windham are set to vote on a 28-turbine wind-energy plant proposed by Spanish developer Iberdrola, but the town’s second-home owners say they refuse to be scapegoated as a reason for the developer to ignore the outcome of the vote.

After an Iberdrola representative questioned the integrity of a Nov. 8 vote regarding a proposed 28-turbine wind farm in Windham and Grafton, second-home owners in Windham have decided to delay the results of their opinion poll until after Election Day.

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Milne launches Senate campaign, associates Leahy with big money politics

By   /  September 12, 2016  /  News, Politics & Elections, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo by Michael Bielawski

A Republican former gubernatorial candidate who nearly defeated Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin in 2014 has kicked off a campaign to challenge Democrat U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy in the November election.

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