March 29th, 2012
MIDDLEBURY — The Rolling Acres, Buttolph Drive, Butternut Ridge and South Street neighborhoods of Middlebury will resonate with construction activity this spring and summer as the town will initiate a combined total of almost $6 million in infrastructure improvements to those areas.
The most dramatic work will occur on South Street, which is slated for a $3.5 million makeover that will span two construction seasons, according to Middlebury Director of Operations Dan Werner.
MIDDLEBURY — College sports is a big deal in Middlebury. Not big enough, says Charles T. Clotfelter.
The Duke University economics professor will deliver a lecture titled “What?! You Don’t Take College Sports Seriously?” on Thursday, April 5, at 4:30 p.m. in Twilight Auditorium on the Middlebury campus.
“The cost of big time athletics is growing faster than anything else that universities do,” Clotfelter said.
MIDDLEBURY — An opportunity to become a partial owner of a business in the town of his dreams in the industry of his choice came together for Jerrod Rushton as he is set to take over two-thirds ownership of the Middlebury Fitness Center on April 1.
Rushton is buying his two-thirds share from Rob Alberts and Sarah Raunecker, who co-founded the fitness center back in 1997 with co-owner Robert Falta. For his part, Falta had originally started with the Busy Bodies and Power Flex fitness center in Bristol in 1987.
MIDDLEBURY — One hundred thirty environmentalists, farmers, businesspeople and policymakers gathered at Middlebury College Monday to explore how Vermont can keep its waters clean while building its agricultural sector.
The Vermont Environmental Consortium’s “Charting a Path to Successful Vermont Farms and Clean Water in Vermont” symposium was the first of its kind hosted by the organization, which was established in 2000 with the goal of making Vermont a leader in the green economy.
MIDDLEBURY — “Vermont Born. Vermont Bred. Vermont Shred.”
That’s the slogan for Worth Mountain Designs LLC, a new Vermont company that designs customizable skis for Eastern skiers.
The company is co-owned by three Vermonters, Jason Duquette-Hoffman of Middlebury, Adrian Kostrubiak of Norwich and Dalton Harben of Cambridge. According to Duquette-Hoffman, all three are avid backcountry skiers who saw a business opportunity within their shared passion.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury weight-loss business Vtrim has widened its net and is lining up clients in the national health care, military and education sectors.
Vtrim was originally developed through the University of Vermont’s division of continuing education. Vtrim bills itself as a gimmick-free, research-based program that dispenses individualized weight-loss information to participants through classes and on-line counseling from trained facilitators.
ADDISON COUNTY — A deep and disciplined Mount Abraham Union High School group enjoyed the best season among local girls’ basketball teams, earning the top seed in Division II and reaching the final in Barre.
While the hard-working Eagles had many contributors, one stood out for her across-the-board efforts — sophomore Ashlie Fay, the 2012 Addison Independent Player of the Year.
Two education proposals are making their way through the state legislative and bureaucratic process with positive feedback and much promise.