March 29th, 2012
VERGENNES — The U.S. Department of Labor will not renew Alutiiq LLC’s contract to operate Northlands Job Corps, the federal job training center in Vergennes.
However, Ted Fitzgerald, the DOL’s Regional Director for Public Affairs for the area that includes New England and New York, said this week that Alutiiq’s contract will be extended through the end of 2012 to give the DOL time to find a new firm to run the MacDonough Drive center.
BRISTOL — Local lawmakers on Monday hailed the Vermont House’s passage last week of proposed fiscal year 2013 General Fund and transportation budgets, spending plans they said would maintain key services for Vermonters while beefing up repairs to the Vermont’s roads and bridges.
The $5.01 billion state budget reflects a 6.4 percent hike in spending but will not require any increase in broad-based taxes, Rep. Willem Jewett said at the Legislative Breakfast in Bristol. The Ripton Democrat serves as assistant majority leader of the House.
MIDDLEBURY — On Wednesday, April 4, Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater will host its largest production to date. One hundred six cast members will present William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” — and not one of them is more than 12 years old.
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.