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November 13th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — Finding sources of funding for a small business is difficult, especially when traditional lenders such as banks are hesitant to lend in the wake of the Great Recession.
Now, the state Department of Financial Regulation is trying to facilitate investment in Vermont’s small businesses with a change in regulatory policy.
MIDDLEBURY — The potential retirement next year of more than 10 veteran teachers and a projected drop in the need for special education services are among the reasons why officials of the UD-3 school district believe they might be able to hold the 2015-2016 spending increase to below 2 percent.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont Gas Systems on Tuesday announced that it had secured 75 percent of the easements it needs to build Phase I of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project, a pipeline that will run 41 miles from Colchester to Middlebury and Vergennes.
The South Burlington company said it had made “significant progress” by securing easements for 166 of 221 parcels needed for the route.
MIDDLEBURY — Rick Cole had always planned on retiring as Middlebury fire chief at age 65. But that landmark birthday happened to coincide with one of the most important periods in the fire department’s history — its pitch for major construction makeovers of its Seymour Street and East Middlebury stations.
MIDDLEBURY — You’d think that with a name like Vermont Sun Fitness Center, Steve Hare’s business would have gone solar sooner.
The notion of installing solar power panels at the gym off Exchange Street in Middlebury did occur to Hare about a decade ago. But back then, the businessman says, solar arrays were expensive and took a longer period to pay off installation costs than they do now.
Now, he says, thanks to changes in technology and production techniques, that’s changed.
MIDDLEBURY — Harry Zieve-Cohen has a problem. The nonprofit he works with, Middlebury Foods, aims to serve food insecure Vermonters, but its growth is stifled by how difficult it is to connect with potential customers in this rural state.
ADDISON COUNTY — The four local union high school boys’ soccer teams didn’t really make their mark this fall, with only Vergennes winning a postseason contest.
But each squad played a number of competitive contests, especially Coach Kevin Hayes’ 5-8-3 Commodores, who lost seven times by one goal, twice to Division II champion Rice.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College football team thumped visiting Tufts on Saturday, 48-13, to finish its season with five straight wins and a 6-2 record, good for third place in NESCAC.
Middlebury quarterback Matt Milano accounted for all seven touchdowns against the Jumbos, who enjoyed their best season since 2008 and finished with a 4-4 mark. Middlebury has now won 20 of 24 games over the past three seasons.