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Middlebury entrepreneur snags $500K from 'sharks'

Posted on April 17, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College alum Cam MacKugler knew he had a winner in his Seedsheet invention, a product that allows anyone, virtually anywhere, to grow their own food.

And while his tiny, three-year-old company has been selling product at a nice clip from its headquarters in Middlebury, MacKugler knew Seedsheet could do a lot better if fertilized with major capital.

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Elephants remain hot topic during local circus

Posted on April 17, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The Garden Brothers Circus came to town last week — minus two of its biggest attractions.

Vermont’s rules governing importation and display of exotic animals resulted in Garden Brothers leaving its two elephant performers elsewhere during the circus’ Vermont tour, which included a couple of April 12 shows at Middlebury’s Memorial Sports Center.

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Winter homeless shelter closing out helpful season with plans for the future

Posted on April 13, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The Charter House Coalition (CHC) this week will wrap up another season of its heavily used Middlebury warming shelter, and will now turn its attention to improving the interior of its facility at 27 North Pleasant St. in order to better serve homeless individuals and families during the coming years.

Established in 2005, the CHC is a nonprofit association of local religious groups and individuals who each year donate hundreds of volunteer hours and thousands of dollars to make sure the less fortunate have access to basic necessities.

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Lake cleanup to result in tax increases

Posted on April 13, 2017 |
By John Flowers



WEYBRIDGE — Addison County lawmakers on Monday converged on the Weybridge Congregational Church to continue a debate that has been reverberating in the Statehouse: How to pay the state’s share of the estimated $2.3 billion cost of cleaning up Lake Champlain and its tributaries.

The discussion centered on Act 64, aka the Clean Water Act, a massive cleanup effort that involves municipal sewer plants, farmers, and the many impermeable surfaces — including roads and parking lots — over which water can travel on its way to the lake.

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Natural gas now flowing into Middlebury

Posted on April 13, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Gas on Wednesday, April 12, officially turned on the spigot to its 41-mile Addison Natural Gas Project pipeline, sending its product to an initial four corporate users in Middlebury’s Industrial Park.

The launch comes after more than six years of planning, protests and a still-pending case before the Vermont Supreme Court through which the plaintiffs are challenging the legality of Vermont Gas’s move to bury its pipeline under Hinesburg’s Geprags Park.

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Historic Shoreham Inn gets new owners: Young couple plans to add new touches

Posted on April 13, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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SHOREHAM — Andrew and Elizabeth Done have called many places home during the past 25 years: Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Louisiana.

Now, they believe they have found a more permanent destination — as the new owners of the historic Shoreham Inn, where they plan to continue a long tradition of hospitality.

“This was a great opportunity to do something we have always wanted to do,” Andrew said on Monday while Elizabeth was making pies — one of her specialties — in the kitchen.

“This really made sense.”

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Vt. Gas pipeline begins delivering fuel to Middlebury today

Posted on April 12, 2017 |
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MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Gas on Wednesday, April 12, officially turned on the spigot to its 41-mile Addison Natural Gas Project pipeline, sending its product to an initial four corporate users in Middlebury’s Industrial Park.

The launch comes after more than six years of planning, protests and a still-pending case before the Vermont Supreme Court through which the plaintiffs are challenging the legality of Vermont Gas’s move to bury its pipeline under Hinesburg’s Geprags Park.

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Local option taxes yielding big surplus: Middlebury to decide uses for $1 million

Posted on April 10, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury officials will ask local residents this year for help in solving a pleasant dilemma:

What to do with almost $1 million in surplus funds generated thus far by Middlebury’s local option taxes.

It was on Town Meeting Day in 2008 that Middlebury residents authorized a 30-year, $16 million bond to fund the Cross Street Bridge project, the centerpiece of which is the span linking Main Street to Court Street over the Otter Creek.

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Salisbury biogas-to-energy plan scuttled

Posted on April 10, 2017 |
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MIDDLEBURY — Integrated Energy Solutions (EIS) has pulled the plug on a project that would have extracted energy from cow manure and sent it through a pipeline from Salisbury to Middlebury College.

Dan Smith, president of EIS, confirmed the news during a recent phone interview. He declined to discuss specific reasons for scuttling the already permitted project, but indicated financing has been a major obstacle.

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Judge Sessions to explain judicial thinking on Thursday

Posted on April 10, 2017 |
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MIDDLEBURY — U.S. District Court Judge William K. Sessions III will hold court in Middlebury on Thursday, April 13 — not to rule on any cases, but to give Addison County residents a sense of what goes into a jurist’s decision-making process on matters related to free speech.

The longtime Cornwall resident and Middlebury College alum’s talk, titled “Constitutional Law: The First Amendment, a Judicial Perspective,” will begin at 7 p.m. at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society meeting hall at 2 Duane Court.

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