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Middlebury arts studio revitalized in new space

Posted on January 19, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Seven years after vacating downtown Middlebury’s Frog Hollow district, the Middlebury Studio School has purchased its new headquarters at 2377 Route 7 South and is now looking to expand that building to keep pace with the growing popularity of its art and pottery classes.

“Our goal is to be a community art center,” board member Barbara Z. Nelson said of the school’s great potential as a future site for lectures, children’s summer camps, painting workshops, panel discussions and even maybe an artist in residence.

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Middlebury improving water meter technology

Posted on January 19, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury is in the process of installing new, state-of-the-art meter reading technology at around 1,750 of the community’s 2,300 water system connections. It is equipment that will substantially reduce the effort it takes to gather information on municipal water use and the billing for that service.

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Porter Medical Center bolsters palliative care

Posted on January 16, 2017 |
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MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center’s main goal during its 90-year history has been to help people heal from injuries and illnesses.

Porter is now partnering with another major hospital to help people close the circle of life, allowing them to die on their own terms and with minimal pain.

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Middlebury girds for ash borer invasion

Posted on January 16, 2017 |
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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury is preparing for the inevitable arrival of a voracious invader that targets a specific prey.

It’s an invader that measures less than the diameter of a penny, but it attacks in great numbers and won’t be denied.

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Connor Homes recruiting lenders to reopen Route 7 business

Posted on January 12, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The former owner of Connor Homes has been meeting this week with potential lenders in hopes of re-acquiring the Route 7 business in Middlebury within the next two weeks.

Mike Connor confirmed on Tuesday he has reached out to the USDA, Vermont Economic Development Authority, Addison County Economic Development Corp. and various banks for advice and/or loans in an effort to forge a deal with Connor Homes’ current ownership, led by investor Sam Pryor.

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Whirlie's World to close its doors

Posted on January 12, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Owners of the “Whirlie’s World” indoor recreation center at 1232 Exchange St. in Middlebury will be closing the business this spring, citing financial reasons.

“It’s terrible,” Peter “Nerf” Neff said of the impending demise of Whirlie’s World, which since 2011 has offered interactive video games, laser tag, bounce houses, arcade activities and snacks for kids and families.

“It breaks my heart.”

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Fisher to lead health care advocacy for Vermont Legal Aid

Posted on January 12, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MONTPELIER — Former state Rep. Mike Fisher returned to the Vermont Statehouse this month.

The Lincoln Democrat did not go to reclaim an Addison-4 House seat, but as Vermont Legal Aid’s chief health care advocate.

It’s a new job that will see Fisher lead VLA’s Office of the Health Care Advocate, established by the 1998 Legislature to help Vermonters with questions and problems accessing health care services and insurance, and to represent the health care interests of all Vermonters in Montpelier.

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Gov. Scott begins era with lofty agenda

Posted on January 9, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Addison County lawmakers on Thursday applauded the environmental, education and economic development agenda that Gov. Phil Scott unveiled during his inaugural address, but several voiced disappointment the state’s new chief executive didn’t provide more details on how he hopes to achieve his ambitious goals.

Scott, during a speech that lasted around a half hour and was interrupted around 20 times by applause, pledged to strengthen the economy, make Vermont more affordable, and protect its most vulnerable citizens.

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Local reps receive their committee assignments

Posted on January 9, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MONTPELIER — Peter Conlon gazed briefly into the rearview mirror last week, recalling his boyhood growing up in Montpelier. His route from his childhood home to Montpelier High School took him behind the Vermont Statehouse and its shiny golden dome. He’d stop in occasionally as a student and citizen, drinking in the splendor of this ornate bastion of democracy in his own backyard.

Fast forward some 35 years.

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Connor Homes furloughs its entire workforce

Posted on January 5, 2017 |
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MIDDLEBURY — Connor Homes has furloughed its entire 65-person workforce at its Middlebury headquarters on Route 7 South, according to company officials, who are now trying to leverage bank loans and Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) funding to keep the company solvent.

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