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Local man sails to physical freedom

Posted on November 14, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — There are times when Colin Smith feels like a prisoner in his own body. Myotonic muscular dystrophy has made him feel constantly fatigued and has weakened his muscles to the point where he must limp along with a cane. But in his own mind, the 39-year-old can still see himself juggling a soccer ball, wielding a lacrosse stick and schussing down a ski slope.

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New spot eyed for proposed Middlebury rec center

Posted on November 14, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — An ad hoc committee charged with planning a new Middlebury municipal building and recreation center will explore the possibility of siting the rec. center on school-owned property off Creek Road, instead of on the town recreation fields off Mary Hogan Drive.

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Local state police barracks gets a new chief

Posted on November 14, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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NEW HAVEN — Vermont State Police Lt. Michael Manley has been appointed the new commander of the VSP’s Addison County barracks in New Haven. Manley, 35, succeeds Lt. Gary Genova, who retired last month after having served two-and-a-half years as leader of the state police’s force in the county.

Manley, a native of the Utica, N.Y., area, joined the VSP in 2000, soon after graduating from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa.

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Labor board to review Porter Medical Center nurses' union vote

Posted on November 11, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will be asked to hold a hearing to reconcile 16 challenged ballots that could determine whether Porter Medical Center’s nurses form a union.

An impressive 146 of PMC’s 150 nurses turned out on Thursday, Nov. 7, to cast ballots on whether to form a union under the Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals.

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HOPE gathers food for winters and hoildays

Posted on November 11, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) is working overtime to make sure hungry Addison County residents have enough to eat through the holiday season.

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Program offers hope for drivers who lose licenses

Posted on November 7, 2013 |
By John Flowers



ADDISON COUNTY — Having one’s driver’s license suspended can be the punishment that keeps on penalizing. Not having access to a vehicle for a substantial length of time can prevent the offender from getting to doctors’ appointments, to family events and — ironically — to a job to earn the money to pay off fines in order to have the driver’s license reinstated.

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Middlebury petition to force vote on town office and gym proposal

Posted on November 7, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Former Middlebury selectboard Chairman John Tenny will help lead a citizens’ petition drive to ensure the 2014 Town Meeting Day ballot includes a bond vote for a new municipal building and a new recreation center.

Tenny announced the petition drive at a Middlebury selectboard meeting on Tuesday evening prior to the board’s revote on a term sheet between the town and Middlebury College outlining a town-gown collaboration on the two building projects.

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Clothing designer inspired by science

Posted on November 7, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of profiles of the new businesses being developed at the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies incubator in Middlebury.

MIDDLEBURY — The world’s top fashion designers can spend hours plying themselves with coffee and Red Bull while waiting for the right inspiration to map out their latest patterns.

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Iconic church eyes $2.6m in upgrades

Posted on November 7, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Members of the Congregational Church of Middlebury a few years ago celebrated the 200th birthday of their picturesque place of worship at the top of Main Street. The flock is now seeking to prepare the church for its next 200 years with a $2.6 million capital improvement plan that includes repairing the front steps, upgrading the kitchen and placing a classroom addition onto the north side of the majestic building.

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Radio's Bruce & Hobbes publish their first book

Posted on November 4, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Many Addison County residents know “Hobbes” as the irrepressible little dachshund who has joined radio personality Bruce Zeman on the local airwaves for the past three years.

Well, Hobbes is now expanding his nascent media empire to print. With his owner Bruce Zeman lending him a voice, Hobbes in November will star in the first of potentially five children’s books that will tell the story of his rescue from an abusive home and hopefully help kids avoid and overcome similar situations.

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