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January 11th

Specialty Filaments closure leaves workers without answers

January 11, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — Almost a week after seeing their employer close up shop, Specialty Filaments workers are still looking for answers on the future of the company and what, if any, benefits they will take with them into their search for new jobs.

Specialty Filaments closed its doors suddenly last Friday, Jan. 5, putting 175 people out of work. Company brass have offered few details, except to say Specialty Filaments was “suspending operations.”

The lack of details has left employees concerned about the status of their health care benefits and whether they will ever be returning to their jobs, according to Barry Whitney, president of Local 2624, the union that represents 150 Specialty Filaments workers.

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New town bridge still faces battle

January 11, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

MONTPELIER — Middlebury’s full-court press to secure more state support for a new in-town bridge is likely to face another uphill battle this year, according to recent pronouncements by Neale Lunderville, the new leader of the Vermont Agency of Transportation (AOT).

Lunderville, who succeeded former AOT Secretary Dawn Terrill last August, has served notice that he wants to see the state’s existing roads, culverts and bridges repaired before the AOT takes on any substantial new projects — like a new bridge across the Otter Creek in Middlebury.

That comes as bad news to Middlebury officials, who have launched a major lobbying offensive to get a new in-town bridge on the AOT drawing board.

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January 8th

Middlebury plant employing 175 stops operations

January 8, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS AND JOHN S. McCRIGHT

MIDDLEBURY — Employees at the Specialty Filaments Inc. manufacturing plant in Middlebury tried to make sense over the weekend of the announcement by company management on Friday that they were suspending operations and looking to sell the business. The move idled about 175 workers in Middlebury; no one is sure if they will ever be able to go back to work for Specialty Filaments.

“We were told on Friday morning that the company was going into Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which means they were restructuring, so we were all hoping for a quick sale,” said one Specialty Filaments employee who asked not to have his name publicized. “Then later in the day we heard it was a ‘seizure of operations,’ so I don’t know what is going to happen.”

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Douglas stresses environment and Internet

January 8, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

MONTPELIER — Local lawmakers on Thursday praised Gov. James Douglas’ 2007 agenda calling for Vermont to become a national leader in environmental and telecommunications technology, but stressed they now want to see more details on how the proposals will be funded.

Douglas, a Middlebury Republican beginning his third term in office, outlined his priorities during an inaugural address that stressed the need for bipartisan cooperation in dealing with a litany of issues, including affordable housing development, property tax reform and improving education opportunities.

“Vermonters aren’t interested in partisan intrigue — they are interested in results,” Douglas said to a large crowd dominated by Democratic lawmakers, who secured even larger majorities in both the House and Senate this past November.

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MUHS vote set for Tuesday

January 8, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — Residents in the seven Addison Central Supervisory Union towns will vote this Tuesday, Jan. 9, on $935,500 in repairs and improvements to Middlebury Union High School, including a new elevator, new hot water storage system and extensive roof work on the “H-wing” of the MUHS building.

If the project sounds familiar, that’s because district voters on Feb. 28, 2006, agreed to spend $486,000 to replace the MUHS elevator and hot water system. The school’s current freight-style elevator doesn’t meet the state’s fire safety laws, while the existing hot water system is 50 years old and needs to be replaced, according to ACSU officials.

While voters approved the project last winter, school officials quickly learned that the voted money was insufficient to do the job. The lowest of three bids received from prospective contractors came in $60,000 above the $486,000 budget.

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January 3rd

A year for hydroelectric to sink or swim in county

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Legislature will play a huge role this year in determining whether a small-scale hydroelectricity project proposed for the Otter Creek Falls in Middlebury — and similar ventures throughout the state — will sink or swim.

“We will hopefully use this plan for others, throughout the state, as an ice-breaker,” said Anders Holm, who is spearheading the project, last week. “Legislation is being penned as we sit here.”

That legislation, being shepherded by Sen. Claire Ayer, D-Weybridge, would set up new state laws that would exempt from federal oversight hydro-power projects generating less than 5 megawatts of electricity; and simplify the state permitting process for small-scale hydro proposals.

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Ripton goes wireless

By JOHN S. McCRIGHT

RIPTON — Bill Biederman likes living in Ripton, but the mountains that surround his home often make communicating with the outside world difficult. He hasn’t owned a television for 25 years because the reception is so poor and he describes his use of the Internet over a slow, dial-up connection as “incredibly painful.” And then, of course, when the phone lines get knocked out by inclement weather even that is gone.

But all that changed on Dec. 6 when the Ripton Broadband Cooperative (RBC) began offering wireless, high-speed Internet access to the first 50 co-op members.

“My son came down to me and said, ‘Geez, Dad, I was just watching English soccer on the Internet, this is fantastic,’” Biederman said.

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New Year's Resolutions

January 4, 2007

By INDEPENDENT STAFF

ADDISON COUNTY — The changing of the calendar at the beginning of the new year has traditionally prompted people to resolve to turn over a new leaf in their own lives.

New Year’s resolutions come in many forms and may be geared toward personal good or the public welfare. Some resolutions are strictly practical while others are pretty improbable.

The Independent staff surveyed county residents on their hopes and wishes for 2007. Our friends and neighbors often resolve to improve themselves in some way. Just as often their optimism for the betterment of the world as a whole resurfaces.

 

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