March 14th, 2011
ADDISON COUNTY — This winter’s relentless snowfall has not only strained residents’ patience, but it has also stretched town budgets and worn out highway workers, according to at least a small sample of local municipal officials and road foremen.
Not only have expenses for materials like sand and salt gone up, but labor costs have also risen as road crews have worked long hours trying to keep roads and sidewalks clear. Meanwhile repair bills have also mounted as equipment has been pushed to the limit.
BARRE — The Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball team fought back fiercely in the second half of Saturday’s Division II final in Barre but could not overcome an ugly second quarter and champion Lamoille’s stout interior defense, anchored by center Chelsea Dunham.
MIDDLEBURY — Take some solar panels, radiant heat tubing, a raised bed of soil and the innovative mind of Jeremy Gildrien; put them all together; and — voila! — you have a “solar germination chamber.”
MIDDLEBURY — A metal recycling company has entered into contract to buy the former Monahan Filaments property at 3046 Case St., Middlebury, where it plans to employ up to 30 people to disassemble vehicles and other metal equipment and sell the reusable parts.
The prospective buyer of the foreclosed property is Rutland-based Earth Waste Systems (EWS). The company already has a presence in Middlebury — as the Wyre Wheel at 4079 Route 7 South — and has other locations in Castleton and Morrisonville, N.Y.
MIDDLEBURY — The owners of the Vermont Energy Company (VEC) in Ferrisburgh have filed plans at Middlebury town offices to spin off another “alternative convenience store” with deli and gas pumps at the now-vacant Sunoco station at 48 Court St.
The Middlebury Development Review Board (DRB) on Monday, March 14, was slated to get its first look at VEC’s plans, which call for substantial interior renovations to the Sunoco building and an exterior paint job.
MIDDLEBURY — Work is under way to turn the Middlebury area into one of the most connected communities in Vermont, when it comes to medical records. By early 2012, Middlebury residents will experience the seamless transfer of information between their physician’s office and Porter Medical Center, increasing efficiency and improving patient care.
Middlebury College professor Allison Stanger made big news last Wednesday when she appeared on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” to discuss her book, “One Nation Under Contract: The Outsourcing of American Power and the Future of Foreign Policy.” The release of her book is old news, actually, seeing how the hardback edition came out in October 2009, but the paperback edition recently came out and it was another opportunity for Stewart to highlight an important work — by putting the spotlight on Stanger’s seven years of research tho