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September 20th, 2012
LAKE CHAMPLAIN — Linda Harmon and Doug Mack, who own and operate Mary’s Restaurant at Baldwin Creek on Route 116 in Bristol, were named Vermont Restaurateurs of the Year at the Vermont Chamber Hospitality Gala that set sail on the Spirit of Ethan Allen III on Sept. 12.
Celebrating individuality and achievement, the gala departed from the Burlington waterfront for a scenic evening networking cruise on Lake Champlain, emceed by WCAX-TV’s Gina Bullard.
MIDDLEBURY — For those who question how they could possibly contribute to the reversal of America’s dependency on nonrenewable, finite energy sources, Middlebury resident Greg Pahl’s latest book “Power from the People: a Community Resilience Guide” gives an optimistic answer.
MIDDLEBURY — Deborah Schwarz, founder and president of eCorp English, announced Monday that she has formally closed the Middlebury business she launched early last year with considerable state aid and private investment amid promises of creating more than 100 well-paying jobs by 2013.
“I am crushed by it. It is the dashing of my personal dream,” Schwarz said of the demise of eCorp, a company she established in 2006 and then successfully marketed to state and local officials as a good fit for Middlebury.
SUDBURY — Family and friends of Scott Sgorbati are remembering the friendly, charismatic community member who died of Eastern equine encephalitis on Tuesday, as state health officials in the meantime remind people to take reasonable precautions to prevent spread of the mosquito-borne disease.
Sgorbati, a 49-year-old Sudbury resident and father of two sons, was hospitalized on Aug. 14 after contracting the mosquito-borne disease, and on Tuesday he succumbed.
MIDDLEBURY — By late next year, shopping for health insurance in Vermont will be like shopping for a travel package online, Vermont Department of Vermont Health Access Commissioner Mark Larson told about 20 people gathered at Middlebury’s Ilsley Library on Sept. 13.
Larson was making another stop on his statewide tour explaining the Vermont Health Benefit Exchange, which by 2014 will be the go-to place for many individuals and small businesses to buy health insurance in the state.
BURLINGTON — Middlebury Union High School junior Max Moulton finished fourth in the boys’ race at Saturday’s Burlington Invitational Cross-Country Meet to highlight the efforts of runners from MUHS, Vergennes and Mount Abraham.
Moulton’s run in 17:19.1 over the 5K course helped the Tiger boys finish eighth among 19 teams and second among the Division II teams competing with 218 points. Essex won with 63, followed by defending D-II champion Harwood (73) in second.
RIPTON — After 20 years of warnings from climate scientists, environmentalists and Al Gore, many would argue that the predicted consequences of global warming are being realized.
MIDDLEBURY — The UD-3 school board on Tuesday got a glimpse of how the Middlebury-area student population is performing under current state and local measuring sticks — and got a preview of how students will be gauged under a new, national assessment program that will be in place come 2015.
At issue is the “Common Core State Standards (CCSS)” system that within three years will supplant Vermont’s current standardized testing for students through the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP).