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October 15th, 2012
CHARLOTTE — Vergennes resident Doug Hartwell this week will introduce the first product of his new company, Bitybean, at a trade show in Louisville, Ky.
On Oct. 14-17, the Charlotte-based startup company will launch its simple, lightweight baby carrier at the All Baby and Child Expo in Louisville. The carrier is a finalist for a Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association 2012 Innovation award at the show.
MIDDLEBURY — As part of its periodic school accreditation process, Middlebury Union High School will host 16 educators for an on-site evaluation on Oct. 28-31. MUHS Principal William Lawson said the evaluation visit will be conducted under the direction of the Commission on Public Secondary Schools of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
The visiting committee will be chaired by Joseph Damplo, a retired media services professional from Wellesley, Mass. He has had extensive experience in the association’s evaluation process.
Authorities are investigating an incident at a soccer jamboree at Mount Abraham Union High School on Saturday, Oct 13 during which an out-of-control SUV made its way onto a playing field and injured several children. The extent of the children's injuries remained unknown as of Saturday mid-afternoon. The Independent will update this story as more details become available from police.
BRANDON — In the wake of two fatal human cases of Eastern equine encephalitis, area legislators who came to the monthly meeting of the Brandon Leicester Salisbury Goshen Mosquito District here last week said they hope to move quickly to drum up funding for mosquito control.
State funding of mosquito surveillance has been cut to the point where it pays only for the one state employee who does all of the testing for mosquito-borne viruses, or arboviruses, like EEE and West Nile Virus in Vermont.
VERMONT — Proposed changes to Vermont’s maple syrup grading system are stirring up controversy in the sugaring community.
The changes, which would implement a new set of international grading standards that are consistent across state and national boundaries, are supported by those who feel it will make Vermont syrup more competitive on a bigger world stage. But others say Vermont’s already got the upper hand, and a change in labeling would not help the Vermont brand.
MIDDLEBURY — Kate Gridley’s South Street art studio continues to draw visits from a “Who’s Who” in the world of politics, law and academia.
And it has nothing to do with this being an election year.
The Middlebury artist recently drew acclaim for immortalizing former Vermont Gov. James Douglas on canvas, a portrait that was hung in the Statehouse.
MIDDLEBURY — Many politicians have been expending a lot of shoe leather during these weeks leading up to the Nov. 6 General Election.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday continued to make its own tweaks to the town plan update, with the most prominent revision being a move to remove a reference to a 50,000-square-foot cap on new retail proposals. The board replaced mention of that cap with a stipulation that retail store applications must be consistent with the town’s zoning ordinances, noted Middlebury selectboard Vice-Chairman Victor Nuovo.