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November 13th, 2014
VERGENNES/MONKTON/STARKSBORO — The annual Vergennes Union High School senior class charity walk-a-thon became more of a hike-a-thon as members of the school’s highest grade traveled by foot from the Willowell Foundation property in Monkton over Hogback Mountain to Starksboro’s Common Ground Center on Oct. 9. The annual fundraiser brought in more than $4,000 to help Camp Kaleidoscope, which serves for families with children on the autism spectrum.
MIDDLEBURY — Nearly a century ago, the visionary Vermont environmentalist Joseph Battell bequeathed to Middlebury College the large tract of land that is home to the Bread Loaf campus. Bordering the Green Mountain National Forest and encompassing numerous areas of ecological and natural interest, the Bread Loaf campus and surrounding forests have long provided the Middlebury community with spaces for outdoor recreation and environmental education.
VERGENNES — Anyone in the greater Vergennes area who wants to know the difference between a growler and a growlette has a new way to find out.
They can ask either Frank Trombley or son Jacob Trombley at Vergennes Redemption on Main Street, not far from Kennedy Brothers. Both will happily answer the question about the difference, which is 32 ounces of specialty draft beer and about $4 to $6.
MIDDLEBURY — Finding sources of funding for a small business is difficult, especially when traditional lenders such as banks are hesitant to lend in the wake of the Great Recession.
Now, the state Department of Financial Regulation is trying to facilitate investment in Vermont’s small businesses with a change in regulatory policy.
MIDDLEBURY — The potential retirement next year of more than 10 veteran teachers and a projected drop in the need for special education services are among the reasons why officials of the UD-3 school district believe they might be able to hold the 2015-2016 spending increase to below 2 percent.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont Gas Systems on Tuesday announced that it had secured 75 percent of the easements it needs to build Phase I of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project, a pipeline that will run 41 miles from Colchester to Middlebury and Vergennes.
The South Burlington company said it had made “significant progress” by securing easements for 166 of 221 parcels needed for the route.
MIDDLEBURY — Rick Cole had always planned on retiring as Middlebury fire chief at age 65. But that landmark birthday happened to coincide with one of the most important periods in the fire department’s history — its pitch for major construction makeovers of its Seymour Street and East Middlebury stations.
MIDDLEBURY — You’d think that with a name like Vermont Sun Fitness Center, Steve Hare’s business would have gone solar sooner.
The notion of installing solar power panels at the gym off Exchange Street in Middlebury did occur to Hare about a decade ago. But back then, the businessman says, solar arrays were expensive and took a longer period to pay off installation costs than they do now.
Now, he says, thanks to changes in technology and production techniques, that’s changed.