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April 28th, 2011
MIDDLEBURY — Members of the Middlebury College solar decathlon team are kicking their project into high gear as they edge within the five-month mark of the 2011 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, which will be held in Washington, D.C., from Sept. 23 to Oct. 2.
MIDDLEBURY — Between September 2010 and the end of March, the Middlebury College campus fell victim to nearly $70,000 worth of damage to its dormitories, leaving administrators scratching their heads.
With another month and a half to go in the school year, the current price tag for repairing that damage sets the college on track for an increase in overall dormitory damage. This will be the third year in a row Middlebury College has seen a rise in that expense.
MIDDLEBURY — Compared to colleges and universities across the country, students headed to Middlebury College this fall are getting a break. This year will mark the second of the school’s “CPI+1” initiative, which limits tuition hikes from year to year.
While tuition at Middlebury College is already high, the 2011-2012 school year will bring a rise of less than 2.5 percent over the current year’s tuition, room and board cost, from $52,500 to $53,800.
MIDDLEBURY — A mother, an athlete, a role model and an inspiration, Middlebury’s Liz Cronin recently was presented with a Bonnie and John McCardell Citizen’s Award by Middlebury College for her outstanding service to the community as the founder and previous chairwoman of the Face Off Against Breast Cancer Hockey Tournament.
The tournament brings together women’s hockey teams from around the state to have fun and raise money for the support of cancer patients and their families. The 12th annual tournament this past January raised close to $60,000.
Editor’s note: Our guest columnist this week, Theresa Gleason, and her husband Ben own Gleason Grains in Bridport, where Ben has grown wheat and milled flour since 1980. Theresa baked and sold Gleason Grains bread at the Middlebury Farmers Market and Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op for several years. She currently helps out on the farm and is a psychotherapist in private practice in Middlebury.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury officials’ hopes of seeing a speedy replacement of the deteriorating railroad bridges at Main Street and Merchants Row have been dealt a serious blow by tight state and federal finances.
Both of the bridges were built in 1920, and both are showing substantial signs of wear and tear as they continue to bear heavy traffic loads traveling through downtown Middlebury.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College softball team clinched first place in NESCAC West on Friday, when the Panthers swept a doubleheader from second-place Amherst, 3-2 in nine innings, and 5-0.
For good measure, the Panthers added an 8-0 win in a rainy six-inning game on Saturday, pushing their record to 22-4, their league mark to 11-1, and their winning streak to a program-best 15.
On Friday, the Vermont Senate passed a $24.3 tax package as part of its $4.68 billion budget plan to fund state government next year. The increased taxes, which passed by a vote of 20-8, includes a controversial 53-cent tax hike on a pack of cigarettes as well as several taxes Vermonters will not see directly. We expect the House to tinker with it, but on the whole this proposal will sail through and get the governor’s signature. But what of next year? Will Vermont again mostly cut its way to a balanced budgets, or raise taxes?