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October 7th, 2010
ADDISON COUNTY — None of a wide range of business owners, executives and experts recently asked about the area’s economy were ready to announce that happy days are here again: Their attitudes ranged from cautiously optimistic to skeptical, but hopeful.
In a statement echoed by many interviewed, Waybury Inn co-owner Joe Sutton said he and others in the hospitality sector have adapted to flat or modest growth.
“Basically, even is the new good,” Sutton said. “The general concept is staying at par ... or up a little bit is OK, and you have to watch your expenditures.”
MIDDLEBURY — The Shard Villa residential care home continues its dramatic recovery from near closure last year. The historic mansion is now at capacity with 17 senior residents and its top administrator recently received a statewide award for her stewardship of the facility.
“We have a full house and are doing very well,” said Shard Villa Executive Director Deb Choma, who was named the 2010 Residential Care Administrator of the Year by the Vermont Health Care Association (VHCA). The VHCA represents the interests of for-profit and nonprofit long-term care providers.
MIDDLEBURY — For Middlebury College Professor Emeritus of Philosophy Victor Nuovo, retirement meant time to get down to business.
Nuovo has undertaken several projects since opting for early retirement 16 years ago, including joining the Middlebury selectboard, writing a series of eight essays for The Addison Independent on Plato’s “The Laws” this past spring and researching and writing various books and articles on 18th-century philosopher John Locke.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents next March will likely be asked to approve a $3 million bond issue to address a growing backlog of road improvement projects that would otherwise linger on the town’s to-do list due to a lack of available resources.
MIDDLEBURY — The primary builder of the Cross Street Bridge in downtown Middlebury has agreed to absorb the costs of an Oct. 30 celebration at which the new span will be formally unveiled.
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont State Police investigators believe they have traced the cause of a Monday morning fire at Middlebury’s Otterside Court Condominiums to a laptop computer that had been sitting on a bed in the only unit that sustained major damage.
MIDDLEBURY — Members of the Fenn family have decided to appeal to the Vermont Environmental Court the Middlebury Development Review Board’s denial of their application for a proposed gravel pit off Route 116.
VERGENNES — Lead negotiators on both sides said in a joint interview last week that they are satisfied with the new, two-year Addison Northwest Supervisory Union teachers’ contract, which will expire in June 2012 and preserves teachers’ existing health-care benefits and base pay.
Negotiators reached agreement in an eight-hour mediation session in mid-August, and in late September both the Addison Northwest Teachers’ Association and the ANwSU board — which represents Panton, Waltham, Vergennes, Addison and Ferrisburgh — gave final approval.