April 28th, 2011
MIDDLEBURY — Train enthusiasts from throughout New England will chug into Middlebury this weekend to celebrate the rich history of one of Vermont’s most prominent railroad systems.
The draw is the 25th annual convention of the Rutland Railroad Historical Society (RRHS), which takes place this Saturday and Sunday at the Middlebury Inn.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday heard Vermont Gas Systems officials tout the potential benefits to city residents and businesses of a natural gas pipeline that the company hopes by 2015 to extend from Chittenden County to Addison County.
The preliminary path along Route 7 would allow Vermont Gas to serve the densely populated areas of Vergennes, said company President and CEO Don Gilbert.
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.
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