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Porter Medical Center issues energy challenge to workers

Posted on October 29, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center will enlist the help of its more than 600 employees in finding ways to help reduce its annual energy bill of almost $1 million.

At issue is Porter’s participation in a new Efficiency Vermont program that will feature some on-site workshops on what workers can do to reduce power consumption. This will culminate in a contest for the Porter employees who submit the most creative and practical energy-savings tips. Those who submit the top three ideas, as judged by Efficiency Vermont, will receive $50 gift cards to local stores.

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Book explores fate of giant fish

Posted on October 29, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Matt Rigney developed a passion for fishing during many years of solitary angling in a small boat off the coast of Maine.

Along with the thrill of catching some hefty bluefish, striped bass and other species, Rigney learned about what he called the “power of solitude, about what you see when you sit quietly and observe nature.”

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Pressing ahead: Vermont Hard Cider sold in $305 million deal

Posted on October 25, 2012 |
By Angelo Lynn



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MIDDLEBURY — For a company that had been “on its deathbed” in 2003, Woodchuck Hard Cider has made a remarkable turnaround. The Middlebury company now has 125 employees, $70 million in annual sales, more than 60 percent of the hard cider market in the United States, and sales growth of 29 percent and 25 percent annually in the past two years.

And, as of Monday, it is part of a global hard cider company based in Ireland.

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State commits to passenger rail through Middlebury by 2017

Posted on October 25, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Vermont will proceed with sufficient rail improvements to re-establish passenger train traffic along its western corridor from Rutland through Middlebury to Burlington by 2017, and the state will proceed on that track regardless of the prospects for federal funding.

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Vergennes sets public forum on 6,000-square-foot police station

Posted on October 25, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen agreed on Tuesday to adopt a 6,076-square-foot, 24-room building as a working model for a new police station, and they set a Nov. 27 public informational meeting to explain to residents why city officials believe the building is necessary and hear feedback from taxpayers.

Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel said the draft plan has won approval from law enforcement officials around Vermont and is designed to meet the needs for a 10-man city department now and for the foreseeable future.

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Towns try a Halloween alterative: Trunk or Treat

Posted on October 25, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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VERGENNES — It can be challenging for parents in rural Addison County communities to scare up some Halloween fun for their kids every year. Trick or treating often means piling the little ghouls and goblins into the car for a series of short jaunts to homes spread throughout the community, or taking them to high density neighborhoods in other towns to fill up their bags in short order.

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Duo in Ferrisburgh giving scares for a good cause

Posted on October 25, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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FERRISBURGH — Kathy Smith of Bolton and Michelle Livingstone of North Ferrisburgh have had a ball scaring the daylights out of people for the past five Halloweens. Each year, they have collaborated on a creative haunted house that has also scared up some cash for worthy causes, such as for Tropical Storm Irene recovery and for National Guard families.

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New York Times journalist inspires students at college

Posted on October 22, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College alumna turned Emmy- and Peabody-award-winning journalist Sarah Kramer returned to her alma mater Oct. 11 to talk about new channels for storytelling, eccentric interview subjects and her job as the multimedia producer for The New York Times.

Her talk, called “Personal Narrative in the Digital Age,” was the first this year in the college’s Meet the Press series. It drew from Kramer’s 15 years as a multimedia journalist.

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Animal lover helps others rescue dogs

Posted on October 22, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — Beth Dow went from being a happy dog owner to a volunteer that plays a key role in helping others in the area adopt rescue dogs.

Four years ago, the Middlebury resident and husband Steve — animal lovers who now have two dogs, six cats and two horses at their Route 116 home — were looking to add a dog through petfinder.com, a web site at which many rescue organizations list animals available for adoption.

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Construction of East Middlebury firehouse done

Posted on October 22, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — East Middlebury residents on Saturday morning will get their first comprehensive look at their new fire station, a 50-foot-by-60-feet building completed within budget and in less than five months.

“This is a very exciting time for the Middlebury Fire Department (MFD),” Lt. Pat Shaw said on Thursday as he opened, with the flick of a switch, the two 14-foot-by14-foot bay doors that will soon accommodate — with plenty of room to spare — the fire apparatus that will continue to protect the East Middlebury community.

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