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Railway deal helps to solidify Middlebury's big dig

Posted on September 6, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Two competing railroads have signed an agreement clearing the way for a freight train detour around downtown Middlebury during the summer of 2020, when a concrete tunnel will be installed in place of the Main Street and Merchants Row overpasses.

The agreement is between Vermont Rail and its competitor, the Genesee & Wyoming — which owns New England Central Railroad. It allows Vermont Rail to detour its trains around Middlebury using New England Central tracks.

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New device at Porter speeds recovery for hip replacement patients

Posted on September 6, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center President Dr. Fred Kniffin recalled the day five years ago when the hospital’s orthopedic surgeons asked for a “Hana Table.”

“At the time, I had never heard of such a thing,” Kniffin said.

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'Nerdy' interests lead pharmacist duo to plan brewery in Bristol

Posted on September 6, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



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BRISTOL — Who better to take on the science of suds than a couple of pharmacists?

Sam and Jamie Sawyer, practitioners of the time-honored art of the apothecary, are combining their love of chemistry and beer to form a new venture: the Hopothecary Brew Co. Last month they purchased the Rockydale Pizza property, east of Bristol village, where they intend to open a taproom next spring.

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Fire cadet's dream transcends both language and culture

Posted on September 6, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



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MIDDLEBURY — English is not his first language. America is not his first culture. But this has not stopped 17-year-old Sepehr Belar from pursuing his childhood dream of becoming a firefighter.

That dream, so common among children the world over, just happens to have begun in Tehran, Iran, where Belar grew up, and where fire-related tragedies left a strong impression on him.

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Veteran TAM trailmaster steps back after 25 years

Posted on September 6, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Former Middlebury Area Land Trust Director Amy Sheldon during the early 1990s imagined the Trail Around Middlebury as an emerald necklace. A 19-mile path weaving its way through lush green hills, waterways, rolling pastures and other natural gems that could be experienced for free.

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When glasnost came to Middlebury: Participants in groundbreaking student exchange look back

Posted on September 2, 2018 |
By Nick Garber



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First in a two-part series

MIDDLEBURY — In the late 1980s, as Mikhail Gorbachev led the Soviet Union through a series of major political reforms known as glasnost (sometimes translated as “openness”) newspapers across the United States began reporting on a burgeoning diplomatic effort that, if successful, could signal a change in the course of the Cold War.

“Unprecedented,” reported the Associated Press.

A “radical departure,” said The New York Times.

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Newcomer picked for Vergennes City Council

Posted on September 2, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council said goodbye to longtime City Manager Mel Hawley at its Aug. 28 meeting, Hawley’s last as manager, and welcomed a new council member by appointing David Small to replace Alderman Matt Chabot, who the council had hired the week before to replace Hawley. 

Small’s appointment will run through this coming March, when if he wishes to continue on the council he will have to stand for election. 

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That's a wrap: Middlebury's film fest sets new attendance record

Posted on September 2, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The fourth annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (MNFF) on Aug. 26 capped its most successful season ever, with organizers touting a 12-percent increase in attendance and new records set for the number of tickets sold for the five venues at which more than 100 quality shorts, documentaries and feature-length movies were screened from Aug. 23-26.

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Faith and fellowship on tap: Local church to host services at Brandon bar

Posted on September 2, 2018 |
By Evan Johnson



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BRANDON — Furnace Brook Wesleyan Church has come up with an idea to encourage visitors to come to downtown Brandon. On the second Sunday of the month, the church will begin to hold services in an innovative new location: the public dining space next to the Center Street Bar. 

The first service is scheduled for Sept. 9. 

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Kelly Sweeney's Main Street flowers show her love for the Little City

Posted on September 2, 2018 |
By ABAGAEL GILES



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VERGENNES – When Kelly Sweeney moved to Vergennes in 1979, there weren’t a lot of young people — and there weren’t flowers on Main Street. 

In fact, she says, businesses struggled to stay open in the historic downtown. 

“Now there are dads pushing strollers up and down Main Street and kids in every café. It’s incredible,” says Sweeney. 

There are also flowers, lots of flowers.

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