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Huge solar farm pitched for Halladay Road in Middlebury

Posted on November 16, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — A Vermont company is proposing to buy a 112-acre parcel off Halladay Road in Middlebury as the potential site for 5-megawatt solar farm that would feed energy into the state’s electrical grid.

Representatives of GroSolar gave the Middlebury selectboard a brief overview of their project on Tuesday. As currently envisioned, the solar farm would cover approximately 40 acres of the 112-acre parcel, owned by the estate of Ruth Quesnel.

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Route 7 location in Middlebury could host a medical marijuana dispensary

Posted on November 16, 2017 |
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MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Development Review Board on Nov. 27 will take its first look at a proposal to establish a medical marijuana dispensary at 1641 Route 7 South, the former home of Planned Parenthood.

As previously reported by the Independent, Champlain Valley Dispensary (CVD) has been looking for a Middlebury location from which to serve Addison County patients with state identification cards to receive medical marijuana. The CVD currently supplies around 3,000 qualifying patients with medical marijuana through its dispensaries in Burlington and Brattleboro.

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Porter Hospital seeks 'Epic' software upgrade; project would unify electronic medical records

Posted on November 16, 2017 |
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MIDDLEBURY — For 28 years now, Betty Diette has been battling a formidable foe: multiple sclerosis, a neurological disorder that has confined her to a wheelchair — but has not diminished her intellect or her dignity.

Now a resident of Helen Porter Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, Diette often finds herself shuttling to medical appointments throughout Addison and Chittenden counties. Being in a wheelchair, she can find it hard to access some buildings.

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Advocates organize to protest federal food funding cuts

Posted on November 13, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — State and local human services providers are sending a unified message to Vermont lawmakers as the 2018 legislative session approaches: Do what you can to minimize the impacts that federal budget cuts could have on programs serving the state’s most vulnerable citizens.

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Green Mountain Power to install solar array on roof to aid low-income

Posted on November 13, 2017 |
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MIDDLEBURY — Green Mountain Power will be using the roof of its Middlebury service station to practice what it preaches about renewable energy.

Company officials recently announced plans to install a 325-panel solar array on the roof at 121 Cady Road, just east of Route 7.

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Middlebury residents vote for gas easements

Posted on November 9, 2017 |
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MIDDLEBURY — Roughly 9 percent of Middlebury’s 4,925 registered voters turned out at the polls on Tuesday to green-light three free easements on public land that Vermont Gas needs to serve roughly 15 potential downtown customers — including the municipal building and the Ilsley Public Library.

Residents voted, 279 to 168, to affirm a Middlebury selectboard decision this past August to award the free easements — one behind the town offices and Ilsley Library, one near Mr. Ups Restaurant, and one on Mill Street.

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HOPE readies holiday food, gifts

Posted on November 9, 2017 |
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MIDDLEBURY — While the outdoor temperatures until recently have screamed “spring,” the calendar reads November — a time of year when officials and volunteers at the organization Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) become members of Santa’s honorary elves association to make sure the county’s low-income residents will have a nice meal and presents for their children as the holiday season takes hold.

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Health insurance registration deadline looms

Posted on November 9, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Those seeking to obtain insurance through Vermont Health Connect (VHC) or who want to modify the plan in which they are currently enrolled have to act fast.

That’s because state and federal officials have cut this year’s VHC “open enrollment period” in half, from 12 weeks to a six-week period that began on Nov. 1 and will end on Dec. 15.

At stake is health care coverage for 2018 — Vermonters who miss the Dec. 15 deadline might have to wait until 2019 to get their coverage, according to state officials.

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Duty pushed Art Howard during his years in the Navy

Posted on November 9, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Art Howard knew at an early age he was going to join the military. It was something that previous generations of his family had done, and he wasn’t going to be the exception to the rule.

Therefore at the age of 17 Howard coaxed his folks into green-lighting his entry into the U.S. Navy. He hadn’t even graduated from Dover (N.H.) High School yet. When he had secured his diploma at age 18, Howard shipped off to basic training with the thought he might further his experience and interest in communications.

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Trio takes the reins at Morgan Horse Farm: Facility to focus on education, tourism

Posted on November 9, 2017 |
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WEYBRIDGE — After losing its long-time director earlier this year, University of Vermont’s 139-year-old Morgan Horse Farm in Weybridge is beginning a new chapter with a new management team, a revitalized educational mission and the prospect of some capital improvements on its 212-acre campus.

New leadership is beginning to change the identity of the horse farm from what has primarily been a training and breeding facility for Morgans, to more of an educational asset and tourist magnet.

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