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Frigid sleepout yields $30k for homeless

Posted on December 11, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Around 40 brave souls endured bone-chilling temperatures and some wind-driven icy rain during a sleep-out at Middlebury’s Otter Creek Falls this past Saturday night in a fundraiser that collected around $30,000 to help homeless people in Addison County.

Officials at the John W. Graham Emergency Shelter in Vergennes spearheaded the sleep-out, which attracted a variety of people ranging in age from 6 to mid-60s, according to shelter Executive Director Elizabeth Ready.

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Lazarus building to be demolished Jan. 19, 2015

Posted on December 11, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury town officials have set Monday, Jan. 19, as the date on which work crews will demolish and remove the Lazarus building at 20 Main St.

Officials had considered removing the long-vacant structure this month, but abandoned that course in an effort to minimize disruption for downtown Middlebury merchants during the peak holiday shopping season.

“We thought it was a better plan for us to wait,” Middlebury Town Manager Kathleen Ramsay said.

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Middlebury asks state reps for school tax reform and Rt. 7 rotary

Posted on December 11, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday gave its legislative delegation a brief but sharply worded wish list for the 2015 session: Give us a rotary at the intersection of Route 7 and Exchange Street, along with education finance reform.

The board conveyed that message to the four Democratic lawmakers taking part in the meeting: Sen. Christopher Bray of New Haven, Sen. Claire Ayer of Addison, Rep. Betty Nuovo of Middlebury, and Rep.-elect Amy Sheldon of Middlebury.

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Local woman battles opiate addiction, finds hope with suboxone

Posted on December 11, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — It was New Year’s Eve 1998 when Cheryl Barrows got her first taste of heroin.

“I met this ‘wonderful’ guy in Rutland who put a needle in my arm and said, ‘This is wonderful stuff,’” recalled Barrows. “I looked out of the window, saw a pink cloud and my pain was gone. I felt nothing.”

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Middlebury gym opened to locals without electricity

Posted on December 10, 2014 |
By Addison Independent Staff




To provide shelter for those without electricity and heat, local Emergency Manager and Middlebury Police Chief Tom Hanley has opened the municipal gym at 94 Main St. to locals whose electricity has been cut by the ongoing snowstorm. The Red Cross has been notified and will provide staffing for the emergency shelter. 
Those needing transportation to the gym can contact Addison County Transit Resources at 388-1946 until 5 p.m., and the Middlebury Police Department at 388-3191 after 5 p.m., to arrange a ride.

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Two in the running for Middlebury fire chief

Posted on December 8, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Two candidates had submitted résumés to become Middlebury’s next fire chief as the Addison Independent went to press on Friday, Dec. 5, which was the application deadline for the position.

Middlebury Town Manager Kathleen Ramsay on Friday morning said she could not yet divulge the names of the applicants, but confirmed one is a current member of the fire department while the other is a former member.

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Bingham appeals lawsuit against town, newspaper

Posted on December 8, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury resident Alpine Bingham has decided to take his town office/recreation center–related lawsuit to the Vermont Supreme Court.

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McKibben to take new role in 350.org, group he co-founded

Posted on December 8, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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MIDDLEBURY — Bill McKibben, one of America’s highest profile climate activists, is stepping down as the board chair of 350.org, the environmental organization he co-founded.

He’ll remain involved with the group that he and a group of Middlebury College students started in 2007 as a “senior adviser,” a role he said entails less day-to-day managing and more large-scale project planning.

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Musicians to perform in support of food shelf

Posted on December 8, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — It’s not unusual for aspiring musicians to simply play for food or drink as compensation for a gig in order to get a foot in the entertainment door. Clint Bierman and his band, The Grift, are fortunate enough to have the talent and reputation that ensures their performances are rewarded with a paycheck rather than free beer or leftovers from a buffet table.

But on Monday, Dec. 22, Bierman and around 15 other well-known Vermont acts will go back to playing for food — this time for the benefit of others who might otherwise go hungry.

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Cast-off clothing a hot commodity

Posted on December 8, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — It can be tough for teens to fill out their wardrobes given the current price of clothing and the cost and hassle of getting to some of the regional fashion hubs.

Jutta Miska, co-director of the Addison Central Teens organization, knows the problem well and two years ago came up with a novel way of bringing affordable clothing directly to local youths at Middlebury Union High School. It’s called the “Two-Day Clothing Swap & Shop,” and it will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 9, and Wednesday, Dec. 10, at MUHS.

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