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New business blooms in old school

Posted on January 20, 2011 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — After more than two decades of working for various florists in Addison County, Carolee Ploof has arrived at a point in her life where she is able to take the reins of her own business.

Ploof, a Salisbury resident, officially opened “Middlebury Floral & Gifts” on Monday in what many locals recognize as the Little Red Schoolhouse at 1663 Route 7 South.

The new store offers fresh flowers, floral arrangements and live plants available for delivery within Addison County and beyond, thanks to its affiliation with FTD wire service.

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Picturing ups and downs

Posted on January 17, 2011 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Everyone’s life has ups and downs: moments of triumph or defeat, of hope or despair.

Twelve Vermont youths (including some from Addison County) with difficult pasts recently got a unique opportunity to transform heightened moments from their own lives into works of art. 

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Students get crash course in business

Posted on January 17, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



MIDDLEBURY — For 16 Middlebury College students, the average weekday this January includes studying neuroscience, selling books, learning to haggle, doing market research for a local dairy farm and meeting an ex-CIA spy.

Their MiddCORE course isn’t targeted for those students who are hoping to get out on the ski slopes often during the one-class J-term semester. Instead, they spend at least eight hours each weekday learning about business and entrepreneurship with guest speakers and competitive challenges.

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Woman finds comfort in sewing for others

Posted on January 17, 2011 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Christmas might be over, but one of Santa’s helpers continues to work away in relative anonymity.

Her name is Doreen Gilmore and her workshop is her small apartment in The Meadows elderly housing complex in Middlebury. There, she has spent many days sewing clothes and blankets for sick and impoverished kids in Vermont and throughout the world.

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Cider maker grows into Rt. 7 building

Posted on January 13, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



MIDDLEBURY — With expectations to triple production over the next several years, Green Mountain Beverage CEO Bret Williams confirmed Tuesday that the hard cider company plans later this year to move from Pond Lane into much larger headquarters — the Connor Homes building on Route 7 in Middlebury.

Connor Homes will move into the Vermont Tubbs complex in Brandon within the next several weeks.

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Middlebury selectmen back marketing post

Posted on January 13, 2011 |
By John S. McCright



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday endorsed the concept of providing $25,000 in town money to pay a portion of the cost of a new local events marketing coordinator who would draw out-of-towners to spend money downtown and in other local businesses that serve visitors.

The goal of coordinator would be to produce more in town revenue through increased rooms and meals tax collections than the cost of the position.

“We look forward to this being not an expenditure but an investment,” said selectboard chair John Tenny.

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Modern veterinarian makes house calls

Posted on January 13, 2011 |
By Tamara Hilmes



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MIDDLEBURY — Randy Ross’ medical practice relies on good old-fashioned house calls to the homes of his 1,800 patients around Addison County.

But Ross’ visits are anything but routine — he often must first track down his patient, and wrestle them onto a table and make sure they don’t run away or scratch him or his assistant.

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Cider maker to buy Connor Homes plant

Posted on January 10, 2011 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury manufacturing scene reverberated on Friday with news that Green Mountain Beverage (GMB) will acquire and move into the Connor Homes headquarters on Route 7 South.

Meanwhile, Connor Homes will leave Middlebury and relocate to the now-vacant Vermont Tubbs complex in Brandon.

Middlebury selectboard Chairman John Tenny confirmed that news on Friday as the Addison Independent went to press. Efforts to reach GMB President and CEO Bret Williams and Connor Homes founder Mike Connor were unsuccessful at press time.

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Mothers seek volunteers for orphans

Posted on January 10, 2011 |
By John S. McCright



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BRISTOL/MIDDLEBURY — When the Bristol-based Mothers Without Borders Vermont group hosts its fifth annual sew-a-thon to create dresses for orphans around the world, it will get a little extra spur. Kathy Headlee Miner, the founder of the international aid organization Mothers Without Borders, will be in town to describe the group’s accomplishments and encourage volunteers on to greater achievements.

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Middlebury tax rate could rise by 2 cents

Posted on January 6, 2011 |
By John Flowers



 

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents on Jan. 18 will get a chance to weigh in on a draft 2011-2012 town spending plan of $8,253,112, which would require a 2.13-cent increase to a municipal property tax rate that has remained level the past two years.

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