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Donated paintings add life to hospital walls

Posted on October 1, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Tragically, Elise Braun spent a lot of time in hospitals during the years leading up to the April 2009 death of her daughter, Susan Sebastian, following a lengthy illness. It was an experience rendered gloomier by the bare hospital walls that surrounded the two Vermonters during the months leading up to Sebastian’s death.

“Susan said to her mother, ‘There are pictures in the hospitals, but none in the patients’ rooms,’” said Gil Myers, a retired attorney and friend of Braun.

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Middlebury preps to host NCAA ski championships

Posted on October 1, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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MIDDLEBURY — Local merchants and innkeepers are always happy to see winter activities bring people from out of state to Addison County. But locals can expect more ski traffic than usual early next March when Middlebury College hosts the 2013 NCAA Skiing Championships.

Fans, coaches, parents and alums will descend on the Middlebury area for the culminating event of the college ski season. Around 150 skiers from 20 schools across the country are expected to qualify in both Nordic and Alpine competitions.

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Local physician transitions solo to electronic records

Posted on September 27, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Dr. Maxine Fidler has long quipped about the legibility of her handwriting. Copious examples of it could be found in the individual files maintained for the approximately 200 patients in her growing Middlebury practice, Acorn Natural Medicine PLC.

Well, after nine months of after-hours work, Fidler has translated her scrawl-on-paper into what is becoming the universal language of physicians’ offices and hospitals throughout the state: Typed print and crisp charts securely stored and retrieved through a computer database.

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Career center launches meaty new program

Posted on September 27, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center next Tuesday will launch a new program aimed at beefing up the state’s meat processing industry.

The Oct. 2 launch comes as the developers of a proposed new meat processing facility slated for Middlebury’s industrial park acknowledged a delay in construction. But said they are confident they will break ground on the new facility before the end of the year.

That facility is to provide one of the training grounds for the career center students.

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Middlebury officials fine-tune town plan

Posted on September 27, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday began to tweak the latest town plan draft, a task based on language changes proposed by citizens at a recent public hearing, but the board decided that other, more substantial revisions will require more discussion.

Among those more substantial revision proposals to be considered further is one to delete a current reference in the plan to a cap of 50,000 square feet for retail stores.

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Town government organization to honor Bill Finger

Posted on September 24, 2012 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont League of Cities and Towns, at its annual Town Fair in Essex Junction on Oct. 5, will present its Lifetime Achievement Award to recently retired Middlebury Town Manager Bill Finger.

This award is presented to a municipal official or employee who has dedicated his or her career to serving local government within his or her own community and through service on a statewide level on boards or commissions or the VLCT.

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Porter Hospital tightens fiscal year '13 budget

Posted on September 24, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — After state regulators recently OK’d Porter Medical Center’s proposed fiscal year 2013 budget with conditions, Porter officials said the hospital will meet the state’s request to cut $465,930 from its $69 million spending plan, and it will do it in a manner that does not affect direct patient services.

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New book by Middlebury author backs community energy sources

Posted on September 20, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



MIDDLEBURY — For those who question how they could possibly contribute to the reversal of America’s dependency on nonrenewable, finite energy sources, Middlebury resident Greg Pahl’s latest book “Power from the People: a Community Resilience Guide” gives an optimistic answer.

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eCorp closes; hope for 100 jobs dashed

Posted on September 20, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Deborah Schwarz, founder and president of eCorp English, announced Monday that she has formally closed the Middlebury business she launched early last year with considerable state aid and private investment amid promises of creating more than 100 well-paying jobs by 2013.

“I am crushed by it. It is the dashing of my personal dream,” Schwarz said of the demise of eCorp, a company she established in 2006 and then successfully marketed to state and local officials as a good fit for Middlebury.

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Middlebury students' results good as testing about to shift

Posted on September 20, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The UD-3 school board on Tuesday got a glimpse of how the Middlebury-area student population is performing under current state and local measuring sticks — and got a preview of how students will be gauged under a new, national assessment program that will be in place come 2015.

At issue is the “Common Core State Standards (CCSS)” system that within three years will supplant Vermont’s current standardized testing for students through the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP).

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