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Courthouse business might shrink to one floor

Posted on August 30, 2010 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — People visiting the Frank Mahady Courthouse in Middlebury will soon notice some subtle changes in how Addison County’s court system is organized and conducts business.

And eventually, people will notice some big changes — including the ability to file their complaints electronically and potentially see court offices consolidated within a single floor of the 40,000-square-foot courthouse building.

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Zoning change pitched near new Middlebury bridge

Posted on August 30, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard is considering an interim zoning change that would open the door to more business development near the east end of the soon-to-be completed Cross Street Bridge.

The board is tentatively set to hold a public hearing on Sept. 28 to receive feedback on the plan, which calls for zoning for properties fronting Cross and South Pleasant streets to be changed from “office-apartment” to “village-residential-commercial.”

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Middlebury traffic patterns to change

MIDDLEBURY — Town officials on Thursday released a construction update stating that traffic patterns in downtown Middlebury would be changing between Friday, Aug. 27, through Friday, Sept. 3, to accommodate the completion of the roundabout and related paving.

The update stated that College Street would undergo paving and painting work for parking spaces between Friday, Aug. 27, and Monday, Aug. 30.

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County voters back Dunne, Shumlin

Posted on August 26, 2010 |
By John Flowers



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CORRECTION: Sen. Peter Shumlin, D-Putney, received 41 votes in Ripton for the Aug. 24 Democrat primary for governor, not the mere four tallies reported in the Thursday, Aug. 26, edition of the Addison Independent. This means that Shumlin notched a total of 1,395 votes in Addison County, not the 1,356 previously reported. This total of 1,395 means that Shumlin was in fact the top vote-getter in the county, narrowly eclipsing Hartland Democrat Matt Dunne’s 1,372 tallies.

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Former college treasurer Ginevan dies

Posted on August 26, 2010 |
By Andrea Suozzo



MIDDLEBURY — David Ginevan, former executive vice president and treasurer of Middlebury College and a prominent figure in the Middlebury town community, died on Sunday, Aug. 22. The 68-year-old had been living in Sun City Center, Fla., with his wife, Anne, for the past few years.

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Local House, Senate races highlight ballot

Posted on August 23, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — A Republican runoff in the Addison-4 House district; a write-in campaign for the state Senate; two local men vying for lieutenant governor; and a five-way race for the Democratic nomination for governor should give Addison County residents extra incentive to show up at the polls for Tuesday’s primary election.

Voter participation is notoriously low for mid-term elections, and Vermont officials are particularly concerned about light turnout this year because of a particularly early primary date.

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Archaeologists unearth local history

Posted on August 23, 2010 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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MIDDLEBURY — The wooded clearing was marked out in one-meter plots, with perfectly square pits sunk at varying depths into the ground. Across the clearing, six archaeologists plied the clay with shovels, trowels and brushes, searching for evidence of a prehistoric civilization.

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Middlebury's local option tax collection going strong

Posted on August 19, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middle-bury’s local option tax revenues continue to slightly out-pace the amount needed to meet debt service on the new Cross Street Bridge project, providing a harbinger, municipal officials said, of both a recovering economy and a future community debate on what should be done with any excess funds.

Middlebury Assistant Town Manager Joe Colangelo confirmed the town netted $170,869 in local option tax revenue during the second quarter of 2010, an amount that is $5,452 greater than the second quarter of 2009.

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Professor takes science to area elementary school pupils

Posted on August 19, 2010 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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MIDDLEBURY — Most elementary school students would not have the slightest idea what to do in a college biology lab.

But seeing his 4- and 7-year-old daughters in the lab was exactly what inspired Middlebury College biology professor Jeremy Ward to apply for a National Science Foundation grant to teach genetic biology to schoolchildren in Addison County.

“They don’t know that they’re not supposed to be able to do it,” said Ward of his daughters. “When I watch (them) in here and say ‘Do this,’ they go and do it.”

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College's lake research gets fiscal boost

Posted on August 19, 2010 |
By Tamara Hilmes



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LAKE CHAMPLAIN — A generation of Middlebury College students has been learning about geology and oceanography on board the R/V Baldwin, a 32-foot Maine lobster boat the college purchased in 1985. It hosts high-tech oceanographic equipment including complex water profilers, sonars and piston and gravity corers that have enabled students and faculty to investigate sediment and boat wrecks on the bottom of Lake Champlain.

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