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BMP leader urges action on report

Posted on November 6, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Better Middlebury Partnership President Ben Wilson recently gave the Middlebury selectboard an overview of the results of a Future of Retail Study that a consultant performed for the town earlier this year.

At the Oct. 28 selectboard meeting, Wilson urged  town officials and the business community to seize on the report’s results — which showed some gaps in the local retail market — and take steps to make the Middlebury more of a magnet for local shoppers and tourists.

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WomenSafe's Smith steps down after eventful tenure

Posted on November 6, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Naomi Smith had spent several years as a Certified Public Accountant when, during the late 1990s, she felt a tug to a decidedly different profession. Instead of counting numbers, she wanted to become a person who other women could count on if they had become victims of domestic or sexual abuse.

So Smith took a job as shelter program director for Burlington’s Women Helping Battered Women organization.

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Middlebury Police Log: Man cited for underage drinking

Posted on November 5, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police responded to a 911 call in the Marble Works complex on Oct. 28 and found an intoxicated 20-year-old man who had recently been assaulted and claimed to not know the identity of his assailant. Middlebury Regional EMS took the man to Porter Hospital. The man was later issued a civil violation for consuming alcohol under age 21.

In other action last week, Middlebury police:

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Search for new Middlebury College president progresses

Posted on November 3, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College Board of Trustees is moving closer to selecting a new president for the institution.

The college’s current president, Ronald D. Liebowitz, announced in December of last year that he plans to step down on June 30, 2015.

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HOPE seeks hold on its mortgage

Posted on November 3, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Officials at Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects, or HOPE, are asking the town of Middlebury to temporarily suspend the anti-poverty organization’s monthly payments on a $225,000 mortgage loan relating to its John Craven Community Services Center at 282 Boardman St.

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Middlebury's Congo Church is ready for its next big renovation

Posted on November 3, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Last year at this time, members of the Congregational Church of Middlebury were staring at four major capital projects totaling a combined $2.5 million to repair and expand their majestic worship hall at 27 North Pleasant St.

Two down, two to go.

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Classics lovers binge on poetry at college

Posted on November 3, 2014 |
By David Weinstock



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MIDDLEBURY — Poetry readings generally last one hour — not even the most devoted versaholic is expected to sit still any longer. So when I heard that the Middlebury College Department of Classics had organized a three-day marathon reading of a single poem, Virgil’s epic The Aeneid, I had to see for myself.

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Middlebury to phase out townwide recycling contract

Posted on October 30, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents beginning next April will be able to choose their own haulers to collect curbside recyclables from their homes and businesses. That’s because the Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday voted unanimously to discontinue the townwide recycling contract once the current pact with Casella expires on March 31, 2015.

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Theater preview: Civil War play will stick with you

Posted on October 30, 2014 |
By Julia Purdy



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If being memorable is a measure of a compelling production, the play “Ransom,” coming to the Middlebury Town Hall Theater on Saturday, Nov. 1, scores high. The scenes and the music have remained with me since 2010, the first time I attended “Ransom,” in the school auditorium in Rochester. The cast — all local townspeople — seemed to be still feeling it out, but the overall effect was that of a work destined to become a classic of its kind.

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Holmes takes on Keeler in race for Addison County sheriff

Posted on October 30, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY —  It was Gov. Peter Shumlin who appointed Don Keeler to serve as Addison County sheriff after longtime incumbent James Coons died in office during the spring of 2012.

Now Keeler is looking for an official mandate from the voters as he seeks to win the post for the first time on Nov. 4. Keeler faces opposition from write-in candidate Ron Holmes, a former deputy with the department. Both men mapped out their priorities for the Addison Independent during recent interviews.

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