When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, right? What if that lemonade was really, really good? Then it would actually be a real boon that life gave you the lemons in the first place.
I have long thought that Middlebury would really benefit from two things that, while being luxuries, would substantially add to the quality of life in the area. One is a way to stroll along the river. River walks are popular attractions in towns that have them, whether they be in natural, park-like settings or in more commercial and retail-oriented forms.