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Middlebury ranger station to close Sept. 29

RUTLAND — As the federal fiscal year comes to a close, so will business operations conducted at the Green Mountain National Forest’s District Office in Middlebury. Officials announced today that after 51 years of operations, the Middlebury Ranger District Office will officially close its doors for business on Friday, Sept. 29.
Employees that have been stationed at the office have been making arrangements to move themselves and their files in recent months, anticipating the office closure. While the office located across from Rosie’s Restaurant along Vermont Route 7 will be closed, services provided by employees that have worked out of the facility will still be available.
The agency is working to develop a partnership with the Addison County Chamber of Commerce in an effort to have a continued presence in the Middlebury area. Forest Service personnel will staff the Addison County Chamber of Commerce offices located at 93 Court Street in Middlebury on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays during October and on Thursdays and Fridays in November and December. Services to the public will remain available five days a week at Forest Service offices in Rutland, Rochester, and Manchester.
 “We have always been supported here in the Town of Middlebury and we hold tremendous value in the visiting public from the surrounding area,” said Chris Mattrick, Rochester and Middlebury District Ranger. “While we will no longer have the Middlebury facility, we will have a presence in Middlebury and staff in place to ensure that we are still able to provide excellent service to the people that we serve in and around Addison County,” Mattrick concluded.
Beginning next week, flyers will be hung at Forest Service offices statewide reminding the public of the Middlebury office closure. Contact information and site locations will be provided so that visitors are able to contact officials to receive services at other offices in Rutland, Rochester and Manchester. 

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