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By the way for Jan. 10

With snow back in the forecast, folks residing or doing business in Middlebury are reminded of the town’s winter parking ban, which took effect Nov. 1 and extends through April 1. The ban prohibits parking between midnight and 6 a.m. on town streets and in most municipal parking lots. Vehicles parked in violation of the ban are subject to ticketing, towing and impounding at the owner’s expense. But note there are designated, signed overnight parking areas excluded from the parking ban: The “lower municipal lot” off Bakery Lane, and the Frog Hollow lot off Mill Street. Signs alerting drivers to this Winter Parking Ban are clearly posted on all major entry routes to the town.
 
Ever wanted to play a role in assigning much-needed assistance to local charitable organizations? If so, please take note: The United Way of Addison County is seeking volunteers to serve on its “Impact Funding Team.” That team reviews requests for United Way funding and helps award limited money to such nonprofits as Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects and the Addison County Parent-Child Center. If you’re interested in serving, please log on to tinyurl.com/y83gh7sz.
 
Speaking of United Way of Addison County, the organization’s former  manager of development and marketing, Nancy Luke, has a new gig. She’s development director of the Vermont branch of the American Heart Association, based in Burlington. One of Luke’s main goals for the Heart Association is to grow its presence throughout the state, according to a recent press release announcing her arrival. “Heart health was always in the forefront of my parents’ minds,” Luke said of her new job. “I think the Heart Association will be a good fit. I was ready for a new challenge, and I am happy and excited to be here.”
 
The Starksboro Food Shelf needs of someone to pick up bread at Freihofer’s Outlet Store in Williston once a month. It needs to be picked up on the Tuesday before the second Wednesday of the month. If you are able to run this errand please contact Laurie Webber at 802-336-2141, or lawebber49@verizon.net. It’s a great way to assist the Starksboro community.
 
Toot, toot! Don’t miss the last week of “Trains and Tinsel” exhibit at the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History off Park Street in Middlebury. Volunteer engineers Christie Sumner and Elizabeth Bright will run the spectacular train exhibit from 1-4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11, and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12. Museum officials are giving thanks to the many volunteers who made the exhibit possible. It took nine months and 250 volunteer hours to rebuild the amazing train-route layout, which includes a new mountain, added equipment, a new engine, cars, gondola lift and skiers, according to museum officials. The exhibit cost $1,000, and the museum will gratefully accept donations to cover that expense.

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