May 3, 2007
By JOHN FLOWERS
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents are being challenged to come up with three specific projects designed to creatively energize the town’s economy, which has taken a few hits in recent months.
The Vermont Council on Rural Development’s (VCRD) “Creative Communities Program” periodically loans select towns consultants and other resources to brainstorm ideas on how to improve the local economy in a way that uses a community’s unique assets — such as its location, geographic attributes, special products and/or homegrown talent.
In February Middlebury applied to become a part of the Creative Communities Program, which has already provided services to nine other Vermont towns, including Hardwick and Rutland.
Green Up Day is Saturday, May 5
Find out what is going on in your town and join in. Local Green Up Day coordinators and their contact information are provided here.
• Starr Phillips/759-2421. Contact Phillips to receive bags and to coordinate coverage areas. When bags are full, drop them off in the town dump truck, which will be parked at Addison Four Corners all weekend long.
• Jim Leary/247-9595. Leary will be at the bandstand in Central Park from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday to hand out doughnuts, coffee, hot chocolate, Green Up bags and road assignments. When participants are finished, they should bring their filled bags to the transfer station, if they can, or call Leary to let him know where they have left them by the side of the road. He encourages people to wear gloves.