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March 23rd, 2017
VERGENNES — Middle of last week, Aaron Gratton, 24, was visiting his grandparents, who live at 52 Armory Lane in Vergennes, a senior housing residence.
He realized that the 150-foot path that many of the residents take to walk to the Shaw’s supermarket parking lot was inaccessible to the residents because of the large snowfall.
On his own initiative, Gratton volunteered to shovel the path, including into the parking lot.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont dairy farmers and farmworkers are in an increased state of alert as federal immigration authorities begin enforcing President Trump’s immigration policies. What the White House described as taking “the shackles off” Immigration and Customs Enforcement (known as ICE) and other agencies has resulted in shifts in policy that more aggressively target deportation of foreign workers — including farmworkers who have overstated their visas.
BRISTOL — Bristol Town Administrator Therese Kirby will not be renewing her contract when it runs out at the end of the fiscal year. Instead, Kirby, informed the selectboard late last month, she and her husband would be moving to Brookfield to be closer to friends and family and build a home there.
MIDDLEBURY — Like most of us, Robin Ingenthron spent Tuesday weathering a major winter storm.
Actually, he’s had a lot of experience surviving storms of both the natural kind and those endemic to the business world.
Major setbacks threatened to bury his Middlebury enterprise, Good Point Recycling, several times during the past three years.
But Ingenthron refused to give up, and Good Point has emerged stronger than ever in a recycling industry that has chewed up and spit out many of his former competitors throughout the country.
MONTPELIER — The U.S. Small Business Administration has named the head of a Middlebury toy manufacturer its 2017 Vermont Small Business Person of the Year.
Michael Rainville, president and owner of Maple Landmark, is being recognized for his company’s employment growth, financial success, expansion and community involvement.
LINCOLN — Solar Sweet Maple Farm sits atop a hill on a dirt road in South Lincoln, up past fields with spectacular mountain views and evenly placed colonial homes. Inside the farm’s red-trimmed, solar-panel-topped sugarhouse, the air smells like sweet maple syrup and freshly cut wood.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday revisited the upcoming effort to replace the downtown rail bridges and rebuild the railroad through downtown Middlebury, a state and federally funded project expected to run from 2018 to 2020 and include major disruption to the downtown in its final summer.
Chairman Brian Carpenter said the latest he heard from the Agency of Transportation is that agency officials are leaning toward installing temporary bridges sooner, rather than later, in order to make the entire project run more smoothly.
MIDDLEBURY — After two rounds of voting on Tuesday evening, the Middlebury selectboard emerged with a new vice chairwoman, Susan Shashok.
Shashok and incumbent vice chairman Nick Artim tied with three votes apiece after the first round, with Selectwomen Laura Asermily and Heather Seeley backing Shashok and Selectboard Chairman Brian Carpenter and Selectman Victor Nuovo backing Artim.
Normally, a seventh member of the board would break a tie, but that seat is temporarily vacant.