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Local 8-year-old artist earns statewide honor

Posted on June 17, 2019 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Eight-year-old Daisy Madden was drawing before she could walk. Her mom, Meg, has marveled at the way she can pick up a crayon or marker and spontaneously draw whatever comes to mind.

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ACSD schools to welcome new leaders next month

Posted on June 17, 2019 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Next month will bring some significant leadership transitions at Addison Central School District schools.

Four of the ACSD’s seven elementary schools will greet new principals. Those schools are in Weybridge, Bridport, Cornwall and Middlebury.

Nicole Carter will take the helm of Weybridge Elementary, taking over for longtime Principal Christina Johnston. Addison Central Superintendent Peter Burrows provided more clarity on Johnston’s future destination in the district’s June newsletter, released last week:

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Court Street fire considered suspicious

Posted on June 13, 2019 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police and fire officials continue to investigate a suspicious fire that ravaged a duplex apartment building at 74 Court St. and significantly damaged two adjacent structures during the early morning of Monday, June 10.

Middlebury Fire Chief David Shaw said it was a fortunate “fluke” that no one was hurt — or worse — during a blaze that he believes might be rooted in a dispute between a local person and one of the 74 Court St. tenants.

“There could really have been loss of life here,” Shaw said.

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College property considered for 5-MW solar farm

Posted on June 13, 2019 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College is working on a land lease agreement with a Burlington company to install a 5-megawatt solar farm on a site off South Street Extension in Middlebury.

The college would purchase electricity generated by the facility to help meet its goal of transitioning to 100-percent renewable energy sources (not derived from fossil fuels) to power and heat the institution’s main campus by 2028.

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Mount Abraham graduates urged to face fears

Posted on June 13, 2019 |
By John Flowers



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BRISTOL — Chessley Jackman, valedictorian of the Mount Abraham Union High School class of 2019, could have advised her 111 fellow graduates to stay in their respective comfort zones, to stick with their strengths and/or to never leave the bucolic serenity of the 5-Town area.

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Middlebury closes in on $228K grant to help downtown

Posted on June 10, 2019 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The citizens’ group Neighbors Together — which has been working on ideas to help downtown Middlebury weather the 2019-2021 construction storm that will come from the replacement of the Main Street and Merchants Row bridges — announced Friday, June 7 it had landed a $228,750 state grant to promote and market affected businesses during the big dig disruption.

“Clearly, we are pleased,” said Nancy Malcolm, a leader of Neighbors Together. “A lot of work was put into this (grant application) by a lot of people.”

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Mary Hogan wins solar array in "Way to Go!" competition

Posted on June 10, 2019 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — “Way to go” is a compliment one might not hear that often — unless you’re a student at elementary schools in Middlebury, Bristol and Vergennes.

Mary Hogan and Bristol Elementary students placed second and third, respectively, out of 76 schools that competed in this year’s Way to Go! Challenge, a voluntary, incentive-based, recognition program to help students adopt healthier and more environmentally sensitive transportation habits. Schools are awarded points based on their Way to Go! activities during the academic year.

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Middlebury reappraisal notices are out

Posted on June 10, 2019 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Attention Middlebury property owners.

You should be receiving in the email an official “Notice of Change of Appraisal” booklet relating to new valuation numbers that have been assigned as part of the recently completed reappraisal of townwide properties. This booklet, according to the Middlebury Board of Listers, will be your only notice of appraisal, so watch for the 8.5-inch-by-11-inch booklet with a hot-pink cover.

This booklet has the old values and new values for all properties in Middlebury, both residential and commercial.

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A trail of poetry to be engraved on Middlebury sidewalks

Posted on June 10, 2019 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Addison County’s poetic legacy is etched in its soul.

Its impressive roll call of literary luminaries includes Robert Frost, Julia Alvarez, Ruth Stone and Jay Parini. You’ll find their work in virtually any bookshop or library.

Middlebury will soon showcase the work of a new crop of poets who will find their evocative sonnets and verses literally making a mark — on the town’s sidewalks.

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Building for Habitat

Posted on June 6, 2019 |
By John Flowers



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A DOZEN STUDENTS from the Edmunds School in Burlington helped design and build a storage shed that will serve the future residents of a two-home Habitat for Humanity housing subdivision at 51 Seymour St. in Middlebury. The youths began construction of the 24-foot-by-8-foot shed on the property this past Monday with the assistance and supervision of several adults, including (with a hammer on the left) Steve Kredell of Middlebury’s  McLeod Kredell Architects.

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