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Middlebury plans for passenger rail service

Posted on August 21, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury has received a $15,000 grant to pin down a location for a new rail platform slated to serve passenger trains that could stop here beginning as soon as 2020.

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Part 1 of rail bridge project done; businesses wary of 'big dig'

Posted on August 21, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Downtown Middlebury merchants are assessing the economic fall-out from the recently completed installation of temporary bridges on Merchants Row and Main Street. Business owners located closest to the construction zones predictably reported the most substantial losses, while virtually all of those polled by the Independent praised the town and Kubricky construction for their outreach during the project.

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St. Mary's in Middlebury welcomes a new pastor

Posted on August 17, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Luke Austin arrived at a crossroads around 15 years ago.

Should he use his new law degree to pursue a career in federal government, or take the spiritual route into the priesthood.

Father Luke, as he is now known, chose the latter path, and he has no regrets. He is now settling into his brand new role as leader of the Middlebury area’s Catholic congregation, which attends services at St. Mary’s Church in Middlebury, St. Bernadette in Bridport, and St. Genevieve in Shoreham.

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Clippings: Love, friendship at the tip of a pen

Posted on August 17, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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I am in constant awe of my immediate family and their direct contributions to humanity. My wife, Dottie, is a nurse manager who helps heal people who are very ill. Our son, Mark, is an EMT who makes the rounds through parts of Chittenden County helping to save lives. Our daughter, Diane, is a social worker who has helped give new health and hope to young mothers at the Lund Center in Burlington.

Me, I just write stuff. Have for 33 years. Just hope some of it has made a difference and that I’ve brought folks a smile every now and again.

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State police crack down on careless, drunk driving

Posted on August 17, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Vermont State Police are stepping up their traffic patrols in Addison County and beyond in wake of some recent fatal car crashes, including one on Route 22A in Bridport on Aug. 7 that claimed the lives of four people.

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Confederate flags prompts local rebuke

Posted on August 17, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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EAST MIDDLEBURY — The recent flying of Confederate flags on at least two private properties in Middlebury is being condemned by many area residents still reeling in the aftermath of white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., that left one woman dead, numerous people injured, and a nation in need of healing.

Locals noted the Confederate flags flying this past weekend at a Case Street home in the village of East Middlebury and another that was still flying on Wednesday at a School House Hill Road residence east of the airport.

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Middlebury prepares for new town-wide reappraisal

Posted on August 14, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Professional appraisers next month will begin fanning throughout Middlebury to assign updated values to all properties in the community.

It’s all part of Middlebury’s first town-wide reappraisal since 2005. This state-mandated project calls on communities to adjust property tax assessments to fair market value and “bring all properties into an equitable state,” according to longtime Middlebury Assessor Bill Benton.

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Local addiction treatment options expand: Services growing in three area towns

Posted on August 10, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Addison County will soon see a substantial expansion of Medication Assisted Treatment services for locals who are addicted to narcotic painkillers. That treatment — which includes the prescribing of Suboxone — is now being offered in Middlebury and will soon take root in Vergennes.

And leaders of Mountain Health — a Federally Qualified Health Center in Bristol — confirmed that beginning next month it also will dispense Medically Assisted Treatment, known as MAT.

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Tractor Supply eyes Middlebury for new store

Posted on August 10, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Tractor Supply, which bills itself as “the largest operator of rural lifestyle stores in the United States,” is proposing to build a 19,000-square-foot store off Foote Street in Middlebury, on a 6.5-acre parcel located behind the A&W Restaurant.

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Downtown Middlebury bus stop is moving closer to college

Posted on August 10, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR) is preparing to move its Middlebury bus hub from South Pleasant Street to Academy Street in November.

The planned switch comes after several weeks of discussion between ACTR and town officials about where to put Middlebury’s central bus stop — which serves as a nexus for buses and riders traveling within Addison County, along with points south and north. It needs to be shifted in advance of an upcoming, three-year effort to replace the Main Street and Merchants Row bridges.

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