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Connor Homes furloughs its entire workforce

Posted on January 5, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Connor Homes has furloughed its entire 65-person workforce at its Middlebury headquarters on Route 7 South, according to company officials, who are now trying to leverage bank loans and Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) funding to keep the company solvent.

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Changes loom for police dispatching as new fees likely

Posted on January 5, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Local police, fire and rescue agencies that receive free emergency dispatching through the Vermont State Police might soon have to pony up some funds to continue receiving that service — an added expense that could strain some already tight budgets.

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Pickleball mania: Many craving latest rec department offering

Posted on January 5, 2017 |
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MIDDLEBURY — “Pickleball.”

The name is comical, but the sport’s growing number of players are super-serious about an activity that is taking Middlebury’s new recreation facility by storm.

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Middlebury's Connor Homes furloughs entire workforce

Posted on January 3, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Connor Homes has furloughed its entire 65-person workforce at its Middlebury headquarters on Route 7 South, according to company officials, who are now trying to leverage bank loans and Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) funding to keep the company solvent.

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Superintendent of Orwell-area schools to step down at end of school year

Posted on December 30, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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ORWELL — Add another major task to the Addison-Rutland Supervisory Union’s 2017 agenda: Find a new chief executive.

Already preparing for a Town Meeting Day vote on school governance consolidation, the ARSU — which includes Orwell and five neighboring Rutland County communities — is now in the market for a new superintendent. Current Superintendent Ron Ryan announced last week he will leave his job in June after 20 years with the district.

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Porter moves closer to an affiliation deal with UVMHN

Posted on December 30, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center officials will spend this month reviewing key terms of an agreement that could lead to the organization’s affiliation with the University of Vermont Health Network early this spring.

“Things are going well,” PMC President Fred Kniffin said during a recent affiliation update to the Porter community. “The work is being done in a collaborative, respectful fashion … The ‘feel’ of the growing relationship between PMC and UVMHN is really good. Progress is being made.”

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Composting rules key to trash district budget increase

Posted on December 30, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Solid Waste Management District (ACSWMD) officials have approved a 2017 budget of $2,989,316, a plan calling for a 6-percent increase in spending.

The increase reflects — among other things — the launch next July 1 of a new state law calling on waste haulers and transfer stations to offer food scrap collection.

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Middlebury to revisit jobs growth strategy

Posted on December 29, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury voters in March will be asked to extend the town’s current economic development office for one more year, instead of the 5-year renewal that officials had originally contemplated. Officials will use the coming year to re-evaluate the grander business growth expectations that the selectboard had set for the Middlebury Business Development Fund, or MBDF, when it was established by voters in 2012.

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Fenster begins new role as Superior Court judge

Posted on December 29, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Incoming Gov. Phil Scott will soon be asked to appoint a new Addison County state’s attorney to replace incumbent David Fenster, who on Wednesday was sworn in as a new Vermont Superior Court judge.

Current Gov. Peter Shumlin announced Fenster’s judicial appointment on Dec. 22, in tandem with his selection of Rutland attorney Elizabeth Mann to take over Judge Kathleen Manley’s spot on the bench. Fenster is filling a newly created judgeship.

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Citizens rushed to free pilot from crash

Posted on December 29, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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EAST MIDDLEBURY — Perley Jerome was starting a vehicle in the Airport Auto parking lot off School House Hill Road in East Middlebury at around 11:30 a.m. last Friday when he heard a disconcerting sputtering noise emanating from a small plane that had just taken off from the nearby Middlebury State Airport.

He became even more alarmed when the plane’s engine went silent.

“(The pilot) turned around (toward the landing strip), clipped a tree with his right wing, and went down,” Jerome recalled, the event forever seared in his memory.

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