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Town criticizes tree cutting near Middlebury airport

Posted on October 16, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury officials will ask a state-hired contractor to correct what they said was a poorly executed plan to harvest around 30 pine trees in the town right-of-way along a portion of Forest Ridge Drive, a project aimed at improving visibility for pilots using the southern approach to the Middlebury State Airport runway.

Middlebury Director of Operations Dan Werner last month drew up a series of conditions for the harvest, including that:

•  The trees be removed at ground level, with stumps left in the ground.

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Middlebury explores help for businesses; Aqua ViTea asks for tax break

Posted on October 12, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s efforts to re-boot its economic development efforts in town took a detour on Tuesday when the selectboard learned no one had stepped forward to join a new “Economic Health Committee.”

The board will instead ask participants on some of the town’s past business-promotion groups to serve on a panel that will specifically preside over the community’s new revolving loan fund and review Middlebury’s tax stabilization policy.

And the new task force will have to hit the ground running.

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Middlebury selectboard supports effort to upgrade Ilsley Library

Posted on October 12, 2017 |
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MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday pledged its support for the task of renovating and expanding the Ilsley Public Library, though the panel stopped short of endorsing the tentative $9.6 million price tag an architectural firm has affixed to the construction job.

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Two fire departments land big FEMA grants

Posted on October 12, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEURY — The Middlebury and Ferrisburgh fire departments have reaped a combined total of $295,985 in federal grant money to buy equipment that will keep their firefighters safer and thereby allow them to better serve local residents.

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Locals weigh in on bridge work: Middlebury to share results of new survey

Posted on October 12, 2017 |
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MIDDLEBURY — At its Tuesday meeting, the Middlebury selectboard received an update on the downtown Middlebury rail bridges project. Jim Gish, community liaison for the $52 million project, said he will soon release results of a recent survey on local folks’ reactions to the new temporary bridges on Merchants Row and Main Street. Gish said 250 people responded to the report, with a majority expressing positive reactions to the construction and related communication this past summer.

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WomenSafe seeking new digs; nonprofit working on fundraising drive to expand offerings

Posted on October 5, 2017 |
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MIDDLEBURY — WomenSafe, a Middlebury-based nonprofit that helps area victims of domestic abuse, is in the middle of a $1.2 million fund drive to purchase and fix its new headquarters, create two transitional apartments for clients and expand its acclaimed violence-prevention programs throughout Addison County schools.

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Music school thrives in historic building

Posted on October 5, 2017 |
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MIDDLEBURY — The historic Middlebury Community House has long been admired as an aesthetic jewel nestled into its Main Street perch at the downtown gateway. At the tender age of 200, the community house is particularly fetching when its Federal-style features — including lustrous white wooden balustrade and four rising chimneys — are bathed in sunlight.

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Addison Central schools need work; report puts price tag at $31 million over next five years

Posted on October 2, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central School District’s 12 buildings spread throughout seven Middlebury-area communities could require a combined total of as much as $31 million in upgrades and repairs within the next five years, according to a new report commissioned by ACSD officials.

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Medicinal marijuana dispensary possible in Middlebury

Posted on October 2, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — A Burlington company is scouting a location near downtown Middlebury for operation of a medical marijuana dispensary.

The company in question is the Champlain Valley Dispensary (CVD), which currently supplies around 3,000 qualifying patients with medical marijuana — under strict state guidelines — in Burlington and Brattleboro.

“We want to give (Addison County patients) the convenience of not having to travel to Burlington,” said Shayne Linn, executive director of CVD.

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Hannaford Career Center teachers ink new two-year pact

Posted on September 28, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center (PHCC) officials on Monday confirmed a new, two-year deal with the school’s 19 full- and part-time teachers that includes annual raises and a requirement that educators pay a greater proportion of their health insurance.

The current base pay for a starting teacher at the PHCC is $42,256, according to Jason Larocque, chairman of the career center board. The new contract guarantees a 1.5 percent increase in that base pay in year one, and a 1.25-percent rise in year two of the pact.

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