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Organizers put a lid on Middlebury's Chili Fest: Town instead will offer 'Winter Fest'

Posted on November 22, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Organizers of Middlebury’s annual late winter Chili Fest have decided to temporarily suspend the spicy culinary convergence, citing a shrinking downtown footprint and burnout experienced by some of the regular entrants.

Instead, the Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP) will replace Chili Fest with an inaugural “Winter Fest,” to be held at the Middlebury Recreation Park on Feb. 24, 2018. Plans also call for a community block party to be held in the downtown next April, according to BMP Marketing Director Karen Duguay.

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Middlebury officials to review downtown tax: Some merchants concerned with levy

Posted on November 20, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard has unanimously approved a seven-year renewal of the community’s Downtown Improvement District (DID), though officials said they’re open to adopting a new revenue source for funding the associated upgrades to public property within that special zone.

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New venture to turn manure and food waste into energy

Posted on November 20, 2017 |
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MIDDLEBURY — A Salisbury farm will soon be turning on-site cow manure and Addison County food waste into renewable energy that will push Middlebury College’s campus beyond its goal of carbon neutrality.

The Goodrich Farm will host a Farm Powered-brand anaerobic digester that will, on a daily basis, process 100 tons of manure from the 900-cow farm off Shard Villa Road and 165 tons of organic food waste per day from some of the Middlebury area’s biggest organizations, including the Agri-Mark/Cabot cheese making plant in Middlebury.

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Middlebury denies AquaViTea's tax break request

Posted on November 20, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard has declined Aqua ViTea’s request for a five-year suspension of its municipal property tax levy, a reduction that would have totaled around $92,400.

The reason: The popular kombucha-manufacturer’s request was judged by the town’s Tax Stabilization Task Force to be more of an abatement pitch than something that could’ve been accommodated through a municipal tax stabilization policy that is currently up for revisions.

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Huge solar farm pitched for Halladay Road in Middlebury

Posted on November 16, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — A Vermont company is proposing to buy a 112-acre parcel off Halladay Road in Middlebury as the potential site for 5-megawatt solar farm that would feed energy into the state’s electrical grid.

Representatives of GroSolar gave the Middlebury selectboard a brief overview of their project on Tuesday. As currently envisioned, the solar farm would cover approximately 40 acres of the 112-acre parcel, owned by the estate of Ruth Quesnel.

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Route 7 location in Middlebury could host a medical marijuana dispensary

Posted on November 16, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Development Review Board on Nov. 27 will take its first look at a proposal to establish a medical marijuana dispensary at 1641 Route 7 South, the former home of Planned Parenthood.

As previously reported by the Independent, Champlain Valley Dispensary (CVD) has been looking for a Middlebury location from which to serve Addison County patients with state identification cards to receive medical marijuana. The CVD currently supplies around 3,000 qualifying patients with medical marijuana through its dispensaries in Burlington and Brattleboro.

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Porter Hospital seeks 'Epic' software upgrade; project would unify electronic medical records

Posted on November 16, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — For 28 years now, Betty Diette has been battling a formidable foe: multiple sclerosis, a neurological disorder that has confined her to a wheelchair — but has not diminished her intellect or her dignity.

Now a resident of Helen Porter Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, Diette often finds herself shuttling to medical appointments throughout Addison and Chittenden counties. Being in a wheelchair, she can find it hard to access some buildings.

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Advocates organize to protest federal food funding cuts

Posted on November 13, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — State and local human services providers are sending a unified message to Vermont lawmakers as the 2018 legislative session approaches: Do what you can to minimize the impacts that federal budget cuts could have on programs serving the state’s most vulnerable citizens.

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Green Mountain Power to install solar array on roof to aid low-income

Posted on November 13, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Green Mountain Power will be using the roof of its Middlebury service station to practice what it preaches about renewable energy.

Company officials recently announced plans to install a 325-panel solar array on the roof at 121 Cady Road, just east of Route 7.

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Middlebury residents vote for gas easements

Posted on November 9, 2017 |
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MIDDLEBURY — Roughly 9 percent of Middlebury’s 4,925 registered voters turned out at the polls on Tuesday to green-light three free easements on public land that Vermont Gas needs to serve roughly 15 potential downtown customers — including the municipal building and the Ilsley Public Library.

Residents voted, 279 to 168, to affirm a Middlebury selectboard decision this past August to award the free easements — one behind the town offices and Ilsley Library, one near Mr. Ups Restaurant, and one on Mill Street.

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