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Federal funding for lake cleanup hangs in balance

Posted on April 3, 2017 |
By John Flowers



SALISBURY — Vermont lawmakers continue to be concerned about a potential decline in federal Environmental Protection Agency assistance for cleanup of Lake Champlain under the Trump administration.

Lake Champlain cleanup through the Clean Water Act was a topic of discussion at Monday’s Legislative Breakfast at the Salisbury Congregational Church.

Recent estimates have placed the lake cleanup costs at around $48 million annually over the next 20 years.

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MUHS competitors flex their intellectual muscles

Posted on April 3, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Two of Middlebury Union High School’s most successful teams this year haven’t scored a single run, goal, touchdown or basket.

But they’ve scored a ton of points in academic competition.

A group of MUHS students continued the school’s stellar track record at the annual Vermont-NEA Scholars’ Bowl, placing in the top four in the varsity state tourney held on March 25.

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Farming helps retain young Vermonters

Posted on April 3, 2017 |
By John Flowers



SALISBURY — Lawmakers believe that unless the exodus of Vermont youth to other states is reversed, the Green Mountain State will lose a large chunk of its tax base — not to mention a valuable pool of employees for businesses.

“These are the (people) who fuel our economy and … who pay into the revenues in the state,” Rep. Harvey Smith, R-New Haven, said at a Legislative Breakfast in Salisbury on March 27. “It’s going to be a balancing act as to how we stabilize our economy and our population.”

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Business as usual for Vermont healthcare until feds act

Posted on April 3, 2017 |
By John Flowers



SALISBURY — While the Trump administration’s effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act failed in Congress, state lawmakers at the March 27 Legislative Breakfast in Salisbury said it’s too soon to tell what, if any, short- or long-term changes are in store for Vermont’s health care system.

“It’s all up in the air,” said Sen. Claire Ayer, D-Addison, whose committee deals with health care legislation.

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VTrans to install temporary bridges over RR in downtown Middlebury

Posted on March 30, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The long-awaited, $52 million effort to replace of Middlebury’s two downtown rail bridges is not expected to begin until early next year, but area residents this June will get a sneak preview of the major work to come. That’s when the Vermont Agency of Transportation will take out the deteriorating Merchants Row and Main Street spans and replace them with temporary bridges.

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Khan tops the field in race for selectboard

Posted on March 30, 2017 |
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MIDDLEBURY — When Farhad Khan emigrated from his native India to the United States in 1991, he had dreams of becoming a successful entrepreneur and one day starting a family.

On Tuesday evening, with his wife looking on, Khan took the oath of office as a new selectman in Middlebury, where he owns and operates the One Dollar Market.

“I never, in my wildest dreams, expected this kind of support from the community,” Khan said on Wednesday morning.

“I’m excited to be a part of this important board.”

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Old motel sized up for new recovery center

Posted on March 30, 2017 |
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MIDDLEBURY — The Turning Point Center of Addison County is considering the purchase of the Greystone Motel on Route 7 South in Middlebury for use as a potential recovery facility and detox center for people battling substance abuse.

Bill Brim, executive director of the Turning Point Center, or TPC, shared his organization’s preliminary plans for the property during an interview on Tuesday with the Independent and in a brief presentation to the Middlebury selectboard that evening.

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Marijuana bill still alive in Vt. House

Posted on March 30, 2017 |
By John Flowers



SALISBURY — Vermont House members this week continued to debate H.170, which would allow Vermonters to legally possess up to one ounce of marijuana and up to two mature plants.

The handful of local lawmakers who turned out at Monday’s legislative breakfast in Salisbury gave a sense of where they stood on the issue.

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Renewably energy bill ready to advance

Posted on March 30, 2017 |
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“The more we power our vehicles, heat our homes and generate electricity using local resources, the more money we keep in state and it builds a stronger local economy.”

— Sen. Chris Bray

 

SALISBURY — Lawmakers and visitors at Monday’s legislative breakfast in Salisbury mulled over bill S.51, a proposal to steer Vermont toward its stated goal of satisfying 90 percent of its energy needs through renewable resources by the year 2050.

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Rainbow Room venture to live on through the Internet

Posted on March 30, 2017 |
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MIDDLEBURY — Abby DeGraw-Josey loved 99 percent of her experiences operating the Rainbow Room, a downtown Middlebury business she acquired in 2007.

It was that remaining 1 percent — the hiring, firing, ordering supplies and taking inventory — that got tiresome and prompted her to close the store last month, ending the Rainbow Room’s 40-year run on Main Street.

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