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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 |
By John Flowers



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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 |
By John Flowers



“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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Lawmakers consider review of Act 250

Posted on March 30, 2017 |
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SALISBURY — Act 250, the state’s comprehensive review process for development proposals, is about to turn 50, and new legislation (H.424) proposes to create a commission to review and recommend ways of improving the law.

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WhistlePig releases whiskey with local rye

Posted on March 27, 2017 |
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SHOREHAM — Raj Bhakta is surrounded by whiskey, so it’s no stretch for him to make a toast.

And the ubiquitous founder of Shoreham-based WhistlePig Rye Whiskey believes he has much to celebrate right now, with the release last week of the company’s first installment of whiskey using natural resources culled from the 400-acre farm off Quiet Valley Road.

Bhakta also announced the litigation that once threatened his position within the company he founded almost a decade ago has come to an end.

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Discarded TVs help recycling firm rebound

Posted on March 23, 2017 |
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MIDDLEBURY — Like most of us, Robin Ingenthron spent Tuesday weathering a major winter storm.

Actually, he’s had a lot of experience surviving storms of both the natural kind and those endemic to the business world.

Major setbacks threatened to bury his Middlebury enterprise, Good Point Recycling, several times during the past three years.

But Ingenthron refused to give up, and Good Point has emerged stronger than ever in a recycling industry that has chewed up and spit out many of his former competitors throughout the country.

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Whirlie's World selling to Rutland outfit

Posted on March 23, 2017 |
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MIDDLEBURY — The gears will continue to whirl at the Whirlie’s World amusement center at 1232 Exchange St., Middlebury, thanks to the sale of the business to new owners Jeremy Griffin and Danielle Deroscher.

Current owners Peter and Naomi Neff confirmed the sale of business last Friday. It was in 2011 that the Neffs opened Whirlie’s World, which offers interactive video games, laser tag, bounce houses, arcade activities and snacks for kids and families.

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