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Town Hall Theater, Shoreham library awarded repair funds

Posted on March 22, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater and Shoreham’s Platt Memorial Library have landed state grants that will improve the durability and historic integrity of those two venerable buildings.

The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation recently awarded matching grants of $9,400 to replace around 500 deteriorating bricks in the exterior façade of the THT building, and $9,544 to restore the original front entrance of the Platt Memorial Library.

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New director takes charge of Middlebury teen center

Posted on March 19, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Zoe Kaslow made some wonderful contacts at Middlebury College during her four years there as a student and as a leader of the institution’s activities board.

Kaslow, 26, now wants to put those contacts to good use to boost programming for local youth at Addison Central Teens (ACT), an organization she has been leading since Feb. 1.

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Democrat seeking to unseat Rep. Peter Welch

Posted on March 15, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Dr. Daniel Freilich believes he can become part of the cure for a Congress he said is paralyzed by partisan gridlock and beholden to big money interests.

Freilich, a Brownsville Democrat, U.S. Navy captain and medical doctor, is challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., this fall.

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Educators recoil at arming teachers

Posted on March 12, 2018 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — President Donald Trump’s endorsement of a National Rifle Association’s recommendation that teachers become armed defenders of their respective schools is getting no traction in the Addison Central School District.

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Sharpe reflects on his lengthy career in the Vermont house

Posted on March 12, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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BRISTOL — Saturday, March 3, saw scores of Starksboro residents assemble at their local elementary school for their annual town meeting.

Among the guests were Rep. Dave Sharpe, Rep. Fred Baser and Sen. Chris Bray. One after the other, they went up to the microphone to deliver their reports on goings-on in Montpelier.

Sharpe, the last of the lawmakers to speak, delivered some news that caught everyone by surprise:

“I won’t be seeking re-election.”

Even Sharpe’s legislative colleagues were caught unaware.

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All school budgets in Addison County get voter OK

Posted on March 8, 2018 |
By John Flowers



ADDISON COUNTY — Reflecting a statewide trend that saw the vast majority of school budgets pass in Town Meeting votes, all four of the proposed Pre-K-12 budgets that will serve Addison County students during the 2018-2019 school year passed comfortably through Australian ballot voting on Tuesday.

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Khan, Fuentes-George picked for Middlebury selectboard; Eckles wins Ilsley seat by one vote

Posted on March 8, 2018 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury voters at their town meeting Monday night approved all money items on their warning and in Australian balloting the next day decided some hotly contested races for their selectboard and the Ilsley Library Board of Trustees.

Incumbent Farhad Khan and political newcomer Lindsey Fuentes-George prevailed in a three-person race for two spots on the Middlebury selectboard. Khan drew the most votes, with 949. Fuentes-George finished second, with 784 votes. Former Selectman Gary Baker finished out of the running with 399 tallies.

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Middlebury gets grant to market downtown during rail bridge construction

Posted on March 5, 2018 |
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MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) is giving the town of Middlebury $75,000 to help promote its downtown businesses and amenities this year during the first phase of work on the Main Street and Merchants Row rail bridges.

The $75,000 is likely to be the first of three, like-sized annual grants VTrans will pass along to Middlebury to aggressively market and support its downtown through 2020, when work will be in full swing on a $71 million tunnel project that will replace two temporary spans.

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Middlebury says 'no' to tax break for Aqua ViTea

Posted on March 5, 2018 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard has denied Aqua ViTea’s request for tax stabilization, but selectboard members at their Feb. 27 meeting said they want to explore the idea of a revolving loan fund that could help local businesses grow in Addison County’s shire town.

Aqua ViTea, a growing kombucha manufacturer, had requested a five-year suspension of the municipal property tax levy on its headquarters at 153 Pond Lane. That reduction would have totaled around $92,400.

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Outgoing Middlebury Selectwoman Susan Shashok earns kudos

Posted on March 5, 2018 |
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MIDDLEBURY — Members of the Middlebury selectboard on Feb. 27 presented their colleague, Susan Shashok, with a resolution honoring her for her contributions to the town.

Shashok confirmed in January she wouldn’t seek another term on the selectboard. An East Middlebury resident and owner/operator of the Caroline’s Dream skin care products company, Shashok was appointed to the board in 2011, succeeding Janelle Ashley. Shashok had been a longtime civic leader and a water system operator in East Middlebury prior to joining the board.

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