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Middlebury studies Tax Increment Financing option: Revenues could fund parking garage

Posted on July 20, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Now that the state of Vermont has authorized the creation of six new Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts, Middlebury officials are intently studying the program as a possible vehicle for funding a new parking garage in the downtown area.

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Maritime Museum launches lake tour to deliver history of canals

Posted on July 17, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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FERRISBURGH — Lake Champlain Maritime Museum officials are used to receiving a lot of visitors who spend hours perusing the LCMM’s many exhibits in Ferrisburgh that capture the storied history and environmental essence of the lake and its tributaries.

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Blue Spruce fire tied to electrical mishap

Posted on July 17, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The July 12 fire that destroyed the Blue Spruce Motel on Route 7 South was likely the result of an electrical mishap, according to Middlebury fire Chief Dave Shaw.

Investigators have ruled out arson, Shaw added.

Authorities have not pinpointed any specific appliance or wire within the motel building that might have triggered the fire, but they have identified the general location where the blaze began.

“It looks like it started in the center of the structure, above the office,” Shaw said.

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Middlebury property tax rate increases by 2 cents

Posted on July 17, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on July 11 approved an overall, fiscal year 2018 residential property tax rate of $2.806 per $100 in property value. That represents a roughly 2-cent increase compared to last year’s rate of $2.786.

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Downtown Middlebury merchants get first taste of bridge work

Posted on July 13, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Downtown Middlebury merchants earlier this month got their first taste of construction disruption caused by the rail bridges-related work, and they plan on using that experience to better prepare for the more intensive work that will unfold later this month and again next spring.

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Fire destroys Blue Spruce Motel on Route 7 in Middlebury

Posted on July 13, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Seven area fire departments responded to a Wednesday morning blaze that destroyed the Blue Spruce Motel at 2428 Route 7 South.

Middlebury Fire Chief Dave Shaw said he knew of no fatalities or injuries among those staying at what owner Sam Sharma said was at the time a fully rented motel.

Sharma said he plans to rebuild.

Fire investigators were still investigating the possible origin(s) of the blaze as the Addison Independent went to press.

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Maritime Museum seeks to raise historic Revolutionary War gunboat than sunk in 1776

Posted on July 13, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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VERGENNES — Twenty years after researchers found the Revolutionary War gunboat Spitfire in its watery grave, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum officials are recommending that it be raised, conserved and perpetually exhibited as a cultural treasure offering a direct link to the birth of the United States.

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Civil War soldier given his due: Solitary Salisbury grave finally put on map by two local veterans

Posted on July 10, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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SALISBURY — For 138 years now, the solitary, lustrous marble marker off Salisbury’s Lower Plains Road has been a source of curiosity for generations of passersby.

Who chose eternal sleep at this unlikely spot?

Those intrigued enough to stop for a closer look have been rewarded with a glimpse of the final resting place of Phineas “Riley” Rice, whose patriotism prompted him to drop his shovel on a Vermont farm and pick up a rifle that he would carry onto the blood-soaked fields of Gettysburg, Pa., in July of 1863.

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Robin Scheu set to retire from county business boosting post

Posted on July 10, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Robin Scheu has spent the past nine years promoting business growth in the area as executive director of the Addison County Economic Development Corp. (ACEDC).

Now she’s preparing to have some fun.

Scheu, 60, confirmed last week that she will be retiring from the ACEDC in December.

It’s a job she began back in November of 2008 — which was an interesting point in history to be in the business of promoting economic development, Scheu recalled.

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Middlebury eyes benefits from food co-op expansion

Posted on July 10, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op’s (MNFC) current expansion project could net some state funds to improve a nearby crosswalk and create a covered area for co-op shoppers to park their bikes, Middlebury Town Planner Jennifer Murray told the selectboard at a June 27 meeting.

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