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Board ends Gaucher contract early: Says program fell short of targets

Posted on March 2, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday informed Jamie Gaucher, executive director of the town’s Office of Business Development & Innovation, that he will be out of a job effective June 30.

The board voted 6-1, with Selectman Nick Artim opposed, to end Gaucher’s employment four years into what had been envisioned as a minimum five-year stint coordinating the town’s economic development efforts through the Middlebury Business Development Fund (MBDF).

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Middlebury plans fix for holes in downtown bridges

Posted on March 2, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Downtown shoppers and merchants will experience roughly two days of traffic-related inconvenience next week when work crews install a large steel plate over a deteriorating section of the deck of the Merchants Row rail bridge, bordering the St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church property.

Matt Cram, head of the Middlebury Public Works highway division, explained the 20-foot-by-18-foot steel plate will cover previous patchwork and a new, one-foot-diameter hole reported last Friday in the sidewalk portion of the bridge, next to the church.

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Orwell prepares for its third vote on school unification

Posted on February 27, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Supporters of a plan to merge school governance in the six-town Addison Rutland Supervisory Union are hoping the third try will be the charm in getting support from the lone community that has consistently opposed the idea — Orwell.

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Middlebury Mountaineer moves to Main

Posted on February 27, 2017 |
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MIDDLEBURY — It’s been a 19-year climb for Middlebury Mountaineer, but it has finally reached its desired summit of a prime retail location on Middlebury’s Main Street.

Middlebury Mountaineer co-owner Steve Atocha said on Thursday the store will soon move from its current spot at 2 Park St. to its new home at 56 Main St., recently occupied by Clementine. The new storefront will give Middlebury Mountaineer greater visibility and more walk-by traffic, Atocha said.

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Big repairs loom for bridges in Bridport

Posted on February 27, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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BRIDPORT — Bridport now can rightfully lay claim to the nickname of “Bridgeport.”

That’s because the community is confronting repairs to no less than four of its local bridges, beginning this March with the Sunderland Bridge on Crown Point Road.

Bridport residents on Town Meeting Day will be asked to spend up to $325,000 in town surplus funds to repair the 52-foot-long Sunderland Bridge, which straddles the western branch of Dead Creek on Crown Point Road, near its intersection with Basin Harbor Road.

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Sen. Bray seeks to put teeth in renewable energy target

Posted on February 23, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MONTPELIER — It was six years ago that then-Gov. Peter Shumlin recommended the state satisfy 90 percent of it energy needs through renewable sources by the year 2050.

Sen. Chris Bray, D-New Haven, is spearheading a bill that he hopes will make Shumlin’s goal a reality.

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40 'workforce housing' units proposed for Middlebury

Posted on February 23, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — A Williston company is seeking permission to build a three-story, 40-unit apartment building off Middlebury’s Court Street that would provide “moderate affordable housing.”

The approximately 43,000-square-foot building would be built on a 1.2-acre lot in Middlebury South Village (MSV), a planned unit development that already includes a mixture of housing, businesses and offices between Creek Road and Middle Road.

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ACTR set to merge with Stagecoach; pluses seen

Posted on February 23, 2017 |
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MIDDLEBURY — An impending merger between Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR) and Randolph’s Stagecoach Transportation Services won’t affect current local bus routes, but it is expected to pay substantial future dividends for the county’s public transportation company and the people it employs and serves.

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Porter Medical Center directors endorse affiliation with UVM Health Network; one hurdle left

Posted on February 20, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Porter Medical Center (PMC) and University of Vermont Health Network (UVMHN) boards on Thursday voted unanimously to sign an affiliation agreement, a move that would result in reduced independence for Addison County’s hospital but net it greater financial stability, some key capital improvements and a more diverse menu of health care services for local patients.

Thursday’s board votes were a monumental step, but the affiliation move still hinges on some changes to Porter’s organizational bylaws.

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Middlebury taking new approach to attracting businesses

Posted on February 20, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard is forming a committee to develop a new formula for attracting businesses to town and supporting those that are already here.

The new panel, to be chaired by Selectwoman Heather Seeley, will have nine or 11 members who are either knowledgeable about Middlebury’s business scene or its planning priorities, or both. The group will interview local business leaders and ultimately come up with a set of recommendations for the selectboard to adopt.

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