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Shoreham OKs WhistlePig distillery, appeal looms

Posted on March 18, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Shoreham Zoning Board of Adjustment has given its approval to WhistlePig’s proposal to establish a whiskey distillery at its property off Quiet Valley Road.

But WhistlePig founder and owner Raj Bhatka cannot take that zoning board approval to the bank — at least not yet. George Gross and Barbara Wilson, owners of the nearby Solar Haven Farm LLC, have already served notice they will appeal the zoning board’s decision to the Vermont Environmental Court.

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MUMS spelling champ repeats feat

Posted on March 18, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Union Middle School eighth-grader Ronan Howlett has an expansive vocabulary for a 14-year-old, but two words in particular will always resonate with him even if he rarely gets an opportunity to use them in a sentence: “Qualitative” and “desultory.”

Those are the two words that have won him consecutive titles as Vermont’s top student speller.

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Sheldon Museum unveils treasures from its attic

Posted on March 18, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — A trip to the household attic can often yield a few cherished family treasures with some interesting stories attached to them.

So it should come as no surprise that a trip to the attic of Middlebury’s Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History can yield a veritable gold mine of artifacts that speak volumes about the people, places and history of Addison County.

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Vermonters take stock of gun laws, weigh firearms facts

Posted on March 14, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Gun violence in Vermont has largely been confined to suicides, but concerns linger about the ease with which guns can be obtained in Vermont and then potentially circulated to high-crime areas of other states.

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Nine Addison County towns join Vermont energy challenge

Posted on March 14, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Nine Addison County towns have thus far jumped into the mix of communities vying for bragging rights in the state’s Home Energy Challenge, a competition to see which town can get the largest proportion of its residences weatherized by the end of this year.

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More than 6,000 get a taste of fun at annual Middlebury Chili Festival

Posted on March 14, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — More than 6,000 people poured into Addison County’s shire town on Saturday, March 9, to feast on more than 60 varieties of chili in what has become one of the state’s signature winter draws, the annual Middlebury Chili Festival.

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Middlebury welcomes new beauty lounge

Posted on March 14, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Sisters Hannah Zeno and Andrea Hubbell have for years worked at making other people look and feel better.

Now they are able to work together at that task — at their new business, the Studio 7 Beauty Lounge located in downtown Middlebury.

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Vermont lawmakers consider tax and fee increases

Posted on March 11, 2013 |
By John Flowers



VERGENNES — When lawmakers return to Montpelier this week after their Town Meeting break, they will continue consideration of where to get revenues for state programs.

Lawmakers at the Legislative Breakfast in Vergennes last week discussed potential increases in existing fees and taxes, as well as Gov. Peter Shumlin’s proposed new 10-percent surcharge on break-open tickets sold by various civic groups, including the American Legion Halls.

INCREASED FEES AND TAXES?

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Tinkerer takes hobby to a new level with electronics fix-it shop

Posted on March 11, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — As a child, Joshua Chamberlain loved to take mechanical things apart and put them back together again. He wanted to see what made them tick and make sure they kept ticking when he had reassembled them.

Now 41, Chamberlain is still taking stuff apart — only he is now getting paid for it. He has just opened The Laptop Shop on Middlebury’s Merchants Row, where he works out bugs in computers and a variety of other electronics for customers who might otherwise have to make the trek to Rutland or Chittenden counties.

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Should Middlebury require homeowners to shovel sidewalks?

Posted on March 11, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents are being asked to weigh in on the idea of instituting a new town ordinance that would require property owners to clear snow from their own sidewalks.

A few local residents — noting the selectboard’s ongoing efforts to contain the municipal budget — recently pitched the shoveling ordinance as a means of cutting costs and promoting more community spirit.

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