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Town Hall Theater to buy The Diner

Posted on April 5, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Town Hall Theater boosters have spent the past two years canvassing Middlebury for some additional storage and rehearsal space for the community’s thriving arts and entertainment center.

They’ve finally found the space they need — and it’s literally right next door to the majestic THT building on Merchants Row.

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Tariffs and tax incentives have dealt setbacks, but solar in Vermont is doing fine

Posted on April 5, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



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BRISTOL — Though widely expected, President Trump’s announcement in January that the United States would impose a tariff on imported solar electric cells and modules has set off alarms in Vermont.

The tariff, which the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) called “a loss for America,” is only the latest in what many say is a series of troubling setbacks for Vermont solar, including recent changes in solar power billing rules (called net metering) and a gradual reduction in federal tax incentives.

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Mt. Abe teacher Jori Jacobeit wins foreign language honor

Posted on April 5, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



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BRISTOL — For Mount Abraham Union High School Principal Jessica Barewicz it was one of those moments that makes the job worthwhile.

On March 15, during the spring conference of the Vermont Foreign Language Association at Saint Michael’s College, Barewicz had the pleasure of presenting an award to one of her own.

Mount Abe French teacher Jori Jacobeit has won the 2018 VFLA Distinguished Teacher award.

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Opera house opens stage to locals and legends this Saturday

Posted on April 5, 2018 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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Music enthusiasts won’t want to miss the show coming to the Vergennes Opera House this Saturday. Why? Well, first, audiences will get to enjoy music by the local funky jazz quartet “The Good Parts.” Then “Bear Tread” will take the stage, featuring Dave Hebert, formerly of the “Jerry Garcia Band” (until 2016), on guitar and vocals; and Greg Koerner, formerly of the “Dark Star Orchestra,” on bass. If you need one more reason, legendary drummer Kenwood Dennard will join Herbert and Koerner on stage this Saturday.

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Q&A with drummer Kenwood Dennard

Posted on April 5, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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What do you like about playing the more intimate venues like the Vergennes Opera House?

I love the sound and the fact that you can see people’s faces in the audience in intimate settings such as the Vergennes Opera House. That intimacy and connection is what music is all about.

In your history of playing with the greats, do you have a favorite memory or two?

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Five-town forum draws crowd to discuss future of Mount Abe

Posted on April 5, 2018 |
By Charlie Mitchell



BRISTOL — About 50 community members gathered this past Saturday morning at Mount Abraham Union High School to facilitate a process for the entire community to “take ownership of stuff we think really needs to get done” at the high school and, according to Bristol resident David Brynn, apply that energy collaboratively with the school board and high school administration.

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Bristol selectboard says 'no' to vote on Vt. Gas in town

Posted on April 5, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



BRISTOL — The Bristol selectboard on April 2 rejected a petition containing more than 200 signatures that requested a special referendum on the town’s pending license agreement with Vermont Gas.

Selectboard members said they believed the decision on the license belonged with the board.

“I commend everybody for being passionate about this and doing the footwork, but I feel like people have voted us in to make these tough decisions,” said board member Michelle Perlee.

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Idea hatched to beautify downtown Middlebury construction site

Posted on April 5, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Town Hall Theater is recruiting local artists to put a prettier face on a chain link fence that will temporarily encircle one of Middlebury’s most prominent downtown parks for the next three years.

It’s being called the “Chain Link Gallery” project and will take center stage at Triangle Park, which will be surrounded by the impending $72 million effort to supplant the Main Street and Merchants Row rail bridges with a tunnel. The heaviest construction work on that tunnel is expected to occur in 2020.

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Act 60 architect John Freidin pans school funding plan

Posted on April 5, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — One of the architects of the state’s current education finance system is not very impressed with the House-passed alternative, H.911.

H.911, among other things, proposes to raise roughly $59 million through a new “school income tax surcharge” on homesteads (a house and two acres). That surcharge would be offset by a commensurate reduction in property taxes, according to boosters of the bill.

Former Rep. John Freidin, a Democrat now living in Middlebury, was candid in his criticism of the Legislature’s latest effort at an Act 60 makeover.

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Middlebury Lions fill up the food pantries

Posted on April 5, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — Twenty-six members of the Middlebury Lions Club completed their annual “Food from the Heart” food drive on the Saturday before Easter. The food drive is conducted in support of the CVOEO and HOPE food shelves.

Once again the Middlebury community demonstrated their outstanding generosity by donating just over 2.5 tons of food in only six hours. One community resident filled an entire shopping cart with goods to donate. Other community members preferred to quietly donate cash in lieu of goods.

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