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July 30th

Summer projects

WORK CREWS AT the Middlebury College campus are busy putting the finishing touches on various summer projects undertaken by the college each year, including the final coat on the trim of Old Chapel’s historic cupola.
Independent photo/Angelo Lynn

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Grange insurance nets town $950,000

July 30, 2007

By ANDY KIRKALDY

FERRISBURGH — After more than a year and a half of haggling and delays, an insurance deal was struck last week that will pay Ferrisburgh another $950,000 for the loss of its town-owned former Grange hall, which was destroyed by an arson fire on Feb. 15, 2005, before it could be renovated into a town office building and community center. 

The town had earlier received about $1.03 million from PACIF, the insurance company that underwrote the project and is affiliated with the Vermont League of Cities and Towns, and its co-insurers. The earlier payment was for the value of the existing Route 7 structure, while the additional money goes toward the value of the finished project, including a duplicate Grange building up to modern code.

The town will be responsible for other elements of what is now estimated by Middlebury’s Bread Loaf Corp. as a $2.87 million project (up from about $2.6 million in late 2005), including a full foundation, new addition to the rear and new front porch. But Ferrisburgh already has most of the money for that in hand, officials said.

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Alliance aims for renewable energy in Addison County

July 30, 2007

By MEGAN JAMES

MIDDLEBURY — Addison County farming and forestry industries can play a key role in achieving a national goal to produce 25 percent of the country’s energy from renewable sources by 2025, local agriculture leaders say.

Middlebury dairy farmer Bob Foster and Harvey Smith, state executive director of the Farm Service Agency, stressed that 25 percent is a conservative goal given that the United States currently gets about 6 percent of its energy from renewable sources, like wind, solar and biofuels.

The two spoke at a meeting hosted by the Addison County Regional Planning Commission (ACRPC) on Thursday. They agreed that just striving toward the goal could have an overwhelmingly positive impact on the local economy.

“I feel really good that we’re on the forefront of being able to develop something here in Addison County and in the state of Vermont that will really benefit us all, reducing our environmental impact, our air quality impact and also generating economic development,” Smith said.

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Catamaran auctioned for lake project

July 30, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

BRIDPORT — Members of the Lake Champlain Restoration Association (LCRA) are enlisting the help of a tiny Polynesian catamaran in their efforts to clear nuisance aquatic weeds from the lake.

No, the catamaran in question isn’t being outfitted with a weed chopper, nor will it even sail in Lake Champlain. Rather, it’s a 72-inch replica of the famous “Hokulea” catamaran that in 1976 sailed from Hawaii to Tahiti. The model boat, lovingly crafted by Bridport resident Frank Russell, is being raffled off by the LCRA to help raise money for a garage that will house the organization’s new milfoil harvesting equipment.

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July 26th

Oh joy

YOUNGSTERS IN THE Middlebury Recreation Department’s Camp Kookamunga program celebrate a week of sunny weather with a group jump at the recreation park on Tuesday. Pictured from left are Emily Cormier, Leah Raymond, Rowan Hendy, Sophia Dwindell and Jeremy Bougor.
Independent photo/John S. McCright

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Carrara gravel pit draws fire

July 26, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

EAST MIDDLEBURY — East Middlebury residents turned out in force at a public hearing on Monday to register their concerns about a proposed major expansion of the J.P. Carrara & Sons gravel pit operation off School House Hill Road.

The overflow crowd at the municipal building conference room told members of the Middlebury Development Review Board (DRB) that the plan to extend the Carrara pit by a total of 20 acres to the east and west of School House Hill Road would bring more years of noise, dust and safety headaches to a neighborhood that has already lived with the operation for more than three decades.

J.P. Carrara & Sons is currently phasing out gravel extraction at its current 23.4-acre pit, located to the immediate east of School House Hill Road. The company wants to extend its operations 15.3 acres to the east of its existing pit, and another 5 acres to the west of School House Hill Road.

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College gets new logo

July 26, 2007

By MEGAN JAMES

MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Maple Leaf dropped onto the college campus early this month, but a hubbub created by students, faculty and trustees caused college administrators to sweep the leaf away almost as quickly as it arrived.

The leaf was a new official Middlebury College logo created by New York City-based corporate image maker and quietly introduced into official college communications in the first week in July.

“I still think it’s a terrific mark,” said Middlebury Vice President for Communications Mike McKenna. “But it was not at this particular point in history right for the college. I wanted to honor that.”

The leaf symbol was made up of three blue Ms that were supposed to symbolize growth, renewal and shelter. Instead, it seemed to evoke the Canadian flag to many, a marijuana leaf to some and even Mr. Sneeze, the blue spiky character from the Mr. Men children’s book series, to more than a handful of students.

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July 23rd

Nerves of steel

STEEL WORKERS PIECE together the structural framework for the new Chittenden Bank building going up on Route 7 South in Middlebury.
Independent photo/Trent Campbell

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