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October 24th, 2014
Rep. Harvey Smith has my respect and support.
During recent years Middlebury has been fortunate to have two very dedicated representatives in the Vermont Statehouse: Paul Ralston and Betty Nuovo. Ideally I would like to have them both continue but I understand the demands of running a business and why Paul has subsequently chosen not to seek reelection. Fortunately we have the opportunity to return Betty as one of our representatives and she certainly has earned the right to reelection.
While I remain a committed supporter of Mount Abraham Union High School, I am disappointed with the plan for renovation and upkeep. Rather than fitting building plans to the significant steps Mount Abe has made over 40 years toward improved learning, the plan seems to aim toward a restoration of structures designed for 1968, when the school was built.
MIDDLEBURY — More than a dozen Middlebury residents have raised concerns about a pattern of raucous behavior by Middlebury College students that they say keeps them up at night and lowers their quality of life.
The residents, in a meeting with Middlebury College administrators Wednesday morning, said this past weekend’s homecoming celebrations at the school — and particularly at off-campus homes of students — exacerbated an ongoing problem.
MIDDLEBURY — A homegrown cloud software company specializing in data analysis has landed a major federal award.
Faraday — which incubated in the former county courthouse building in Middlebury’s court square — on Wednesday received a $1 million U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative award. The funding will help Faraday develop the software service it sells to the solar power industry.
VERGENNES — Two Vergennes residents are facing felony heroin possession and sales charges after being snared in a successful sting operation by city police on Oct. 17.
Chelsea A Barrows, 22, and Mark K. Kennedy, 27, pleaded innocent to the charges at their Monday arraignment appearances in Addison Superior Court, criminal division. If convicted, they face penalties of up to five years in jail and/or a fine of up to $100,000 on each charge, according to court records.
VERGENNES — The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes is continuing to work toward a potential purchase of a home at 75 Main St. as a new headquarters, in seeking both a city permit and funds for the project.
On Oct. 6, about two dozen people attended a Vergennes Development Review Board hearing on the proposed change of the property from a single-family home to a community center.
VERMONT — Late Wednesday afternoon GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne formally announced his plan for improving the employment picture in Vermont.
Since the announcement came after the production deadline for this edition of the Independent, and could not be included in the interview we did with the candidate, Milne’s campaign provided an excerpt of the “Green Mountains of Opportunity Initiative,” as he called the plan.