March 23rd, 2017
MIDDLEBURY — Like most of us, Robin Ingenthron spent Tuesday weathering a major winter storm.
Actually, he’s had a lot of experience surviving storms of both the natural kind and those endemic to the business world.
Major setbacks threatened to bury his Middlebury enterprise, Good Point Recycling, several times during the past three years.
But Ingenthron refused to give up, and Good Point has emerged stronger than ever in a recycling industry that has chewed up and spit out many of his former competitors throughout the country.
MONTPELIER — The U.S. Small Business Administration has named the head of a Middlebury toy manufacturer its 2017 Vermont Small Business Person of the Year.
Michael Rainville, president and owner of Maple Landmark, is being recognized for his company’s employment growth, financial success, expansion and community involvement.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday revisited the upcoming effort to replace the downtown rail bridges and rebuild the railroad through downtown Middlebury, a state and federally funded project expected to run from 2018 to 2020 and include major disruption to the downtown in its final summer.
Chairman Brian Carpenter said the latest he heard from the Agency of Transportation is that agency officials are leaning toward installing temporary bridges sooner, rather than later, in order to make the entire project run more smoothly.
MIDDLEBURY — After two rounds of voting on Tuesday evening, the Middlebury selectboard emerged with a new vice chairwoman, Susan Shashok.
Shashok and incumbent vice chairman Nick Artim tied with three votes apiece after the first round, with Selectwomen Laura Asermily and Heather Seeley backing Shashok and Selectboard Chairman Brian Carpenter and Selectman Victor Nuovo backing Artim.
Normally, a seventh member of the board would break a tie, but that seat is temporarily vacant.
FERRISBURGH — At Tuesday’s annual organizational meeting the Ferrisburgh selectboard re-elected longtime board member Loretta Lawrence as its chairwoman, set the hours and pay for new town treasurer Deb Healey, and decided on a new audit of the town’s books to make sure all is in order after what the board believes was sub-par performance by the town’s previous treasurer.
LINCOLN — Solar Sweet Maple Farm sits atop a hill on a dirt road in South Lincoln, up past fields with spectacular mountain views and evenly placed colonial homes. Inside the farm’s red-trimmed, solar-panel-topped sugarhouse, the air smells like sweet maple syrup and freshly cut wood.
MIDDLEBURY — The gears will continue to whirl at the Whirlie’s World amusement center at 1232 Exchange St., Middlebury, thanks to the sale of the business to new owners Jeremy Griffin and Danielle Deroscher.
Current owners Peter and Naomi Neff confirmed the sale of business last Friday. It was in 2011 that the Neffs opened Whirlie’s World, which offers interactive video games, laser tag, bounce houses, arcade activities and snacks for kids and families.
MIDDLEBURY — As part of St. Stephen’s Lenten Recital Series, The Middlebury Union High School Jazz Ensemble, also known as “Midd Jazz” will be performing a concert on Thursday, March 30, at 12:15 p.m. The auditioned ensemble meets daily for 40 minutes and is made up of students from grades 9-12. The ensemble has performed for 25 years at the Vermont Association for Jazz Education, placing first the past 10 years.