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Closing of local diner marks end of an era

Posted on May 24, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Joyce Sargent can’t travel past The Diner at 66 Merchants Row in Middlebury without thinking of family, food, an occasional good ribbing and the birth of her second child.

“From as far back as I can remember my dad went to (what was then Smith’s Park Restaurant) and met his cronies for coffee and a doughnut or toast every morning around 6 a.m., and mom always wondered why,” Sargent said playfully through an email recounting some of her fondest memories of the community eatery, which will close for good this Sunday, May 27.

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Vermont Coffee Company embraces green energy

Posted on May 24, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Coffee Company fans now have an extra reason to feel good about savoring their favorite brand of java.

The Middlebury company boasts that it is now the first U.S. coffee roaster to use 100-percent renewable biogas to roast its coffee, sourcing both thermal and electric energy from renewable methane.

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Opera singer Josh Collier is making Vermont a diva destination

Posted on May 24, 2018 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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Josh Collier is a force of operatic nature. The opera tenor has been a Brandon resident for just over a year, but in that short time has not only embraced the town, but embarked on a mission to bring opera to Brandon. Now, Collier, 30, is looking to expand on that goal. “If you think you know what opera is, and you don’t like it, give me a chance,” Collier said during a recent wide-ranging interview.

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Neighborhood push-back prompts solar project move in Brandon

Posted on May 21, 2018 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Public backlash from residents over a proposed 25-acre solar array just outside downtown Brandon has led the developer to seek an alternative site — possibly in town, perhaps elsewhere.

In a letter to the Vermont Public Utility Commission dated March 30 and shared with the Brandon selectboard last week, Conti Solar of Edison, N.J., requested that it be allowed to switch sites due to “significant opposition to the project from neighboring property owners and residents due to aesthetic concerns.”

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Supreme Court backs Vergennes DRB ruling

Posted on May 21, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vermont Environmental Court has for a second time ruled in favor of the Vergennes Development Review Board and against Mahaiwe LLC, the owner of record of Grist Mill Island, in a dispute over perimeter fencing for the island.

The DRB insisted on a railing fence around the island to protect occupants of additional apartments proposed in 2016 by Mahaiwe, of which Ferrisburgh resident David Shlansky is the principal owner.

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Students end their school experience with an epic hike

Posted on May 21, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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RIPTON — School. You get out of it what you put in, as they say. And at Ripton’s North Branch School, student effort isn’t just measured by the amount of time spent in the classroom or in front of a computer screen.

For graduating 9th-graders, it’s also measured in miles — 23 of them, all associated with an annual three-day backpacking trek along the Long Trail.

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Future of old schoolhouse up in the air

Posted on May 21, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Members of the Case Street Community Club will soon make some decisions on the future of the historic Quarry Hill School building, a well-preserved throwback to an era when the Vermont education system was made up of one-room schoolhouses.

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'Fish and Feather' — the best in wildlife artistry

Posted on May 21, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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Rep. Van Wyck won't run for another term

Posted on May 17, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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FERRISBURGH — Rep. Warren Van Wyck, R-Ferrisburgh, won’t seek re-election to a fourth consecutive, two-year term representing Addison-3 in the House, citing a desire to spend more time with family and return to full-time status at his job as a computer analyst programmer with the University of Vermont.

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Bristol selectboard to sign pact with Vt. Gas

Posted on May 17, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



BRISTOL — Natural gas service is coming to Bristol.

After months of intense discussion, the town selectboard on Monday night voted, 3-1, to pledge their signatures on a proposed license agreement with Vermont Gas Systems (VGS) as soon as the remaining contract kinks get worked out.

The decision surprised many of the 50 in attendance at the Holley Hall meeting, who had expected to continue a discussion about a proposed survey — or even a vote by residents — that would gauge town interest in signing up for natural gas service.

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