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Effort to rein in river gains steam in East Middlebury

Posted on May 8, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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EAST MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents next year will likely be asked to support a bond issue of around $2 million to finance a project aimed at preventing future flooding of the Middlebury River in East Middlebury.

It’s called the “East Middlebury Flood Resiliency Project,” an effort of more than three years to design, and obtain funding for, a series of construction projects designed to keep the river within its banks.

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Former Connor Homes workers launch new firm

Posted on May 8, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — After more than three decades in the construction business, Michael Gingras suddenly found himself out of a job. He was among the 63 workers at Connor Homes who were suddenly laid off last December when that business ceased operations in its 116,000-square-foot headquarters at 1741 Route 7 South in Middlebury.

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Tapping trees for a new brew: Middlebury-based SAP! makes maple drinkable

Posted on May 8, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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ADDISON COUNTY — Cousins Chas Smith and Nikita Salmon, both 28, are bottling seltzer and soda with a unique Vermont twist.

Their beverages, produced out of the Woodchuck production facility on Exchange Street in Middlebury, are made with pure, sweet maple and birch sap — most of it tapped right here in Addison County.

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Eye for art comes from Big Apple to Little City

Posted on May 8, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Anni Mackay, who has shown and sold high-end art at her BigTown Gallery in Rochester for more than a decade, has roots in the art world of the Big Apple. Now she has brought those skills and that history to the Little City.

She has opened BigTown Gallery Vergennes at 245 Main St., next to Vergennes Laundry, and will hold an official grand opening this Saturday, May 13, 3-6 p.m.

Mackay has promoted art, artists and community in Rochester, and successfully run BigTown Gallery there since 2003. Then the spot in Vergennes caught her eye.

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Meet the Farmer: Alessandra Rellini from Agricola Farm in Panton

Posted on May 8, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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PANTON — Alessandra Rellini always wanted to raise her own animals. So when this Italian native was recruited by the University of Vermont to teach in the Psychology Department, she saw an opportunity to pursue her farming dream in the Green Mountain State.

“The opportunity allowed me to cultivate the idea of raising my own animals and doing my own butchering,” she said in an interview at the end of March. “But then things spiraled out of control.”

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Fire depts. seek new ways to fill up rosters

Posted on May 4, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Addison County firefighters have joined a statewide effort to develop a much shorter certification process for aspiring volunteer firefighters, figuring the current requirement of more than 200 training hours is one of several factors that have been thwarting recruitment efforts.

Area fire chiefs also vowed to organize a “job fair” to reach potential volunteers in an effort to fill the dwindling ranks of local fire departments.

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Holley Hall kiosk project triggers debate in Bristol

Posted on May 4, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



BRISTOL — An Eagle Scout project to construct an information kiosk in front of Holley Hall in downtown Bristol has drawn both praise and criticism, often from the same quarters.

The project also shows the disconnect that can occur when selectboard priorities and processes leave some townsfolk wondering how or where to weigh in on an issue of community importance.

When Eagle Scout hopeful Victor Hinojosa presented his kiosk proposal to the Bristol selectboard at its April 17 meeting, board members quickly approved the proposal.

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Migrant workers share their stories at Middlebury forum

Posted on May 4, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MIDDLEBURY — Area residents this past Sunday got a rare glimpse into the lives of two Addison County migrant farm workers who shared their thoughts and experiences as part of a community forum at the Congregational Church of Middlebury.

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Connor Homes begins rebirth on Pond Lane: Seeks purchase of Good Point building

Posted on May 4, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Connor Homes founder Mike Connor said he’s putting the final touches on a financial package that would allow him to re-establish his home-construction business in the Good Point Recycling building in Middlebury’s industrial park.

He has already moved members of his administrative team into offices within the 50,000-square-foot facility, and he plans to buy the building in the next two months and potentially expand in the near future.

On Tuesday the building was getting some repairs in anticipation of a property transfer.

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Behind the scenes with composer Jorge Martin

Posted on May 4, 2017 |
By Emma Cotton



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Middlebury composer Jorge Martín, 57, has traveled around the country presenting productions of his various works, including “Before Night Falls.” It is an opera based on the memoir of Reinaldo Arenas, a Cuban writer who rebelled against the Castro regime. Martín himself was born in Cuba, and he moved to the U.S. when he was a young boy. He recently returned from Miami, where “Before Night Falls” was presented at the Florida Grand Opera, and talked with the Addison Independent's Emma Cotton about his work.

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