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WhistlePig releases whiskey with local rye

Posted on March 27, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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SHOREHAM — Raj Bhakta is surrounded by whiskey, so it’s no stretch for him to make a toast.

And the ubiquitous founder of Shoreham-based WhistlePig Rye Whiskey believes he has much to celebrate right now, with the release last week of the company’s first installment of whiskey using natural resources culled from the 400-acre farm off Quiet Valley Road.

Bhakta also announced the litigation that once threatened his position within the company he founded almost a decade ago has come to an end.

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Discarded TVs help recycling firm rebound

Posted on March 23, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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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.

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Whirlie's World selling to Rutland outfit

Posted on March 23, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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.

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Local photographers put Sheldon Museum treasures into focus

Posted on March 20, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The Sheldon Museum of Vermont History is full of treasures, including centuries-old maps, Civil War memorabilia and antique furniture that could fetch a bundle were it ever (perish the thought) placed on the open market.

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Lawmakers anxious about federal funding as education, lake cleanup hang in the balance

Posted on March 16, 2017 |
By John Flowers



SHOREHAM — Concern over continued federal funding for the state’s education, health care and Lake Champlain cleanup programs dominated discussion at Monday’s legislative breakfast in Shoreham.

Rep. Dave Sharpe, D-Bristol, called these the “three serious areas of concern” for the 2017 legislative session. All three programs, according to Sharpe, are largely dependent on federal support — which is in flux under the presidency of Donald Trump.

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Four seek recently vacated seat on Middlebury selectboard

Posted on March 16, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — What a difference a few weeks can make in Middlebury’s political scene.

No one on March 7 was interested in challenging incumbent selectboard members Brian Carpenter and Laura Asermily in their re-election bids for three-year terms.

But four candidates have now emerged with designs on the one year left on a three-year term recently vacated by incumbent Selectwoman Donna Donahue.

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Middlebury-area teachers and board at impasse on new contract

Posted on March 13, 2017 |
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MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central School District directors have declared an impasse in negotiations for a new contract for the newly unified district’s combined 230 teachers, and the two sides will now pick an independent mediator in an effort to make progress.

Peter Conlon, chairman of the ACSD board, stressed that declaring impasse doesn’t mean talks have ended; it simply means the two sides need some assistance in resolving their differences on three major contract areas: pay increases, health coverage and length of school day.

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Porter building 'express' clinic for urgent care

Posted on March 13, 2017 |
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MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center has begun construction on a new clinic that will serve people requiring immediate medical services, but who do not require the resources of an emergency department.

It’s going to be called “Porter Express Care,” and it is now being built into a 1,600-square-foot space within Porter’s Collins Building.

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Middlebury seeks tax privileges: Special tax eyed for parking garage

Posted on March 9, 2017 |
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MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury is joining a lobbying effort in Montpelier to lift the state’s current cap on the number of towns that can use Tax Increment Financing, or TIF, as a way of bankrolling improvements to public infrastructure.

Specifically, the Middlebury selectboard sees TIF as a potential revenue source for a new downtown parking garage.

“We will not make inroads on a parking garage without something like this,” selectboard Chairman Brian Carpenter said while advocating for TIF at a recent board meeting.

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Middlebury approves budget and police dog

Posted on March 9, 2017 |
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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents passed everything on their town meeting agenda, including a proposed 2017-2018 municipal budget of $10,321,456 and a $30,620 plan to enlist a four-legged recruit for the community’s police department.

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