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Pond Lane building owner names Vermont Gas, contractor in lawsuit

Posted on December 7, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Gas officials said they anticipate quick resolution to a recent lawsuit filed by an insurance company seeking reimbursement for a claim it paid for cleaning up a building at 38 Pond Lane, Middlebury, after an on-site water/sewer line ruptured while a contractor was installing a natural gas line at the property on Oct. 22, 2014.

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Middlebury College students help local food efforts

Posted on December 4, 2017 |
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MIDDLEBURY — Addison County businesses, institutions and individuals could play a larger role in donating food to low-income residents if there were more storage space, transportation options and publicity about the need for such contributions, according to a recent study of the local food system completed by a group of Middlebury College students.

The report, which will soon be delivered to the Addison County Hunger Council, also hints at a potential upcoming spike in food donations due to Vermont’s Act 148.

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Second-floor upgrade on tap at sports center

Posted on December 4, 2017 |
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MIDDLEBURY — Stewards of Middlebury’s Memorial Sports Center have embarked on a new fund drive that would result in the long-awaited completion of the second floor of the 24-year-old community recreational facility that has served as the much-used home for Addison County ice hockey programs.

Specifically, boosters of the Memorial Sports Center, or MSC, want to raise $350,000 for a project that would, among other things, create a heated viewing area, elevator access and public restrooms for the top floor of the sports center.

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Bank offers Printer's Alley property to Middlebury

Posted on December 4, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury selectboard last Tuesday agreed to consider an offer by the National Bank of Middlebury to convey to the town (at no charge) Printer’s Alley.

That alley connects Main Street to the Marble Works complex. It has come into sharper focus in recent months because of its proximity to the ongoing downtown rail bridges project. Printer’s Alley was closed to one-way vehicle traffic this past spring when a temporary bridge was installed on Main Street. The alley has remained open to pedestrian traffic.

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Homeless facing wage shortfall: Most work, but high cost of shelter, child care challenging

Posted on November 30, 2017 |
By John Flowers



ADDISON COUNTY — It’s easy to assume the typical homeless person is unemployed and therefore unable to afford a roof and four walls.

The reality in Addison County is far different.

Almost all the temporary inhabitants of the John Graham Emergency shelter in Vergennes are employed, but are simply not earning enough to land one of the few vacant apartments in our area, according to local advocates.

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Veteran Christmas tree farmer ready for one last season

Posted on November 30, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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SHOREHAM — Two decades ago, Ray Gauthier and his family were in the market for a Christmas tree. They had plenty of options, but elected to visit the Red Sled Christmas Tree Farm on Route 74 West in Shoreham.

“My in-laws lived in Shoreham, right next to the Shoreham Inn,” Gauthier recalled. “We decided to try (Red Sled) out.”

So they did. Again and again.

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City shelter, others help new mom to get fresh start

Posted on November 30, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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VERGENNES — At just three weeks old, tiny Hunter holds the distinction of being the youngest resident of the John W. Graham Emergency Shelter in Vergennes.

He doesn’t realize he and his 28-year-old mom, Sammie, don’t have a home of their own.

But Sammie plans to change all that, and she’s getting a big lift from John Graham Housing & Services (JGHS), the nonprofit that runs the Vergennes shelter and five multi-unit apartment buildings in the county.

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Fixed costs affecting Middlebury town budget

Posted on November 30, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard is beginning its review of a draft fiscal year 2019 municipal budget that, if left unchanged, would add 2.16 cents to the current local tax rate of 98.2 cents.

But it’s a spending plan that could look different when it’s put before Middlebury voters on Town Meeting Day in March, as selectboard members could recommend both subtractions and additions before agreeing to a final budget proposal by Jan. 23, when it is expected to be finalized.

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Hart to lead Ilsley into new chapter

Posted on November 27, 2017 |
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MIDDLEBURY — Dana Hart has enjoyed the bright lights and excitement of the Big Apple for the past seven years. But she’s about to realize her longstanding dream of relocating closer to her Vermont family, thanks to her recent appointment as new director of Middlebury’s Ilsley Public Library.

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Dec. 2 'Sleepout' to aid programs for homeless

Posted on November 27, 2017 |
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MIDDLEBURY/VERGENNES — The annual “Sleepout” near the Otter Creek Falls is one of John Graham Housing & Services’ biggest fundraising efforts each year.

This year’s edition will take place on Saturday, Dec. 2. It will begin with a candlelight vigil on the Middlebury green beginning at 4 p.m.

Participants can bring a bag of food, a box of diapers, toiletries, hygiene products, cleaning supplies, a new quilt or set of sheets for a family moving into a home.

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