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Nancy Malcolm leaves mark on Middlebury's planning efforts

Posted on April 23, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Nancy Malcolm never planned on joining the planning commission. It was former Better Middlebury Partnership Coordinator Gail Freidin who encouraged her to join in 2005.

“I had never thought about it, which begs the issue that you do have to ask and recruit new people,” she said.

Thirteen years later, Malcolm is stepping away from the commission after having led it through a very busy period that included a massive re-write of the Middlebury Town Plan.

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Minimum wage increase debated; advocates lobby for $15 an hour

Posted on April 19, 2018 |
By John Flowers



WEYBRIDGE — The subject of raising the minimum wage has always generated a lot of debate in the Vermont Statehouse; and it prompted a good deal of conversation at Monday’s legislative breakfast at the Weybridge Congregational Church. 

Advocates tout the benefits of higher pay for the state’s lowest wage earners, while opponents decry the potential impact on small businesses that can’t afford the expense. 

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Legislators defend new gun safety laws; some believe rules go too far

Posted on April 19, 2018 |
By John Flowers



WEYBRIDGE — Vermont’s new gun laws drew a lot of discussion among participants at Monday’s legislative breakfast at the Weybridge Congregational Church, including from students of nearby Weybridge Elementary School, who came to see what their elected state representatives were up to.

One student asked lawmakers why they decided to limit the capacity of ammunition magazines sold in Vermont to 10 rounds.

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Shawn Newell gets maximum sentence for crash that killed Ripton man

Posted on April 19, 2018 |
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MIDDLEBURY — Heather Kerr had waited 362 days to address the man responsible for her brother Brian’s death, and she wasn’t going to hold back. Her words pierced the silence of the Middlebury courtroom on Monday and landed squarely upon a visibly shaken Shawn Newell.

Newell, on April 20, 2017, was speeding northbound on Route 7 in Salisbury when he drove into the southbound lane to pass a slower vehicle and struck, head-on, a vehicle containing Christina Walker and Brian Kerr of Ripton.

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Middlebury masseur accused of voyeurism

Posted on April 19, 2018 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — A Middlebury masseur on Monday pleaded innocent in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, to four counts of voyeurism, stemming from accusations that he secretly videotaped four female customers using a hidden camera at his business at 31 Court St.

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Middlebury South Ridge solar farm eyed for expansion

Posted on April 16, 2018 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard last week gave a tentative nod to a proposed 500-kilowatt solar project that would be nestled between two existing solar farms of identical size within the South Ridge planned unit development off Meadow Glen Road.

The selectboard won’t make its endorsement official, however, until the planning commission and the public weigh in on the plan that is being pitched by Middle Road Ventures LLC. Officials have set a Tuesday, May 8, public hearing on the proposal.

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Hemp firm plants roots in Middlebury, will produce in old Full Sun spot

Posted on April 16, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Netaka White was understandably crestfallen when financial reasons forced him to shutter Full Sun Company’s Exchange Street plant after less than three years of producing sunflower and canola oils.

But things are looking up.

Full Sun’s presses will spring back into motion in a few months. Only they’ll be pressing hemp seeds, not sunflower seeds.

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Jewish community seeks repairs for Havurah House, schedules benefit

Posted on April 16, 2018 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Havurah, the Addison County Jewish congregation, is in the midst of a $30,000 fund drive to make some key repairs to its meeting house at 56 North Pleasant St. in Middlebury.

The group has been soliciting donations among its members as part of a “Raise the Roof” campaign that will include a “Taste the Tradition” fundraiser on Saturday, April 28, to generate more financial backing and interest in the project.

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Collitts ready to retire from Ripton store; N.Y. Times article spurs nationwide interest

Posted on April 12, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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RIPTON — If nationally renowned environmental activist and bestselling author Bill McKibben ever decides to do some moonlighting, he might consider donning a Realtor’s jacket.

When the Middlebury College scholar in residence learned Dick and Sue Collitt were having some trouble finding a solid buyer for the Ripton Country Store, he offered to write a story on their behalf for The New York Times.

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Robert Thorn to leave CSAC after 40 years

Posted on April 12, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Counseling Services of Addison County Executive Director Robert Thorn has come to work each day for the past 39 years with a simple professional priority that’s had a huge payoff.

“It’s not hard in this job to do good; there are opportunities each day,” Thorn said.

The thousands of people Thorn’s efforts have touched over the years — whether they be colleagues or mental health clients — would undoubtedly acknowledge he has accomplished his daily mission, and much more.

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