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Trio takes the reins at Morgan Horse Farm: Facility to focus on education, tourism

Posted on November 9, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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WEYBRIDGE — After losing its long-time director earlier this year, University of Vermont’s 139-year-old Morgan Horse Farm in Weybridge is beginning a new chapter with a new management team, a revitalized educational mission and the prospect of some capital improvements on its 212-acre campus.

New leadership is beginning to change the identity of the horse farm from what has primarily been a training and breeding facility for Morgans, to more of an educational asset and tourist magnet.

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Middlebury voters OK easements to Vermont Gas

Posted on November 8, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Residents here on Tuesday voted 279 to 168 to affirm a Middlebury’s selectboard decision to award three free easements on town-owned land to Vermont Gas.

The company will now use those easements to feed its natural gas distribution line to a combined total of 15 connections in the downtown Middlebury area.

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ANESU voters reject $36 million Mount Abe building bond

Posted on November 6, 2017 |
By John Flowers



BRISTOL — Addison Northeast Supervisory Union residents on Thursday rejected a $36.6 million renovation plan for Mount Abraham Union High School by a 1,261 to 1,168 tally.

The close, 93-vote margin of defeat has provided project proponents with a silver lining sense that a third vote could be the charm for getting five-town residents to endorse major repairs to their almost 50-year-old secondary school building.

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Middlebury fire linked to storm

Posted on November 6, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Thanksgiving might still be a few weeks away, but a Middlebury family has good reason to be thankful to still have a home and their health following a Nov. 1 windstorm-related fire at 629 Happy Valley Road.

Homeowner Martin Beatty called for fire department assistance at around 4:50 a.m. this past Wednesday, reporting smoke in the house, according to Middlebury fire Chief Dave Shaw.

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Discussion on Vermont's energy future reignites talk of renewable energy and carbon tax debate

Posted on November 2, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Vermont has made great strides in boosting its renewable energy portfolio during the past decade, and should now consider a carbon tax to encourage consumers to move away from fossil fuels and generate funds to help low-income residents make their homes more weather tight.

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Middlebury to vote on gas pipeline easements Nov. 7

Posted on November 2, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury voters on Tuesday, Nov. 7, will be asked if they’re OK with Vermont Gas getting three free easements on town land to reach around 15 potential customers.

Those who want to roll back the free easement want Vermont Gas to pay for the right to lay gas distribution pipe across three town parcels, saying it is a moneymaking venture.

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Artisans carve out nearly $20K for Town Hall Theater with cherry wood benefit

Posted on November 2, 2017 |
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MIDDLEBURY — An 85-year-old pile of 80 cherry planks has raised nearly $20,000 for Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater, thanks to the donors of the wood and the local artisans who transformed it into an impressive collection of furniture and artwork.

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Crews correct tree-cutting gaffes

Posted on October 30, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — At its Oct. 24 meeting the Middlebury selectboard received an update from Tree Warden Chris Zeoli on restoration of a recently botched tree trimming project off Forest Ridge Drive.

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Middlebury water rate increase takes effect

Posted on October 30, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s approximately 2,100 municipal water customers will see a slight jump in their quarterly bills beginning this quarter in order to generate an additional $30,870 to help balance the town’s fiscal year 2018 water budget.

Meanwhile, the 1,820 customers patched in to Middlebury’s sewer system will see no increase in their bills, while those who dispose of septage at the town’s wastewater treatment plant will see their rates increase from the current 9 cents to 11 cents per gallon.

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Middlebury town plan update in the works

Posted on October 30, 2017 |
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MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard is reviewing potential updates to the community’s town plan as part of a five-year review of the document, which provides an inventory of the town’s many resources and a blueprint for future growth.

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