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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 |
By John Flowers



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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 |
By John Flowers



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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Cornwall salutes Cindy Peet for 45-year run on Bingham Memorial School Board

Posted on November 22, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Service on the Cornwall School Board seemed scripted for Cindy Peet.

Her husband Ed’s grandfather, Edward H. Peet, donated the 5-acre parcel on which the Bingham Memorial School now sits. It was carved from the 7th-generation Peet Farm where Cindy and Ed Peet reside. They can see the schoolhouse from their home.

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Free dental clinic in Addison County hits its stride

Posted on November 22, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Around 17 months into its run, the Open Door Clinic’s dental program is serving a lot of patients with a bare-bones budget, thanks to the help of many area dentists who are donating their services for free.

Clinic officials did a lot of preliminary planning for the dental program in 2015 and hired dental hygienist Heidi Considine to begin seeing patients in April of 2016.

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Water main breaks affect industrial park; Middlebury eyes potential $1 million fix

Posted on November 22, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury voters next fall could be asked to approve a bond issue of more than $1 million to replace a deteriorating water main that serves several of the community’s largest water users in the community’s industrial park.

At issue is an 8-inch ductile iron water main pipe that feeds multiple connections off Exchange Street, including the Agri-Mark/Cabot cheese plant, Vermont Hard Cider, Otter Creek Brewing and the many health care providers within Catamount Park.

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Organizers put a lid on Middlebury's Chili Fest: Town instead will offer 'Winter Fest'

Posted on November 22, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Organizers of Middlebury’s annual late winter Chili Fest have decided to temporarily suspend the spicy culinary convergence, citing a shrinking downtown footprint and burnout experienced by some of the regular entrants.

Instead, the Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP) will replace Chili Fest with an inaugural “Winter Fest,” to be held at the Middlebury Recreation Park on Feb. 24, 2018. Plans also call for a community block party to be held in the downtown next April, according to BMP Marketing Director Karen Duguay.

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Middlebury officials to review downtown tax: Some merchants concerned with levy

Posted on November 20, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard has unanimously approved a seven-year renewal of the community’s Downtown Improvement District (DID), though officials said they’re open to adopting a new revenue source for funding the associated upgrades to public property within that special zone.

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New venture to turn manure and food waste into energy

Posted on November 20, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — A Salisbury farm will soon be turning on-site cow manure and Addison County food waste into renewable energy that will push Middlebury College’s campus beyond its goal of carbon neutrality.

The Goodrich Farm will host a Farm Powered-brand anaerobic digester that will, on a daily basis, process 100 tons of manure from the 900-cow farm off Shard Villa Road and 165 tons of organic food waste per day from some of the Middlebury area’s biggest organizations, including the Agri-Mark/Cabot cheese making plant in Middlebury.

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Middlebury denies AquaViTea's tax break request

Posted on November 20, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard has declined Aqua ViTea’s request for a five-year suspension of its municipal property tax levy, a reduction that would have totaled around $92,400.

The reason: The popular kombucha-manufacturer’s request was judged by the town’s Tax Stabilization Task Force to be more of an abatement pitch than something that could’ve been accommodated through a municipal tax stabilization policy that is currently up for revisions.

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