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Horror flick has Middlebury College connections

Posted on July 19, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Alexander Draper is comfortable in a classroom, but he thrives in a pressure cooker.

So after bidding his graduating students goodbye this past May, Draper — an associate professor of theater at Middlebury College — screamed over to the macabre set of his latest acting assignment: A feature-length horror movie called “The Witch in the Window” that will have its world premier on Monday, July 23, at Montreal’s Fantasia Film Festival.

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Local author's graphic novel transports us through time

Posted on July 19, 2018 |
By Nick Garber



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MIDDLEBURY — It’s an experience we all know well: listening to a song and being instantly transported back in time to the first place we heard it.

Well, mentally, at least.

For Middlebury writer Jeremy Holt, the concept of music as time travel was powerful enough for him to make it literal through fiction. In his new graphic novel, “Skip to the End,” Holt explores the phenomenon through the eyes of a former rock star, now-drug addict, for whom “revisiting the past is the only way to move forward.”

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Pizza social to be held at Elmer Farm July 31

Posted on July 19, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont, known as NOFA-VT, is inviting the public to a “Celebrate Your Farmer Pizza Social” at the Elmer Farm in Middlebury later this month.

The event on Tuesday, July 31, 5:30-8 p.m., will take place at 855 Case St. (Route 116 just south of the intersection with Cady Road).

Elmer Farm, run by the Blackwell family, is a certified organic farm growing 8 acres of vegetables, grains and flowers. Come and enjoy dinner baked in NOFA-VT’s wood-fired pizza oven, followed by a farm tour.

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Folk musician Melissa Plett bares her soul

Posted on July 19, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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This Saturday evening, Notte (downstairs Two Brothers in Middlebury) welcomes Melissa Plett and her folk music. Originally from a farm-yard in Manitoba, this truck-driver's daughter has journeyed her way through thick and thin, chiseling and shaping her sound to what it is today. Plett’s influences come from the down-south storytelling of Johnny Cash, the tell-all nature of Kitty Wells, and the heart-wrenching tales of hardship from Etta James and Ray Charles.

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Festival on-the-green raffle winners

Posted on July 19, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — The 40th Annual Middlebury Festival on-the-Green last week was a big success, drawing crowds to musical performances and other entertainment from Sunday through Saturday, July 8-14.

Organizers this week announced this year’s Festival on-the-Green raffle winners:

•  Two-night Stay at Whistle Pig Farm: Bonnie Morrissey.

•  Acrylic on wood painting by Prindle Wissler: Rebecca Leger.

•  Magic show by Tom Verner of Magicians Without Borders: Megan James.

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Middlebury Police Log: Assault citation is part of busy week

Posted on July 19, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Ricky Lawrence, 26, of Middlebury for simple assault, following an alleged incident in the North Pleasant Street area on July 11.

In other action last week, Middlebury police:

•  Assisted with traffic control after a large tree limb had fallen across East Main Street on July 10.

•  Helped Middlebury Regional EMS with a man who had suffered either a medical crisis or an emotional breakdown on Storrs Avenue on July 10. Police said the man was taken to Porter Hospital.

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Middlebury College making plans for staff reductions

Posted on July 16, 2018 |
By Nick Garber



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College administrators have begun implementing a program to reevaluate faculty and staff positions across the institution — a process that, once completed at the end of the next academic year, could result in significant cuts to the college’s workforce.

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Effort to site local food hub progresses

Posted on July 16, 2018 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Economic Development Corp. (ACEDC) has joined a growing effort to create a local food hub at which small-scale producers could process, store and market their wares. And the effort is gaining momentum, as organizers will be touring two potential food hub locations and have applied for grants to study the potential  creation, participation level and economic impact of an Addison County food hub.

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Blue Spruce motel owner still working on rebuild plan

Posted on July 16, 2018 |
By James Finn



MIDDLEBURY — The owner of the Blue Spruce Motel property on Route 7 south of Middlebury village still hopes to build a new motel on the scorched premises that burned down one year ago.

The Independent reported in May that owner Sam Sharma planned to finalize insurance claims and begin rebuilding of a new motel as soon as possible. But the charred property has remained untouched since that time, often drawing the attention of passersby.

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Middlebury tax rate rises slightly

Posted on July 16, 2018 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on July 10 approved a new residential property tax rate of $2.8414 per $100 in assessed value, representing  a 3.5-cent (1.27 percent) increase compared to the previous rate of $2.8059.

News is not as good for the owners of non-residential property in the community, however.

The board also approved a non-residential property tax rate of $2.8481, which amounts to a 10.7-cent (3.9 percent) increase compared to the current rate of $2.74.

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