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Middlebury budget plan calls for no tax increase

Posted on February 1, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury voters at their town meeting will decide a proposed 2016-2017 municipal spending plan that will not require an increase in property taxes.

The budget — which does not reflect local education spending — will require $6,943,658 in property taxes. If OK’d by voters on Feb. 29, this would translate into the same municipal property tax rate of 98 cents per $100 in property value that residents are currently paying for town services.

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Working artists to offer their insights in a Q&A on Friday

Posted on February 1, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Folklife Center will moderate a panel discussion, “Three Artists in the Working Forest: Conversation on Art, Documentary, and Representation with Kathleen Kolb, Verandah Porche, and George Bellerose,” on Friday, Feb. 5, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Vision & Voice Gallery in Middlebury.

The panel conversation and Q&A session will seek to illuminate how these three working artists approach the representation of their subjects from the vantage point of artistic creators, storytellers and ethnographers.

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Porter Medical Center restructures, cuts jobs

Posted on February 1, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center late Friday announced a series of staff changes and management restructuring that eliminated a total of nine employees, mostly in the 12 physician practices owned and operated by Porter.

Management, clinical and clerical positions were affected by these changes, including seven at the doctors’ offices and two in the hospital proper. No jobs at the Helen Porter nursing home were cut.

Porter Medical Center employs a total of 780 people.

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Vt. Folklife Center to host chocolate Valentine event

Posted on February 1, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury announces its third annual “Love Chocolate, Love Stories” event, which will take place at the center’s headquarters at 88 Main St. in Middlebury on Friday, Feb. 12.

“Love Chocolate, Love Stories” will include a day-long competition/showcase of chocolate confections, baked goods and desserts — modeled on our annual gingerbread competition — beginning at 10 a.m., with a Valentine’s Day program at 4 p.m. followed by a tasting session from 5 to 7 p.m.

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Seasoned recycling handler befriends eager college students

Posted on February 1, 2016 |
By JULIA JOHN



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Editor’s note: The author just completed her education at Middlebury College and a months-long internship at the Independent.

“I’m gonna miss you, Kiddo,” Billy murmured one day this past summer, wrapping his weathered ebony arms around me.

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Porter Medical Center cuts nine employees

Posted on January 29, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center late Friday announced a series of staff changes and management restructuring that eliminated a total of nine employees, mostly in the 12 physician practices owned and operated by Porter.

Management, clinical and clerical positions were affected by these changes, including seven at the doctors’ offices and two in the hospital proper. No jobs at the Helen Porter nursing home were cut.

Porter Medical Center employs a total of 780 people.

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Lowering bridge level would not save much in Middlebury

Posted on January 28, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Replacing the Main Street and Merchants Row bridges at their existing clearance level of 18 feet, 8 inches would shave about $4 million off the project price tag and 11 weeks off its construction timetable compared to the current plan that would raise clearance to 21 feet, according to the lead engineer and Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) officials.

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College installs an electric car charging station

Posted on January 28, 2016 |
By JULIA JOHN



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MIDDLEBURY — Perhaps you know that feeling of foreboding and frustration that creeps through you when your Tesla electric car is low on charge in the middle of the road, surrounded by forest or field, miles removed from the nearest charging station. Or maybe you would consider purchasing an electric vehicle if such stations were more numerous in our locality.

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Shakespeare's First Folio is on display in Middlebury

Posted on January 28, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — Art exhibits and musicians go on tour but what about an almost 400-year-old book?

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Middlebury woman makes the best of her second shot at a diploma

Posted on January 28, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Christina Frost of Middlebury acknowledges she could have followed a more conventional blueprint for her life.

But an early pregnancy and the desire to escape a household rife with substance abuse sent her on a circuitous path that, at age 27, is finally leading her to a happy, healthy family of her own; an education; and the prospect of a job in social work, through which she hopes to help others avoid some of her missteps.

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