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Businesses 'unplug' for energy challenge

Posted on October 15, 2009 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — A local nonprofit will soon launch a competition in which the winner will be the one to have accomplished the least.

Sounds strange? Yes — until one realizes that the participants’ objective is to consume the least amount of energy possible.

And that’s exactly what 15 local businesses have pledged to do during the next three months as part of “Middlebury Unplugged,” a challenge organized by the Vermont Community Foundation (VCF).

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"Cow Power" producers suffer losses

Posted on October 1, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



ADDISON COUNTY — Central Vermont Public Service’s “Cow Power” program, which enlists farms to convert manure to electricity using on-farm anaerobic digesters, has been lauded in recent years as a revolutionary way to generate renewable energy and support local farms.

But wholesale energy prices plummeted earlier this year. With Cow Power rates contractually tied to the price of wholesale energy, farmers participating in the fledgling program found themselves producing two commodities at a loss: milk and electricity.

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Ferrisburgh OKs limited Route 7 development

Posted on September 28, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment has issued a conditional approval of a Champlain Oil Co. plan for a gas station, convenience store and fast-food restaurant on Route 7. But the approval came without elements of the proposal that COCO officials said were critical to their business plan: diesel fuel pumps and a drive-through window for the restaurant.

The board (ZBA) took that action on Sept. 16 and publicized it last week once COCO acknowledged it had received the ruling in the mail.

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Frog Hollow building to reopen as gallery under new ownership

Posted on September 28, 2009 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The former Vermont State Craft Center (VSCC) building at 1 Mill St. in Middlebury will reopen this fall as an art gallery, this time under private ownership.

Cornwall resident George Dorsey last week confirmed his plan to purchase the Frog Hollow building, which for more than three decades had been owned and operated by the nonprofit VSCC as a gallery, retail store and headquarters for art and craft classes.

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Town Hall Theater hosts first large convention

Posted on September 21, 2009 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY —Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater (THT) last week was once again hosting a sizable audience.

But those assembled in THT’s sumptuous performance hall on Thursday were not taking in a play; they were learning about how to help returning soldiers and their families deal with the real-life drama of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other war-inflicted mental health issues.

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State OKs private home-health provider; nonprofits voice concern

Posted on September 17, 2009 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — State officials on Monday gave the green light to a private, New Jersey-based home-health services provider to operate in Vermont, a scenario that some state nonprofits believe could bring more competition in an industry already beset with tight margins.

At issue is a successful effort from Bayada Nurses Inc. of Moorestown, N.J., to buy Professional Nurses Service Inc. (PNS) of Vermont, which in 2005 became the first private firm to be given state permission to compete against nonprofits for clients in the home health services industry.

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Monahan Filaments to shutter Middlebury plant; county sheds 69 jobs

Posted on September 10, 2009 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Citing reduced orders for its bristle products and growing competition, Monahan Filaments executives confirmed on Wednesday they will close the company’s Middlebury plant on Nov. 15, thereby ending employment for 69 full-time workers.

“We don’t have the business to support the facility,” said Brian Crawford, vice president and general manager of Monahan Filaments, which in 2007 bought the former Specialty Filaments business out of U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

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Apiaries busy in their sweetest season

Posted on September 3, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



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MIDDLEBURY — For veteran beekeepers at Champlain Valley Apiaries in Middlebury, late summer is the sweetest season.

It’s now, after all, that a year’s worth of hard work pays off. Beekeepers last week began extracting honey from the business’s 1,200 colonies, which dot Vermont from Whiting north to the Canadian border. In a time when honeybees are falling prey to more and more stresses — like parasitic mites, pesticides and mono-crop diets — the act of making honey is a welcome reminder that in some places, like Vermont, honeybees are hanging on.

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'Cash for Clunkers' brings mixed blessing for dealers

Posted on August 10, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



ADDISON COUNTY — For local automobile dealerships, the “Cash for Clunkers” program has been a mixed blessing.

On one hand, the $1 billion government rebate program — which offers customers up to $4,500 if they trade in a gas-guzzling “clunker” for a more fuel efficient new car — has jumpstarted business at local dealerships. Since the program kicked off in late July, dozens of county residents have purchased new cars.

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Farm to Plate empowers ag-related businesses

Posted on July 16, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



By KATHRYN FLAGG
ADDISON COUNTY — In a year when dismal federal milk prices have slammed Vermont’s dairy industry, unmooring the cornerstone of Vermont’s agricultural industry, some state legislators might be hard pressed to sound a note of optimism about the future of agriculture in Vermont.

Not Rep. Christopher Bray, D-New Haven. Ask Bray, and he’ll tell you the silver lining to the doom and gloom agriculture forecast boils down to two words: economic development.

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