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'Blue Card' would aid foreign dairy workers

Posted on November 14, 2013 |
By Zach Despart



VERMONT — A bill passed in June by the U.S. Senate would overhaul the nation’s immigration policy and grant legal protection to foreign nationals already working in the country.

Vermont dairy farmers are looking for immigration reform such as this because they find it difficult to fulfill their labor needs without a federally recognized legal status for all migrant workers. Those farms increasingly depend on foreign labor due to a lack of available labor.

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Youth take over THT stage with family-friendly events

Posted on November 14, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — For an entire week in November Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater will be overrun with young performers.

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February opening targeted for tavern

Posted on November 14, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Restaurateur and chef Michel Mahe said he’s shooting for a February 2014 opening for his latest gastronomic enterprise that will be located in the former Jackson’s on the River space at 7 Bakery Lane in Middlebury.

Mahe explained that permitting and some changes in renovation plans have delayed what he had originally hoped would be a spring-summer 2013 opening for the as-yet-unnamed restaurant. Interior renovations have been ongoing for the past four months.

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Entrepreneurs launch farm, forest firms

Posted on November 14, 2013 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



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MIDDLEBURY — About 115 people attended the third annual Financing the Working Landscape Conference, which is designed to connect entrepreneurs with capital and service providers, at the American Legion last week. The Nov. 7 event drew people from throughout the state and from neighboring states.

The draw, said Robin Scheu, executive director of the Addison County Economic Development Corp. (ACEDC), was the presentation of “practical and useful information as well as networking opportunities.”

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Local man sails to physical freedom

Posted on November 14, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — There are times when Colin Smith feels like a prisoner in his own body. Myotonic muscular dystrophy has made him feel constantly fatigued and has weakened his muscles to the point where he must limp along with a cane. But in his own mind, the 39-year-old can still see himself juggling a soccer ball, wielding a lacrosse stick and schussing down a ski slope.

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Film explores impacts of fracking

Posted on November 14, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



SHOREHAM — An educational film series is being offered in Shoreham at the Platt Memorial Public Library during the month of November.

Two of the featured documentary films focus on the impacts that gas fracking has had on the water and environmental landscape. The last film focuses on the evidence of climate change through rapid glacial ice melt. Plans are also under way to offer additional educational opportunities early next year with an emphasis on practical energy saving alternatives.

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Vermont Gas announces rate decrease

Posted on November 14, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



SOUTH BURLINGTON — Vermont Gas announces the approval from the Public Service Board to reduce rates effective Nov. 1. The reduction in the cost of natural gas will be passed on to residential and business customers, resulting in prices that are almost 44 percent less than fuel oil and 54 percent lower than propane.

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New spot eyed for proposed Middlebury rec center

Posted on November 14, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — An ad hoc committee charged with planning a new Middlebury municipal building and recreation center will explore the possibility of siting the rec. center on school-owned property off Creek Road, instead of on the town recreation fields off Mary Hogan Drive.

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New entity to take charge at Northlands Job Corps

Posted on November 14, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — About 20 months ago the U.S. Department of Labor announced that a new contractor would take over operation of the Northlands Job Corps in Vergennes at the end of December 2012, in the wake of a student beating scandal at the federal job-training center. On Dec. 1 CHP International Inc. will take the reins at the MacDonough Drive campus from the current contractor, Alutiiq LLC.

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Vermont Republican Party looks to Sunderland to right the ship

Posted on November 14, 2013 |
By Zach Despart



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WATERBURY — The Vermont Republican Party is somewhat of an endangered species these days.

Republicans hold just 48 of 150 seats in the Vermont House of Representatives, seven of 30 seats in the Senate, and one of six statewide offices.

In 2012, Gov. Peter Shumlin, a Democrat, defeated GOP challenger Randy Brock by 21 points. Brock, a former state senator, outspent Shumlin but managed to secure the vote of just one-third of Vermonters.

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