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Weybridge kids put energy into green homebuilding

Posted on December 11, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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WEYBRIDGE — It’s not unusual for students in this day and age to be warned of the challenges they will face in heating their homes in the future as fossil fuels become more scarce and expensive.

Weybridge Elementary School students are not only being taught about the challenges; they are being asked to become a part of the solution.

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Two in the running for Middlebury fire chief

Posted on December 8, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Two candidates had submitted résumés to become Middlebury’s next fire chief as the Addison Independent went to press on Friday, Dec. 5, which was the application deadline for the position.

Middlebury Town Manager Kathleen Ramsay on Friday morning said she could not yet divulge the names of the applicants, but confirmed one is a current member of the fire department while the other is a former member.

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Musicians to perform in support of food shelf

Posted on December 8, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — It’s not unusual for aspiring musicians to simply play for food or drink as compensation for a gig in order to get a foot in the entertainment door. Clint Bierman and his band, The Grift, are fortunate enough to have the talent and reputation that ensures their performances are rewarded with a paycheck rather than free beer or leftovers from a buffet table.

But on Monday, Dec. 22, Bierman and around 15 other well-known Vermont acts will go back to playing for food — this time for the benefit of others who might otherwise go hungry.

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Cast-off clothing a hot commodity

Posted on December 8, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — It can be tough for teens to fill out their wardrobes given the current price of clothing and the cost and hassle of getting to some of the regional fashion hubs.

Jutta Miska, co-director of the Addison Central Teens organization, knows the problem well and two years ago came up with a novel way of bringing affordable clothing directly to local youths at Middlebury Union High School. It’s called the “Two-Day Clothing Swap & Shop,” and it will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 9, and Wednesday, Dec. 10, at MUHS.

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From 9-year-old novelist to published author

Posted on December 4, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — As a child, Marshall Highet would often lose herself in the wondrous science fiction worlds created by such celebrated authors as Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury.

Now a parent and educator, Highet has created her own futuristic world in a new book that she hopes will beguile young readers with an exciting, heartwarming tale couched in a deeper message of standing up for one’s beliefs, as well as caring for one another and for the world in which we live.

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Middlebury nixes skate park plan citing tepid support, high cost

Posted on December 4, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury officials have put the brakes on planning for a new, local skate park in wake of the loss of $30,000 in seed money and what they said has been a lack of interest exhibited by prospective users of such a facility.

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Community Trust transition touched by tragedy as outgoing director dies

Posted on December 4, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Community Trust (ACCT) Executive Director Terry McKnight died unexpectedly of a major heart attack on Saturday, Nov. 29, just weeks away from transitioning into retirement following more than a decade with the county’s largest affordable housing organization. He was 64.

“This is a real personal tragedy,” longtime ACCT board President John Tenny said of the impact McKnight’s death will have on his family, friends and associates.

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East Middlebury residents wary of airport upgrades

Posted on December 4, 2014 |
By John Flowers



EAST MIDDLEBURY — Vermont aviation officials are seeking federal funding to extend and widen the runway at the Middlebury State Airport. But some neighbors of the East Middlebury facility are hoping the project remains grounded due to concerns about a potential increase in air traffic and the required pruning of some buffer trees along the takeoff and landing approaches.

At issue is a proposal to lengthen the Middlebury Airport runway by 700 feet, to a total of 3,200 feet, and also widen it from the current 50 feet, to 60 feet.

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Teens being victimized by new app

Posted on December 4, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The leader of the Addison County Unit for Special Investigations is warning area teens and parents to be on guard for some unsavory side effects of a growing list of social media apps, some of which are leading to teens receiving unsolicited pornographic spam and sexual propositions from strangers.

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'Pop-up' park to be sited in Middlebury

Posted on December 1, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard has agreed to establish a “pop-up park” on the soon-to-be-cleared Lazarus Building spot at 20 Main St. Middlebury College bought that building earlier this year and gave it to the town to raze in order to widen the adjacent Printer’s Alley access to the Marble Works, and to make way for replacement of the nearby Main Street railroad overpass.

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