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Longtime band director to hand up baton

Posted on May 20, 2010 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Gene Childers, 66, has been marching to his own tune since he was six years old.

Students in the region have been following Childers’ marching orders for more than four decades during his long career as a music instructor and band director, the past 22 years of which have been spent at Middlebury Union Middle School.

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Middlebury refines biomass energy plans

Posted on May 17, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — A consultant and a local biomass study committee will look at the feasibility of carving Middlebury into five separate energy districts, with the concept of endowing each with a communal woodchip heating plant.

The study group, with the aid of a consultant and a combined total of $250,000 in state and federal funding, has been working since last year to see if Middlebury has the potential to establish one or more biomass plants to provide a cost-effective, renewable energy alternative for local businesses that now rely on imported fossil fuels for heating.

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Champlain Bridge project set to launch this month

Posted on May 13, 2010 |
By John Flowers



ADDISON — The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) expects to soon finalize an agreement with a Colorado-based general contractor that will later this month begin work on a new, $70 million Champlain Bridge that should be ready for traffic by late summer of 2011.

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Lawmakers work toward adjournment

Posted on May 13, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MONTPELIER — The Vermont Legislature was nearing adjournment but was still slogging through some major issues as the Addison Independent went to press on Wednesday.

Chief among the unresolved issues was the fiscal year 2011 budget, according to Sen. Claire Ayer, D-Weybridge. Ayer, the Senate majority whip, said legislative leaders and Gov. James Douglas remained at odds on a final spending plan, largely over the matter of taxes.

Among the items wrapped up in the waning days of the session were:

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Middlebury eyes ways to boost economy

Posted on May 13, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard will create an ad hoc committee to hash out potential new economic development strategies for the town as well as new ways to support existing activities that are currently being met by financially strapped volunteer associations.

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eDocs Innovations to expand locally

Posted on May 13, 2010 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — As the president and CEO of eDoc Innovations, Bret Weekes is used to helping other firms electronically organize and manage their information.

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Route 125 set for major repaving project

Posted on May 10, 2010 |
By John Flowers



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EAST MIDDLEBURY — Work crews this week were scheduled to begin more than $5 million in resurfacing work on a substantial segment of Route 125 in East Middlebury, Ripton and Hancock.

The work will involve more than 9.5 miles of the designated scenic highway, a stretch that begins at the intersection of Route 7 South and spans through East Middlebury Village, all the way through Ripton village and up to the entrance of the Middlebury College Snow Bowl.

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State offers aid for area bridges, roads

Posted on May 6, 2010 |
By John Flowers



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MONTPELIER — Addison County is in line for a combined total of almost $100 million in state and federal funds over the next few years to pave area roads and repair or replace local bridges, according to priorities set forth in Vermont’s fiscal year 2011 Transportation Bill.

The so-called “T-Bill” was in conference committee for final negotiations as the Addison Independent went to press. But Rep. Diane Lanpher, D-Vergennes, said Monday that none of the projects reflected in the almost $600 million transportation spending plan were at risk.

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MALT seeks to protect Chipman Hill land

Posted on May 6, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT) wants to conserve 40 acres of forested land on the eastern slope of Chipman Hill, property that was once slated for a housing development.

The property is owned by the Co-operative Insurance Company and forms — along with Chipman Hill — what MALT Executive Director Josh Phillips called “the largest contiguous forest habitat in the vicinity of Middlebury village.”

“It is an interesting spot,” said Phillips, who recently met with selectmen to get support for the conservation deal.

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Middlebury considers roundabout monument

Posted on May 6, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Many people would agree that Middlebury’s Cross Street Bridge — a $16 million project that has been more than a half-century in the making — will be a monumental achievement once it is completed this fall.

So what better way to mark that achievement than by a monument?

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