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Opinion: Middlebury voters need some additional choices

Posted on May 11, 2014 |
By Anna Rose Benson



People have lots of ideas about why to reject the current proposal for the town gym and offices when they vote this Tuesday. Many have ideas about what Middlebury could do instead.

Here is mine.

I’m the gardener at the Ilsley Library. The back garden there, though very small, has become a place that welcomes not only people but honeybees, bumblebees, praying mantises, grasshoppers, rabbits, lots of different birds and butterflies, a neighbor cat, and a toad.

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Opinion: Town office proposal benefits town and college

Posted on May 11, 2014 |
By Tim Williams



A mailing from the Citizens for Middlebury’s Future asks for our thoughts. Here are mine.

You are asking Middlebury residents to give up one of the best financial opportunities the town has had in a long time, if not ever.

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Opinion: Middlebury cannot afford to throw away $5.5 million

Posted on May 11, 2014 |
By Donna Donahue



The new location for town offices, in accordance with the town plan, keeps the offices downtown; the office building design is efficient and welcoming. The new location for the municipal gymnasium nestled among athletic fields is incredibly convenient for students at Mary Hogan, the middle school and the high school. The plan which was passed is a good one for the town of Middlebury now and well into the future, and most importantly, it is one we can afford.

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Editorial: Vote this Tuesday

Posted on May 11, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Special elections are notorious for smaller turnouts. That’s particularly unfortunate for issues of importance and which have dominated the public discourse for months. In Middlebury, almost 1,700 cast votes on Town Meeting Day to decide in favor of a $6.5 bond to build a new municipal building and recreational center. Almost certainly, fewer people will vote in this reconsideration on Tuesday, but hopefully a reasonable number will turn out so that the issue can be put to rest.

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Sheldon exhibit shows the evolution of regional gardens

Posted on May 8, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — A new, colorful exhibit has bloomed at the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History. On May 6,  the “Lost Gardens of New England” took root for a three-month run that will breathe new life into some of the region’s most resplendent flowers of yesteryear.

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Small hospitals given big job: treating sometimes-violent psychiatric patients

Posted on May 8, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Porter Hospital’s Emergency Department is used to dealing with people with serious cuts, broken bones and other physical ailments.

But for the past few years, Porter’s ED has been asked to accommodate patients suffering from ailments that can’t be sutured, splinted or even seen.

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Editorial: Don't let 'perfection' be the enemy of good — vote 'yes' on Article 1

Posted on May 7, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



As Middlebury residents face a revote next Tuesday on its proposed $6.5 million municipal building/recreational center project, we tip our hats to the more civil nature of the debate this time around. Arguments have stuck to the core issue of the value of the buildings being proposed, their location and how well they will collectively serve the public.

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Community Forum: Why Creek Road is best site for new rec center

Posted on May 7, 2014 |
By Brian Carpenter



Editor's note: This week’s writer is Middlebury Selectman Brian Carpenter.

In talking with community members, I have found what I believe to be the root cause of the confusion over the selection of the Creek Road site for the town recreation facility.

Many people have asked me, “Why not at the recreation park?”

I believe the information I found on the process and the rationale may help clarify this question.

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Opinion: A 'no' vote in Middlebury would delay progress, cost more money

Posted on May 7, 2014 |
By Marilyn Needham



What does a NO vote on the Town Office Project really mean?

Money wasted heating and patching up the current buildings while we consider other options.

Town workers being subjected for many more years to an unhealthy and unsafe work environment.

Teen and senior centers in a facility with no fire alarms and limited egress.

Handicapped citizens having limited access to town offices.

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Opinion: Town plan offers flexibility to consider new options

Posted on May 7, 2014 |
By Nancy Malcolm



Victoria DeWind has raised the question as to whether the proposal to build town offices on the Osborne site, new recreation facilities on Creek Road, and replacing the present municipal building and gymnasium with a park is in compliance with the town plan.

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