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Evan Johnson http://addisonindependent.com/taxonomy/term/2280/all en Group spurs running on the county's trails http://addisonindependent.com/201503group-spurs-running-countys-trails <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-29353" style="width: 175px;"><a href="/201503group-spurs-running-countys-trails"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/runners6592.thumbnail.jpg" alt="runners6592.jpg" title="runners6592.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="175" height="78" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> MIDDLEBURY TRAIL ENTHUSIASTS, a growing group of trail runners, organized last summer to run together and to promote responsible use of local trail resources. Independent photo/Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Evan Johnson </div> </div> </div> <p> MIDDLEBURY &mdash; Many footpaths in the Middlebury area still lie buried under several inches of snow and ice, but a local group is making plans and eagerly awaiting spring&rsquo;s thaw so they can get back to running on those trails.</p> <p> Middlebury Trail Enthusiasts, as the growing group of trail runners is known, is working to connect outdoor enthusiasts with similar activity levels and goals while expanding awareness and responsible use of local trail resources, said Heather Flewelling, an MTE organizer, in a post on the group&rsquo;s webpage.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29336">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503group-spurs-running-countys-trails" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sports Middlebury running TAM Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:45:04 +0000 Evan Johnson 29336 at http://addisonindependent.com North Branch students combine science and skiing in two-day trek http://addisonindependent.com/201503north-branch-students-combine-science-and-skiing-two-day-trek <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-29157" style="width: 92px;"><a href="/201503north-branch-students-combine-science-and-skiing-two-day-trek"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/Trek.thumbnail.jpg" alt="Trek.jpg" title="Trek.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="92" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> NORTH BRANCH SCHOOL student make their way on a trail through deep snow near the Breadloaf Wilderness during a two-day, 20-mile trip last month. Photo by Win Colwell </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Evan Johnson </div> </div> </div> <p> RIPTON &mdash; Students at many area schools go on field trips, but one recent excursion could be categorized as <em>epic</em>.</p> <p> With temperatures well below freezing and over a foot of freshly fallen mid-winter snow, the entire student body of the North Branch School in Ripton last month made a two-day, 20-mile journey following trail networks through scenic and challenging terrain in Addison County.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29158">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503north-branch-students-combine-science-and-skiing-two-day-trek" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ripton North Branch Ski trek Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:05:12 +0000 Zach Despart 29158 at http://addisonindependent.com Fire at Weybridge Street house displaces five Middlebury College students http://addisonindependent.com/201503fire-weybridge-street-house-leaves-five-middlebury-college-students-homeless <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-28898" style="width: 129px;"><a href="/201503fire-weybridge-street-house-leaves-five-middlebury-college-students-homeless"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/Fire3.thumbnail.jpg" alt="Fire3.jpg" title="Fire3.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="129" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> AROUND 75 FIREFIGHTERS from seven fire departments responded to a fire that severely damaged this Weybridge Street home in Middlebury on Saturday night. All five of the college students who lived there escaped safely. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Evan Johnson </div> </div> </div> <p> MIDDLEBURY &mdash; A seven-alarm fire at a home on Weybridge Street in Middlebury on Saturday evening had firefighters from all over Addison County working into Sunday morning to extinguish the blaze.</p> <p> The Middlebury Fire Department received a call at 8 p.m. about a fire at a three-story building, located at 107 Weybridge St., used as an apartment by five Middlebury College students. All five escaped the fire unharmed.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28899">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503fire-weybridge-street-house-leaves-five-middlebury-college-students-homeless" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Middlebury fire Middlebury College Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:45:27 +0000 Trent Campbell 28899 at http://addisonindependent.com Lawmakers weigh costs of school consolidation http://addisonindependent.com/201502lawmakers-weigh-costs-school-consolidation <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Evan Johnson </div> </div> </div> <p> MIDDLEBURY &mdash; The Vermont House Education Committee is &ldquo;up to our eyeballs in education policy,&rdquo; committee chairman Rep. David Sharpe told a group of around 40 at the Legislative Breakfast at the Middlebury American Legion hall on Monday. The Bristol Democrat said that changes to the way Vermont schools are governed and financed is high on the legislative agenda.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28547">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502lawmakers-weigh-costs-school-consolidation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County education legislature Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:54:58 +0000 Evan Johnson 28547 at http://addisonindependent.com Clippings: Valentine's Day, transatlantic style http://addisonindependent.com/201502clippings-valentines-day-transatlantic-style <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Evan Johnson </div> </div> </div> <p> On Sunday night, after an evening in the office, I drove home in the latest snowstorm. As I normally do, I swerved my car as close as possible to the mailbox at the end of the driveway so as to retrieve my mail from the comfort of my warm car. Inside the ice-encrusted mailbox was crammed a cardboard box wedged in so tightly I had to use two hands to pry it out. Inside my house, I sliced open the tape with a folding knife and peeled back the lid.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28532">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502clippings-valentines-day-transatlantic-style" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion love timepieces Valentine's Day Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:27:10 +0000 Evan Johnson 28532 at http://addisonindependent.com Low prices affect fuel dealers http://addisonindependent.com/201502low-prices-affect-fuel-dealers <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Evan Johnson </div> </div> </div> <p> ADDISON COUNTY &mdash; Oil prices are subject to change. If anyone knows this, it&rsquo;s Tom Jackman, owner of Jackman Fuels Inc. in Vergennes. His grandfather started the company in Bristol in the 1930s and he still has receipts from years ago when the price of oil was 13 cents per gallon.</p> <p> &ldquo;Then, it was a big deal if it went up to 14 cents in a year,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;In 2008, we were seeing increases of 40 cents overnight.&rdquo;</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28338">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502low-prices-affect-fuel-dealers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County energy fuel gasoline Oil prices Mon, 02 Feb 2015 15:09:50 +0000 Zach Despart 28338 at http://addisonindependent.com Ski in, ski-out — going inn to inn in Vermont's backcountry http://addisonindependent.com/201502ski-ski-out-%E2%80%94-going-inn-inn-vermonts-backcountry <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-28333" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201502ski-ski-out-%E2%80%94-going-inn-inn-vermonts-backcountry"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/Backcountry skiers.thumbnail.jpg" alt="Backcountry skiers.jpg" title="Backcountry skiers.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SKIERS HEAD OUT on the 300-mile Catamount Trail, a popular venue for a wide variety of excursions varying from single-day jaunts to two- and three-day treks going inn to inn. Photo by Greg Maino </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Evan Johnson </div> </div> </div> <p> VERMONT &mdash; This winter, take a break from your normal routine and make some time for a foray into the backcountry. From short outings to weekend getaways, there are plenty of adventures to be had beyond the ski trails at area resorts.</p> <p> The following three tours, located on Vermont&rsquo;s 300-mile long Catamount Trail, run two to three days and involve spending nights at a number of inns and bed-and-breakfasts in close proximity to the trailhead.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28334">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502ski-ski-out-%E2%80%94-going-inn-inn-vermonts-backcountry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County Backcountry skiing lodging Mon, 02 Feb 2015 15:03:40 +0000 Zach Despart 28334 at http://addisonindependent.com Athletes endure cold, dark in multi-day mountain challenge http://addisonindependent.com/201501athletes-endure-cold-dark-multi-day-mountain-challenge <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-28247" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201501athletes-endure-cold-dark-multi-day-mountain-challenge"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/AndyWeinberg.thumbnail.jpg" alt="AndyWeinberg.jpg" title="AndyWeinberg.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ENDURANCE SOCIETY CO-FOUNDER Andy Weinberg takes a breather on the Long Trail on Jan. 18 during a multi-day trek along the spine of the Green Mountains that inaugurated the society’s schedule of extreme sporting events. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Evan Johnson </div> </div> </div> <p> VERMONT &mdash; On Saturday, Jan. 18, well before dawn, with the temperature hovering around zero, a group of 50 hikers boarded a bus at the Blueberry Hill Inn and Ski Center in Goshen and drove north. At around 5 a.m., their ride dropped them at the Smugglers&rsquo; Notch Road in Stowe, a short distance from the southbound trailhead of the Long Trail.</p> <p> They then started walking south in groups of 10.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28248">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501athletes-endure-cold-dark-multi-day-mountain-challenge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County cold endurance Extreme sports Extremus Featured Weinberg Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:52:54 +0000 Evan Johnson 28248 at http://addisonindependent.com Tavern goes hydroponic for greens, herbs http://addisonindependent.com/201501tavern-goes-hydroponic-greens-herbs <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-28126" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201501tavern-goes-hydroponic-greens-herbs"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/growtower8085.thumbnail.jpg" alt="growtower8085.jpg" title="growtower8085.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> TWO BROTHERS TAVERN co-owner Holmes Jacobs, left, and head chef Shane Lawton stand next to an indoor grow unit made by Vermont Hydroponic that is used by the restaurant to grow herbs and produce. Independent photo/Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Evan Johnson </div> </div> </div> <p> MIDDLEBURY &mdash; Middlebury&rsquo;s Two Brothers Tavern offers a cure for the winter blues just inside its entrance: Leafy green shoots sprout from a six-foot-tall column, and the soothing sound of running water fills the space between the front door and the restaurant&rsquo;s dining room and bar.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28127">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501tavern-goes-hydroponic-greens-herbs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Middlebury hydroponics Two Brothers Tavern Thu, 22 Jan 2015 13:05:04 +0000 Zach Despart 28127 at http://addisonindependent.com Art upgrades Middlebury's diner http://addisonindependent.com/201501art-upgrades-middleburys-diner <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-27786" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201501art-upgrades-middleburys-diner"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/DinerMural5695_2.thumbnail.jpg" alt="DinerMural5695_2.jpg" title="DinerMural5695_2.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BROOKLYN-BASED ARTIST Sarah Grillo recently completed a five-panel mural depicting the history of The Diner on Merchants Row in Middlebury. The mural was installed across one wall in the The Diner in the days after Christmas. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Evan Johnson </div> </div> </div> <p> MIDDLEBURY &mdash; Carl Roesch and Caetlin Harwood had owned the diner in downtown Middlebury for just six weeks last spring when they were introduced to one of its biggest annual traditions: the early morning breakfast for graduating seniors at Middlebury College.</p> <p> &ldquo;We kept peeking out the door to see when they were coming,&rdquo; recalled Harwood, &ldquo;and then &mdash; boom &mdash; they came in. It was like the whole school was walking up here.&rdquo;</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27787">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501art-upgrades-middleburys-diner" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Middlebury Grillo The Diner Mon, 05 Jan 2015 15:19:07 +0000 Zach Despart 27787 at http://addisonindependent.com Science goes on display at Orwell fair http://addisonindependent.com/201412science-goes-display-orwell-fair <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-27662" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201412science-goes-display-orwell-fair"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/sciencefair6776.thumbnail.jpg" alt="sciencefair6776.jpg" title="sciencefair6776.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A CROWD OF Orwell Village School students, above, gathers around fellow students Seth Tupper, far right, and Furi Roy, in Santa hat, as they discuss the hamster maze experiment they developed for the school&#039;s recent science fair. Independent photo/Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Evan Johnson </div> </div> </div> <p> ORWELL &mdash; Before the Christmas break, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders at the Orwell Village School sent eggs flying, juiced carrots, concocted silly putty in plastic bags and subjected plants to the effects of acid rain.</p> <p> It was all for the sake of science.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27663">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201412science-goes-display-orwell-fair" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Orwell Featured orwell science fair Wed, 31 Dec 2014 12:58:27 +0000 Zach Despart 27663 at http://addisonindependent.com Hundreds of lineworkers work to restore power in county http://addisonindependent.com/201412hundreds-lineworkers-work-restore-power-county <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Evan Johnson </div> </div> </div> <p> MIDDLEBURY &mdash; Monday night, the parking lot outside of the Fire and Ice restaurant in Middlebury was full. In front of the eatery, Seymour Street was lined bumper-to-bumper with at least 10 large trucks, many with engines running, from Asplundh Tree Expert Co., Green Mountain Power, Northline Utilities and others.</p> <p> A sign outside the front door read: &ldquo;Welcome and thank you, utilities workers!&rdquo;</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27524">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201412hundreds-lineworkers-work-restore-power-county" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County Fire and Ice Green Mountain Power power outages Snowstorm Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:51:20 +0000 Evan Johnson 27524 at http://addisonindependent.com Clippings: Product testing? All in a day's work http://addisonindependent.com/201412clippings-product-testing-all-days-work <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Evan Johnson </div> </div> </div> <p> When people ask me what I do for work, I usually tell them that I&rsquo;m a reporter for the <em>Addison Independent</em>. This is only partly true. Yes, my byline appears on a number of articles, but not with the same regularity as those of my colleagues, who cover specific beats and areas of Addison County. I choose the aforementioned answer because it is easier than going into the full nature of my work.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27471">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201412clippings-product-testing-all-days-work" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion non-FDA approved Product testing Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:14:01 +0000 Evan Johnson 27471 at http://addisonindependent.com National forest considers backcountry skiing plan http://addisonindependent.com/201412national-forecast-considers-backcountry-skiing <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Evan Johnson </div> </div> </div> <p> GOSHEN &mdash; Every winter, skiers and snowboarders venture into the woods and hillsides in search of untracked snow. In the future, skiers in southern Addison County may not have to venture far.</p> <p> This winter the U.S. Forest Service is considering a proposal to develop four backcountry skiing glades totaling approximately 210 acres on land in the Green Mountain National Forest in the towns of Goshen, Rochester and Chittenden.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27305">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201412national-forecast-considers-backcountry-skiing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Goshen Backcountry skiing Featured Goshen Green Mountain National Forest Mon, 08 Dec 2014 12:38:17 +0000 Zach Despart 27305 at http://addisonindependent.com Vt. Sun reaps benefits of solar http://addisonindependent.com/201411vt-sun-reaps-benefits-solar <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-26874" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201411vt-sun-reaps-benefits-solar"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/VtSunSolar2911.thumbnail.jpg" alt="VtSunSolar2911.jpg" title="VtSunSolar2911.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> VERMONT SUN OWNERS Steve and Shelly Hare and General Manager Ruth Bullock stand in the new solar array the Middlebury business recently installed. The trackers are more lightweight than most units seen across the country, which means they are cheaper to build and operate. Independent photo/Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Evan Johnson </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">MIDDLEBURY &mdash; You&rsquo;d think that with a name like Vermont Sun Fitness Center, Steve Hare&rsquo;s business would have gone solar sooner.</span></p> <p> The notion of installing solar power panels at the gym off Exchange Street in Middlebury did occur to Hare about a decade ago. But back then, the businessman says, solar arrays were expensive and took a longer period to pay off installation costs than they do now.</p> <p> Now, he says, thanks to changes in technology and production techniques, that&rsquo;s changed.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/26875">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201411vt-sun-reaps-benefits-solar" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Middlebury Featured solar Vermont Sun Thu, 13 Nov 2014 11:55:45 +0000 Zach Despart 26875 at http://addisonindependent.com