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Goodrich digester goes live


A HOST OF dignitaries, including Gov. Phil Scott and Lt. Gov. Molly Gray, helped mark the launch of a massive anaerobic digester operation at Salisbury’s Goodrich Farm that will convert cow and manure waste into renewable natural gas. Middlebury College will be the main consumer of the natural gas produced at the farm. Independent photo/Steve James

SALISBURY — The state’s top two elected officials on Wednesday helped Salisbury’s Goodrich Farm launch the Northeast’s largest farm-powered anaerobic digester, a facility that will convert cow manu

College to house undergrads at Bread Loaf


MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE PLANS to house 90 juniors and seniors at its Bread Loaf campus in Ripton this year, due to a larger than usual student body. Dining services will be available to students on the mountain, and regular shuttle service will transport them to and from Middlebury’s downtown campus.

RIPTON — For the first time in its history Middlebury College will house undergraduate students at its Bread Loaf campus during the regular school year.

Otter Creek Child Center eyes expansion


LOCAL ADVOCATES ARE developing plans for a new child care facility on the Otter Creek Child Center property off Weybridge Street that would accommodate as many as 139 kids — more than double the number currently accommodated by the OCCC and the College Street Children’s Center.

MIDDLEBURY — The Otter Creek Child Center (OCCC) is seeking support for a new, 15,000-square-foot facility on its 150 Weybridge St.

1966: Back to square one for schools... again


EDUCATION COMMISSIONER RICHARD Gibboney (left) and Addison Northeast Superintendent Ernest Codding discuss the county school situation with other Addison County superintendents in the spring of 1966. This photo originally appeared in the May 6, 1966, edition of the Independent.

Editor’s note: This is the fourth story in a series about the growing pains of Addison County schools in 1965-66 and the Vermont Commissioner of Education’s ambitious plan to address them.

Forest service, activists to talk 'proforestation'


AS LOGGING CONTINUES across parts of the Green Mountain National Forest (as seen here in Rochester), climate and other activists are gearing up to fight on a new front, the Telephone Gap Integrated Resource Project. Centered around the town of Chittenden, the project spans more than 32,000 acres of publicly owned land, much of which has been designated as “available” for timber harvesting. Photo by Mark Nelson

RUTLAND COUNTY — Last Wednesday night, when Green Mountain National Forest officials unveiled the 72,000-acre “Telephone Gap Integrated Resource Project,” they talked of many scientific things and

New ventures head to Merchants Row


ANTHONY AND MAGGIE Gerakos will soon open Little Seed Coffee Roasters in the 24 Merchants Row space that once housed Carol’s Hungry Mind Café. The Battell Block is also welcoming Juice Amour and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Vermont Realty. Independent photo/John Flowers

MIDDLEBURY — Downtown Middlebury’s Battell Block will boast three new businesses along Merchants Row that will offer premium coffee, healthy juices, and real estate services.

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