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BUILDING ON THE success of previous classes, Hannaford Career Center students Sam Klingensmith (left), Roza Stewart and Adin Girard, along with their classmates Ileigh Aube and Eben Clifford (not pictured), will spend the year helping develop a meter to measure maple sap flow. Their project was recently chosen for a $10,000 InvenTeams grant from the Lemelson-MIT Program. Independent photo/Christopher Ross
10/24/2019
MIDDLEBURY — After years of development by successive student teams at the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center in Middlebury, an invention called the “maple meter” has won some major recognition. Yesterday the HCC received a $10,000 InvenTeam grant from the Lemelson-MIT Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “I am impressed by this year’s InvenTeams and their commitment to solving important problems in society,” said Stephanie Couch, executive director of the Lemelson-MIT Program, in an Oct. 23 press release. “By drawing on many different disciplines, the InvenTeam initiative...
10/17/2019
MIDDLEBURY — RiseVT has awarded The Blueprint for Health, in partnership with Porter Hospital, a $1000 grant to offer free cooking classes as part of the Blueprint’s Diabetes Prevention Program. The cooking classes will take place once per month for 12 months immediately following the one-hour-long Diabetes Prevention class. The cooking class will be led by Hannaford Career Center’s Culinary Arts Instructor Woody Danforth. More than 1 in 3 people have a condition called prediabetes. This means their blood sugar levels are too high, but not yet high enough for a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes....
10/14/2019
BRISTOL — U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., this past Wednesday announced that Bristol will get a half-million dollars in federal funds to advance a plan to build a business park in town.  It was one of two Vermont economic development projects to be awarded significant infusions of federal funds; the other is in Gilman on the Connecticut River.  In the Fiscal Year 2019 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, Leahy — the vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee — authored a unique partnership between the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) and the U.S. Economic Development...
10/10/2019
GRANVILLE — The Corner School Resource Center of Granville has recently been awarded both a Vermont State Tax Credit and a grant from the Walter Cerf Community Fund. These awards will help the organization, known as the CSRC, continue its renovation of Granville’s historic one-room schoolhouse and create a vibrant community space. On Oct. 2, CSRC board members Ron Millard and Diane Eramo, accompanied by Granville Selectman Bruce Hyde and part-time resident Christine Millard, attended the tax credit ceremony presided over by Gov. Phil Scott. The competitive program promotes the revitalization...
09/16/2019
BRISTOL/LINCOLN — The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) has awarded grants to the towns of Bristol and Lincoln for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure improvement projects. “Improvements to the bike and pedestrian infrastructure around the state help communities modernize and become more livable and affordable,” said Gov. Phil Scott in a press release issued last week. “The positive effects of these projects are widespread, including benefits to property values, tourism, business and the environment.” Bristol will receive $42,000 for its Main Street Lighting and Sidewalk Improvement...
09/12/2019
VERGENNES — Vergennes has been awarded a $202,000 grant to fund the lion’s share of extending Main Street sidewalk from Macdonough Drive to the Otter Creek bridge. The bequest, announced earlier this week, was part of the Vermont Agency of Transportation’s annual awards to Vermont communities through its Bicycle and Pedestrian Program. This year’s grants totaled $3.6 million, including $3.3 million of federal funds. Vergennes will spend $50,000 to match the grant, tapping its Water Tower Fund for $12,500 a year over the next four years. The city council approved that funding earlier this...

UNITED WAY OF Addison County’s Jesse Brooks (prevention coordinator), left, Helena Van Voorst (executive director) and Jerrod Rushton (board president) are planning how the organization will use $1.29 million in federal money over the next five years on local programming aimed at steering youths away from marijuana and alcohol use. Independent photo/John Flowers
09/05/2019
ADDISON COUNTY — The United Way of Addison County (UWAC) has won a five-year, $1.29 million federal grant to create more programming to reduce local youths’ use of alcohol and marijuana. And United Way officials stressed the target population — children in grades 4 through high school — will play a big role in devising and implementing that new programming. The “Partnership for Success” grant comes through the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. More than 500 organizations throughout the country applied for funding, and UWAC...

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