John Flowers

10/08/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s Ilsley Public Library will soon join its Addison County counterparts in going fine free, in part to remove a potential financial barrier that might exist for some local residents in getting their hands on literacy materials. “It’s something I believe in very deeply,” Ilsley Public Library Director Dana Hart told Middlebury selectboard members at a recent gathering. Ilsley patrons are currently assessed per-day fines if they don’t return borrowed materials by their due date. These fines are separate from fees patrons are charged for any lost or damaged library items....

JENN BUKER IS merging her Pro Skin Studio in Middlebury with new offerings that will include coffee and a wide range of CBD products. She’s calling it “11th House Botanicals.” Independent photo/John Flowers
10/08/2020
MIDDLEBURY — As the owner-operator of Middlebury’s Pro Skin Studio, Jenn Buker has specialized in helping people care for the exterior of their bodies. Beginning next month, she’ll add services and products designed to make people feel good inside and out. Buker is in the process of remodeling her 111 Maple St. studio into “11th Hour Botanicals,” a business that will, among other things, offer a variety of CBD-infused salves, drops, coffees and smokable flowers, along with tinctures, massage oils, teas and Rasa beverages. Cannabidiol — most commonly known as CBD — is derived from cannabis (...
10/01/2020
MIDDLEBURY — In a move that could have dire long-term consequences for Addison County’s nursing home, the Green Mountain Care Board (GMBC) on Tuesday rejected Porter Hospital’s request for a 5.75% increase in its commercial rate as part of its fiscal year 2021 budget, instead determining the hospital should make do with a 4% hike. The board had been asked on Tuesday to reconsider its prior rejection of Porter’s proposed rate hike. The GMCB did however give Porter a little good news. The panel had originally ruled that 1% of the 4% increase for Porter should be tied to the COVID pandemic,...

LYNN DIKE
10/01/2020
BRISTOL — Bristol Republican Lynn Dike has once again jumped into the political arena during a presidential election year. In 2016, she ran for one of the two state Senate seats representing Addison County, Huntington and Buel’s Gore. She failed to make the cut, but is hoping to write a different ending as a candidate for one of two Vermont House seats representing Addison-4, the district that includes Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton and Starksboro. “I want (voters) to have a choice,” Dike said during a recent phone interview. “Right now, conservatives have no voice in Montpelier.” She’s referring...
10/01/2020
MIDDLEBURY — University of Vermont Health Network Porter Medical Center announced on Tuesday it had reached a tentative, three-year agreement with the union representing 130 Porter registered nurses. The deal will increase salaries by 21% over the course of the pact.  The size of the increase, according to Porter management and nurses’ union, reflects a commitment to paying RNs a more competitive wage that will make PMC better able to retain and recruit personnel. The contract assures nurses a 9% raise in year one, and a 6% raise in years two and three, amounting to a total of 21%. “I think...

DONNA AUDET, WHO recently retired following a 40-year career as office manager for Porter Women’s Health in Middlebury, brought a special touch to her managerial responsibilities in a Middlebury medical practice. Photo courtesy Donna Audet
10/01/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Donna Audet was working at Burlington Savings Bank in Middlebury in September of 1980 when she received a call from the late Dr. Alan Ayer, who had taken her through her first pregnancy just six months earlier. Ayer this time wasn’t calling to check up on Audet’s child. “He asked me if I might be interested in coming to work for him,” Audet recalled. She didn’t have to be asked twice. Audet gave her notice at the bank and began working for Ayer on Oct. 1, 1980, running the front desk and scheduling patient appointments. And the rest is history. A lot of it. Jimmy Carter was in...

DOUGLAS ANDERSON, ARTISTIC director for Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater, displays a new sign he devised as a way to encourage folks to be safe and buy take-out food from local merchants during the COVID-19 pandemic. The sign, a variation on a famous World War II poster, has been distributed free to many Middlebury businesses and is one of several community outreach efforts recently undertaken by THT. Photo courtesy Douglas Anderson
10/01/2020
MIDDLEBURY — It was 1939, the beginning of World War II. Anticipating a series of bloody air raids orchestrated by the Third Reich, the British government sought basic ways to inspire its people to persevere through the carnage that would come. The Ministry of Information designed a series of motivational posters, including a crimson-red version, festooned with the royal crown insignia, bearing the slogan, “Keep Calm and Carry On.” Fast-forward 81 years, and the world finds itself dealing with another monumental crisis — the COVID-19 pandemic. And Town Hall Theater Artistic Director Douglas...
09/25/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center officials on Friday morning indicated that Helen Porter Nursing & Rehabilitation is not in imminent peril of closing in spite of its ongoing budget shortfalls, but said the facility will be in serious financial trouble going forward if state regulators maintain that Porter can no longer partially subsidize the service through its hospital budget. Porter Hospital officials on Tuesday, Sept. 29, will lobby the Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) to reconsider its recommendation to pare back the hospital’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget request because it in part...

HELEN PORTER NURSING & Rehabilitation is Addison County's largest nursing home. Independent photo/Angelo Lynn
09/24/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Porter Hospital officials on Tuesday, Sept. 29, will lobby the Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) to reconsider its recommendation to pare back the hospital’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget request because it, in part, subsidizes operations at Helen Porter Nursing & Rehabilitation — Addison County’s largest nursing home. Porter Medical Center officials are warning that the GMCB’s failure to reconsider its budget directive could have catastrophic impacts on both the hospital and Helen Porter. “Porter Hospital’s budget was submitted in complete alignment with established guidelines and...

VERMONT SECRETARY OF Transportation Joe Flynn cuts the ribbon before the ceremonial first train traveled through Middlebury's new rail tunnel on Friday. Independent photo/Steve James
09/24/2020
MIDDLEBURY — More than four years of planning, dozens of often contentious meetings, a 10-week burst of around-the-clock construction and $72 million in state and federal funding all came down to a seven-minute train ride on Friday, Sept. 18, that ceremoniously signaled the completion of a massive new rail tunnel and the reopening of downtown Middlebury. Scores of facemask-wearing spectators lined the route of the “first train” with eight rail cars that hosted various municipal and Middlebury College dignitaries; representatives of Kubricky Corp., VHB Engineers and the Vermont Agency of...

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