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...

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
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...
With camera phones rolling, hundreds of area residents lined the streets as ribbons were cut at the reopening of Middlebury’s Main Street and Merchants Row last Friday and the first train rumbled through the newly minted tunnel downtown. The scene sparkled with marble curbing shining on expanded sidewalks, the asphalt black without a blemish, and a clear, blue sky on a crisp autumn day adding to the overall euphoria.  The opening symbolizes, as selectboard Chair Brian Carpenter said at the event, a new era for the town. Most Middlebury residents agree and are looking ahead with the utmost...
Now that we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel of the Middlebury railway project, I am reflecting back on the excellent customer service, hard work and assertive creativity that so many people put into keeping the town vibrant. Some of my personal experiences: Becky Dayton and staff at Vermont Book Shop, Ilsley Library, Greg at Main Street Stationary, Tae (sp?), and other staff at Greg’s, Stone Mill, and Agway.  One day that stands out for me is the day I was in town with my husband, son and grandsons. We went there to watch the construction and ended up getting involved in the...
On Friday morning, a ceremonial first train took the inaugural journey through the brand-new rail tunnel in Middlebury, marking the end of the 10-week shutdown of downtown. The Addison Independent's digital editor Megan James covered the event live.   Afterwards, Middlebury selectboard chair Brian Carpenter spoke at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Main Street, and a small parade of firefighters, ambulances and other service workers followed.  
After three trying years of construction, including almost 10 weeks without downtown traffic this summer, Middlebury is on the verge of a new beginning — at least as much of a new beginning as a town founded 259 years ago ever gets. When the ribbons were cut this Friday to reopen newly black-topped Main Street and Merchants Row, complete with granite curbs, wider sidewalks and a greatly expanded Triangle Park, a great sigh of relief reverberated deep down in this community’s soul. It’s somewhat akin to how storm survivors must feel after emerging from their shelters, realizing they survived....
This story has been updated since it was originally published on Sep. 7. MIDDLEBURY — Several Middlebury College students have been dismissed from campus for COVID-19-related conduct violations, according to an announcement by Director of Health Services Mark Peluso that was posted on the college website Sunday. “While the overwhelming majority of Middlebury students have complied with our health and safety protocols, the Office of Community Standards has also issued a number of sanctions for non-compliance, including several dismissals from campus,” Peluso wrote. The dismissed students were...

Workers installing sidewalks in downtown Middlebury remove a wooden form in front of a Merchants Row business Thursday morning. Work on the $72 million downtown rail tunnel project will wrap up next summer, but the 10-week shutdown of down is drawing closer to its conclusion. Independent photo/John S. McCright
MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury, the Vermont Agency of Transportation and Kubricky Construction are organizing a socially-distanced ceremonial opening of the new downtown Middlebury rail tunnel, set for Friday, Sept. 18.  Here’s the scoop, according to Project Community Liaison Jim Gish: On Friday morning, Middlebury will mark the end of this summer’s 10-week shutdown with a ceremonial first train through the new downtown rail tunnel and a ribbon-cutting ceremony to reopen the newly restored Main Street and Merchants Row to pedestrians and thru traffic.  A Vermont Rail passenger train...
What will Halloween look like in 2020? For more than a decade, families in Middlebury have looked forward to Spooktacular, a downtown festival with costumes, games and a trick-or-treating parade, usually held the Sunday before Halloween. We can’t gather that way this year because of the pandemic. But that doesn’t mean we should give up our dreams of a community celebration. Here’s what the Better Middlebury Partnership is working on, according to Karen Duguay: Instead of making trick-or-treating one more thing lost in 2020, let’s rally together and make it really special for our local kids...

THREE SCULPTURES BY Burlington’s Kate Pond, including “Adagio,” can now be seen in the Sheldon Museum’s garden. Photo courtesy of the Henry Sheldon Museum
MIDDLEBURY — Since 1966 the garden at Middlebury’s Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History has served as a relaxing, quiet escape for visitors to enjoy the colorful, period flowers and plants. Volunteer members of the Middlebury Garden Club have designed, planted and cared for the garden for decades. The garden is open to visitors from sunrise to sunset. Five new sculptures by three Vermont artists have been added to this in-town, outdoor oasis. At the entryway John Matusz of Waitsfield has installed his “Interrogative Statement #9,” of welded steel, metamorphic stone from the Mad River, and...


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