Middlebury

MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury distributor of John Deere and other brand farm equipment has been sold to a larger chain of stores that sells new and used equipment to farmers, commercial landscapers, builders, and homeowners. United Ag & Turf of East Windsor, Conn., announced this week that it had purchased Mountain View Equipment, which has showrooms in Middlebury and three other locations. The buy declined to divulge the terms of the deal. Mountain View Equipment was formed Jan. 1, 2012, when Hendy Brothers, founded more than 60 years ago in Middlebury, merged with Giroux Brothers...

THE REV. ANDY Nagy-Benson, pastor of the Congregational Church of Middlebury, is an architect of “Table 21,” a nonprofit created to evaluate applications from businesses seeking a portion of the donated money to mop up red ink and make payroll.
MIDDLEBURY — The unofficial guardian angel of small, struggling Middlebury-area businesses has made another huge donation — this time for  $350,000 — to help those that have taken a financial hit from the COVID-19 pandemic. The anonymous benefactor — who lives overseas but has ties to Middlebury — has now given a total of $650,000 this year to help area farms, restaurants, and now stores that are barely making ends meet during a pandemic that just marked its grim one-year anniversary. The Rev. Andy Nagy-Benson, pastor of the Congregational Church of Middlebury, is an architect of “Table 21,”...

WORKERS HAVE BEGUN to mobilize at Middlebury’s Court Square for a massive water main replacement project that will involve a sizable section of Court Street. It’s one of several projects that will take place in Addison County’s shire town this summer and will include repaving of portions of Routes 7, 30 and 125. Independent photo/William Haig
MIDDLEBURY — While the finishing touches are about to be made to the downtown Middlebury tunnel project, other construction and paving in and around the village could pose challenges for drivers starting next month and run through the summer. Those traveling through Middlebury are already noticing work in the Court Square area. It’s a major effort to replace an antiquated, failing water main with new conduit — 12-inch ductile iron pipe. Local residents last year approved a bond of up to $2.5 million to finance the water main improvements on Court Street, between Court Square and Cross Street...

PAUL RALSTON HAS decided to sell Vermont Coffee Company to Maine-based Stonewall Kitchen, a move that the company’s officials said will keep — and grow — local jobs and lead to a new coffee shop in downtown Middlebury. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Coffee Company has been sold to Maine-based specialty food producer Stonewall Kitchen in a deal that will keep VCC in Middlebury, retain (and possibly grow) the firm’s local workforce, and expand the market for its popular coffee products. The transaction will also result in Vermont Coffee absorbing more space within the Carrara complex at 1197 Exchange St., and lead to creation of a new downtown Middlebury café as soon as this fall. “As a purpose-driven company, finding the right home for our brand and the friends I’ve made was of the utmost importance to me,” said...

ON TUESDAY A couple dozen neighbors came to the site of the tornado off Painter Road and helped homeowners clean up their property and recover what could be salvaged. Independent photo/Megan James
MIDDLEBURY — After a tornado tore across a mile of the Painter Road neighborhood in Middlebury this past Friday afternoon, one youngster went to the hospital with minor injuries and another young woman was shaken up after the twister roughed her up a bit, but no serious injuries were reported. The same can’t be said for the damage to a few structures and the landscape. But overall, the incident seemed to be about a some measure of physical damage and another measure of fear. “What I’m thankful for is that I have a roof over my head,” said Cheryl Werner, whose home was in the path of the...

Former longtime Addison Independent photographer Trent Campbell has pulled out some of his best images of Addison County people and will show the work at the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History beginning on April 2 in an exhibit titled, “The Faces of Addison County.” Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Trent Campbell’s legions of fans will soon be able to get a gander at some of his particularly prized pictures taken during his two-decade career as the Addison Independent’s photographer. The 24 photos will be part of a show titled “The Faces of Addison County” that will be on exhibit at Middlebury’s Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History beginning Friday, April 2. The show includes Campbell’s favorite photos showing area residents of all ages at work, play, parades, Addison County Fair and Field Days and other familiar places. Trent Campbell amassed a mountain of awards and...

'MARY'S GOLDEN DREAM,' a work by Homer G. Wells
MIDDLEBURY — “Shedding Light,” featuring new collections from painter Kay Flierl and etched aluminum artist Homer G. Wells. As the seasons shift, the changes in light and the tones of the landscape are reflected and interpreted by both artists. On view April 1-May 31 at Edgewater Gallery at the Falls, One Mill Street in Middlebury.  “All Around Us,” a solo exhibition of new work by Charlie Bluett. Bluett’s large-scale, abstract paintings are cascading overlapping forms that shift in different planes and reference seaglass and the subtle ebb and flow of the natural world’s processes. On view...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police and firefighters, along with the Middlebury Regional EMS ambulance, were called to a Painter Road home on Friday afternoon after an apparent tornado toppled a tree onto a house, injuring a teenage boy. The youngster was taken to Porter Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. An adult at a nearby home also reported minor injuries but declined to be transported to the hospital. Middlebury authorities received a 911 call at about 1:54 p.m. on March 26. A Painter Road resident reported that her house had been damaged by a windstorm and her child injured as a...

WORKERS EARLY NEXT month will begin the final phase of construction on the downtown Middlebury tunnel project. The work, to conclude Aug. 17, will include expansion of Triangle Park between Merchants Row and St. Stephen’s Church. Independent photo/John S. McCright
MIDDLEBURY — After more than five years of planning and construction, Middlebury residents can finally see a light at the end of the downtown tunnel project. Construction workers early next month will kick off the final phase of work on the $72 million plan to replace the Main Street and Merchants Row rail bridges. The centerpiece of the project —a 360-foot-long concrete tunnel — was painstakingly assembled last summer during a 10-week sprint. The marathon portion of the undertaking will resume during the week of April 5 and conclude Aug. 17. Specific chores will include further landscaping...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard is kicking the tires on a couple of potential real estate purchases, including a 45-acre tract of forested property adjacent to Means Woods, and the former Bourdon Insurance building at 48 Merchants Row. The two-story Bourdon building contains around 3,300 square feet of space and is currently assessed at $458,400, according to the Middlebury listers’ office. The Vermont Agency of Transportation acquired the property more than a year ago to facilitate construction of the Middlebury rail tunnel project, and has been using the structure as a field office...

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