Middlebury

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents on Aug. 31 will be asked to support bonding up to $323,000 to buy into the 500-kilowatt Bristol Community Solar Project (BCS), an investment that could save the municipality up to $180,000 in electricity costs during the 25-year term of the bond. And Middlebury voters will have a second reason to turn out at the polls on Aug. 31: The ballot will feature a second question, asking residents to support a financial separation agreement between the Addison Central School District and the town of Ripton. That agreement must pass muster in all seven ACSD communities...
MIDDLEBURY — Last week the iconic Vermont political puppetry troupe Bread & Puppet Theater performed in Middlebury's Marble Works. Hannah Laga Abram captured these highlights from the show.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard recently approved a fiscal year 2022 municipal tax rate of 79.69 cents per $100 of property value, representing a 0.0065-cent decrease compared to FY’21. The new tax rate is intended to cover municipal expenses from July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022. It is based on the general fund operating budget of $11,510,928 that Middlebury voters approved this past March, of which $7,571,924 will be raised through local taxes. Middlebury selectboard members softened the tax impact of this year’s tax rate when they agreed to allocate $622,706 from the Cross Street...

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. The new businesses, according to Battell Block Partners LLC Director of Operations Grace Amao Ciffo, include Juice Amour, Little Seed Coffee Roasters and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Vermont Realty, which will lay down roots at 16, 24 and 32 Merchants Row, respectively. All three enterprises were among the approximately 40 businesses that sought start-up grants through the Middlebury Kick Start program. While neither...
MIDDLEBURY — Art supplies, refurbished furniture, an old-fashioned ice cream parlor experience, home-and-lifestyle products, arts education and physical fitness are among the goods and services that will be offered by a half-dozen new enterprises setting up shop in Middlebury. All plan to open before the end of this year, thanks to an economic development incentive program spearheaded by the Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP). The six new businesses will each be awarded a grant of $15,000-$20,000 — along with a wide range of support services — to occupy some of the Middlebury storefront...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents next month could be asked to approve a $323,000 bond that would allow the town to buy into a Bristol solar array. It’s an investment that proponents contend would allow the municipality to save an estimated $180,000 in electricity costs over the 25-year term of the bond. The Middlebury selectboard will decide on July 27 whether to place the proposed bond issue before voters on Aug. 31. That ballot would include a second referendum asking residents to approve a financial agreement for Ripton’s exit from the Addison Central School District. Selectboard members...

A COMPANY CALLED Satori Seven South is seeking to buy the former Connor Homes building at 1741 Route 7 south and turn it into a hemp growing/processing facility. Independent photo/William Haig
MIDDLEBURY — A Vermont-based investment company is seeking to buy the former Connor Homes property at 1741 Route 7 south and use it for indoor growing of hemp plants, including propagation, storage, drying, testing, processing and wholesale distribution. The Middlebury Development Review Board is slated to hear an official pitch from representatives of Satori Seven South LLC and its parent company, Satori Investment Partners (SIP) LLC, on Monday, July 26, at 7 p.m., at the Middlebury town offices. “We see the building as a great space to continue our investment in cannabis, primarily around...

Winners of the downtown Middlebury Kick Start grants include, from left to right, Calvi's restaurant, Middlebury Studio School, Sparrow Art Supply and Addison West, among others.
MIDDLEBURY — Six businesses are being awarded between $15,000 and $20,000 to bring new or expanding businesses to Middlebury after construction and the pandemic left several open storefronts. The Kick Start Middlebury program, created through a partnership of municipal, economic development, educational and business entities, has announced the recipients of its business recruitment incentive program. The winning businesses range from retailers of goods for the home, to supplies and services for artists, to a restaurant and start-up that will offer rock climbing. The Kick Start Middlebury...

CONSTRUCTION WORKERS get ready to pour the concrete for the new passenger rail platform off Middle Seymour Street in Middlebury this week. The new platform will serve riders of an upcoming Ethan Allen Express train running from Burlington to Rutland and linking to New York City. Independent photo/ Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Construction on Middlebury’s new rail platform off Middle Seymour Street is expected to wrap by Aug. 31, in anticipation of Amtrak passenger train service to Burlington beginning next spring. Kubricky Construction workers have spent the past several weeks excavating the Middlebury platform site and are now tending to the biggest components of the job — installation of the 300-foot deck and a 200-foot canopy, with lighting. Once completed, the platform will accommodate passengers for Amtrak’s Ethan Allen Express train, which currently travels from New York City to Rutland, via...

KARI, I HAVE a feeling that we are not alone...
Really? Henry L. Sheldon collected cartoons over 120 years ago? Yes! Last winter, in the midst of the pandemic, the Sheldon Museum was contacted by a known New Yorker cartoonist, Ed Koren. He explained that he was in possession of two bound volumes of Sunday supplements from the New York World, one of the first newspapers in the U.S. that published comic strips. The two huge bound volumes (19 inches x 22 inches), which bear Henry L. Sheldon’s name, contained the “Sunday funnies” — as cartoons were then known — published between 1898 and 1902. They represent the early days of cartooning with...

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