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PORTER MEDICAL CENTER surgeon Dr. Elya Vasiliou is spearheading the use of a new protocol that Porter physicians say will help patients bounce back more quickly from major surgery. Independent photo/John Flowers
11/11/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Tiny Porter Hospital is making giant strides in adopting new patient-care techniques that are allowing patients to better prepare for, and recover from, major surgery. The Middlebury medical center is practicing a new health care protocol dubbed Enhanced Recovery After Surgery, or ERAS, which is primarily being applied to those undergoing colorectal surgery. Piloted with great effect at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, ERAS represents a departure from such traditional strategies as prescribing ample bed rest and dispensing narcotic painkillers following colorectal surgery....

KAREN DUGUAY
11/11/2019
MIDDLEBURY — For the first time in its history, the Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP) is asking for out-of-town donations to help subsidize the special holiday and recreational events — like the annual Spooktacular and WinterFest — that county residents have come to enjoy through the years. The BMP’s financial crunch has become more acute in recent years because it has had to drop a few popular fundraising events that have been key in underwriting its annual slate of activities. Chief among the fundraiser casualties was the annual Vermont Chili Fest, which attracted 40-50 chefs and...

REP. AMY SHELDON (D-Middlebury) and five other members of the Vermont Legislature’s Climate Solutions Caucus convened a climate policy forum at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society in Middlebury on Thursday evening. The Climate Caucus has been working since last May to develop legislative solutions to the climate crisis and are traveling the state to report on their progress. Independent photo/Christopher Ross
11/11/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Members of the Vermont Legislature’s Climate Solutions Caucus are organizing a series of climate policy forums all over the state to share their legislative priorities for 2020 and bring more Vermonters into the climate conversation. On a snowy Thursday evening, six caucus members convened at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society in Middlebury to share their work. “Climate work is all improvised on some level,” said Sen. Chris Pearson (P-Burlington). “Nobody has shown us what to do. We have snippets all around the world that we can draw from, and some right here in...

IN AN APPRECIATION ceremony at the Middlebury Inn last month, Judy Bourbeau from the Department of Labor congratulates Nichol Wolfe for successfully completing the childcare apprenticeship program. Photo courtesy of Dawn Johnson and Jan Walker
11/11/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Early childhood professionals came with their families to the Middlebury Inn last month to celebrate completing Vermont’s rigorous two-year registered childcare apprenticeship program. People came from throughout the state as well as Addison County on Oct. 5 for this annual event. This was also an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the 20 years that the Vermont Child Care Industry and Careers Council Inc. (VCCICC) has been supporting and coordinating childcare apprenticeship in partnership with the Child Development Division and the Vermont Department of Labor. Over the years...

“DAVID CROSBY: REMEMBER My Name” will screen at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. This film is presented by the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival’s Selects film screening series.
11/11/2019
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival continues its MNFF Selects film screening series on Friday, Nov. 15, with the compelling documentary “David Crosby: Remember My Name.” The film will screen at 7 p.m. at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. Offering a robust schedule of one film per month over eight months from October 2019 through May 2020, MNFF Selects will take its audiences on an entertaining ride in the months ahead. All the films will screen at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. MNFF Selects embraces a broader, more freewheeling approach to its seasonal screening series,...

DOWNTOWN MIDDLEBURY HAS been a beehive of construction activity this week as workers prepare the rail corridor for a tunnel that will replace the Merchants Row and Main Street rail bridges. Independent photo/Steve James
11/07/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Both pedestrian and vehicular traffic in downtown Middlebury was slower than usual this week, as work on the $72 million rail bridges replacement project jumped from the train corridor to Main Street. Main Street traffic was relegated to one lane beginning on Monday as two Kubricky Construction crews excavated several feet below the blacktop to install two new sewer manholes, one directly in front of the National Bank of Middlebury’s Duclos Building and the other at the top of Printer’s Alley, according to Jim Gish, Middlebury’s community liaison for the rail bridges project....

PORTER PEDIATRIC PRIMARY Care staffers Dr. Paco Corbalan and Nurse Practitioner Monica Benjamin, shown with her daughter Winter, are spearheading a new in-school clinic that will serve Middlebury Union High School students beginning Dec. 5. The clinic will be open for around four hours each Thursday and will be based in the Hannaford Career Center. Independent photo/John Flowers
11/07/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Porter Pediatric Primary Care and Middlebury Union High School have teamed up to launch a new health center that will serve students in a school setting. The new clinic — which will be open for around four hours on Thursdays, beginning Dec. 5 — will dispense care that currently can’t be offered by the school nurse and would thus require a student to leave campus for treatment at Porter or through their family physician. It will be located in the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center, which is attached by a hallway to the MUHS building off Charles Avenue. The clinic will provide...
11/07/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Game wardens with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department have been investigating a series of wild animal poaching incidents in Addison County for the past five weeks, and they are asking tor the public’s help so they can wrap up the investigation. Lt. Justin Stedman, leader of Fish and Wildlife’s central district, said the investigation was triggered by a series of reports of dead animals in incidents in Middlebury and New Haven that had similar characteristics. This week, the department said it had arrested two young men in Middlebury as a result of the investigation. Stedman...

A RIVER WATCH volunteer samples the water from Lewis Creek earlier this year. Photo courtesy Matt Witten
11/07/2019
MIDDLEBURY — During rainy months and dry months, Addison County River Watch Collaborative’s volunteers had another successful season this year from April to September, testing the water quality of several rivers in the county. The changeable weather and the rising and falling of river levels, however, were the least of the transitions that the Collaborative has experienced. “This year we’ve had to be flexible amidst a number of surprises,” said Matt Witten, managing director of Addison County River Watch. “Most significantly, we felt buffeted by the growing pains that the state Department of...

MONICA PRZYPERHART
11/07/2019
MIDDLEBURY — “My favorite part of any watershed is where two streams meet. I feel at home where pristine mountain streams flow into fertile valley soils. Perhaps it’s no surprise that professionally, I like to be at the convergence of science and community. I’ve studied amphibians and pollinators with the US Forest Service and the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, and I’ve been an educator of various levels, from an outdoor elementary school to the Community College of Vermont. But citizen science—where research and community meet—is my passion.” Monica has worked with the Vermont Fish...

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