Middlebury

I am writing in support of Esther Thomas for the one-year post on the Middlebury selectboard vacated by Victor Nuovo. Esther is a Residence Director at Middlebury College, part of the Student Life Staff. She moved to Middlebury to take this position two years ago and immediately fell in love with Vermont, and Middlebury in particular, recognizing it as a wonderful community in which to raise her two children. With an undergraduate degree in history and communication, and a master’s in communication and public relations, Esther’s job requires her to manage a staff of 18 students. She is...

MAPLE LANDMARK, ONE of the many local businesses that had fun with the Bernie Sanders meme after Joe Biden's inauguration, imagined the senator sitting atop the wooden play train outside its Middlebury factory.
Bernie Sanders donated a portion of the money earned from the sales of his inaugural-mitten-meme merchandise to the Vermont Parent Child Center Network (VtPCCN). The VtPCCN is a network of 15 community agencies that are the hub of early childhood services and services for young families across Vermont.  Each PCC — including the Addison County Parent/Child Center — will receive an equal portion of the donation and all monies will go directly to help young families struggling with basic needs.  “It is incredible to be appreciated and known for what we do for families. Bernie gets what...
After a state order last week detailed issues with a Vermont Gas pipeline, the company filed with state regulators Wednesday requesting more time to respond. “Today we’ll be filing for a little more time so we can review the ruling,” Vermont Gas spokesperson Beth Parent told VTDigger on Wednesday. The Public Utility Commission order found that Vermont Gas had failed to bury the 41-mile natural gas pipeline through Addison County at the 4-foot depth required by a construction permit. The ruling also pointed to the failure of the company to ensure a licensed professional engineer signed off on...

ESTHER THOMAS
MIDDLEBURY — Esther Thomas and Andy Hooper on March 2 will compete for a one-year post on the Middlebury selectboard, while incumbents Lindsey Fuentes-George and Farhad Khan each will run unopposed for three-year terms on the panel. Independent Senior Reporter John Flowers reached out to all four candidates to get a sense of what is motivating them to run, and a glimpse of what they hope to accomplish if endorse by voters on Town Meeting Day. What follows are brief profiles of the four candidates, based on interviews and/or email exchanges. ESTHER THOMAS Esther Thomas moved to Middlebury...
MIDDLEBURY — On Tuesday, Feb. 9, the Middlebury selectboard will host an informational meeting on a Town Meeting Day referendum that, if passed by local voters, would send a signal to entrepreneurs the county’s shire town is open to hosting cannabis retail stores in the future. The hour-long informational meeting is set to begin at 7:10 p.m. as part of the regularly scheduled selectboard gathering. It will include participation of local attorney and Addison County High Bailiff Dave Silberman — who spearheaded the call for the March 2 cannabis vote — as well as Jesse Brooks and Jessica Hellyer...
MIDDLEBURY AREA — Probable and confirmed cases of COVID-19 have cropped up this week at schools in Middlebury, Cornwall and Shoreham. Due to health information disclosure rules, the schools could not say whether the cases were among students, teachers or other staff members. On Friday morning Principal Heather Raabe of Bingham Memorial Elementary School in Cornwall announced that a member of the school community has a presumptive positive case of COVID-19 and was in school this past Monday, Jan. 25, which considered contagious. “Presumptive means that the individual has not yet received a...
MIDDLEBURY — Concerned about the many storefront vacancies in downtown Middlebury right now, the Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP) is seeking $50,000 in local economic development money to bankroll a recruitment program for business start-ups in the core village area. It’s called “Kick Start Middlebury,” a collaboration of the BMP, Addison County Economic Development Corp., Addison County Chamber of Commerce, Vermont Small Business Development Center and Middlebury College. Plans call for “Kick Start” to be steered by a committee formed with representatives of the aforementioned...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s Town Meeting Day election ballot will include a two-person race for a one-year term on its selectboard. That race features residents Esther Thomas and Andy Hooper, both vying for the one year left on the term of former Selectman Victor Nuovo, who resigned earlier this year in order to focus on writing and philosophy projects. Meanwhile, incumbent selectboard members Lindsey Fuentes-George and Farhad Khan are unopposed for three-year terms on the panel. The March 2 ballot will also include a race for a three-year term on the 13-member Addison Central School District (...

FARHAD AND AMTUL Khan recently marked the 25th anniversary of their One Dollar Market in Middlebury. The store has become a go-to place for bargains. Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — The wares on the shelves of Middlebury’s One Dollar Market are wondrous and eclectic. Cards, cookies, candlesticks, caulking guns, chips, dustbins and a mindboggling array of arts and crafts supplies. And that only covers a small sampling of products beginning with the first four letters of the alphabet. While the available items are constantly evolving based on consumer demand, one feature of the store has remained unchanged since the One Dollar Market opened in town 25 years ago: The owner, Farhad Khan. A transplant from India by way of New York City, one could say Khan is...

JANE ANN CORRIGAN
MIDDLEBURY — Jane Ann Corrigan passed away peacefully on January 12, 2021, at the age of 88 at home in Middlebury, Vermont. She is survived by her husband, Dean; her sister, Ellen Agan; her children, Kevin Corrigan, Andrew Corrigan and Sarah Suggs; her grandchildren, Elizabeth Moore, Dustin Corrigan, Krystal Bigelow, Dorothy Corrigan, Clara Corrigan, Henry Corrigan, Bailey Suggs, Taylor Suggs and Gracie Suggs; and her great-grandchildren, Evan Corrigan, Ila Corrigan, Audrey Corrigan, Lily Moore and Jackson Moore. Jane was born in Groveton, New Hampshire, on May 11, 1932, to Hunter and...

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