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Ethan Allen Institute: Are you ready for the Vermont carbon tax?

Single payer health care taxes are gone – for now – but there’s another hot idea in Montpelier for a new tax – the carbon tax. It’s being promoted by “Energy Independent Vermont”, a coalition led by the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG), the Vermont Natural Resources Council, and the Conservation Law Foundation.

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Protesters burn healthcare bills at Vermont State House

Burnt toast for Gov. Shumlin

Supporters of the Healthcare Is a Human Right Campaign rallied and burned their medical bills in front of the Vermont statehouse, denouncing Democrat Gov. Shumlin for abandoning his support for universal, publicly financed healthcare Dec. 18.

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Farmer-owned co-op business opens new Middlebury office

The Addison County Chamber of Commerce welcomed Yankee Farm Credit to its new office located at 320 Exchange St. in Middlebury.

Officials mull solar, funding, roundabout

Vermont State Representatives Betty Nuovo and Amy Sheldon and State Senators Claire Ayer and Christopher Bray, discussed several legislative issues of interest to Middlebury residents at a Middlebury Select Board meeting Dec. 9.

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Vergennes man makes a difference in local athletics

For Vergennes businessman Brett Ward, being a member of the community means giving back—in the amount of over $228,000 since 2001.

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Middlebury Airport: the future looks bright

At a Middlebury Select Board meeting held at the public library branch in East Middlebury Dec. 2, Guy Rouelle, state pilot and aeronautics administrator for the State of Vermont, discussed with board members the state’s plan for maintenance along with runway, taxiway, and apron improvements.

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Denecker Chevrolet moves to Middlebury

Denecker Chevrolet, formerly located in Vergennes, relocated its auto and truck dealership business to the former Shea Motor site on U.S. Route 7 in Middlebury Dec. 15.

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Addison County Economic Development celebrates 50 years

At its recent 20th annual meeting, the Addison County Economic Development Corporation celebrated five decades of economic development.

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Local businesses support HomeShare Vermont’s inns raffle

HomeShare Vermont is pleased to announce that their Vermont Inns Raffle is underway with 30 chances to win! Inns, hotels, and bed and breakfasts around the state have generously donated an overnight stay for two including local establishments Blueberry Hill Inn, Brandon Inn, Firefly Inn, Inn on the Green, and Middlebury Inn.

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Runners to be refunded

Over 1,500 Vermont consumers may receive more than $160,000 from Active Network, LLC, a Texas-based company that provides an online platform for individuals to register for races and other recreational activities.

Tree planting approved

The Middlebury Select Board unanimously approved the Lions Club’s request to plant a new evergreen in Court Square, according to Town Manager Kathleen Ramsay.

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Search for new fire chief taking place

With Middlebury Fire Chief Rick Cole’s recent announcement of his retirement, the position of Middlebury Town Fire Chief has been advertised and current members of the fire department have been notified of the upcoming vacancy.

HOPE withdraws request

HOPE Executive Director Jeanne Montross withdrew HOPE’s request that the Middlebury Select Board consider allowing the organization to temporarily suspend its loan payments to the town.

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Vermont cracks down on home improvement fraud

The Vermont Attorney General’s Office is continuing its efforts to enforce Vermont’s Home Improvement Fraud statute. Contractors who intend to defraud the homeowner and enter into contracts but do not perform the required work or repay homeowners for down payments may be investigated for potential criminal charges.

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New identities mark new era in regional health care

New names for the four-hospital affiliation known as Fletcher Allen Partners, and its individual members, were made official last month in recognition that the partnership has become one organization focused on delivering academic medicine to the people of Vermont and northern New York more efficiently and as close to home as possible.