Middlebury

Crews demolished Middlebury's Merchants Row rail bridge on July 28. A temporary bridge will open to traffic on Aug. 12.
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Construction crews are installing two steel temporary bridges in downtown Middlebury, giving the town a taste of what the larger construction project will mean for the area.

Two bridges in downtown Middlebury will be replaced with temporary steel bridges in June.

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The members of Porter Medical Center voted Wednesday to affiliate with UVM Health Network. The Middlebury hospital will be re-branded as UVM Health Network–Porter Medical Center.

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Local clergy in Middlebury have planned a Community Gathering of Love and Hope on Saturday in response to vandalism at the county's Jewish congregation, as well as other incidents across the nation.

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Community members in Middlebury will be discussing a plan to replace two downtown rail bridges at a meeting Thursday with the Vermont Agency of Transportation. The state hopes to replace the bridges over a 10-week period in 2019, before Amtrak extends service north along Route 7.

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This summer, Porter Medical Center's board of directors announced that the hospital may become a partner of the University of Vermont Health Network. The announcement comes after Porter's financial issues and layoffs made news back in February, though the current interim CEO says now that Porter is in the process of "rebuilding."

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When you think of sketch comedy, the Mormon Church may not be the first thing that springs to mind. With the huge popularity of the play The Book of Mormon, you might think of the church as more of a punch line. A new documentary is changing that by following a sketch group called “Studio C” based in Provo, Utah. It's made up of practicing Mormons, with oversight from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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A survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima will be speaking about reconciliation and responsibility Monday at Middlebury College. And she's be joined by the grandson of President Harry Truman, who has also been working to bring attention to the stories of survivors.

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The Turning Point Center of Addison County is looking for a new home. The peer-to-peer recovery center's lease at its current location is not being renewed and the center can't find a new location that fits with Middlebury's zoning regulations.

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Bill Maris is the founder and CEO of GV. It's a venture capital firm backed by Google with more than $2 billion in its investment portfolio.

GV is actually the second business Maris has started. The first, Burlee.com, was one of the first web hosting companies in the country. He founded it in the late '90s in Burlington.

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After more than 60 years in their old town offices, Middlebury officials opened their new building on Monday.

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Three years ago, a group of Middlebury College students created a program to provide locally-sourced food at wholesale prices in hopes of helping low-income families. Those students have since graduated, but others are carrying on their work.

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Representatives of a power line that would run under Lake Champlain are meeting with the Middlebury Selectboard Tuesday night  to discuss the possibility of building a converter station in the town’s industrial park.

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Sgt. Jason Covey sits at a conference table in the Middlebury Police Department offices. Displayed out in front of him are three guns. Each one has a little tag attached by a string, looped around the trigger like a price tag, with information about how the department acquired the gun.

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Porter Medical Center in Middlebury has laid off eight registered nurses. The small community hospital has lost $11 million since 2012. 

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The Vermont Agency of Agriculture has leased its mobile flash freezer unit to Middlebury’s Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center.

The school plans to use the unit to process local produce for the Addison County Food Shelf. But first, students at the career center plan to design a mobile processing unit to pair with the freezer.

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Design work is underway on a planned runway expansion at the Middlebury State Airport. State transportation officials plan to meet with the community Wednesday night to give an update on the $3 million project.

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Dozens of people packed into a special Middlebury select board meeting last month to share their concerns over the planned replacement of two rail road bridges in the downtown. Some said they'd rather see a rail bypass. But transportation officials say a bypass isn't feasible. 

The Open Door Clinic

Changes at a clinic in Middlebury have some concerned that migrant workers could lose access to medical care. 

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Some Middlebury residents are concerned about a $55 million project to replace two aging state-owned rail bridges in the downtown. Some say disruptions would be devastating to local businesses, others say they’d rather have trains out of the town center all together.

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