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2019 Update #13

Thinking Spring, Free T-Shirts

Wednesday morning’s frost notwithstanding, isn’t it starting to feel like Spring? The peepers think so! What a joy to hear their Spring call once again.

To offset our still largely brown and gray landscape, our Department of Public Works just finished planting 960 pansies around the downtown area for early spring color. Many thanks to Lily Snow for coordinating and planting. DPW is also planning on hanging 16 large baskets of colorful flowers along Main Street prior to our annual Memorial Day Parade.

Bundle @ 60 Main’s Spring Lineup

Bundle @ 60 Main, the new pop-up space in the former Clay’s storefront on Main Street, has announced a full Spring lineup of markets, events, classes, and workshops. “Bundle” is one of several downtown initiatives developed by Neighbors Together in collaboration with the Better Middlebury Partnership with funding provided by the Vermont Agency of Transportation.

From a basket-weaving workshop to a Spring art showcase featuring the work of students at MUMS, MUHS, and the Hannaford Career Center, Bundle has some really interesting events lined up. You can check out the current schedule here.

Local entrepreneur Kelly Hickey is managing the space and developing the event schedule. Kelly is the owner, designer, and maker at Edie&Glo, a vintage-inspired textile and apparel business in Weybridge. Got an idea for a pop-up event? Shoot Kelly an email at

Your Weekly Construction Update

This week Kubricky continued excavating the trench and laying the conduit that will allow GMP, Comcast, Consolidated Communications, and FirstLight to run their lines underground at the entrance to the Marble Works. As I mentioned last week, those connections and the dismantling of the aerial lines will happen later this year.

Otherwise, it was a relatively quiet week on the construction front, with Kubricky getting a jump on overall clean-up of the construction area in advance of the main project getting underway later this summer.

Get Your Own Middlebury Maple Run T-Shirt

Sunday, May 5, is the 11th anniversary of the Middlebury Maple Run. The half marathon is one of Middlebury’s largest athletic events, with about 700 runners expected to toe the start line. In addition to filling hotel rooms, the race raises funds for local charities.

The folks organizing this event need more volunteers to help welcome the athletes and guide them through the course. Many of the available positions are early in the day so you can help out for a few hours and be home by noon. All volunteers get a t-shirt—and the satisfaction of knowing you’ve contributed to a successful event. To volunteer, sign up here.

That’s all for today. See you downtown.

Please keep your comments and questions coming. Send me an email at and I’ll try to cover it in my next update.

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