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$200k boost for clinic

A dental office that will provide access to dental care for low to moderate income individuals in Addison County, as well as the general population, will be getting a $200,000 boost from the state, Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas announced last week.

In a ceremony at the future home of the Addison County Dental Center, Douglas presented a $200,000 Community Development Block Grant to Middlebury that will be used to help equip and furnish the offices on Merchants Row.

"This is an area which has been in need of additional dental care providers for some time," Douglas said. "The Addison County Dental Center will focus on providing access to dental care for low to moderate income individuals, but will also be a resource for all of the people of Addison County."

Douglas noted that the dental office, located in the former Citizens Bank site, is near the Addison County Transit Resources bus route and is also within walking distance of Middlebury College, the Mary Hogan Elementary School, Middlebury Union High School and the Mary Johnson Children's Center.

The center will have treatment rooms, dental chairs, a reception/business office area, a sterilization center and a lab.

Middlebury Town Manager William Finger, and Peg Martin and Seymour Rettinger of the non-profit Addison County Dental Center were on hand to accept the check.

The agency awards the competitive grants based on recommendations of the Vermont Community Development Board and approval of Commerce and Community Development Secretary Kevin Dorn.

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