FLYING THE “BLACK Lives Matter” flag is one of several steps Porter Medical Center is making to improve diversity, equity and inclusion at the county’s hospital — not only for its workforce, but also for patients. While the flag might be symbolic, hospital officials said other actions are concrete. Photo courtesy Ron Hallman

MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center has created a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Council to help the county’s hospital create a more just, welcoming and responsive place for people of all colors, nationalities and religions to work and receive health care services.

It’s an initiative that started with conversations on the Porter campus a few years ago and has now taken off, joining DEI efforts at all of the University of Vermont Health Network affiliates.

Dr. John...


CONNIE MILLER OF Bridport receives her first shot of COVID-19 vaccine from a Vermont state employee at the American Legion Hall in Middlebury on Jan. 28. Miller, age 77, has since got her booster shot and sounds ecstatic to have her vaccinations complete. She said the first shot went fine, but 12 hours after she received the second shot she experienced nausea, dizziness and headache for about 12 hours, but she has been fine since then. Her husband, Paul Miller, a first responder, got his second dose of the Pfizer vaccine in January. Photo by Paul Miller
Gov. Phil Scott announced at Friday’s press conference that effective March 5, people who are vaccinated can gather with other vaccinated individuals...

DEB WESLEY, CEO of Addison County Home Health & Hospice, dispenses a COVID-19 injection to Middlebury resident Pat Durfee last week. ACHH&H is in its third week of vaccinating homebound seniors, most of whom see the COVID shot as a passport to reconnecting with family members they haven’t seen during the year- long pandemic. Photo courtesy Maureen Conrad
NEW HAVEN — It’s early Thursday morning, and the spacious Addison County Home Health & Hospice (ACHH&H) headquarters off Route 7 in New Haven...

AN ARTISTIC STATUE seen in the Cornwall village on Town Meeting Day holds one of the “Brave Little Town” signs seen around the Addison Central School District urging residents to allow Ripton to leave the district. The effort prevailed. Independent photo/Steve James
RIPTON — The town of Ripton’s quest to withdraw from the Addison Central School District will now advance to the State Board of Education. This comes...

CONNIE MILLER OF Bridport receives her first shot of COVID-19 vaccine from a Vermont state employee at the American Legion Hall in Middlebury on Jan. 28. Miller, age 77, has since got her booster shot and sounds ecstatic to have her vaccinations complete. She said the first shot went fine, but 12 hours after she received the second shot she experienced nausea, dizziness and headache for about 12 hours, but she has been fine since then. Her husband, Paul Miller, a first responder, got his second dose of the Pfizer vaccine in January. Photo by Paul Miller
Gov. Phil Scott announced at Friday’s press conference that effective March 5, people who are vaccinated can gather with other vaccinated individuals at their homes. “For example, if eight fully vaccinated individuals wanted to get together at someone’s house for dinner, they’re now able to do so...
March 8, 2021

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Letters - Opinion - Columns

  • RIPTON’S CHOICE: A LESSON IN CIVIC ENGAGEMENT The decision by Addison Central Supervisory Union district voters to allow Ripton to withdraw from the district is a lesson in civic engagement, studious work and diligence on the part of proponents, and trusting the process — even if that...
  • When I first moved to Vermont, a dear friend of mine on the West Coast sent me a novel. “Everyone in our town is reading this,” she told me, “We all love it.” The novel, “Outlander,” told the story of an army nurse who, while having a romantic holiday in the...

  • FRED AND FRANK
    Our property has become a bit of a lonely hearts club, at least for our male turkeys. If you recall, last summer we got four day-old poults as pets to keep our full-grown hen turkey company. Sadly, the two young females met a tragic fate, as sometimes happens on the homestead. This left two...

Arts & Leisure


  • Rebecca Freedner was the owner of Heartfire Henna, a successful henna studio in Vergennes, before she began her new career as an Intuitive Transformational Coach. Independent photo/Steve James
    With the first day of spring just a couple weeks away, change is on the horizon. Sure the changing of the seasons is nice, but sometimes change — especially changing one’s perspective — can be really difficult.   Rebecca Freedner has made it her business to help people...

  • JOHN F. KENNEDY
    American Association of University Women (AAUW) is sponsoring a Zoom webinar screening of the documentary “JFK: The Last Speech” on Tuesday, March 16, at 7 p.m. This screening is free and open to the public. Executive produced by Middlebury native Neil Bicknell (Amherst ’64) and...

  • A WORK BY Catherine Palmer
    BRANDON — The Brandon Artists Guild (BAG) announces its “Pet Project” — an animal-themed exhibit that celebrates all creatures great and small. The exhibit runs from March 5 through May 2. There will be a free closing reception on Friday, April 23, from 5-7 p.m. The all-...

Sports


  • EAGLE SENIOR GUARD Savannah Scrodin (4) drives past two Colchester defenders as another senior, Marley Keith (31), takes position under the basket in the fourth quarter of Mount Abe’s 52-43 home loss on Friday. Independent photo/Steve James
    BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball team did a lot right vs. visiting Division I Colchester on Friday. Counting team rebounds, the Eagles earned a 39-29 edge on the boards. They had one fewer turnover than the Lakers (20-21), and sank one more free throw (9-...

  • PANTHER ERIK ARVIDSSON, shown at the 2019 Middlebury Carnival, earned his first World Cup points this weekend when he earned eighth place in a race in Austria. File photo by Benjy Renton
    SAALBACH, Austria — Middlebury College skier Erik Arvidsson — the 2016 World Junior Downhill Champion — finished eighth in Saturday’s FIS Ski World Cup downhill race in Saalbach, Austria, scoring his first-ever World Cup points, according to a U.S. Ski Team press release....
  • ADDISON COUNTY — The Middlebury boys’ basketball team won its third straight game, this one at the expense of rival Vergennes, to highlight high school sports action late last week. Other winners included the Eagle boys’ and Otter Valley and Tiger girls’ basketball teams....

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