Gov. Phil Scott answers questions on the state’s COVID-19 response at a press briefing on May 29, 2020. Photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDigger
Despite an outbreak of COVID-19 in Winooski that now numbers 34 cases, Gov. Phil Scott and other state officials outlined a series of orders on Friday that open the door to indoor restaurant dining, increased travel and more lodging opportunities including short-term rentals. The Winooski outbreak has been identified and “boxed in,” Scott said at his regular COVID-19 press conference, and won’t affect plans announced earlier this week to increase business activity. Effective June 8, inns, hotels and other lodging can book 50% of their rooms for guests or have 25 guests and staff on the...
The leaders of Vermont’s House and Senate say they plan on fast-tracking grant money for businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and may send an initial economic relief package to the governor’s desk by the end of next week. Last month, Gov. Phil Scott pitched a $400 million economic relief package that included a first round of $250 million in direct grants and loans to businesses, funded by dollars the state received from the federal CARES Act in April. House Speaker Mitzi Johnson, D-South Hero, and Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe, D/P-Chittenden, said Thursday that they are working...
ADDISON COUNTY — The Addison County Regional Planning Commission (ACRPC) is preparing to apply for a Broadband Innovation Grant for $60,000 to conduct a feasibility study about how best to help unserved and under-served portions of Addison County. The COVID-19 crisis has demonstrated the necessity of broadband so families can keep up with school, healthcare or business, and this study would help ACRPC write a business plan to bring broadband service to people in the regions that currently cannot get it. ACRPC needs members of the public to write a compelling grant application. If you live in...

JANET AND JOEL Mondlak pose with their dog, Horace, in “Across the Street” — their new pop up antiques and collectibles shop on Center Street in Brandon. The couple will be hanging out their shingle through October. Brandon Reporter photo/Lee J. Kahrs
BRANDON — The plan was always to come back to Brandon. And much like the U.S. Postal Service, neither rain nor pandemic would keep Janet and Joel Mondlak from their appointed rounds here. The Mondlaks lived in town for many years and raised their daughters here. The antique and collectible dealers owned and operated Antiques by the Falls and the Inside Scoop ice cream shop next to the Brandon Inn. After 10 years there, they closed their doors on New Year’s Eve 2014 and hit the road. They’ve been traveling around the U.S. and Mexico and living the RV life with their Chihuahua, Horace, ever...

ANDREW AND ELIZABETH Done were pleased with the way their business, the Shoreham Inn, had bounced back during the first week after reopening from the pandemic lockdown. While the Dones are hosting dinners outside, their 10-room hotel is currently allowed to lodge only in two rooms. Independent photo/Polly Heminway
SHOREHAM — As COVID-19 has closed bigger retail establishments, restaurants, hotels, lodges and inns across Vermont and the country, it’s also affected the hundreds smaller bed and breakfasts and country inns scattered throughout Vermont and New England. One such inn in Shoreham is coming out of the two-month state lockdown with an optimistic outlook. Two weeks into operating its dining service under limited circumstances, Shoreham Inn co-owner Andrew Done said business after about two to three weeks of curbside service and outdoor seating is “better than anticipated.” The Shoreham Inn,...
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Department of Health (DOH) today, Friday, June 5, reported a total of 64 Addison County residents had tested positive for COVID-19 thus far, the same number as yesterday. The DOH provides limited data on town-by-town coronavirus cases. According to that data, Vergennes has reported 10 COVID-19 cases thus far, and Bristol has had seven. None of Addison County’s 21 other communities have reported more than five cases, according to the DOH. Statewide, 1,027 Vermonters have tested positive for the coronavirus so far, according to the DOH, up one case from yesterday. Fifty...

HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE carrying signs and sporting masks protested the killing of George Floyd and other police violence during a demonstration in downtown Middlebury on Saturday evening. Photo by Jason Duquette-Hoffman
ADDISON COUNTY AND BRANDON — People started gathering in College Park, the former site of the Middlebury town offices, a little before 6 p.m. on Saturday. As the numbers swelled it became obvious that pandemic or not many Vermonters were so upset that they were willing to come out and make their presence known. The issue was a perennial one in the United States — racism. Like in towns and cities across the country, people in Vermont were shocked by the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer and showed up to let their outrage be known. Around 375 people — young and old —...
MIDDLEBURY — Charter House Coalition (CHC) officials are targeting Monday, June 8, to reopen the organization’s warming shelter at 27 North Pleasant St. in Middlebury. The shelter has been closed since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, leaders of the John Graham Housing & Services shelter in Vergennes have set the same date for restarting the city-based shelter. Doug Sinclair, co-director of the CHC, said the warming shelter will resume operations with up to 15 guests (instead of the usual 40), while observing strict social distancing rules. Moreover, the shelter will...
MIDDLEBURY — The sixth annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (MNFF) won’t take place in Addison County’s shire town this August. But the show will go on. Organizers told the Addison Independent on Tuesday they’re taking the festival online in an effort to replicate the multi-day event as best they can during the COVID-19 pandemic. Festival Producer Lloyd Komesar and Artistic Director Jay Craven are negotiating with a company that has experience staging online film festivals. The online edition will be held during the second half of August; organizers are still sorting out details. Komesar...
MIDDLEBURY — All of Addison County’s incumbent state senators and representatives will run for re-election this November. And a combined total of seven challengers have stepped up to make sure there will be competition for the two state Senate seats representing Addison County, Huntington and Buel’s Gore, as well as in five of the county’s six House districts. Information on file with the Vermont Secretary of State’s Office shows Rep. Peter Conlon, D-Cornwall, is the only county lawmaker to not have competition at this point. But that could change, as independent candidates have until Aug. 6...


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