Addison County

07/17/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — More than 750 Addison County employers have received Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loans totaling between $43 million and $74 million for the retention of more than 5,700 jobs, according to data released by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Among those business that got PPP money was Addison Press Inc., which publishes the Independent and other newspapers and magazines. The federal government established the $669 billion PPP business loan program as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) to help businesses, nonprofits and the...

UNDER THE DIRECTION of high school choral directors Liz LeBeau (Middlebury), Megan LaRose (Mount Abe) and Cailin O’Hara (Vergennes), dozens of student vocalists recorded themselves singing the Vermont state song. LeBeau and LaRose mixed the audio, and Kurt Broderson of Middlebury Community TV edited and produced the video. Video screenshot
06/11/2020
Social distancing and closed schools brought on by COVID-19 meant that the 70 young Addison County singers who contributed to a new video recording of the Vermont state song this spring did not have the luxury of rehearsing together in the same room. Nor did they experience the magic of dressing up and gathering in the wings, filing onstage, climbing the risers, and taking one last breath before raising their voices in song. Still, as each singer worked alone at home to record their audio and video contributions to “These Green Mountains,” they trusted that the others would be there when the...
06/05/2020
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...
05/28/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — The Addison County Recovery Team is going over the results of its survey of the local economy. The online survey garnered an impressive 275 responses from a diverse array of area business sectors, according to Fred Kenney, executive director of the Addison County Economic Development Corp. Retail respondents topped the list at 13%, followed closely by construction and home services (11%) and food & beverage businesses (11%). Of the 275 respondents, 97 (36%) indicated they’re temporarily closed (26% forced, and 9% voluntarily). The remaining 177 (64%) respondents remained...

WHAT LITTLE IS known of these female moral reform societies comes from the reports they sent in to the parent society in New York and were published in its paper, The Advocate of Moral Reform.
05/28/2020
Of the various reform causes that Addison County women supported in the first half of the nineteenth century, there was one that became almost solely a women’s cause. Though moral reform is little known today, compared to temperance and antislavery, it was the first uniquely women’s movement for social change in America. It arose in alarm over a perceived rise in “licentiousness,” be it prostitution, fornication or adultery. In women’s hands, moral reform became a protest against male sexual aggression generally. They sought to expose predators, affirm solidarity with their victims, and equip...
05/22/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — The Addison County Recovery Team is going over the results of its own survey of the local economy. The online survey garnered an impressive 275 responses from a diverse array of area business sectors, according to Fred Kenney, executive director of the Addison County Economic Development Corp. Retail respondents topped the list at 13%, followed closely by construction and home services (11%) and food & beverage businesses (11%). Of the 275 respondents, 97 (36%) indicated they’re temporarily closed (26% forced, and 9% voluntarily). The remaining 177 (64%) respondents...
05/22/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Anyone interested in the local economy is invited to join members of the Addison County Recovery Team at a community town hall event next Tuesday. Members of the team will share survey results and talk about next steps in the recovery process. The local recovery team pledged to listen to participants’ challenges, share innovations and hear what people need to move toward a successful recovery. Addison County Recovery Team Hosts Community Town Hall will take place Tuesday, May 26, at 3 p.m. online via Zoom. There is not charge to take part. To register head online to tinyurl....

Source: Vermont Department of Labor
04/09/2020
MONTPELIER — A Vermont Department of Labor report issued Thursday showed that — no surprise — claims for unemployment insurance in the Green Mountain State skyrocketed in the first week of April. Claims in Addison County were more than double what they were for the same time last year. The DOL’s weekly report on Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims through the division of Economic and Labor Market Information showed that for the week ending April 4, 2020, the department processed 16,474 initial claims and 21,953 continued claims. That means that together the total number of Vermonters seeking...

Kim Hornung-Marcy, pastor of the North Ferrisburgh United Methodist Church, delivers a Palm Sunday service including a sermon via a video posted through Vimeo on the NFUMC website.
04/06/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Chapter 18, verse 20 of the Book of Matthew says of Christ, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” But since the COVID-19 pandemic has made it dangerous to gather in the pews, local church-goers are increasingly getting their spiritual nourishment online, through their computers. And the response has been so encouraging that “virtual sermons” could become part of the salvation of organized religion, according to some Addison County pastors who for the past few weeks have been preaching into a camera instead of to a group of people in a...
03/31/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Department of Health on Tuesday, March 31, reported that a total of 23 Addison County residents had tested positive for COVID-19, up from the 21 confirmed cases Monday. Statewide, 293 Vermonters have tested positive for the coronavirus thus far. Thirteen Vermonters have died from the disease. Another 237 patients are being monitored, while 556 have completed monitoring. The Vermont Department of Health had conducted 4,250 COVID-19 tests as of today. Chittenden County has reported the most coronavirus cases, with 152, according to the DOH. Addison County has the...

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