ADDISON COUNTY — The Vermont Department of Health (DOH) today, Wednesday, Jan. 20, is reporting six new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Addison County for a total of 533 confirmed cases here since the pandemic began last March. Today's increase continues a trend of busy pandemic activity in a county that has seen 194 new cases during the past two weeks.
The DOH provides limited data on town-by-town coronavirus cases. According to that data, most recently updated on Jan. 13, Middlebury has reported 79 cases, up 16 since the last DOH town-by-town update on Jan. 7; Vergennes 67 (up 14); Shoreham...
ADDISON COUNTY — Addison County lawmakers will wield influence over issues ranging from COVID-19 relief to education financing, thanks to committee assignments recently handed down by House and Senate leaders.
Four of the county’s legislators secured leadership positions. They include Rep. Diane Lanpher, D-Vergennes, who was named chair of the House Transportation Committee; Sen. Chris Bray, who will continue to lead the Senate Natural Resources & Energy Committee; Rep. Amy Sheldon, D-Middlebury, who will again chair the House Natural Resources, Fish & Wildlife Committee; and Sen....
MONTPELIER — Leaders in the Vermont House of Representatives on Wednesday announced committee assignments for the 2021-22 Legislative session.
Rep. Diane Lanpher, D-Vergennes, will serve the next biennium as chair of the House Transportation Committee, while Rep. Amy Sheldon, D-Middlebury, will continue to lead the House Natural Resources, Fish & Wildlife Committee.
Lanpher, one of the county’s most veteran lawmakers, has served in the House since 2009. She’s spent most of her tenure on House Appropriations, but served on the Transportation Committee early in her legislative career....
Middlebury College students in Prof. Lindsay Repka’s fall Biochem class took an in-depth look at the science of coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19. In their studies they saw how this pandemic reaches beyond the proteins, RNA and other building blocks of life to affect people in so many aspects of their everyday lives.
They reached out to experts and regular people in Addison County to understand the broad reaching implications of COVID-19 and put together a package of more than a dozen scientific explainers, reports on scientists’ strategies for neutralizing the virus, and...
MARY 'PAT' BROWN of Bristol died after a short battle with COVID-19 last week.
ADDISON COUNTY — After a short battle with COVID-19, Mary “Pat” Brown — mother of six, member of Bristol’s St. Ambrose Catholic Church, retired Registered Nurse — died on Friday at age 79.
“Her loss weighs heavy on us, with the worst part being that we couldn’t be with her as she struggled to fight this awful virus,” her family wrote in a letter to Gov. Phil Scott. “Our family feels that these deaths (from COVID-19) need to have names attached to them,” they continued. “Maybe, just maybe, it will spark even one person to do better and to try harder to follow (public health) guidelines for...
UPDATE: On Friday the Middlebury location for the driveu-up COID testing changed to the Town Recreation Center off Creek Road in Middlebury.
Local Emergency Management Director Tom Hanley said the testing will be done outside in the back parking lot of the Rec Center, using the cocoa hut and another small structure as registration/check-in and testing site. People getting tested will be given instructions and they will administer the test themselves without ever getting out of their cars.
There is a great demand for COVID-19 testing right now, and Porter Hospital is expanding its drive-...
A NEW COLLECTION bunker at the solid waste district transfer station in Middlebury is ready for new drywall and asphalt shingle recycling. The district is now accepting the materials for recycling into pavement and soil improvement components.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Solid Waste Management District is now accepting asphalt shingles and new drywall scraps for recycling at its Transfer Station in Middlebury.
This new program allows community members and contractors to bring in new or used asphalt shingles, with or without tarpaper and nails attached, for special recycling.
Drywall can also be recycled; however, it must be new drywall that has not been coated or painted. The pricing for both materials is $110 per ton. Separate these items from other wastes, so you can easily unload them upon arrival.
A solid waste district...
Dr. John Brumsted of UVMHN, file photo courtesy of VTDigger.org
On Friday the head of the network of six Vermont hospitals that saw its internet systems hobbled by a cyberattack 10 days ago said the University of Vermont Health Network’s IT team is making significant progress in restoring communications systems among the hospitals and internally at the hospitals and health care practices.
“That progress may be difficult to see depending on where you are, but we are heading in the right direction,” said Dr. John Brumsted, UVMHN president and CEO, in a message to staff and employees. “We are working to restore systems, with top priority given to systems...
ADDISON COUNTY — In a normal election year dozens — sometimes scores — of absentee ballots come into town clerks’ offices around Addison County before the main event, Election Day — when voters stream into the polls to make their voices heard in person.
2020, the year of the coronavirus pandemic, the year when every registered voter in Vermont received a ballot in the mail, the year when one of the most divisive presidents in the past century is on the ballot, is not a normal election year.
No surprise that town clerks planned for a huge number of early ballots arriving at their offices, and...
BENJY RENTON DELIVERS his ballot in Middlebury.
Photo courtesy of Benjy Renton
Secretary of State Jim Condos, the state’s chief election official, has been working hard to make sure that as many Vermonters as possible get to cast ballots in the Nov. 3 General Election. His office and elections officials all around the state have taken steps to get ready for an election during the coronavirus pandemic.
“The hard work we have conducted planning and preparing for an election unlike any we have ever experienced will ensure that Vermont voters do not need to choose between their health and their right to vote,” he said.
The Secretary of State’s Office sent out Early Voting...