Addison County

10/22/2020
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
10/19/2020
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...
09/11/2020
Addison County Economic Development Corp. offers news bites of interest to our local businesses. Vermont Emergency Economic Recovery Grant Program Update Applications are still being accepted for the Vermont Emergency Economic Recovery Grants through the Agency of Commerce. Click here to apply. However, the amount set aside for Woman-owned business has run out of funds. Also, the portal for businesses that collect Sales & Use and Rooms & Meals taxes to apply for Vermont Emergency Economic Recovery Grants is temporarily closed. For more detail, click here.   CVOEO Launches EMBRACE...
09/04/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County’s largest employer on Friday announced a new staff leave policy, with the hope of minimizing the risk sick employees might pose to the campus community and to provide a financial cushion for those who may need to be quarantined or isolated because of COVID-19. “One of the most important ways you can contribute to a safe work environment is to stay home if you’re sick,” wrote Middlebury College Vice President for Human Resources Karen Miller and Executive Vice President for Finance David Provost in a staff email Friday morning. Roughly 1,200 people work locally for...
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...

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Addison County Independent

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Middlebury, VT 05753

Phone: 802.388.4944
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