April 2020

A Vergennes distributor is donating thousands of toys

IN AN ADDISON Northwest classroom Jessie Husk James, left, along with her son, Tara Brooks and Julie Basol help unload and organize boxes of donated toys by WowToyz to 7,000 Vermont children. Photo courtesy of Julie Basol

VERGENNES — By the end of this week thousands of children throughout Addison County — and their parents and guardians — will have gotten welcome surprises.

Hairstylists are waiting out the pandemic

Renee Davis (left), Valerie Smith-Hastings and Ashley Paquette are staying home and staying safe while Smith-Hastings's Middlebury salon, the Hair Network, remains shuttered because of the coronavirus pandemic. Smith-Hastings hopes to reopen the shop sometime in May, but that will depend on Gov. Scott's timeline for gradually restarting the state economy. Photo courtesy of Ashley Paquette

VERMONT — Collectively, Vermont residents have grown more than 7 miles of hair since mid-March, when Gov.


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