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North Branch kids keep their daily routines


NORTH BRANCH SCHOOL seventh-grader Finn Myers communicates with his science teacher, Rose McVay (onscreen), and his classmates (in video boxes at the bottom of the screen), from his Middlebury home Friday morning. North Branch suspended on-campus classes March 12. Students and teachers are staying connected to one another, visually, by using Google Hangouts and Zoom. Photo by Caitlin Myers

RIPTON — The North Branch School may have suspended on-campus classes for a while, but its 28 students, now learning from home, still observe a daily school routine that connects them to their teac

For educators, staying connected is as important as academics


SCHOOLS ARE DELIVERING school lunches and breakfasts to many children in all Addison County school districts because many students rely on school food as an important source of nutrition. A student in the Addison Central School District received this lunch on Monday. Independent photo/Bridget Sullivan

ADDISON COUNTY — After a couple days of planning late last week, Addison County’s unified school districts went into distance-learning mode on Monday — with an emphasis, at least through the end of

Home improvement: The case for home solar


SETH LAPIDOW AND his dog show off the solar array he had installed for his home off Smith Street in Shoreham five years ago. A combination of the energy savings and government incentives has made the array a good investment. Photo courtesy of Same Sun of Vermont

ADDISON COUNTY — Over the past two decades Americans have begun to embrace the idea that they can use solar energy to power their homes.

Home improvement: A primer on solar photovoltaic cell


A GROUP OF solar cells are strung together to make a module, and then a group of modules are connected to make a solar system that is ready for installation. A typical residential rooftop solar system has about 30 modules. Courtesy of U.S. Department of Energy

You’ve seen them on rooftops, in fields, along roadsides, and you’ll be seeing more of them: Solar photovoltaic (PV) installations are on the rise across the country — but how do they turn sunshine

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