BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School junior varsity boys’ basketball team has canceled practices and games this week after one of its players allegedly tested positive for COVID-19.
The school’s varsity and JV boys’ teams opened their season last Friday, Feb. 12, by hosting Enosburg Falls High School, which is located in Franklin County.
A couple of days later, Mount Abe Athletic Director Devin Wendel notified Enosburg Athletic Director Anthony Sorrentino that a Mount Abe JV player had tested positive for the disease, and likely had been positive during the Feb. 12 game, Sorrentino...
MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE HAS erected a winterized tent on the lawn next to the McCullough Student Center on campus where students arriving this weekend will be able to do such things as eat meals, reserve space for student-organized uses and pick up skates and helmets for use on a new outdoor ice skating rink being set up nearby. The college has also set up fire pits around campus where student can hang out in the COVID-safer outdoors.
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MIDDLEBURY — After a three-month hiatus, Middlebury College students will return to campus this Sunday and Monday, Feb. 21 and 22, to begin the spring 2021 semester.
Because the pandemic is still very much with us, all incoming students were required to undergo a two-week pre-arrival quarantine, and their first couple of weeks on campus will be carefully managed.
When they get to Middlebury students will go straight to the Virtue Field House to be tested for COVID-19, then head to their dorms for a mandatory room quarantine while they await the results. A week later they will undergo a second...
Vermont takes the number-one spot for highest electric bill increase (20.8%) during the first six months of the pandemic according to the home valuation website ownerly.com’s analysis of EIA (Energy Information Association) data. The average bill for Vermont came in at ($108.74). The state’s electric bill growth rate (20.8%) is over five times the national average at 3.8% (year-over-year) for the first 6 months of the pandemic.
Vermont households spent $36,612,400 more on electricity, from March through August 2020 compared to the same time period in 2019.
Addison County is serviced by two...
I agree with John Pratt’s letter to the editor about the well-organized COVID vaccines given at the American Legion in Middlebury on Feb. 4.
I was almost dreading what should have been a hopeful relief. What a wonderful surprise it turned out to be.
Thank you to all involved.
Middlebury College President Laurie Patton and Chief Health Officer and College Physician Mark Peluso released this letter to the public to explain the college’s preparations for the widespread return of students to campus this coming Sunday and Monday.
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To Members of the Middlebury Community,
As we prepare once again to bring students back to the Middlebury College campus for the spring semester, we write to share our plans and collective commitment to creating and maintaining a safe and healthy community for all.
UPDATE: In just the first 15 minutes that reservation phone lines for 70-year-olds were open the Vermont Health Department received more than 7,000 calls from people making appointments to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, Department of Health officials said on Tuesday morning.
"People may experience long wait time (and some are getting all circuits are busy) as the call center works full bore to schedule appointments," said Ben Truman, Public Health Communication Officer. "Given this call volume, the Department suggests people go online at healthvermont.gov/MyVaccine to make their appointments...
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont high school sports competitions, which mostly had been put on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic, will kick into gear on Friday, Feb. 12, Gov. Phil Scott announced at his regular press briefing this Friday.
Locally, this will allow basketball teams at Middlebury, Mount Abraham, Otter Valley and Vergennes union high schools, and hockey teams at MUHS to begin playing games after about a month of practicing.
Nordic ski teams at MUHS and OV had already been given the OK to start competing. MUHS Activities Director Sean Farrell said Tiger dance teams and cheer squads at...
MONTPELIER — Vermont is now getting 22% more COVID-19 vaccine doses per week from the federal government than its previous allocation, Gov. Phil Scott announced Tuesday.
Scott learned in a call with other governors that morning that doses would increase another 5%, on top of an 8% increase announced last week by the Biden administration, which is working to boost the number of doses sent to states. Compounded, Scott said, the increase works out to 22%.
That means Vermont will get about 10,800 doses a week for at least the next three weeks, which Scott said will aid greatly in planning ahead...
ADDISON COUNTY AND BRANDON — All four of the area school districts have reported a few cases of COVID-19 within the past week or so.
Schools in Vermont in general have shown a much lower rate of COVID-19 than the community at large. Many of the cases in the schools were likely transmitted outside of the school.
But education officials continue to take the threat of infection by the coronavirus seriously by limiting numbers of students in school buildings, sanitizing surfaces frequently and requiring social distancing and mask wearing.
Among the recent COVID-19 cases was one in the eighth-...
I just got my first COVID shot at the American Legion. I have rarely seen an enterprise so well organized! My congratulations and hats off to whoever was responsible. Fast, no hitches, more than enough people to help.