COVID-19

06/04/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Charter House Coalition (CHC) officials are targeting Monday, June 8, to reopen the organization’s warming shelter at 27 North Pleasant St. in Middlebury. The shelter has been closed since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, leaders of the John Graham Housing & Services shelter in Vergennes have set the same date for restarting the city-based shelter. Doug Sinclair, co-director of the CHC, said the warming shelter will resume operations with up to 15 guests (instead of the usual 40), while observing strict social distancing rules. Moreover, the shelter will...

POLLY HEMINWAY
06/04/2020
My eyes track slowly across a blurry screen as my professor quizzes us on Spanish vocab between bouts of lost internet connection. Regardless, classmates don’t seem to be paying much attention. They are frozen in their own blue light haze after what has felt like an exceptionally long Zoom class.  The whir of the washing machine picks up behind me and my roommate, who quarantined in Vermont (I graduated from MUHS) with me for the last two months of our spring semester. She sets down her figure drawings to begin a three-hour-long art critique online.  I have done my best to clean up for class...
06/04/2020
As we wrap up the school year, the ANWSD Board would like to thank our students, parents/guardians, faculty and staff for their extraordinary resilience, creativity, and kindness during this school year. We know it has been the most difficult year, and we thank all of them for continuing to teach and learn together. Unfortunately, the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic are far from over. The economic impact of this crisis will lead to some difficult decisions about our budget and our structure as a district. We would like to take this opportunity to explain more fully the discussions the...
06/04/2020
I’m going to discuss an issue that may bring up strong feeling in many readers, including disbelief and anger. I do not do this to make anyone angry or to diminish anyone’s strong feeling that they are doing what is best for their community. I believe in science, and my research indicates that wearing cloth or dust mask is not an effective method of slowing the spread of COVID-19 and may even do just the opposite.  I was recently sent an article by my sister to convince me to wear a mask. This article states that it may be possible to contract COVID-19 not only by being coughed on, but by...
06/01/2020
VERGENNES — The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes is reaching out to its host communities with a new effort — the club hopes to work with its members and local volunteers to produce 10,000 facemasks this summer and fall to donate to area residents. “While progress against the COVID-19 pandemic has been made, people still need to be cautious and wearing masks is a great way to protect each other,” said Boys & Girls Club Interim Director Cookie Steponaitis. The program will get under way on Monday, June 8, when anyone with 100% cotton, tight-knit fabric to donate will be ask drop...
05/29/2020
SALISBURY — For the first time generations, the heartwarming tones of youthful exuberance — including unbridled laughter, splashing and singing — won’t swell within two historic camps and dance across the rippling waters of Lake Dunmore in Salisbury this summer. Keewaydin Foundation officials recently suspended all camp operations for the summer of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The difficult-but-necessary decision means children from an estimated 400 families worldwide won’t have access to Camps Keewaydin, Songadeewin, and other foundation amenities — including the Keewaydin...
05/29/2020
MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott on Friday announced the resumption of additional close contact businesses, dental procedures, businesses that require work in the home, and of limited overnight youth summer camp programming. As state modeling continues to indicate a low number of COVID-19 cases, he also increased the size of social gatherings. “We’re able to take these steps because Vermonters have been smart and safe. We continue to see very low case numbers because Vermonters are using common sense and making good choices,” Scott said in a press release. “This must continue if we want to open...
05/29/2020
MIDDLEBURY — While Vergennes officials this week favored taking action to require mask wearing by customers at city businesses, members of the Middlebury selectboard this week discussed taking similar steps in the shiretown but put off a decision until at least June 9. At a May 26 meeting held via teleconferencing, Middlebury selectboard Chair Brian Carpenter initiated discussion on the issue when he said the town had received multiple requests for town support for a mandatory facemask ordinance. One of those requests came next day from two Middlebury property owners. “We believe the...
05/29/2020
BRISTOL — Emily Beattie’s 7th grade English class at Mount Abraham Union Middle School began reading “The Diary of Anne Frank” before they began remote learning. “As we have been sheltering in place, we have discussed and written about the similarities and differences between Anne’s life during the Holocaust and our lives right now,” Beattie said. Beattie offered student Rory Hendee’s piece as an example of the students’ writing on this subject:   My class recently read “The Diary of Anne Frank,” a story about a Jewish girl and her family being forced into hiding during the Holocaust. While I...
05/29/2020
BRISTOL — It's official — Bristol's wonderful Fourth of July parade and fireworks will not be held. The Bristol Fourth of July Committee was scheduled to meet Wednesday evening and, as reported by the Independent, the group decided to cancel this year's event because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is the latest of many summer festivals and events in Addison County that have been called off. On Friday morning the Bristol committee released the following statement:    With heavy (patriotic) hearts and deference to public health, the Bristol Fourth of July Committee has made the hard decision to...

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