COVID-19

VERGENNES — At a virtual Addison Northwest School Board meeting last week, board members, student representatives and administrators joined the district’s efforts in continuing education, providing and transporting meals, and keeping its buildings clean and safe. Director of Finance and Operations Elizabeth Jennings said all ANWSD employees had excelled in responding during the COVID-19 crisis.  “It affects every single kind of person doing every single kind of job,” Jennings said. “I’m in awe and thankful for everyone in the entire district.” Superintendent Sheila Soule also cast a wide net...
VERGENNES — Public works employees in Vergennes and surrounding towns are back on the job on a limited basis, while Ferrisburgh has taken the lead in allowing one title search at a time to be conducted in its town offices, according to officials gathered on Wednesday in the region’s weekly regional COVID-19 response group meeting. Despite the easing of some restrictions, all of the officials gathered agreed they must continue to get a message out to the public: “These modest changes were only possible because of the success of the statewide social-distancing effort to this point — and that...
The weight of fear has largely lifted. The lightness of feeling more secure in the face of this pandemic is prompting introspection of the changes forced upon us and of the benefits found. What many are finding is that the hectic pace of life demanded by our social structure and mores is not ideal. That slowing down, not working so hard at multiple jobs, and spending more quiet time with family at home has great merit.  In her Clippings column this week, Faith Gong writes of the happiness she and her family have found during the five weeks of adopted isolation. What started out as a...
To the Vermont Agency of Human Services and Child Development Division: First we’d like to thank you for the support you are providing in order to maintain the early care and education system in Vermont. We are proud to be part of the Vermont system holding Early Childhood Care and Education (ECE) as essential to our communities’ economic and social well being. That said, we are writing to let you know how uncomfortable it feels to have to un-enroll a child who has been attending our program and offer their spot to another family, in order to have the family’s tuition covered at 100%.  The...

ACORN HAS CREATED an interactive online map of local food producers as well as an online farmers’ market to help people get access to food while area farmers’ markets, restaurants and schools are closed.
MIDDLEBURY — COVID-19 is affecting the food supply chain in unprecedented ways. Supply and demand are out of balance on a global, regional and local scale. Vermont, however, is fortunate to have an abundance of local food producers ready to help feed the community, and ACORN has a plan. As a result of the temporary closure of area farmers’ markets, restaurants and schools, ACORN has created an interactive online map that lists nearly 250 farmers and food producers in Vermont’s Champlain Valley who sell food locally. The map will help match folks looking to buy local food with growers who have...
VERMONT — The Vermont Foodbank and Vermont National Guard will distribute food to those in need at five different areas of Vermont beginning on Wednesday, April 22. These points of distribution will help ease demand on food shelves around that state that have seen a surge in demand. The National Guard will set up and operate Points of Distribution (PODs) at state airports in Swanton, North Clarendon, Newport, Bennington, and North Springfield on separate days over the next two weeks. Those in need of food can go to these locations on the appointed days and receive a seven-day supply of Meals...
ADDISON COUNTY — As the reality of social distancing set in last month, some in the community realized that there would be a disconnect between those who needed help during the coronavirus public health emergency and those who could help those in need. Thus sprung up Addison County Mutual Aid. The organization is a group of more than 420 volunteers from throughout Addison County who are concerned about the welfare of our community as COVID-19 spreads through Vermont. This effort is to ensure all our county’s citizens can meet their needs during this crisis. Volunteer leaders and their helpers...
MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott has announced a flag lowering procedure to honor Vermonters who have died due to COVID-19. “Sunday, April 19, marks one month since Vermont’s first two fatalities as a result of COVID-19,” Scott said in a statement. “In honor of all the Vermonters we have lost to this terrible disease, I am ordering the U.S. and Vermont state flags to fly at half-staff on the 19th of every month for the remainder of 2020. “As we continue to confront this public health crisis, it is important for each of us to remember those who are no longer with us and the friends and family who...
The office of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont provided this list of resources for Vermonters looking for help during the pandemic crisis. Health   Vermont 2-1-1: If you are sick and have questions on how to proceed, contact your health care provider or call 2-1-1. Visit 2-1-1's site here: https://vermont211.org/ Vermont Department of Health (VDH): For the most up-to-date guidance on public health measures in Vermont, visit: https://www.healthvermont.gov/response/coronavirus-covid-19 The VDH has translated information about how to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and stay...
Trustees for the Vermont State Colleges will postpone by at least a week a decision on a radical restructuring proposal, announced just two days prior, that would cut 500 employees and shutter three of the system’s campuses. The announcement followed a torrent of public backlash over the weekend as well as pushback from Gov. Phil Scott and legislative leaders. On Friday, VSCS Chancellor Jeb Spaulding announced he would recommend trustees close Northern Vermont University, which has campuses in Johnson and Lyndon, and shutter Vermont Technical College’s Randolph campus to consolidate...

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