SOME PEOPLE HAVE already started picking up trash along Vermont roads, as is shown by this Green Up bag spotted on Seminary Street Extension in Middlebury late last month. But the official Green Up Day has been postponed to May 30 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Independent photo/John S. McCright
MONTPELIER — Green Up Vermont has been closely monitoring cornonavirus (COVID-19) communications and guidance from the Vermont Department of Health, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports, and daily news from Gov. Phil Scott and the federal government. The situation is fluid and the organization’s greatest priority is the health and well-being of our Green Up family of volunteers and event participants.
This week Green Up Vermont announced it had postpone Green Up Day from May 2 to May 30. The distribution of Green Up Day supplies will happen the first week in May.
Although Green Up is...
MIDDLEBURY — Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, the celebration of the life on Sunday, April 5, of Michael B. Carson, who passed away on Jan. 23, 2020, has been canceled, The service will be rescheduled for a later date, to be determined by the course of the outbreak.
MIDDLEBURY — It is not surprising that doctors and first responders on the front lines of the effort to contain the coronavirus pandemic are wearing facemasks to protect themselves around contagious individuals. But officials have been telling members of the general public that they didn’t need masks when grocery shopping or stepping out in public.
Now the U.S. Centers for Disease Control is reconsidering that advice, according to news reports. Due to the rising number of cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, government officials this week could update their advice and suggest...
MIDDLEBURY — This past weekend Middlebury College and Porter Medical Center announced preliminary plans to house some hospital staff on the college campus during the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are working closely with Middlebury College operational leaders to identify appropriate housing for (Porter Medical Center) employees in high-risk areas who are working with our most vulnerable patients,” wrote Porter officials in a March 27 newsletter. “In the very near future we will be able to place staff who are interested in this housing option.”
Housing would be provided for a small number of...
ONE YOUNG LAD has the best seat in the house as the 2019 Vergennes Memorial Day parade makes its way up Monkton Road. Sadly, this year’s parade has been canceled due to the coronavirus threat.
Picture by Meghan Olsen
VERGENNES — The largest Memorial Day parade in the state has been canceled for 2020.
“It is with a heavy heart that American Legion Post No. 14 in Vergennes announces the cancellation of the annual Memorial Day Parade and festivities that was scheduled to be held on Monday, May 25,” Post 14 officials said in a release on Wednesday. This will mark the first time in more than 60 years that there will be no parade in Vermont’s Little City on the last Monday in May.
Post 14 members and volunteers will still set out the 1,100 flags marking the graves of honored service men and women in the...
MIDDLEBURY — Over the past month, Porter Medical Center has received many positive notes, emails and other expressions of appreciation to its staff, according to Vice President of Communications Ron Hallman. The hospital wanted to make it easy for community members to help bolster health care workers' spirits during this challenging time.
To that end, they've created a new "Gratitude Page." Feeling thankful for our tireless, fearless frontline health care workers? Drop them a line here.
MIDDLEBURY — While many of our family, friends and neighbors are at work on the front lines — healthcare workers, supermarket employees, emergency responders — a whole lot of us are at home, often with family members, working (or not) and waiting anxiously for something to change.
The Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury believes that a pathway through anxiety, fear and uncertainty lies in the act of listening as much as it does in the act of telling one’s story.
So they’ve launched a new audio endeavor. Listening in Place focuses on two responses to the COVID-19 emergency: the creation of...
Thanks for asking!
Throughout the past two weeks, many of you have asked how you could help the Addison Independent. We appreciate your willingness to help, and, yes, every dollar we can raise will help us fulfill our mission to serve the community with timely, trustworthy news.
We knew we would have to ask, but for the past three weeks far greater examples of need came to the fore.
The community was quick to meet urgent needs for food and shelter for those who would suddenly be put out of work when COVID-19 forced the state to shut down thousands of businesses. We helped publicize the need...
I like to be informed about what is happening, both locally and around the world, but I’ve been finding it harder and harder to watch the news over the last few years — perhaps even decades. I feel the news has strayed from its original intent, which was to broadcast or report new or noteworthy information, especially about recent or important events (I looked up the dictionary definition).
News in its current form has become entertainment. It’s now required to have cliffhangers: “Find out what common household item in your house could be poisoning you … after the break!” You can now watch...
Welcome to the new normal. Are we having fun yet?
Vermont is more than a week into the governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order to minimize the spread of coronavirus, and I’m all in.
But I have it easy. Some people have closed up shop or been laid off. Others, considered “essential employees,” risk their health each day to provide necessary services to the rest of us. We copy editors, it turns out, are “nonessential.”
That hurts a little.
I’ve become one of those spoiled work-from-home people. I still have a job, and I don’t have to interact face-to-face with the public. In terms of...