The Vermont House on Thursday gave preliminary approval to a $7.15 billion budget bill that will fund state government for the last nine months of the fiscal year, and spends the remaining $223 million in federal funding the state received this spring to respond to COVID-19.
The spending bill includes funding for the state colleges to weather a budget deficit this year, a program to provide COVID-19 stimulus checks to immigrants in the state, and more than $30 million to help schools cover the costs of reopening during the pandemic.
House lawmakers advanced the budget bill, H.969, in a...
The Vermont Housing Finance Agency lifted its Aug. 31 deadline for mortgage assistance because the $5 million allotted to the program has lasted longer than expected.
If all the applications now before the agency are converted to awards, the program will only have used about half the money allotted to it by the Legislature to help people struggling to pay their mortgages as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, said Leslie Black-Plumeau, Community Relations & Research Manager for VHFA.
“After an initial gush of applications the first week,” she said, demand for the program — which provides...
Addison County Economic Development Corp. offers news bites of interest to our local businesses.
Vermont Emergency Economic Recovery Grant Program Update
Applications are still being accepted for the Vermont Emergency Economic Recovery Grants through the Agency of Commerce. Click here to apply. However, the amount set aside for Woman-owned business has run out of funds. Also, the portal for businesses that collect Sales & Use and Rooms & Meals taxes to apply for Vermont Emergency Economic Recovery Grants is temporarily closed. For more detail, click here.
CVOEO Launches EMBRACE...
This story has been updated since it was originally published on Sep. 7.
MIDDLEBURY — Several Middlebury College students have been dismissed from campus for COVID-19-related conduct violations, according to an announcement by Director of Health Services Mark Peluso that was posted on the college website Sunday.
“While the overwhelming majority of Middlebury students have complied with our health and safety protocols, the Office of Community Standards has also issued a number of sanctions for non-compliance, including several dismissals from campus,” Peluso wrote.
The dismissed students were...
MIDDLEBURY — The results are in for the initial rounds of COVID-19 testing Middlebury College conducted on incoming students.
Each of the college’s nearly 2,300 residential students has now been tested at least twice for the disease.
Only two have tested positive so far, and both have since recovered, according to the college’s online COVID-19 Reporting Dashboard. Middlebury College now has zero active COVID-19 cases.
Middlebury’s first positive COVID-19 test result came out of arrival-day testing conducted on Aug. 26.
The second positive case came out of Day 7 (or round two) testing...
MIDDLEBURY — Porter Hospital officials are thanking the Addison County community for helping the region deal with an initial wave of COVID-19 cases this past spring, but they’re asking residents to not let up on mask wearing and social distancing — especially since cooler weather is pushing people indoors, where the chance for coronavirus transmissions increase.
Porter officials recently shared information on the current state of COVID-19 in the county, how the hospital’s operations have evolved to meet current pandemic conditions, and how/when individuals should seek testing.
After more than...
Dear Middlebury Community,
From the moment we began to live with and through the COVID-19 pandemic, we have said this will be a time like no other in the history of Middlebury.
Our town and campus in Vermont, our communities at Monterey and all of our other schools and programs, and the world at large, are being asked to take on new challenges each day. Even as we navigate these challenges, we must think ahead and prepare for what’s next.
As I walk across our Vermont campus, into the dining halls, past quiet residence halls, by small but lively physically distanced gatherings and pickup games...
Six months have passed since Governor Scott declared a State of Emergency. Our community responded and has driven back COVID-19, to date experiencing the country’s lowest incidence even while finding our way back to dining and recreating. Throughout, we have abided by medical professional’s advice — focus on hygiene, maintain distance and wear masks when we can’t observe distance. Our essential workers proved we can function and live in this environment as long as we observe the necessary precautions and use common sense.
Now our schools and college begin session and it’s critical we not let...
Middlebury’s Return to Campus Guide can be found online here.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College welcomed students back to campus in late August will host residential students this fall as long as it is safe to do so.
Upon their arrival students were immediately tested for COVID-19 and then tested again one week later.
The college will test at least 750 students, faculty or staff every week, and will increase that number if necessary.
Middlebury’s Return to Campus Guide describes the institution’s phased approach to reopening and details health and safety guidelines every member of the college...
Let me be real. Six months in and the pandemic has humbled us all. In both small and large ways, every part of our lives has changed. Daily, we are learning together. Here’s a lesson: Truly inconvenient and deeply challenging events always serve to refocus our attention on the essentials. Seriously, who has room for anything else?
For our healthcare community, COVID-19 has re-affirmed the value of preparation, for responsibility and for the act of caring.
Regarding the virus, locally we’ve been relatively fortunate. Some have suffered terrifically, with more to come. Most are well. Vermonters...