COVID-19

08/13/2020
In three months, we will celebrate our most uniquely American holiday, Thanksgiving. I hope that we will find ourselves thankful for having weathered the worst of the coronavirus storm together, anticipating a number of vaccines, and seeing our economy slowly come back to life. Yet if we choose to ignore the experts and listen to those who would put their own self-interest ahead of the public good, Thanksgiving could be a grim symbol of our folly. Dr. Osterholm (director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota) and Mr. Kashkari (president of the...
08/13/2020
As current and former local residents and employees of Middlebury College with deep concern about the health of our community, we listened carefully to the presentation by college officials to the selectboard about plans to reopen the campus. We’ve concluded that although these plans were the result of serious work by many individuals, they do not offer sufficient assurance that the college can safely reopen next month without risking a COVID-19 outbreak in Addison County. The announced plans have several troubling components, three of which are 1. failure to provide for ongoing weekly...
08/10/2020
VERMONT — A collision of social forces, some related to COVID-19, has prompted a wave of migration into Vermont this year. While nobody knows for sure how many people have moved to the state over the past several months, University of Vermont research on new remote workers shows that this group is overwhelmingly young and gainfully employed. And they’re choosing to live in some of the state’s long-neglected rural areas. UVM’s Center for Research on Vermont distributed surveys through a dozen state and local outlets and on social media this summer in its search for data about new remote...

A GROUP OF preschoolers from Mary Johnson Daycare Center took a walk to read the outside reading project sponsored by Middlebury’s Ilsley Library. A dozen or so pages are displayed on posts circumventing Middlebury’s Riverside Park in the Marbleworks. Independent photo/Angelo Lynn
08/10/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — As elementary, middle and high schools are implementing plans for reopening this fall, childcare services and preschools are preparing as well — and in some cases are implementing creative outdoor classes to start off the fall. While childcare and preschool facilities are independent and each develops its own programs, we talked with three area programs to learn how they were preparing to kick off the school year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Each of the three programs we interviewed were eager to share their plans for the school year, offer reassurances of being...

THE FAR SIDE of the New Haven River at Bartlett Falls has a smooth bank that is good for sunbathing, but not good for social distancing. Advocates urge swimmers to keep six feet from others, to bring a mask for when you are not swimming, and to refrain from going to swimming holes if you feel sick. Independent photo/Alexa Lapiner
08/06/2020
BRISTOL — Bartlett Falls in Bristol has been a serious hot spot for swimmers this year. The popular New Haven River locale is known for its cliff jumping and smooth rock face across the river.  A recent Saturday saw at least 50 bathers in and around the popular jumping spot, plus more sprinkled among the cooling currents and freshwater pools that dot the river as it climbs up the mountain toward Lincoln. While Vermont swimming holes are a top summer attraction and can be a great place to cool off, the popularity of Bartlett Falls (also known as Bristol Falls) comes as a mixed blessing to...
08/03/2020
As children get ready to return to school, I am reminded of my family counseling work after 9/11. Kids came to school following that horrific day carrying tremendous trauma and stress with them. Not surprisingly, they used phrases and drew pictures much like their parents described to explain their own despair. It became clear that children needed to hear less TV news coverage of 9/11 and also the adult conversation about the event. Parents needed to self-monitor their own discussions about their fears with other adults in front of their children. Topics of terror needed to be changed to...
08/03/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Lumberyards and building contractors seem to have experienced a surge in business in Addison County since the stay-at-home mandate was loosened in June. And building supply stores can’t seem to keep up with demand for one product in particular — decking. “It’s odd, there’s almost a guilty feeling to be in an industry that is thriving during this time. I’m really just grateful,” said Jed Malcom of Salamander Construction Inc. of Middlebury. People who work with lumber retailing and construction during this summer of COVID-19 have varying observations on supply shortages and...
07/31/2020
MONTPELIER — Vermont’s municipal offices that have been effected by COVID-19 closures now have an opportunity to digitize their municipal land records, under a grant program created under a new law. The Vermont Legislature passed Act 137 of 2020 to distribute Coronavirus Relief Funds to various entities in Vermont. Sections 8 - 10 appropriate $2 million to assist municipalities in digitizing land records for online public access. The Agency of Administration, through the Vermont Department of Taxes, is responsible for distributing the grant funds. On Friday, July 31, the application for the...
07/31/2020
BRISTOL — The Bristol artist’s cooperative gallery Art on Main is losing some key personnel. On Thursday the gallery’s board of directors announced in a letter to artists and other community members that it was eliminating the position of gallery manager, the only paid job at Art on Main. In addition, two board members would leave their positions at the end of August. Art on Main, at 25 Main St. in Bristol, shows the work of almost 100 artists in various media including painting, crafts, photography, pottery, wood, jewelry, music, and textiles. The board said the gallery is facing “...

“We’re aware people are being inundated with on-screen opportunities, because that’s how we exist right now. We want to come into that environment and do something honest and successful and we think enjoyable.” — MNFF Artistic Director Jay Craven
07/31/2020
The first-ever online version of Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (MNFF) is taking shape. Organizers of the sixth annual event — usually a spotlight happening that sends hundreds of people buzzing around downtown Middlebury just before Labor Day — have selected more than 20 features to headline this year’s festival. And while the coronavirus pandemic is responsible for substantially shortening the film menu compared to years past, MNFF officials are working to infuse the virtual festival with some of the personal touches that have made it a consistent success. MNFF6:ONLINE will take place...

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