MIDDLEBURY — The small town of Middlebury will have a big impact in shaping the Northeast’s economic recovery from COVID-19. Fred Kenney, executive director of the Addison County Economic Development Corp., said Middlebury has been selected as one of only three Vermont communities that will participate in a federally funded survey, through which local business leaders and municipal officials will be asked their most pressing needs in order to rebound from the financial devastation wrought by COVID-19. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) District 1 has hired the Global Resilience...
ADDISON COUNTY — The Addison County Recovery Team is going over the results of its own survey of the local economy. The online survey garnered an impressive 275 responses from a diverse array of area business sectors, according to Fred Kenney, executive director of the Addison County Economic Development Corp. Retail respondents topped the list at 13%, followed closely by construction and home services (11%) and food & beverage businesses (11%). Of the 275 respondents, 97 (36%) indicated they’re temporarily closed (26% forced, and 9% voluntarily). The remaining 177 (64%) respondents...
ADDISON COUNTY — Anyone interested in the local economy is invited to join members of the Addison County Recovery Team at a community town hall event next Tuesday. Members of the team will share survey results and talk about next steps in the recovery process. The local recovery team pledged to listen to participants’ challenges, share innovations and hear what people need to move toward a successful recovery. Addison County Recovery Team Hosts Community Town Hall will take place Tuesday, May 26, at 3 p.m. online via Zoom. There is not charge to take part. To register head online to tinyurl....
VERGENNES — Whether the Vergennes city pool will open this summer, even on a limited basis, remains uncertain, Vergennes City Manager Daniel Hofman told officials from Vergennes, Ferrisburgh, Panton and Waltham and area nonprofits Wednesday in a weekly COVID-19 cooperation meeting. Hofman said the pool is the last loose end in the annual Vergennes budget, which he and the city council are putting together to meet a June 30 deadline. He could make a recommendation to council members about the pool as soon as their meeting this coming Tuesday, May 27. “Hopefully we can make a decision soon,”...

This photo taken last month shows how quiet downtown Vergennes was at the height of the pandemic. Today some businesses are opening up. Independent photo/John S. McCright
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont retailers, closed for seven weeks to halt the spread of coronavirus, on Monday began a gradual reopening, after Gov. Phil Scott loosened his “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order.  Nevertheless, many retailers in Addison County did not rush to open their stores as they sought ways to keep customers and employees safe during the ongoing public health emergency. Under state guidelines all employees at retail outlets must wear face covering and maintain a distance of 6 feet. Stores will also be required to stay under 25% of their maximum legal capacity, and conduct health and...

WHITING RESIDENT KEITH Mattison is back home after a more than month-long battle with the coronavirus. Mattison spent several weeks at University of Vermont Medical Center and continues to receive dialysis during his recovery. Photo courtesy Heather Mattison
WHITING — April 2 had begun like most days before it for Keith Mattison. Rise early, grab a bite to eat and get his tools together for a full day of plumbing, something the 67-year-old Whiting resident has been doing for around 40 years. But on this day, at around lunchtime, his health descended into a deep valley from which he feared he would never emerge. “I was working and it was around noontime that I got a funny taste in my mouth,” Mattison recalled during a Tuesday phone interview. “It was kind of a metallic taste. I didn’t think a whole lot about it, but as the day went on I felt worse...
MIDDLEBURY — Thanks to online publishing and social media’s ready-made audiences, the COVID-19 pandemic will likely be the most written about phenomenon in human history. Most of us are writing publicly, in the moment and for the moment, with little regard for the “historical record.” Some of us are writing in private. And then there are those, like Middlebury College sophomore Christine Nabung, who are writing privately now for a future public record — which is where it gets kind of complicated. Nabung and 35 of her classmates are participating in the Twilight COVID-19 Diary Project, which...

JUST AS WE support those in the armed services who protect us in times of danger, signs like this one in Middlebury have popped up all over the place thanking those battling the coronavirus. Independent photo/John S. McCright
We have a long tradition of remembering our war dead on Memorial Day and celebrating all of those people who have risked life and limb to protect the greater community. This is entirely appropriate, and we continue to offer our thanks and gratitude to those members of the armed services who have given so much to this country — even made the ultimate sacrifice. And this year, as the coronavirus has changed so much in our society, it has also changed our treasured traditions of Memorial Day. Due to the necessary social distancing directives, we will not have big parades for the first time in...
Katie Bauer, who wanted to help in the current public health crisis, drops off groceries for two Bristol residents who are at high risk of contracting COVID-19. The couple’s doctor connected Maryann and Keith Corkins with Bauer. Bauer picks up a list, drops off the groceries outside their house and refuses any money for her trouble. “Katie does a great job and has been a real hero to us,” Keith said.

SOURCES: DEPARTMENT OF Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, Johns Hopkins University
It’s a tragedy that on Memorial Day, the nation will likely hit or have surpassed 100,000 official deaths due to Covid-19. As of Wednesday, May 20, 93,537 Americans have died of the virus; that’s 1,552 more than Tuesday’s toll — and America has been averaging about 1,300 deaths per day to the virus for the past week. While that trend is steadily declining from its high of more than 2,000 deaths per day, it’s a stark toll and ranks as one of the deadliest events in America’s history. As a comparison, and since Trump likes to think of himself as a wartime commander battling this virus, the...


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