COVID-19

06/04/2020
I’m going to discuss an issue that may bring up strong feeling in many readers, including disbelief and anger. I do not do this to make anyone angry or to diminish anyone’s strong feeling that they are doing what is best for their community. I believe in science, and my research indicates that wearing cloth or dust mask is not an effective method of slowing the spread of COVID-19 and may even do just the opposite.  I was recently sent an article by my sister to convince me to wear a mask. This article states that it may be possible to contract COVID-19 not only by being coughed on, but by...
06/01/2020
VERGENNES — The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes is reaching out to its host communities with a new effort — the club hopes to work with its members and local volunteers to produce 10,000 facemasks this summer and fall to donate to area residents. “While progress against the COVID-19 pandemic has been made, people still need to be cautious and wearing masks is a great way to protect each other,” said Boys & Girls Club Interim Director Cookie Steponaitis. The program will get under way on Monday, June 8, when anyone with 100% cotton, tight-knit fabric to donate will be ask drop...
05/29/2020
SALISBURY — For the first time generations, the heartwarming tones of youthful exuberance — including unbridled laughter, splashing and singing — won’t swell within two historic camps and dance across the rippling waters of Lake Dunmore in Salisbury this summer. Keewaydin Foundation officials recently suspended all camp operations for the summer of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The difficult-but-necessary decision means children from an estimated 400 families worldwide won’t have access to Camps Keewaydin, Songadeewin, and other foundation amenities — including the Keewaydin...
05/29/2020
MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott on Friday announced the resumption of additional close contact businesses, dental procedures, businesses that require work in the home, and of limited overnight youth summer camp programming. As state modeling continues to indicate a low number of COVID-19 cases, he also increased the size of social gatherings. “We’re able to take these steps because Vermonters have been smart and safe. We continue to see very low case numbers because Vermonters are using common sense and making good choices,” Scott said in a press release. “This must continue if we want to open...
05/29/2020
MIDDLEBURY — While Vergennes officials this week favored taking action to require mask wearing by customers at city businesses, members of the Middlebury selectboard this week discussed taking similar steps in the shiretown but put off a decision until at least June 9. At a May 26 meeting held via teleconferencing, Middlebury selectboard Chair Brian Carpenter initiated discussion on the issue when he said the town had received multiple requests for town support for a mandatory facemask ordinance. One of those requests came next day from two Middlebury property owners. “We believe the...
05/29/2020
BRISTOL — Emily Beattie’s 7th grade English class at Mount Abraham Union Middle School began reading “The Diary of Anne Frank” before they began remote learning. “As we have been sheltering in place, we have discussed and written about the similarities and differences between Anne’s life during the Holocaust and our lives right now,” Beattie said. Beattie offered student Rory Hendee’s piece as an example of the students’ writing on this subject:   My class recently read “The Diary of Anne Frank,” a story about a Jewish girl and her family being forced into hiding during the Holocaust. While I...
05/29/2020
BRISTOL — It's official — Bristol's wonderful Fourth of July parade and fireworks will not be held. The Bristol Fourth of July Committee was scheduled to meet Wednesday evening and, as reported by the Independent, the group decided to cancel this year's event because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is the latest of many summer festivals and events in Addison County that have been called off. On Friday morning the Bristol committee released the following statement:    With heavy (patriotic) hearts and deference to public health, the Bristol Fourth of July Committee has made the hard decision to...
05/28/2020
ADDISON COUNTY & BRANDON — In Vergennes, the city council on Tuesday made it official there will be no Vergennes Day for the first time since the event was founded decades ago. Organizers of July’s multi-day Basin Bluegrass Festival in Brandon have cancelled the event for the first time ever. Late Wednesday evening the Bristol Fourth of July Committee was due to make a final decision whether to hold the town’s legendary Independence Day parade and outhouse races this year. And it didn’t look good. Around the region many signature summer events are being cancelled this week to keep the...

MEMBERS OF THE Middlebury College Senior Committee spoke briefly to their classmates on Sunday. The committee was instrumental in developing the May 24 “Senior Celebration” that brought together the class of 2020 online to mark the occasion of their graduation. Video screenshot
05/28/2020
MIDDLEBURY — In lieu of what would have been its 218th commencement ceremony, Middlebury College streamed a “Senior Celebration” online Sunday afternoon. “Gather us all,” said Dean of Spiritual and Religious Life Mark Orten from a quiet, empty Mead Chapel. “Now are we gathered, more now than here, because of a spring interrupted. A senior year, split between gathering here and gathering now.” After sending most students home in March to help slow the spread of COVID-19, the college on April 7 suspended in-person classes for the rest of the school year and announced that its May 24...
05/28/2020
VERGENNES — Customers of Vergennes businesses and those who wish to enter city buildings will soon be formally requested to wear protective masks, according to an agreement in principle the Vergennes City Council reached at its Tuesday meeting. After discussion, council members agreed to ask City Manager Daniel Hofman to draft a resolution requiring masks in Vergennes shops and buildings, one modeled after resolutions already in place in Burlington and South Burlington. They expected to review the draft document this week and then hold an online vote, with a Friday target date. Hofman said on...

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