BAR ANTIDOTE OWNER Ian Huizenga, with help from 3Squares Café owner Matt Birong and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes, is spearheading a new free meals effort that will begin in the city area and could spread wider in Addison County. It will run through at least December and also employ a number of restaurant workers, all thanks to a state-administered federal grant.
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VERGENNES — A new effort set to begin on Sept. 14 will provide hundreds of free meals to residents in need in the Vergennes area — and possibly beyond at some point. It will also provide jobs to a number of cooks from downtown Vergennes restaurants.
The effort, supported by a $181,000 “Everyone Eats” grant — funds that came from the $5 million awarded to Vermont from the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund to support the program — will be overseen by Ian Huizenga, owner of city eateries Bar Antidote and Hired Hand Brewery.
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes interim administrator Cookie...
MIDDLEBURY — The coronavirus has succeeded in canceling and delaying many special events and celebrations, but it doesn’t look like the pandemic will affect Middlebury-area kids’ ability to get free food and have access to limited recreation programs this summer.
That was the word late last week from local childcare advocates, Middlebury Parks & Recreation Superintendent Dustin Hunt and Vermont Department of Health leaders, who met May 14. At this point, offerings are slated to include Middlebury Rec’s Camp Kookamunga and Mary John Children’s Center’s summer program.
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EDUCATORS AT MOUNT Abraham Union High School got their disco on as they helped with the “Meals on the Bus” program. From left to right, social studies teacher Scott Beckwith, math teacher Emily Ringquist and Safety and Wellness Coordinator Ryan Cornellier helped with meal delivery.
Photo by Justin Bouvier
BRISTOL/VERGENNES — A school bus may hiss and roar and squeak and fart in exactly the same way wherever it goes, but when it arrives in your neighborhood on a misty late-August morning it will sound vastly different than it did when it departed the previous June.
It will sound different again transporting a sports team to a rival school, or dozens of energetic fourth-graders to a local museum, or an entire route of steaming and steamed kids who were anticipating a snow day.
Now, in the middle of a global health crisis, these school buses sound entirely different again. Instead of...