As schools in Vermont and across the country prepare to reopen, it’s clear that children who do get the coronavirus are far less likely than adults to get severely ill. What is less well understood is the role they play in passing COVID-19 along to others. A growing — albeit still quite limited — body of evidence offers hope, and suggests younger children are unlikely to be the culprits in spreading COVID-19. In a commentary published in the journal Pediatrics, two pediatric infectious disease specialists from the University of Vermont’s Larner College of Medicine looked at studies out of...

SILAS AUDY, LEFT, and Simon Kruse practice their footwork during a long-awaited Addison United Soccer Club practice this past Thursday in Monkton. The soccer club is offering the program for free this season so that participants won’t feel compelled to attend if they feel sick. Independent photo/Alexa Lapiner
ADDISON COUNTY — Addison County youth are seeing a different look at their camps and sports this summer. There are no field trips for day camps, no fighting for draws in lacrosse, only small games in soccer, and no spitting on the baseball diamond.  But there are still opportunities for exercise and fun. “There is some understandable hesitation to get back out and interact in this way,” said Booth Hodde, who is running Middlebury Youth Lacrosse Club this summer. “So it’s obviously an optional activity and we’re going to take every precaution that’s recommended to keep everyone safe, but also...
When Trayvon Martin was killed in Florida in 2012, Joanna Colwell’s daughter was 11 years old. Just old enough, Colwell recalled, to walk by herself to the store in East Middlebury for a Snapple. “It was not in my consciousness that she could be the victim of violence,” Colwell said. “And that is what it is for Black parents.” Seventeen-year-old Trayvon had been walking back from a convenience store when he was shot and killed by George Zimmerman. “I was very in my bubble,” Colwell acknowledged. “But, as a mom, that murder just got to me and activated me.” Since then, Colwell, who runs the...

FIVE-YEAR-OLD Emmett and his family are prepared for bathroom emergencies when away from home by keeping essentials in their minivan.
I was on vacation with my husband Bryan, and 5-year-old son Emmett camping in Florida when the pandemic rapidly unfolded. We managed to ride out the rest of our trip, easily social distancing in the Ocala National Forest in a very low-use, primitive campground. As it got closer to the return trip home we knew that we would once again drive through the night as we did on our journey down. Although this time we definitely would not be using any public restroom facilities between Florida and Vermont. The virus was in full swing, and some states had already closed their rest areas. Signs blinked...

THE ADDISON COUNTY District Free-Throw Champions are, from left: Zoey Johnston, Ashtin Stearns, Adrienne Smits, Dustin Abbott, Bowen Lutz, Oliver Cogswell, Hayden Lutz, Safi Camara and Mike Sayre. Photos/Dave Lathrop
BRISTOL — This past Saturday, the Mount Abraham Union High School gym was filled with the sounds of bouncing balls and swooshing nets. The cause for all the noise? The Knights of Columbus held the Addison County District Free-Throw Championship. Ten free-throwers left the event as district champions in their age groups. Each qualified to compete in the state-wide free-throw competition at Winooski High School on March 15. The girls and boys district champs were: •  9-year-old division: Dustin Abbott. •  10-year-old: Zoey Johnston and Bowen Lutz. •  11-year-old: Adrienne Smits and Oliver...

A DOROTHY PUTS some touches on her gourd creature at last year’s Page One Literacy Project Halloween party at the Swift House Inn. This year’s party will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Inn. Photo courtesy Samantha Scharf
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College’s Page One Literacy Project is inviting families to come to its annual Halloween event on Saturday, Oct. 26, from noon-2 p.m. at the Swift House Inn. Page One Literacy Project is a program that visits elementary schools in Addison County weekly to read books and do crafts with the students there, promoting an overall love of literacy. Each year, Page One hosts a Halloween event where they play Halloween games, do Halloween-themed crafts, decorate cookies and pumpkins, and read some thematic books. This is a great opportunity for families to enjoy the Halloween...

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