The outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus, known as COVID-19, is cause for concern but not panic. The UVM Health Network Porter Medical Center is working with the Vermont State Health Department and our Network colleagues to coordinate our preparedness efforts based upon guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Our highest priority remains providing safe, quality care for all of our patients.
New Limitations to Visitors and Outpatient Appointments
We have made significant changes to our visitor policies at the hospital and...
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central School District has had to modify its school breakfast/lunch delivery program based on new guidelines from the United States Department of Agriculture, which helps underwrite the program.
Here’s a message that was sent out to the ACSD community on Friday by district Business Manager Brittany Gilman:
“ACSD schools will be closed at least through April 3, and the Addison Central School District is committed to continuing to feed our students. We need to update our delivery method for meals based on USDA guidelines. In addition, we have received more requests for...
Leaders from the Town of Middlebury, Porter Medical Center and Middlebury College addressed this letter to the community on Thursday.
Dear Members of the Middlebury Community,
We write in our leadership roles for the town of Middlebury and the larger community of Addison County to share information in the unprecedented time of the coronavirus outbreak. This is an extraordinary moment facing our planet, our nation, our state, and our local community. The most important thing we can do as leaders of the Select Board, Porter Medical Center, and Middlebury College is collaborate and...
MIDDLEBURY — In an effort to do its part in the coronavirus crisis, Middlebury College is removing the ice from the Kenyon Arena hockey rink so the space — if needed — can be used to deploy a “portable hospital” for COVID-19 patients.
Middlebury President Laurie Patton emphasized that there is no immediate need at this time to erect the portable hospital. The college is just making sure the space will be ready if needed.
“In the Kenyon Arena and other parts of our athletic structure, town and college citizens come together to watch games, to share stories, and just be together,” Patton said...
MIDDLEBURY — So many local businesses and organizations have been closing over the last week in response to COVID-19 it is difficult to keep track of them all. To that end, Experience Middlebury and Bristol CORE have each created an online directory where folks can find up-to-the-minute information on the status of local businesses. For Middlebury businesses, click here. For Bristol, click here. The Vergennes Partnership is also updating its Facebook page with business closures in the city.
"These are really challenging circumstances for everyone, including our small, locally owned businesses...
RYE MATTHEWS, CHIEF technology officer at Northeast Hemp Commodities, stopped by Woods Market Garden in Brandon last May to check on the 50,000 hemp seedlings that were destined for a farm in Ferrisburgh. The company planted 185 acres of hemp in Vermont last year but may scale back on planting this year and focus more on its retail arm, Method Organics.
Independent photo/Christopher Ross
MIDDLEBURY — The folks at Northeast Hemp Commodities, who recently moved their offices to Middlebury, have opened their first retail store, Method Organics. Company founders plan to plan to sell CBD, CBG and other hemp-related products at the store on Exchange Street.
The key to their approach is transparency, said Northeast Hemp Commodities Marketing Director Jonathan Gregg.
“We put QR codes on all of our products,” he said. “People can scan them (with their phones) and see exactly what’s in each product.”
Through a process called “batch tracking,” the company can tell its customers about...
MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury released the following statement on Thursday afternoon.
Town officials are continually monitoring the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Municipal services are reviewing continuity-of-operations plans should this virus affect town staff.
WHAT WE KNOW
· Of the 600,000 + people residing in Vermont, two (2) have presumptively tested positive for the virus. Health officials are awaiting confirmation.
· A person who attended a Middlebury College sporting event LATER tested positive for the virus, however the VT Dept of Health has determined, through their...
MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central School District officials on Tuesday evening confirmed a new principal for Middlebury Union High School: Justin Campbell, who currently serves as top administrator of Hanover High School in New Hampshire.
Campbell, 44, emerged as the lone finalist after fellow hopeful Rebecca Tatistcheff — a district leader and administrative coach in New York City — pulled her candidacy just prior to her scheduled on-campus interview late last month.
“It is with incredible enthusiasm that I welcome Justin Campbell to ACSD as the next leader of MUHS,” ACSD Superintendent Peter...
MIDDLEBURY’S CREEK ROAD runs right alongside Otter Creek, and an engineer said that ultimately erosion will claim parts of the road.
Independent photo/Sarah Pope
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday unanimously supported a plan to make enough repairs to Creek Road so it can be reopened to through-traffic, while at the same time negotiating easements with area landowners to ensure them future access to their property should Otter Creek shift its path in the future.
This plan was one of 10 considered by the Creek Road Task Force, which was charged with recommending potential fixes for a road that’s sustained heavy damage through the years during flooding from the adjacent Otter Creek. Options ranged from abandoning the road to spending...
MUHS STUDENTS NARGES Anzali, left, Kyle Mitchell and Tom Nevins from the Model UN Club help ACSD fifth- and sixth-graders take a global look at the idea of freedom of religion.
Photo by Jason Duquette-Hoffman
MIDDLEBURY — Around 130 5th- and 6th-graders from five Addison Central School District schools participated in the district’s second annual Youth Citizen Summit on Friday, Feb. 28, from 9 a.m. to 2:20 p.m., at Middlebury College’s Bicentennial Hall.
Students from Bridport, Weybridge, Cornwall, Shoreham and Middlebury are in the midst of a unit in their classrooms that explores how governments can promote or deny human rights. They are inquiring about the responsibilities and functions of different governments, how governments and people interact, and finally about the rights and...