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...
MIDDLEBURY — With COVID-19 activity on a steady, downward trend in Addison County, Porter Medical Center continues to ramp up services, including elective surgeries.
And while Porter has been assigned the task of mopping up $5.7 million of the $152 million in COVID-related red ink the University of Vermont Health Network is projected to incur by Sept. 30, PMC officials are confident they’ll be able to do that — and more — without layoffs.
“Our overarching message at this moment in time to our community is that we are here for them, and that they shouldn’t delay necessary care,” said Ron...
MIDDLEBURY — In lieu of a traditional graduation ceremony this year, the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center will hold a Celebration of Learning event this Thursday, May 28, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., to honor all Career Center seniors and all students completing their technical programs. Seniors and program completers and their families are invited to the Career Center’s North Campus at 372 Mainelli Road in Middlebury that day at a designated time slot for their technical program.
Students will receive award bags, which will contain any of the following items that pertain to the individual student:...
RUTH ROSS, YOUNGER daughter of Dr. Jacob and Hannah Ross of Middlebury, did not survive the Spanish flu pandemic that encircled the globe in 1918.
Archive photo/Henry Sheldon Museum
As Middlebury and the nation struggle with coronavirus, death and the changes to our daily lives, I am reminded that my grandfather Jacob Johnson Ross, M.D., joined the U.S. Army in 1918 and left his family in Middlebury to serve as the Flight Surgeon with the 17th Aero Squadron. War was waging in Europe and the Spanish Influenza was raging in much of the world, including Vermont.
In the Sheldon archives are the letters exchanged between Dr. Ross and his wife Hannah Elizabeth Holmes Ross. They had met at UVM, from which they both graduated. Jacob Ross was from Huntington, Vt., where his...
The Vermont Department of Health is opening nearly two dozen additional pop-up sites to test people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19 for the virus.
As of late Friday afternoon there were still a few times available at the Middlebury testing sight on May 29. There is another one scheduled for June 4 in Middlebury. Both will be at the American Legion Post on Wilson Road. Pre-registration is required.
The specimen collection sites are located throughout the state. Vermonters can find a list of the sites and make an appointment to be tested at humanresources.vermont.gov/popups(link is...
MIDDLEBURY — Jim Gish, Project Community Liaison for the Middlebury rail tunnel project, reports that the pace of work in downtown is picking up, now that Kubricky workers have returned to the work site.
In his May 22 report, Gish said highlights for this coming week are:
• Merchants Row will close to through traffic for the summer starting Tuesday, May 26.
• Merchants Row Bridge to be removed Thursday, may 28.
• Main Street will again be reduced to one lane downtown next week.
• Pedestrian Alert: Footbridge and Printer’s Alley to close at times next week
Gish also reported that the state of...
MIDDLEBURY — State officials on Friday, May 15, gave permission to Kubricky Construction to assemble a full crew for work on the downtown Middlebury rail bridges project, which until recently had stalled due to coronavirus-related workforce restrictions.
As reported by the Independent, New York project contractor Kubricky had been limited to a maximum of 10 onsite workers only last week, all subject to social distancing and other protocols. Kubricky Vice President of Construction Mark Alexander told the Middlebury selectboard last week that Vermont’s COVID-19 rules (at that time) triggered...
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.
Free food through the...
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Solid Waste Management District transfer station at 1223 Route 7 South in Middlebury opened its special waste programs and HazWaste Center to residential customers beginning Monday, May 18. The station has enacted the following COVID-19 precautionary guidelines for all visitors:
• Do not visit the transfer station if you are sick.
• Practice social distancing by keeping at least six feet of space between yourself and others.
• Wear a mask or cloth face covering when visiting for the protection of yourself, other customers, and transfer station staff.
Photo courtesy of Henry Sheldon Museum
Deborah Clifford had a passionate interest in 19th Century American history and, soon after she and her family moved to Cornwall in 1966, she began graduate study of Vermont history at UVM with Professor Sam Hand. She quickly became an enthusiastic and tireless advocate of Vermont women’s history and significantly contributed to making it a subject for serious study. Soon she was writing prize-winning articles for Vermont History; based on widespread research in local sources, they included “Women’s War Against Rum,” “The Drive for Women’s Municipal Suffrage in Vermont, 1883-1917,” and “An...