MIDDLEBURY — In addition to talking about a central component of local economic activity — construction of the rail tunnel (see story) — the Middlebury selectboard at a Tuesday Zoom meeting discussed local and statewide economic recovery efforts aimed at helping businesses make a strong comeback as the pandemic subsides.
Fred Kenney, executive director of the Addison County Economic Development Corp., noted the creation of a state of Vermont Economic Mitigation & Recovery Task Force, and the Addison County Recovery Team.
The state task Force, established by Gov. Phil Scott, is charged...
AMANDA SEARS, MA, (left) and Diana Tutelo, NP, are two of the critical staffers at Porter ExpressCare, which is trying to become more easily available to patients while maintaining protections from COVID-19.
MIDDLEBURY — UVM/Porter Medical Center today changed some of the procedures for how it is operating its urgent care service as positive milestones are achieved in the battle against COVID-19. The goal is to make care more easily accessible.
As part of UVM/Porter Medical Center overall response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Porter ExpressCare remained available to care for patients with urgent medical needs, operating during their regularly scheduled hours. However, early in the pandemic, ExpressCare changed two important access details in order to minimize exposure risk for...
MOUNT INDEPENDENCE 4-H Club members Mackenna White, left, and Ben “Boo Boo” Boutin hand out free gallons of milk in the Bourdeau Brothers parking lot on Friday.
Independent photo/John S. McCright
MIDDLEBURY — An effort to give away a couple thousand gallons of milk last Friday was deemed a success.
At the same time that the COVID-19 outbreak has made it difficult for some families to get milk, some farmers are dumping milk that they can’t get into the supply chain.
To remedy that imbalance, Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance along with Dairy Farmers of America, Bourdeau Brothers and Pleasant Valley Farms of Berkshire this past Friday, May 8, hosted two separate milk giveaways one in Middlebury and on in St. Albans.
From noon to 3 p.m. people stopped by volunteers distributed milk to...
MIDDLEBURY — “Here’s the news we’ve been waiting for.”
That was the happy message from Jim Gish this week when he passed on word that the work on the huge downtown Middlebury rail project would resume after a six-week COVID-19 hiatus.
Construction workers should return early next week to the worksite that stretches through the heart of the shire town, said Gish, Middlebury’s community liaison for the project. An initial group of 15 or so will be required to wear masks and gloves, as well as practice social distancing. Plus there will be a COVID-19 health officer onsite.
Hiring that health...
MIDDLEBURY — At a time when many Americans are facing unprecedented hardships as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance along with Dairy Farmers of America, Bourdeau Brothers and Pleasant Valley Farms of Berkshire are working to provide nutritious dairy products to Vermont families in need.
The organizations will host two separate giveaways this Friday, May 8 — one in Middlebury and one in St. Albans.
From noon to 3 p.m. more than 4,000 gallons will be available for pick up at Bourdeau Brothers at 88 Seymour St. in Middlebury or at the St. Albans Cooperative...
ABBY MARIA HEMENWAY
Photo courtesy of the Vermont Historical Society
Like other remarkable women in Addison County, Abby Hemenway rebelled against the prevailing, centuries-old, androcentric perceptions of her gender. She was a teacher, poet, author, historian and publisher, proving herself with fortitude, independence and great accomplishments. As the contributions Abby and other extraordinary women made were realized, the collective consciousness shifted towards support of more significant roles for all women.
Abby Maria Hemenway was born in 1828, on a hill farm in Ludlow, Vt., to Abigail and Daniel Hemenway. A precocious student, starting at age 14 she...
I am writing to thank our community for generously supporting the Parent-Child Center’s on-going efforts to distribute resources to families through out Addison County. With the help of so many generous businesses and individuals, the PCC staff distributes large boxes with fresh and nonperishable food, diapers, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, children and adult arts and craft, books, developmentally appropriate children’s activities and new toys.
Thank you specially to: Bristol Cliffs Café, Ulti and Woody Danforth, The Dollar Store, Stacey at Pratt’s General Store, Darla Senecal, Hannaford...
MIDDLEBURY — Bee’s Wrap, the Middlebury-based maker of an all-natural alternative to plastic wrap, is inviting Addison County neighbors to an at-home, grassroots screening of “The Story of Plastic,” a documentary film created by a group called The Story of Stuff.
The documentary will be available until May 7, and people who are interested can RSVP at eventbrite by clicking here. Each registered participant will receive a link for the screening within 24 to 36 hours, and then can view the documentary at home on their own schedule through 11:30 p.m. on May 7.
“Our work at Bee’s Wrap is very...
MIDDLEBURY — Work on the rail tunnel construction project in downtown Middlebury will restart this week after being on hold for a month and a half on account of the social distancing order from Gov. Phil Scott.
“So we got some good news,” said Jim Gish, the town’s community liaison with the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans). “We heard from VTrans Chief Engineer Wayne Symonds that Middlebury’s rail and bridge project has been given the green light to restart construction this week.”
Gish told the Independent that strict protocols will be in place to manage the health and safety of both...
ADDISON COUNTY — After closing their doors to outside visitors more than a month ago, local municipal clerks have been slowly opening up to more an more services.
But restrictions still apply, and clerks urge everyone to call before coming to their town offices. And don’t forget your mask.
In Vergennes, City Clerk Morgan Kittredge is ready to handle title searches, notarize documents, and provide marriage licenses, but as of late this week only by appointment and with at least a day’s notice.
“It’s just call and find a time,” Kittredge said.
City office workers can provide most or all of the...