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04/03/2020
This story originally appeared on the Vermont Sports website. On Friday, April 3, the State released a statement and formally reinforced the closure of a number of trail networks across the state. In Gov. Phil Scott’s press conference today, Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources Julie Moore said this: “It’s never been more important for Vermonters to get outside, but also to stay close to home. Anyone planning to spend time outdoors this weekend should do the following. First, stay close to home. We’re fortunate to live in a place that has outstanding outdoor recreation in nature, and...
04/03/2020
For a good long time it looked as if outdoor recreation — skinning, hiking and camping — would be our savior during COVID-19. This week, things look different. Uphill skiing has been shut down at resorts around the state and popular backcountry destinations such as Mt. Washington (shown here, during a warm day in 2018) are discouraging visitors and putting an end to the Mount Washington Avalanche Center avalanche reports. Vermont State Parks were open (though facilities are all closed, as is usually the case in the winter months). The Vermont Venture Challenge was on, encouraging people to...

Vermont Department of Health
04/03/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Department of Health today, Friday, April 3, reported that a total of 32 Addison County residents have thus far tested positive for COVID-19, a spike from the 26 confirmed cases yesterday. Statewide, 389 Vermonters have tested positive for the coronavirus thus far, according to the DOH. Seventeen Vermonters have died from the disease. Another 102 patients are being monitored (down from 127 yesterday), while 705 have completed monitoring. The Vermont Department of Health has conducted 5,228 COVID-19 tests as of today. Chittenden County has reported the most coronavirus...
04/03/2020
As news reports circulate about business meetings on the videoconferencing platform Zoom being interrupted, the Better Business Bureau is offering advice on how businesses can protect themselves from this so-called “Zoom-bombing.” The FBI reported these two recent incidents in which an unauthorized person disrupted a video conference. In the first incident last week, a Massachusetts high school reported that while a teacher was conducting an online class using Zoom, an unidentified individual(s) dialed into the classroom, yelled a profanity and shouted the teacher’s home address. A second...
04/03/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College’s Franklin Environmental Center will host a virtual panel Tuesday, April 7, as part of national climate teach-in. A group of statewide experts will lead a discussion on local solutions to climate change. The public is welcome to attend this free event on Zoom. More information is available at tinyurl.com/MCvirtualPanel.
04/03/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development on Wednesday, April 1, established a COVID-19 Recovery Resource Center, a new website that is helping financially strapped businesses owners find, and navigate, the myriad state and federal programs able to provide them with critical financial lifelines to weather the ongoing pandemic. The website, found at accd.vermont.gov/covid-19, also includes resources for individuals recently laid off or furloughed amid the economic strife that has become an inescapable byproduct of COVID-19. “I think this resource center is...
04/03/2020
Members of Vermont’s Congressional delegation have been working hard to help Vermont businesses weather the economic and health crisis. Here are some of their comments from Thursday night’s COVID-19 telephone town hall organized by Congressman Peter Welch. U.S. Rep. Peter Welch   “We, your Congressional delegation, have a fundamental responsibility to have the federal government be the economic backstop for you, and also for our state and our hospitals.”   U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy   Sen. Leahy is vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and an architect of the federal stimulus...
04/03/2020
BRANDON — A measure being considered by the Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs would put a stay on evictions, foreclosures and repossessions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The moratorium would be in addition to the halt on most evictions handed down last month by the Vermont judicial system, which effectively halted 95 percent of eviction proceedings due to the pandemic. “We don’t want people ending up on the streets, and we don’t want to tax the system any more than it already is,” said Sen. Cheryl Hooker, the Rutland County legislator who sits on the Senate...
04/03/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard has asked state officials to designate the currently suspended downtown Middlebury rail bridges project as a “critical infrastructure” job, which would allow construction to resume without further delay. Plans originally called for a March 30 start for replacement of the Main Street and Merchants Row rail bridges with a 360-foot-long concrete tunnel. But that date was pushed back to April 15 as a result of Gov. Phil Scott’s coronavirus-related “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order that took effect on March 25. Project boosters have been hoping to...
04/03/2020
MIDDLEBURY — After considering the recommendations of state and national health experts, as well as the increasingly restrictive social distancing policies that have been imposed at home and abroad to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, Middlebury College announced on Thursday that in-person classes will remain suspended for the rest of the school year and that its May 24 commencement will be held “virtually.” The class of 2020 will eventually have an in-person graduation ceremony, sometime this year or next, conditions permitting. Reunion 2020, which was scheduled for the first...

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