The Vermont Department of Health today, Monday, Sept. 20, is reporting zero new cases of COVID-19 in Addison County since yesterday, for a total of 1,318 cases since the pandemic began in March of 2020.
Addison County has logged 68 positive COVID-19 tests during the past two weeks, underscoring an ongoing surge in virus activity since the Delta variant surfaced early this summer. Officials with the DOH and CDC are urging the unvaccinated to get a shot, as the Delta variant has shown itself to be more contagious than the regular strain of the disease and, in many cases, less lethal when it...
WORKERS WILL BE busy well into November making $2.5 million in repairs aimed at strengthening the banks of the Middlebury River off Route 125 in Ripton. They are shown here installing river diversion devices this summer.
Photo courtesy of VTrans
MIDDLEBURY — Those traveling along Route 125 in Ripton have been getting a firsthand look at a $2.5 million effort to stabilize key sections of the Middlebury River stream bank, which has been periodically breached during heavy rains.
The work, according to Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) officials, is scheduled to proceed into November and involves a total of 1,654 feet in six distinct areas of the river bank, spread out from about a mile south of Ripton village to a mile north of the village.
The goal, officials said, is to strengthen weaker shoulders of the river so they’re less...
Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series about the growing pains of Addison County schools in 1965-66 and the Vermont Commissioner of Education’s ambitious plan to address them. Read the entire series here.
ADDISON COUNTY — Upon completion of a recent series about the challenges faced by county schools in the mid-1960s, the Independent reached out to a number of local and state educators and education experts to get their take on what lessons, if any, might be learned by looking at previous upheavals in education history.
The conversations were lively and illuminating and touched on...
MIDDLEBURY — Individuals and families who rely on 3SquaresVT — the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in Vermont — will get some good news and bad news beginning Oct. 1.
First, the good news: SNAP benefits are slated to increase by 25% in order to better reflect current food prices, what Americans typically eat, dietary guidance, and the nutrients in food items, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.
Now the bad news, according anti-hunger advocates: The looming SNAP benefit increase, when viewed in concert with the scheduled Sept. 30 expiration of a...
WOMENSAFE RECENTLY ANNOUNCED key leadership changes and the successful, early track record of its first-ever transitional apartments for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Pictured here are new WomenSafe interim Director Christina Grier, left, and exiting Executive Director Kerri Duquette-Hoffman, who’s leaving the nonprofit after 19 years.
Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — WomenSafe is marking this fall with a change in leadership, the first success stories emerging from the agency’s first-ever transitional housing for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and a commitment to changing its organizational name to better reflect the diversity of its clients.
One of the biggest changes is the departure of Executive Director Kerri Duquette-Hoffman after 19 years with the Middlebury-based nonprofit.
“It’s my personal belief that it’s healthy for an agency to have executive directors move on, eventually, and 19 years seems like a reasonable amount of...
RIPTON — The Vermont State Board of Education (VSBE) has asked the town of Ripton and the Addison Central School District Board to re-engage in conversations to keep Ripton within the ACSD. And the board served notice that if those talks don’t bear fruit, the small town isn’t likely to be granted its wish to become an independent school district until July 1, 2023.
Addison Central Superintendent Peter Burrows described that as the consensus position taken by the VSBE at its Wednesday meeting, a position taken as the Addison Independent went to press. The Independent will provide a more...
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard last week decided to wait before making a contribution from its federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to county nonprofit internet provider Maple Broadband. But this week Board Chair Jessica James said she will recommend the board consider a six-figure bequest at its next meeting.
Initially, board members said on Sept. 7 they needed more information from both Maple Broadband and the Vergennes-Panton Water District before giving any ARPA money to either entity.
This past spring Congress appropriated $350 billion in the American Rescue Plan...
Come support the much-loved Trail Around Middlebury at the annual TAM Trek, slated for this Sunday, Sept. 19. The Trek offers several options: A 19-mile course for serious trail runners, a 10K version, and a 2-mile “family fun run” for a more casual experience. All participants start and finish their races in Middlebury’s Wright Park, where there will be live music, great local raffle prizes, and a delicious post-race buffet. Trek entry fees help the Middlebury Area Land Trust cover the $18,000 annual costs of maintaining the TAM, which was launched in 1989 and now encircles the village of...
BRISTOL — During an interview of two Bristol residents who had applied to fill a vacancy on the Mount Abraham Unified School District Board Tuesday night, Starksboro representative Steve Rooney jokingly asked the candidates how they felt about attending four-hour board meetings.
The quip inspired laughter all around. And then Tuesday night’s board meeting fell just minutes shy of four hours.
In an interview process that lasted the better part of an hour and included a hastily called executive session, the MAUSD board, in consultation with the Bristol selectboard, did appoint a replacement for...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College will host a job fair on Monday, Sept. 27, in an effort to unite job-seeking students with local employers in desperate need of workers.
The job fair will take place from 4-6 p.m. at the McCullough Student Center property, under a tent. Participating businesses will be provided a table and some chairs, and employers should in turn come equipped with a list of positions they are seeking to fill, along with details on hours, salary range and benefits. Only vaccinated individuals will be able to enter campus and all participants will need to wear masks for the...