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11/22/2020
The Vermont Department of Health (DOH) today, Sunday, Nov. 22, is reporting Addison County has had 160 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began in mid-March. That’s the same number as yesterday. Middlebury College in recent days has reported three new positive cases on campus, adding to an initial two student cases at the beginning of the semester and two employee cases — one in September and one early in the pandemic. The students who recently tested positive are being moved to isolation housing, and contact tracing is under way. The college has now recorded a total of six...

THE PERFORMANCE ART troupe Cirque de Fuego are scheduled to perform their fire-based outdoor entertainment on Merchants Row in Middlebury on Dec. 3 in conjunction with the Bundle Up outdoor market that late afternoon and evening.
11/21/2020
MIDDLEBURY — As with all else in 2020, public activities in Middlebury will be different this holiday season. But the Better Middlebury Partnership and the local businesses and boosters it represents nevertheless have a slate of activities designed to lighten spirits and put everyone in a holiday mood. A couple holiday traditions continue as always. To set the stage, BMP volunteers and members of the Middlebury Fire Department strung seasonal holiday wreaths and hung them from lamp posts in downtown. The annual Very Merry Middlebury holiday kick-off is, sadly, not going to happen in 2020. But...
11/21/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — The holidays are here, and while Christmas tree farms and retailers have had to make some adjustments for COVID-19, county residents looking for fresh Vermont-grown greenery will have plenty to choose from. Vermont has 70 Christmas tree farms on more than 3,600 acres, according to the 2017 USDA census, and the state’s Christmas tree industry is worth more than $2.6 million. In our part of the state the local tree farms where you can cut your own include, among others, the Sinclair Family Farm in Ripton, Nutcracker Tree Farm in Cornwall, Vermont Trade Winds Farm in Shoreham,...

AN 'OVER-THE-Top Vintage Christmas" tree by Robin Huestis
11/21/2020
MIDDLEBURY — This year, the Henry Sheldon Museum of History’s annual Miniature Christmas Tree Raffle features nine one-of-a-kind, 24-inch tall miniature Christmas trees decorated and donated by talented craftspeople. Because of the need for social distancing, this year’s raffle is online. The raffle of these works of art will support the museum’s children’s education programs.  The festive trees are adorned with a vast array of enticing ornaments that will enchant children and adults. This year’s trees include: “Woodland Winter” by Nancie Dunn of the Sweet Cecily shop featuring felted...

ALTHOUGH SOME OF the traditional Vergennes Holiday Stroll will not be held this year, the fantastically lit S.D. Ireland cement truck is scheduled to visit the Little City on Dec. 5.
11/21/2020
VERGENNES — In Vergennes plans for public holiday festivities had to be adjusted at the last minute due to the state’s continuingly tighter COVID-19 regulations, but Vergennes Partnership Marketing & Development Coordinator Julie Basol said city officials and merchants remain dedicated to the seasonal spirit.  Unfortunately the annual Vergennes Holiday Stroll had to be called off, but Basol said there still are activities in the works for Saturday, Dec. 5, which typically would have been the date of the stroll. The trees on the Vergennes City Green will be lit up “from corner to corner”...

MAPLE LANDMARK WOODCRAFT
11/21/2020
MIDDLEBURY — It’s been a Christmas tradition for years. For a day each December, kids converge upon Middlebury’s Maple Landmark Woodcraft — a real-life Santa’s workshop where hundreds of wooden toys are made — to spend a few minutes with Saint Nick, talking about how good they’ve been during the year and presenting their wish-lists. Maple Landmark has been one of three spots in Middlebury were Santa has made holiday appearances. The others are Danforth Pewter at 52 Seymour St. and the Middlebury Community House at 6 Main St. The Jolly Old Elf has also been known to make stops in Vergennes...
11/20/2020
Vermont could see a vaccine “on its doorsteps” by Dec. 10, the state’s health commissioner, Dr. Mark Levine, said Friday at the governor’s Covid-19 press briefing. Levine noted that the pharmaceutical company Pfizer is expected to file for emergency authorization with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for their vaccine candidates by the end of the day Friday. Pfizer and its partner, BioNTech SE, have said their vaccine candidate could be available to high-risk populations in the U.S. by the middle of December. Levine said the Advisory Council on Immunization Practices, which advises the...

MIDDLEBURY HAS AT least a dozen storefronts that have become empty for a variety of reasons. Here's one on the end of the Battell Block. Independent photo/Angelo Lynn
11/19/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP) is looking to beef up its annual budget locally and through contributions from six neighboring communities as it works to help downtown Middlebury rebound from the impacts of a massive rail tunnel project and an eight-month-old COVID-19 pandemic that is currently surging. Karen Duguay, executive director of the BMP, recently presented the Middlebury selectboard with a fiscal year 2022 request for $30,000 in town funding, up $5,000 from this year. In addition, the BMP will ask for $1,000 each from the towns of Bridport, Cornwall, Ripton,...
11/19/2020
VERMONT — As the state grapples with the spike in COVID-19 cases that Vermont has seen in the past two weeks, Gov. Phil Scott and other officials are explaining how they came to the decision to severely limit social interactions among Vermonters just as the holidays arrive. In a press conference, Scott cited the large number of social gathering-related cases as justification for the new limit on those gatherings he imposed on Friday. He said that 71% of cases since Oct. 1 were linked to such gatherings.  “It’s mostly adults, from multiple households, getting together with friends, inside and...

INCOMING LIEUTENANT GOV. Molly Gray hopes to advance a 2021 legislative agenda that includes paid family leave, expansion of broadband, and creation of more affordable housing. Photo courtesy of Molly Gray
11/19/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Molly Gray has already traveled the world as a Red Cross worker, extending humanitarian aid to nations in need. Now, at age 36, Gray has set firm roots in her native Vermont, which she will serve for at least the next two years as lieutenant governor. Gray — a lawyer, former Vermont assistant attorney general and educator at the Vermont Law School — is getting some schooling herself these days as she prepares to become the state’s second-in-command. “It’s really exciting to be able to come back … and really get into the nuts and bolts of what makes for effective governing,” Gray...

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