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KEITH MATTISON
07/02/2020
WHITING — Keith Mattison’s battle with COVID-19 has left him with serious health ailments that appear to be worsening. The Independent reported on May 21 that Mattison — a 67-year-old Whiting resident who had led a busy, healthy life — had been dealing with immense fatigue and undergoing dialysis in the aftermath of a lengthy struggle with the coronavirus.  The longtime plumber began feeling COVID-19 symptoms back on April 2. He initially thought he had the flu, but subsequent tests confirmed he was one of a few dozen (at the time) Addison County coronavirus patients. His illness was marked...

LANDOWNERS WHO MOW their grasslands for aesthetic reasons can prevent a decline in nesting habitat for threatened bird species like this Bobolink if they wait until Aug. 15 to mow. Photo/John Hall
07/02/2020
MONTPELIER — Boblinks, meadowlarks, Savannah sparrows, and grasshopper sparrows enrich our summers with their songs, but some of these species are in decline due to the loss of appropriate grassland habitat. Landowners can make a difference by altering the times of year they mow fields. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is encouraging landowners to help promote these beloved species by waiting a little longer to mow and give these birds a chance to complete their nesting season. “People maintain fields and meadows in Vermont for a variety of reasons, from commercial hayfields and...
07/02/2020
FERRISBURGH — We are increasingly seeing the health and safety benefits of Vermont’s pandemic control response to COVID-19. Businesses are steadily starting to open and we are now able to gather in small groups.  However, it remains important that we continue to wear face coverings, frequently wash our hands, and employ the physical distancing methods as advised by the Vermont Department of Health and Gov. Scott. Comprehensive updates on COVID-19 for the public and for businesses are available on several websites such as the Vermont Department of Health (healthvermont.gov,) Gov. Scott’s  (...
07/02/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The Porter Medical Center Auxiliary voted on June 18 to donate $50,000 to the UVMHN Porter Medical Center as an unrestricted contribution to assist Porter during this unprecedented and challenging time, as the organization continues to transition to re-establishing elective services and procedures under strict protocols. “We are deeply grateful to our Porter Auxiliary for this significant donation and their willingness to allow us to use it where most needed as we work to re-open services and address the financial challenges that were directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic,”...
07/02/2020
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has announced the 2020–2021 migratory bird hunting season dates and bag limits.  A statewide Vermont open hunting season for resident Canada geese will occur Sept. 1–25. The daily bag limit is five Canada geese in the Connecticut River Zone and eight in the rest of the state during this September season. The purpose of the September season is to help control Vermont’s resident Canada goose population prior to the arrival of Canada geese migrating south from Canada. A second Canada goose hunting season for resident and migrant geese will...
07/02/2020
Paul Dragon is the new executive director of Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO). In July, I will start working at the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO), a community action agency in northwest Vermont. The ideals that lead community action are embedded in social and racial justice. Community action agencies were part of Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty, which began in 1964. Yes, a war, a fight to end deep, divisive poverty in the wealthiest country of the world.  There are five community action agencies in Vermont doing impressive outcomes-based work....
07/02/2020
VERGENNES — Panton Town Clerk Pam Correia will help out at Vergennes City Hall once a week, marking a return to her 1990s workplace. Correia has been Panton’s town clerk since August 2017 after working in Bristol’s town offices for several years. In the 1990s she served as an administrative assistant to then Vergennes City Manager Mel Hawley. In a Tuesday special city council meeting, councilors approved an intra-municipal agreement with Panton that will allow Correia, whose hours are less than full-time in Panton, to work for Vergennes every Monday, on a short-term basis. City Manager...
07/02/2020
MONTPELIER – Every year, hundreds of people contact the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department about bear interactions, and sometimes about conflicts that are ultimately deadly for the bear. “When a bear is fed, directly or indirectly, its life expectancy is likely reduced,” said Forrest Hammond, the Black Bear Project Leader at Vermont Fish and Wildlife. “We frequently remind people that ‘a fed bear is a dead bear.’ Bears that eat food from human yards can be struck by cars or injured or shot by someone protecting their property. That’s why it’s important to properly secure your garbage and...
07/02/2020
VERGENNES — The next in a series of anti-racism events on the Vergennes will be held on Saturday, July 11, when city resident Rose Archer will speak on racial equality. Archer, a recent Brandeis University graduate, followed fellow Vergennes resident Alicia Grangent on the city bandstand on June 13, when both persons of color gave well-received talks about the daily discrimination they experienced in their lives. The latest “Voices in the Park” event, three of which have been organized by Waltham resident Elizbeth Ryan and one by the Vergennes Union High School Racial and Social Justice...
07/02/2020
With early voting for the Aug. 11 primary beginning Monday, the Vermont Secretary of State’s Office has already received nearly seven times as many absentee ballot requests as it did by this date in 2018.  As of  June 29, 15,663 voters had asked for early voting ballots this year, up from just 2,247 requests by the same time in 2018, according to the Secretary of State’s Office. “I think we’re going to have a strong turnout compared to usual,” Secretary of State Jim Condos said in an interview. Condos said typical voter turnout for a primary in Vermont is between 20-25% but based on the...

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