‘Community Through Crisis,’ the first film from a new nonprofit, tells the stories of 10 Vermont businesses making their way through the COVID-19 pandemic.
VERMONT — Planet Axis this week rolled out “Community Through Crisis: A Vermont Story,” a new film that features 10 businesses from across Vermont that have shifted their usual operations to provide various services for the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Film producers say it is a dose of good news and highlights the power of coming together in times of crisis. This is the debut release of Planet Axis, a Vermont nonprofit that creates and curates films to inspire and educate people on important environmental and community issues. Companies featured in “Community Through Crisis: A...
MIDDLEBURY — The Porter Pediatric Primary Care practice will soon move from their current location at 1330 Exchange St. in Middlebury to a newly available space on the Porter Medical Center campus. According to PMC spokesperson Ron Hallman, this is a multi-phase project that involves major renovations as well as relocations of three different medical practices. “Rainbow Pediatrics vacated their space in Porter’s Collins building in 2019, providing an opportunity for the first phase of Porter Pediatrics’ move to campus,” Hallman said. “In January, major renovations to that space began in...

This image provided by Middlebury College shows a run-through of the COVID-19 testing site set up in Virtue Field House for every student to test for the coronavirus disease when they return to campus. A student who arrived on Wednesday, Aug. 26, tested positive and was put in isolation.
MIDDLEBURY — A Middlebury College student who arrived on campus Wednesday has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently in isolation. “At this time, of the 783 students tested on Aug. 26, one received a positive result, 709 tests were negative, 58 are still waiting for results, and 15 will be retested due to insufficient samples,” said Middlebury’s Director of Health Services Mark Peluso in a campus-wide email. “This is the first positive case of COVID-19 in our campus community for the fall semester, and the student, who was not experiencing symptoms, is now in isolation housing...
VERGENNES — When in mid-August Addison Northwest School District Director of Operations and Finance Elizabeth Jennings discovered a state error in establishing the district’s homestead tax rate, the residential tax rates already calculated by ANWSD communities proved to be nine or 10 cents too high. After Jennings’s forensic accounting, corrected homestead tax information from the Vermont Department of Taxes arrived at ANWSD towns on Monday. After that, Ferrisburgh, Addison, Panton and Waltham began re-working tax bills this week and have either begun sending out bills or will do so soon (...
MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center officials on Thursday afternoon reported that the positive COVID-19 test result at the Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center was erroneous, and no one at the nursing home has the disease caused by coronavirus. Ron Hallman, vice president for Communications and Engagement at UVM Health Network/Porter Medical Center, said that after the positive test result surfaced late last week, Helen Porter quickly tested all of its residents and staffs for COVID-19, and they all came back negative. “In addition, review of the circumstances of the person who...
VERGENNES — The last of the Vergennes anti-racism Voices in the Park gatherings of the summer is planned for the city green this Saturday, Aug. 29, from 4 to 5 p.m. Vergennes resident Rose Archer, who has spoken at the earlier events, will speak again this Saturday in a talk entitled, “When Will the Shooting Stop?” The talk will be dedicated to Jacob Blake, the recent victim of a police shooting in Kenosha, Wisc. Everyone is invited. Organizer Lizbeth Ryan of Waltham requests those who wish to attend wear masks and observe social-distancing guidelines.

MOUNT ABRAHAM UNION High School students Abby Johnson, left, Anna Doucet, Olivia Campbell and Evalin Pachman were among several dozen people outside the Bristol Post Office on Saturday protesting changes at the United States Postal Service that have resulted in slower mail. Photo courtesy of Mary Adams-Smith
ADDISON COUNTY AND BRANDON — Anger over the precipitous decline in the quality of mail delivery from the U.S. Postal Service showed itself this past Saturday when protests popped up in front of at least three local post offices. Slogans on placards and posters were varied, but the message was the same: USPS must restore its previous level of service to enable businesses to serve their customers, empower citizens to communicate unfettered and ensure that votes are delivered in a timely fashion for the November election. “It is unbelievable that America could sink so low that the president is...
VERGENNES — Scenarios prepared for the Addison Northwest School District board by district Director of Finance & Operations Elizabeth Jennings show more than $1 million in savings for ANWSD if it consolidates into two buildings in the 2021-2022 school year, but almost no up-front or long-term savings for a three-building option.  Jennings’ scenarios, which she is careful to say “are all based on estimates” and are “not literal or exact,” suggest the ANSWD won’t generate any further impactful savings after five years with the two-building option, versus the current four-building...
Editor’s note: This is the second in a series about women’s health in the pandemic. ADDISON COUNTY — Reports on the number of COVID-19 cases in an area and any success at flattening the curve are good ways to show the public health impacts of the coronavirus. But there are other indicators of the virus’s impact on public health that are less obvious but also critical. As physical distancing and isolation measures and practices work to mitigate the spread of the disease, they also serve to trap survivors of domestic and sexual violence at home with their abusers and hinder access to crucial...

JIM GISH, LEFT, community liaison to the downtown Middlebury rail bridges project, walks with reporter John Flowers near the opening of the massive new concrete railway tunnel under Main Street and Merchants Row. The project is in week six of a scheduled 10-week, around-the-clock work schedule. Independent photo/Alexa Lapiner
MIDDLEBURY — There was a time in my 20s when I dreamed of reporting to work in a war zone wearing a helmet and flak jacket emblazoned with the word “Press.” Life took me to a different, peaceful place — Addison County — though the flak jacket might have come in handy during some of those Vermont Gas pipeline hearings in Shoreham and Middlebury back in 2013-2014. But finally, at age 58, I was able to don a helmet for a reporting assignment. It happened on Friday, Aug. 21, and the setting was indeed a dusty, upended urban setting that had endured blasting. Downtown Middlebury. The blasting in...


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