VERMONT — The Vermont Foodbank and Vermont National Guard will distribute food to those in need at five different areas of Vermont beginning on Wednesday, April 22. These points of distribution will help ease demand on food shelves around that state that have seen a surge in demand.
The National Guard will set up and operate Points of Distribution (PODs) at state airports in Swanton, North Clarendon, Newport, Bennington, and North Springfield on separate days over the next two weeks. Those in need of food can go to these locations on the appointed days and receive a seven-day supply of Meals...
There were some familiar names and events in the newspaper 50 years ago this week. Here are some of the top stories that appeared in the April 16, 1970, edition of the Independent:
• The Beach Family, owners of the Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes, became the new owners of the Middlebury Inn.
• Perry LaSalle of Bristol suffered a broken neck in a car crash when he lost control of his car while driving on Route 17 in New Haven.
• Two Bristol men, Roland Brace and John Chamberlain, refused the help of an attorney and decided to act as their own defense lawyers and cross-examine witnesses...
LONGTIME MEALS ON Wheels volunteer driver Scott Gaines enjoys seeing and talking to people on his Friday deliveries. He has had to change his routine during the coronavirus pandemic, with shorter stops and more of them.
VERGENNES — Vergennes businessman Scott Gaines looks forward all week to the time he spends delivering Meals On Wheels to seniors in the city, all on behalf of the nonprofit agency Age Well.
“I love working with the people,” said Gaines, entering his 24th year working on behalf of Meals on Wheels and its Vergennes clients. “I’ve told Age Well it’s the best hour of my week, going out visiting with people.”
Gaines was the president of the Rotary Club in the mid-1990s when the club adopted Meals on Wheels as a charity it would sponsor. Over the years, as the effort grew and the club shrank, the...
BRANDON — A group of volunteers is giving their time to Brandon-area residents who can’t get out to shop for food or other necessities during this time of social distancing.
Brandon Area Deliveries is serving Brandon, Forest Dale, Goshen, Leicester, Pittsford, Sudbury and Whiting.
People who are at a greater risk of contracting the coronavirus and anyone else who is unable to access their normal method of getting necessities (food, supplies, pharmacy, etc.) are invited to take advantage of the wonderful volunteers that have stepped up in the Brandon-area community. The Brandon Free Public...
TWO GIRLS IN the 5-Town area write messages on postcards that will be sent to Bristol-area seniors who are looking for connection during the Stay Home, Stay Safe period of social distancing. It is part of the volunteer “2 Way Postcard Initiative.
BRISTOL, LINCOLN, NEW HAVEN — Volunteers in the Mount Abraham Unified School District have launched a program to connect local students to their fellow community members, especially elders and those in households without children in school.
The project, which evolved from an idea proposed by Bristol resident Sally Burrell during a recent (remote) school board Community Engagement Committee meeting, is called the “2 Way Postcard Initiative.”
“Our hope is that students would send a pre-addressed and stamped postcard to a ‘random’ community member,” explained Lincoln resident and school board...
ADDISON COUNTY — As the reality of social distancing set in last month, some in the community realized that there would be a disconnect between those who needed help during the coronavirus public health emergency and those who could help those in need.
Thus sprung up Addison County Mutual Aid.
The organization is a group of more than 420 volunteers from throughout Addison County who are concerned about the welfare of our community as COVID-19 spreads through Vermont. This effort is to ensure all our county’s citizens can meet their needs during this crisis.
Volunteer leaders and their helpers...
MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott has announced a flag lowering procedure to honor Vermonters who have died due to COVID-19.
“Sunday, April 19, marks one month since Vermont’s first two fatalities as a result of COVID-19,” Scott said in a statement. “In honor of all the Vermonters we have lost to this terrible disease, I am ordering the U.S. and Vermont state flags to fly at half-staff on the 19th of every month for the remainder of 2020.
“As we continue to confront this public health crisis, it is important for each of us to remember those who are no longer with us and the friends and family who...
The office of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont provided this list of resources for Vermonters looking for help during the pandemic crisis.
Vermont 2-1-1: If you are sick and have questions on how to proceed, contact your health care provider or call 2-1-1. Visit 2-1-1's site here: https://vermont211.org/
Vermont Department of Health (VDH): For the most up-to-date guidance on public health measures in Vermont, visit: https://www.healthvermont.gov/response/coronavirus-covid-19
The VDH has translated information about how to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and stay...
Trustees for the Vermont State Colleges will postpone by at least a week a decision on a radical restructuring proposal, announced just two days prior, that would cut 500 employees and shutter three of the system’s campuses.
The announcement followed a torrent of public backlash over the weekend as well as pushback from Gov. Phil Scott and legislative leaders.
On Friday, VSCS Chancellor Jeb Spaulding announced he would recommend trustees close Northern Vermont University, which has campuses in Johnson and Lyndon, and shutter Vermont Technical College’s Randolph campus to consolidate...
MONTPELIER – Chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges System (VSCS), Jeb Spaulding today announced plans to recommend a substantial transformation of the nearly 60-year-old system. The plan will be proposed to the VSCS Board of Trustees to address significant financial challenges greatly exacerbated by the global COVID-19 pandemic. The VSCS has long struggled financially for reasons outlined in their Serving Vermont Students by Securing the Future of the Vermont State Colleges System whitepaper including aging demographics and stagnant enrollment, years of low State support and pricing...