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MONTPELIER — If you are 12 to 14 years old and want to learn about Vermont’s wildlife and gain outdoor skills, consider attending one of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department’s Green Mountain Conservation Camps this summer. Specific details about whether the Camps will be able to operate and what protocols relating to COVID-19 will be in place will be communicated via the department’s website as they become clear. The one-week camp programs are set for Lake Bomoseen in Castleton and Buck Lake in Woodbury. Campers participate in hands-on learning about fish and wildlife conservation,...
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Regional Planning Commission (ACRPC) will provide support for municipalities improving water quality. The work will focus on water quality in the Otter Creek and its tributaries as identified by the Otter Creek Tactical Basin Plan. ACRPC will be coordinating with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the Otter Creek Natural Resources Conservation District and the Addison County River Watch Collaborative in implementing the Otter Creek Basin Plan. The work is supported through grant from DEC. Activities began this fall and will continue through...
ORWELL — Orwell Free Library has been selected as one of 200 libraries to participate in Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries, an American Library Association (ALA) initiative that helps library workers better serve their small and rural communities. More than 300 libraries applied for the grant, according to ALA. The competitive award comes with a $3,000 grant that will help the library purchase quality streaming technology and support staff time to bring the 2021 Orwell Town Meeting safely to town residents. “We are excited and ready to assist our town...
LINCOLN — There are three important upcoming MAUSD Board meetings scheduled. On Wednesday, Jan. 20, there will be a special School Board meeting (Facilities) from 6-7 p.m. Another special School Board meeting (Budget) will be held on Thursday, Jan. 21, from 6-8 p.m., and on Tuesday, Jan. 26, there will be the regularly scheduled School Board meeting from 6-8 p.m. Zoom links and agendas will be made public closer to the meeting dates. This month’s library book group read is all about the memoir. Each book group member will read any memoir of their choosing and share their book with others at a...
BRANDON — St. Thomas & Grace Episcopal Church in Brandon is conducting a drive-thru collection for the Brandon Food Shelf on Saturday, Jan. 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cash is needed so the Food Shelf can purchase gift cards to Hannaford’s for perishable items. Food items needed include peanut butter, pasta, sauce, canned pasta, tuna/chicken/beef in cans, mayonnaise and soups/stews.   The collection of cash and food items will take place right along Route 7 (Conant Square) across from the St. Thomas Church building. Members of the church, wearing masks, will meet donators at their cars to...
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Community Foundation recently announced that — in partnership with many of its generous fundholders — $169,711.94 in Spark Connecting Community grants has been awarded to 64 nonprofit organizations for local projects in communities across the state, including some nonprofits that serve residents in multiple counties. Of the total funding awarded, $77,950 was made possible by Giving Together, a program at the Community Foundation that shares grant proposals with fundholders and donors to give them the opportunity to co-fund projects. Six of the grant-receiving...
VERGENNES — Although two Vergennes Union Elementary School students have recently tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and one VUES class has gone to remote learning, school officials said the Addison Northwest School District will continue in-person education. ANWSD Superintendent Sheila Soule and other ANWSD administrators took that position in emails sent out to students’ families on Sunday and Monday, and Soule reinforced the message at Monday’s district board meeting. Sunday’s email to families, including school principals and central office administrators in its signature line,...
SHOREHAM — Due to staffing challenges, the Shoreham Elementary School will be moving to fully remote learning beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, January 13, according to an email from Principal Michael Lenox. The decision was made in response to an increase in COVID activity in the school community. Too many staff, students and families need to be tested and quarantine while awaiting results to meet the school's staffing needs this week. "We are hopeful that we will get the results and be able to confidently reopen next Wednesday, January 20," said Lenox.  Breakfasts and lunches will be delivered...

VICTORY BAPTIST CHURCH in Vergennes has seen 80 COVID cases since Christmas. Independent photo/Steve James
VERGENNES  — After Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine singled out a Vergennes church as the source of 80 recent COVID-19 cases, the pastor of Victory Baptist Church on Route 7 says that his parishioners were following federal safety guidelines during the spread of the disease that apparently occurred at Christmas services. “Our congregations want to do live services, so we follow CDC guidelines,” the Rev. Tim Taylor told the Independent. During the start of the pandemic Victory Baptist held services only online in March, April and May, in accordance with state mandates, Taylor said....
Middlebury College is considering revoking an honorary degree held by Rudy Giuliani in light of the role he played in “fomenting” the riot in the U.S. Capitol last week, college president Laurie Patton said Sunday.  Giulani, who since 2018 has worked as President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, has been a leading voice in the propagation of election fraud conspiracies advanced by Trump and his supporters since president-elect Joe Biden won the November general election.  He addressed the president’s supporters before they stormed the Capitol on Wednesday, urging them to seize the riot as a “...

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