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03/26/2020
BRISTOL/VERGENNES — Repaving of the main arteries in Addison County’s second and third largest villages, work that had been set to start as soon as next week, has been postponed.  The news came in late afternoon email on Wednesday from Natalie Boyle, spokesperson for resurfacing projects that include most of Routes 17 and 116 in Bristol village and all of Route 22A in Vergennes. It included a statement from the Vermont Agency of Transportation that said now the soonest the projects could start is mid-April. The two projects have the same contractor, J. Hutchins Inc. The statement read: “...
03/26/2020
You might have recently seen posts on Front Porch Forum urging folks to make masks for area health care workers. While Porter Medical Center officials said they appreciate the generous offer, they’re asking prospective mask-makers to hold off for now. Porter spokesman Ron Hallman said the hospital is currently seeking final guidance from University of Vermont Health Network clinical leaders on how the masks should be fabricated. “There are many conflicting messages out there regarding the clinical efficacy of these masks, but also a recognition that nobody knows right now how the current...

SETH LAPIDOW AND his dog show off the solar array he had installed for his home off Smith Street in Shoreham five years ago. A combination of the energy savings and government incentives has made the array a good investment. Photo courtesy of Same Sun of Vermont
03/26/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Over the past two decades Americans have begun to embrace the idea that they can use solar energy to power their homes. The concept of capturing the energy from the sun and directing it not into some big government or commercial program, but into individual homes, has been accepted by thousands and thousands of homeowners, who have place hundreds of thousands of solar panels on their houses. There were virtually no home installations of solar power arrays just 15 year ago, but this year there will be an estimated 19,000 in the United States, according to the Department of...

A GROUP OF solar cells are strung together to make a module, and then a group of modules are connected to make a solar system that is ready for installation. A typical residential rooftop solar system has about 30 modules. Courtesy of U.S. Department of Energy
03/26/2020
You’ve seen them on rooftops, in fields, along roadsides, and you’ll be seeing more of them: Solar photovoltaic (PV) installations are on the rise across the country — but how do they turn sunshine into energy? Simple answer: with semiconductors. Of course, there’s more to it. Understanding how solar cells work is the foundation for understanding the research and development projects funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to advance PV technologies. PV has made rapid progress in the past 20 years, yielding better efficiency, improved durability, and...
03/26/2020
According to the World Health Organization, one out of three women will experience domestic or sexual violence in their lifetime. But in times of crisis, like natural disasters, wars, or epidemics, the risk of gender-based violence increases. Today’s COVID-19 pandemic is no exception. With millions of people sheltering in place worldwide, the lives of people who are bullied by their spouse or domestic partner are negatively impacted even further. Anita Bhatia, the deputy executive director of the United Nations Women, told Time magazine that “the very technique we are using to protect people...
03/26/2020
This article first appeared in the Middlebury Campus. MIDDLEBURY — Faced with the sudden reality that their semesters would likely be ending, many Middlebury students spent their nights before the mandatory COVID-19-related evacuation earlier this month partying, drinking and vandalizing the campus and town. Damage included broken glass, stolen signs, strewn garbage, smashed furniture and windows, and items thrown into trees.  College Facilities staff spent days cleaning up messes across campus.  Normally, two employees must walk the campus twice a week for two hours to clear the campus of...
03/26/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — While social distancing rules keep the Counseling Service of Addison County from offering most face-to-face encounters between therapists and their clients, the Middlebury-based institution is continuing to serve people via telehealth with video or by telephone.  “We have spent the last two weeks transforming our entire service delivery model so that we can support people remotely,” said CSAC Executive Director Rachel Lee Cummings. “We continue to staff our residential programs and provide some face-to-face supports for essential services. We continue to accept new referrals...
03/26/2020
BARRE — In conjunction with National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April, the Vermont Highway Safety Alliance (VHSA) has announced the third annual #802phonesdown!headsup! video public service announcement contest. The contest is open to high-school students and designed to encourage young drivers and their friends and peers to avoid distracted driving. As much as $2,000 will be awarded to the winning PSAs. Every distracted-driving death is preventable. A few seconds can change a life forever. Unfortunately, people text and drive on Vermont roads every day, despite a law that...
03/26/2020
BRISTOL — Although the Bristol selectboard voted last week that all town buildings be closed to the public until April 6, or until further notice, municipal officials are trying to get out the word that town employees remain avail- able to assist citizens by phone, e-mail, U.S. Postal Service, and by appointment as warranted with appropriate protocols in place. Employees not at the Bristol Town Office will be working from remote locations. Public Works employees and first responders are on-call for emergencies. Meetings of all Bristol boards, commissions and committees will either be...
03/26/2020
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Community Food shelf has announced that they will continue to provide services, but will be switching to “outside only” food distribution as a response to the spread of COVID-19.   Volunteers from four local churches — Vergennes Congregational Church (VCC), United Methodist Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and St. Peter’s Catholic Church — will box a wide selection of items, including meat, milk and eggs, to be picked up at the VCC’s building at 30 Water Street at the regular times of Tuesday and Thursday, 2 to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 8 to 10 a.m.  The food...

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