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07/30/2020
This is the first in a series of stories about women's health in the pandemic. The ongoing coronavirus health crisis is changing the face of the nation’s health care system, from what types of care we prioritize to how we get that care and how quickly. Many are seeing that during the pandemic, some forms of care cannot wait.  One such necessity is reproductive health care, which ranges from contraception counseling to abortion services to family planning.  Nationally, an uptick in demand for birth control prescriptions, a rise in sexually transmitted infection (STI) rates and an increase in...

GOV. PHIL SCOTT, shown earlier this summer, says wearing face coverings will help Vermonters protect the progress we’ve made against coronavirus as COVID-19 explodes elsewhere. Photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDigger
07/30/2020
VERMONT — Maura Donnelly, who owns the Bristol children’s shop Simon Says on Main Street, was pleased that Gov. Phil Scott has mandated Vermonters to wear masks in public beginning Aug. 1. “I think it’s awesome,” she told the Independent on Monday. “Very late, but I’m glad to see it.” Earlier this month, a couple of Donnelly’s teenage employees were accosted by an adult customer who refused to wear a mask in the shop, even though a sign outside clearly indicated it was required. Donnelly detailed the incident, which had upset her employees, in a July 12 letter to the Bristol selectboard, and...
07/30/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Thanks to the Payroll Protection Program (PPP), Addison County businesses have received tens of millions of dollars in assistance over the past few months, but recent data analysis at the national level has called some of that information into question. The federal government established the business loan program as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help businesses, nonprofits and the self-employed continue paying their workers during shutdowns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier this month, the U.S. Small Business Administration (...
07/30/2020
True, downtown Middlebury is full of construction, but it’s also replete with hidden gems for children to find. Kids can pick up a map and collection bags in the ATM area of the Main Street branch of the National Bank of Middlebury and then hunt for gems until Saturday, Aug. 8. Please do not take more than 25 gems per child; leave some for your fellow gem hunters. After they’ve found at least 15 gems, kids can turn in their bags at the National Bank of Middlebury and receive $10 in Middlebury Money in exchange. Exchanges can happen at the bank drive-through on Seymour Street during the week...
07/30/2020
Editor’s note: This message came from Brian R. Carpenter, chair of the Middlebury selectboard. In the early moments of the Middlebury selectboard’s July 28 meeting, which was being conducted via Zoom, an unidentified participant hacked into a live PowerPoint presentation and scrawled a threatening phrase toward Black people using a racial slur on the screen, along with what may have been a Swastika.  The presentation was taken down temporarily while support staff quickly changed a Zoom security setting that will prevent such an attack from occurring again. The hacker was also located and...
07/30/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police on Thursday were looking for a driver who fled the scene of a collision with a tractor-trailer (without the trailer) on Route 7 South, near Denecker Chevrolet, on Wednesday evening, July 29. Police have already established that the unknown driver was at fault in the crash based on video evidence taken from the truck. The accident backed up traffic on Route 7 as emergency responders cleared the wrecked vehicles and spilled diesel fuel. The truck driver, 43-year-old Shawn M. Lafountain, complained of a sore back and calf but declined medical attention, according...
07/30/2020
VERGENNES — At least three residents who have made Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for information — including emails, texts and other communications among Vergennes city officials related to the July 16 city council meeting after which Mayor Jeff Fritz and three councilors resigned — have not been happy with the response from City Manager Daniel Hofman.  Hofman, however, insists he is following the law while providing materials and charging for his time in doing so. At the heart of the disagreement lie a statute that does allow municipalities to charge hourly fees for providing...
07/30/2020
BRISTOL — Bristol will host a community discussion about its police department on Monday, Aug. 3, at 7 p.m. With assistance from Northeast Addison Television (NEAT) the town is hoping to convene the meeting simultaneously in Holley Hall and via Zoom, though details are still being ironed out. Sen. Chris Bray, D-Bristol, will facilitate the event, which the selectboard at its July 27 meeting characterized as “an opening conversation.” “This is a chance for us to listen,” said Bristol Police Chief Bruce Nason. “I want to hear from the public. If there is information we need to get back to them...
07/30/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Ten candidates are running for lieutenant governor this year. The following is a brief introduction to the names you will see on ballots in the Aug. 11 Primary Election.  Information was culled from the candidates’ websites, and/or other online media sources. Candidates are profiled here in alphabetical order. Since Vermonters can vote in only one party’s Primary, we separated the candidates by party. DEMOCRATIC PARTY Tim Ashe, Burlington Democrat. Ashe reached out to the Independent for a sit-down interview, and a story about his candidacy can be found at addisonindependent....
07/30/2020
VERGENNES — After four elected Vergennes officials resigned, most citing the divisions and hard feelings that have recently developed in the city, those vacancies on the city council will be filled in a special citywide election tentatively scheduled for late September. City Manager Dan Hofman on Wednesday said he and the three remaining council members — Mayor Lynn Donnelly and Councilors David Austin and Lowell Bertrand — would meet on Tuesday to pick a date.  Those interested in seats on the council must submit petitions to get on the September ballot. The deadline to do so should become...

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