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03/26/2020
LEICESTER — Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, until further notice, the Leicester Town Office is closed to the public. Office staff are available to assist you via phone, fax, mail and e-mail. To contact Julie Delphia, Town Clerk (Mondays, Tuesdays, & Thursdays 9am-2pm), call (802) 247-5961 x 3 or e-mail leicestervt@comcast.net. To contact Dianne Harvey, Administrative Assistant to the Assessor (Tuesdays 9am-12pm), call (802) 247-5961 x 2 or e-mail leicesterlisters@comcast.net. To contact Kris Perlee, Zoning Administrator, call (802) 310-1928 or e-mail leicesterzoning@comcast.net. See the...
03/26/2020
On a rainy Saturday afternoon in December, a small group of do-it-yourselfers met at the Brandon Free Public Library. The group was convened by Michael Shank, chair of Brandon’s Energy Committee, and led by Tim Guiles, who walked us through his experiences with DIY solar. (Both expressed interest in talking to anyone about their experiences and helping others go solar.)  The short version?  For around $10,000, an individual can purchase enough solar panels to power a house and then some — sounds like Tim also powers his electric car with his 24 panels. If, like all those present, you are not...
03/24/2020
VERGENNES — At an online Vergennes-area Regional COVID-19 Meeting on Tuesday morning officials heard that the Ferrisburgh Shaw’s Supermarket has taken steps to protect customers and employees. They also worked to pool local municipal and nonprofit email lists to better reach residents and discussed easing late fees on payments for property taxes and dog licenses. Officials from Vergennes, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Addison Northwest School District, city and county nonprofits, and Rep. Matt Birong, D-Vergennes, were among the 18 attendees at a meeting hosted by Vergennes City Manager Dan Hofman....
03/24/2020
MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott on Tuesday further tightened restrictions on Vermonters by ordering them to restrict and minimize activities outside the home. The Vermont governor late today issued a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order and directed the closure of in-person operations for all non-essential businesses as of 5 p.m. Wednesday. The goal of these restrictive measures is to slow the spread of coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease. These actions were implemented in consultation with Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Health Dr. Mark Levine and his evaluation of the latest data. “I want...
03/24/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury released the following statement from Middlebury Police Chief and Emergency Management Director Tom Hanley yesterday regarding rumors swirling about COVID-19.  There have been efforts recently to propagate fear and dissention in the COVID-19 health crisis. Many rumors are being spread through disinformation originated by both foreign and domestic actors. We recommend that you obtain your information through authentic, reliable sources. The Vermont State Emergency Operations Center distributes a daily bulletin. Information is likewise posted on the Vermont...
03/23/2020
*Update: On Tuesday the number of Addison County cases rose to 8, according to the state Department of Health.* MIDDLEBURY — The state Department of Health announced on Monday, March 23, that a total of 75 Vermonters have tested positive for the coronavirus, including six individuals in Addison County. The number of Addison County cases has surged from one to six since late last week. Statewide, Chittenden County has the most confirmed cases, with 32, according to the DOH. Windsor County is second, with 12, followed by Addison County. Essex and Grand Isle Counties were alone in not having any...
03/23/2020
SPONSORED CONTENT A message from Ron Hallman on behalf of The Porter Senior Leadership Team: This morning while rounding in the hospital, I saw this poster taped to the wall in one of our public corridors. I actually stopped walking and paused—something that very few of us have been able to do during the last few weeks. Over the next few seconds I found myself filled with a deep sense of pride and appreciation for the way our Porter community, and our larger community, are coming together to support each other and to care for our patients, our residents and each other. Whether you are...
03/23/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center on March 18 implemented a more rigorous visitation police aimed at reducing the chances of patients, staff and the general public contracting the coronavirus. All patients and visitors are required to enter the hospital through the Emergency Department. All Patients and Visitors will be screened in the Emergency Department vestibule. Employee Badge readers will be enabled on the following access points for Staff entry: Emergency Department, “North Entrance” (main entrance for staff entering from the North parking lot), “East Stairwell Door” near the medical...
03/23/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Concerns about the spread of coronavirus prompted the Charter House Coalition (CHC) to close its warming shelter on Saturday, March 21, but homeless individuals continued to be served in Addison County. The CHC sent its remaining guests to local motels and hotels, including the Courtyard by Marriott, and the John Graham Emergency Shelter in Vergennes continues to keep its doors open. Doug Sinclair, CHC co-director, explained the traffic in and out of the shelter made the shelter too vulnerable to COVID-19 contagion. The shelter accommodates overnight guests who are served by...

PORTER MEDICAL CENTER has three acute care beds ready for the worst COVID-19 patients and the capability to get help from its parent organization, UVM Health Network. A sign at the entrance to the Middlebury campus directs those with an appointment where to get virus testing. Independent photo/Steve James
03/23/2020
*Update: According to the Vermont Health Department website, there are now three confirmed cases in Addison County as of Monday morning.* MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center continues to prepare for a potential influx of coronavirus patients. The institution is taking inventory of its assets, which are considerable when combined with its parent organization, the University of Vermont Health Network. As of this writing, there was one confirmed COVID-19 case in Addison County. That person was flagged at Porter’s drive-through COVID-19 testing service, and is self-isolating at home. But hospital...

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