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MIKE LANSING
03/23/2020
MONKTON — Despite increasing uncertainties arising from the coronavirus pandemic, Monkton Central School (MCS) will see a smooth transition in leadership this summer. Mike Lansing will take over from Besty Knox as principal of that school on July 1. “I am overjoyed to have the opportunity to become the next Principal of Monkton Central School,” Lansing wrote in a March 18 letter to the school community. “I so wish we could have connected in person this past week and yet it was best for community health and well-being to set aside that plan.... It is a great privilege of mine that you have...
03/23/2020
MONTPELIER — While Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department events are paused, there are plenty of reason and opportunities to get outside and enjoy Vermont’s natural resources. Below are some of the department’s recommendations. VF&W officials remind everyone to take all safety precautions, including social distancing and hand washing.  WATCH SOME BIRDS Spring bird migration is well underway and wildlife management areas are open. In fact, thousands of waterfowl have flown through the Champlain Valley this past week and congregated at Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA), Lake...
03/23/2020
MIDDLEBURY — In a recent e-newsletter, The Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT) rejoiced at the arrival of warmer weather. But they added, “Unfortunately, the ticks are also waking up and having a great time latching on to unsuspecting hikers and runners.” Most Vermonters know that warm weather plus time in the forest means ticks. But it can be hard to remember what steps people can take to ensure they are protected and prepared to deal with ticks when they arrive. Below are tips from Vermont’s Department of Health to help avoid tick-borne diseases: •  Before going outside, put on EPA-registered...
03/23/2020
VERGENNES — An updated Vergennes city plan received its approval on March 10 from the Vergennes City Council and is now in effect.  The plan builds on the city’s 2014 document, which in turn was updated from the 2009 Vergennes City Plan that was awarded “Plan of the Year” in 2010 by the Vermont Planners Association.   Vergennes Planning Commission Chairman Shannon Haggett said the update, which was about two years in the making, also makes a few significant changes.  Those changes did not however, spark any significant debate at two council hearings in the past month, which combined lasted...
03/20/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central School District has had to modify its school breakfast/lunch delivery program based on new guidelines from the United States Department of Agriculture, which helps underwrite the program. Here’s a message that was sent out to the ACSD community on Friday by district Business Manager Brittany Gilman: “ACSD schools will be closed at least through April 3, and the Addison Central School District is committed to continuing to feed our students. We need to update our delivery method for meals based on USDA guidelines. In addition, we have received more requests for...
03/20/2020
Leaders from the Town of Middlebury, Porter Medical Center and Middlebury College addressed this letter to the community on Thursday. —————— Dear Members of the Middlebury Community, We write in our leadership roles for the town of Middlebury and the larger community of Addison County to share information in the unprecedented time of the coronavirus outbreak. This is an extraordinary moment facing our planet, our nation, our state, and our local community. The most important thing we can do as leaders of the Select Board, Porter Medical Center, and Middlebury College is collaborate and...
03/19/2020
Vermont marked its first deaths from the coronavirus on Thursday. Gov. Phil Scott and Health Commissioner Mark Levine announced the two deaths during a press conference Thursday evening. One was a Windsor County man in his 90s who had been hospitalized at the VA’'s medical center in White River Junction, Levine said. The second was a woman who lived at the Burlington Health & Rehab elderly care facility. “Both were very elderly,” Levine said, adding that he hoped Vermont would not see more deaths. Scott said it was a reminder about the importance of the precautions Vermont has put in...

TWO MEDICAL ASSISTANTS at Porter Medical Center’s by-appointment-only drive-through test center smiled for a picture after swabbing a five-year-old’s nose to test her for COVID-19. Independent photo/Megan James
03/19/2020
Let me start by saying this: Please don’t just drop into the drive-through test center at Porter Medical Center. If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19 — fever, a dry cough, shortness of breath — please call your primary care physician first. The test center is by appointment only. My kids started coughing on Sunday. By Monday, 5-year-old Joni’s cough was deep and hacking and… terrifying. When she developed a fever that night, it was hard for her dad and I to stay calm. We gave her Tylenol, put her to bed and planned to call her pediatrician in the morning.  Around 8 a.m. we tried calling...
03/19/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — While Addison County residents this week continued to adjust to health-and-safety restrictions to avoid contracting COVID-19, dozens of area businesses began suffering the economic impacts of a disease that on Wednesday afflicted its first local patient. Gov. Phil Scott earlier this week issued a series of executive orders that closed schools, bars and substantially curtailed operations at restaurants and child care centers. All of this was aimed at enforcing a new expressions that’s enveloped our lexicon — “social distancing” — in an effort to inhibit a disease that as of...
03/19/2020
Be advised, folks looking to do business at their local municipal offices: Many of those offices in Addison County have closed for in-person visits due to the coronavirus. Municipal workers will still be on the job, albeit behind closed doors. Transactions will need to be done electronically, by phone, fax or mail. Check ahead before heading out to your town office. Attention Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association (now known as Middlebury Regional EMS) alumni: This November the MVAA will celebrate its 50th anniversary providing emergency medical services to 10 towns in Addison County. The...

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