BRISTOL — The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) will hold a remote public information meeting on Thursday, May 14, at 7 p.m. via Zoom. The purpose of this meeting is to present the public with information on the roadway and sidewalk project in downtown Bristol. This meeting will provide informationonthescopeofwork, overview of the construction schedule, and sources of information during construction. VTrans staff and the contractor will be present to address any questions or concerns in regard to the work being performed for this project. The meeting will be open at...
LEICESTER — Green Up Day is May 30. Bags will be available outside the Town Office, under the bulletin board. On May 30, filled bags can be left on the roadside for pickup or dropped off on the trailer at the Town Shed. Due to the pandemic, please follow all CDC guidelines, including hand sanitizing and social distancing, when picking up bags, doing roadside clean up, and when dropping bags off at the Town Shed. If you need a road assignment, please contact Diane Benware at 802-247-3786. Please consider “adopting” a portion of your own road and pick up the trash along it. Due to Covid-19...

WHEN LAYING OUT a garden, consider sun orientation, spacing and size of plants at maturity, and don't be afraid to experiment such as mixing annuals in with vegetable crops. Photo/Bonnie Kirn Donahue
Planning your vegetable garden doesn’t have to be daunting. By starting with your own observations and being open to experimentation, you can develop a garden plan that takes into consideration what you have learned in previous years. First look back at what happened in your vegetable garden last year. Did your peppers never fully ripen? Was your zucchini overcrowded? Did you feel overwhelmed by all of the tomatoes you had to can or freeze because you couldn’t let yourself abandon any of the seedlings you started? Taking notes about what went well and what you wished had gone better will give...

CUT BACK HERBACEOUS perennials about 2-3 inches above ground level using a pair of sharp hand clippers. Photo by Bonnie Kirn Donahue
Did you run out of time to cut back your perennial garden in the fall? You are not alone. In the past, I have also neglected to cut my perennials back, but this year I left them in place on purpose. Leaving strong-structured perennials up over the winter can provide many benefits. The plant structure can add a wonderful sculptural element to the winter landscape, and the seed heads can provide food for winter birds. This year, I experimented with purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), ‘Goldsturm’ black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’), globe thistle (Echinops ritro) and even common...
VERGENNES — Paving work will restart in Vergennes on Wednesday on Green Street, according to the Vermont Agency of Transportation. A J. Hutchins Inc. crew will mill the existing asphalt surface on Green Street, starting near its intersection with Church Street, and work toward its downtown intersection with Main Street, VTrans announced on Tuesday. The work is expected to take two or three days, and Green Street will be limited to one lane during the milling, with flaggers controlling the flow of traffic. According to VTrans, the agency and the contractor received permission from city...

AMANDA SEARS, MA, (left) and Diana Tutelo, NP, are two of the critical staffers at Porter ExpressCare, which is trying to become more easily available to patients while maintaining protections from COVID-19.
SPONSORED CONTENT MIDDLEBURY — UVM/Porter Medical Center today changed some of the procedures for how it is operating its urgent care service as positive milestones are achieved in the battle against COVID-19. The goal is to make care more easily accessible. As part of UVM/Porter Medical Center overall response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Porter ExpressCare remained available to care for patients with urgent medical needs, operating during their regularly scheduled hours. However, early in the pandemic, ExpressCare changed two important access details in order to minimize exposure risk for...

MOUNT INDEPENDENCE 4-H Club members Mackenna White, left, and Ben “Boo Boo” Boutin hand out free gallons of milk in the Bourdeau Brothers parking lot on Friday. Independent photo/John S. McCright
MIDDLEBURY — An effort to give away a couple thousand gallons of milk last Friday was deemed a success. At the same time that the COVID-19 outbreak has made it difficult for some families to get milk, some farmers are dumping milk that they can’t get into the supply chain. To remedy that imbalance, Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance along with Dairy Farmers of America, Bourdeau Brothers and Pleasant Valley Farms of Berkshire this past Friday, May 8, hosted two separate milk giveaways one in Middlebury and on in St. Albans. From noon to 3 p.m. people stopped by volunteers distributed milk to...

A NEARLY ABANDONED campus back in March when the college first suspended in-person classes. Independent file photo/John S. McCright
MIDDLEBURY — A far-flung network of Middlebury College student volunteers has emerged during the coronavirus pandemic to help staff and faculty children with their remote-learning studies. It all started on April 3, when the college Staff Council posted a message on the “Middlebury Staff Solidarity” Facebook page. By that time Vermont public school buildings had been closed for almost three weeks, to slow the spread of COVID-19, and local students and their families were struggling to adjust to remote learning programs. “Staff Council has heard from many staff that one of the needs seems to...

Middlebury's Ralph Myhre Golf Course opened last Thursday after Gov. Scott loosened restrictions on outdoor recreation and projections show the spread of coronavirus lessening. Photo by Karl Lindholm
VERMONT — Golf courses, parks and other outdoor recreation spots opened up to some degree late last week after Gov. Phil Scott announced limited social interactions might resume at such places under strict health and safety precautions. In his Wednesday press conference Scott noted that modeling of the spread of coronavirus continues the COVID-19 disease is being slowed in the Green Mountain State. The Stay Home, Stay Safe order remains in effect, if able to comply with outlined safety measures, the governor’s latest order allows the following social activities to resume: • Gatherings of 10...

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott. File photo by Mike Dougherty/
Childcare centers can begin to reopen on June 1 and summer day camps will be able to operate this summer, Gov. Phil Scott announced Friday. But with gatherings of more than 10 still prohibited for the time being, Secretary of Education Dan French said that schools should think creatively about alternatives to traditional high school graduation ceremonies. “For planning purposes, schools should expect that larger group gatherings will not be permitted prior to the end of the school year,” he said. The announcements come as Scott has gradually started to loosen restrictions and allowed more...


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