ADDISON COUNTY — The Otter Creek Natural Resources Conservation District is sponsoring its annual Tree/Seedling Program for area residents and cooperators. This program was developed for the convenience of area residents and to support on-going conservation projects.
Possible uses for the seedlings are home orchards, windbreaks, Christmas trees, ornamental and wildlife habitat. A partial list of trees and seedlings the district is offering are White Pine, Balsam Fir, White Cedar, White Spruce, Basswood, Elderberry, Lilac, Apples and a very hardy Peach. Sugar maple, red maple and white oak are...
LINCOLN — Due to the state of emergency declared by Governor Scott, the Lincoln Town Office is closed for walk-in business. Town Officials will continue to do our work and we will stagger our hours to avoid contact with each other. We encourage you to do business with us remotely as much as possible. We will consider making appointments for those who need to do title searches.
Several of us who work here are among the very vulnerable population, so please stay away if there is any chance you could be infecting us! Payments and applications may be left in the drop box, and you are welcome to...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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
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...