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ADDISON COUNTY — The Vermont Department of Health (DOH) today, Wednesday, July 14, is reporting Addison County has registered one new case of COVID-19 during the past 24 hours, and a total of five during the past two weeks. The county has recorded a total of 1,071 confirmed cases since the pandemic began more than 16 months ago. The state of Vermont has vaccinated more than 80% of its citizens who are eligible (ages 12 and up) to receive the COVID-19 shot. As of Wednesday, 458,954 people had received at least one dose of the vaccine. Here in Addison County, 81.7% of the eligible population...
RIPTON — Ripton Volunteer Fire and Rescue will host the Ripton Town Picnic on Saturday, July 31. This is a town potluck — Fire and Rescue will provide hamburgers, hotdogs, buns, chips, water and lemonade; participants are asked to bring other food to share. The picnic will be held at the Fire and Rescue station at the corner of Lincoln Road and Dugway Road from 12 noon to 2 p.m. People are asked to park in the Ripton Elementary School parking lot and use the path to the Fire and Rescue station. “This is a great time to get out and see your friends and neighbors,” said Fire and Rescue Squad...
BURLINGTON — Vermont residents are getting a $1 million incentive to head back to school at The University of Vermont (UVM) for professional development. UVM has announced that it is the recipient of a $1 million grant from the state of Vermont. The Workforce Upskill Opportunity Grant will enable Vermont residents to get free access to career advancement and academic success workshops and take up to two free college courses resulting in college credit or professional certificate program in the 2021/22 academic year. The grant is part of the American Rescue Plan Act appropriated funds and will...
Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages students to write, helps them improve, and connects them with authentic audiences in newspapers, before live audiences, and online. YWP also publishes an annual anthology and The Voice, a digital magazine with YWP’s best writing, images, and features. More info: youngwritersproject.org or contact YWP at sreid@youngwritersproject.org or (802) 324-9538. This month, we present General Writing responses.   Too many thoughts   Running in circles as confused tears stream down my face in a beautiful dance. Strawberries and cream mixing...

LOGAN PRICE OF Cornwall began his new role as business manager for the Addison Central School District on Monday.
MIDDLEBURY — Logan Price, who until recently worked as a CPA with the Middlebury company Telling & Hillman PC, began his new career as business manager for the Addison Central School District on Monday, July 12. Price, 38, was among a small group of applicants hoping to succeed former ACSD Business Manager Brittany Gilman, who left earlier this year in order to provide more support for her family during the COVID-19 pandemic. Price becomes the ACSD’s third business manager in three years, and is taking the financial reins of a district that next year is set to shrink from seven towns to...
Sponsored content Have you explored the possibilities at the Makery? Be inspired! Maker: Anja Wrede, Cornwall resident How long have you been using The Makery? About 2 years and I’m here almost every week How did you find out about the makerspace? From a friend Why do you enjoy coming to The Makery? It gives me time away from home—I use the time to relax and spend time with other people. I think about what I can do in The Makery each week just so I can go. If I don’t have a woodworking project, I think about what I can do in the sewing lab. What project(s) have you worked on? I found a...
WEST BERKSHIRE — McGarry Dairy, a 115-head Holstein operation in West Berkshire, has been honored as the Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year for 2021. Ed and Diane McGarry operate the farm in partnership with their son, Brian. They started farming at their present location in 1993 but purchased a second nearby farm in 2018 as they needed more cropland. They rent out the six-bedroom 1860 farmhouse on the latter property as an Airbnb. The farmers currently milk 100 cows twice a day in a double-four herringbone milking parlor, shipping their milk to Agri-Mark/Cabot Creamery. Their average daily milk...
VERMONT — Fifteen Vermont farmers — including two in Addison County — are taking the time during their busy 2021 growing season to gather, learn from experts, and share knowledge about soil. The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) launched the Soil Health Stewards program in April to honor the legacy and wisdom of Jack Lazor, an organic farming pioneer and the co-founder of Butterworks Farm, who died last November.  Cultivating soil health is a key organic farming practice and was one of Lazor’s passions. He was well-known in Vermont’s agricultural community for...
No other agricultural data series is quite like the Census of Agriculture. Every five years, American producers share information about themselves and their operations, contributing to a historical legacy that engages us whether we are looking backward or forward. The Census of Agriculture is a complete count of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. The data are used by producers as well as those who serve them and rural communities, including federal, state and local governments, agribusinesses, trade associations, and many others.  The purpose of any census is to enumerate...
ORWELL — Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell this month will host an illustrated talk titled, “Some Revolutionary Women of the Southern Lake Champlain Valley.” The program on Saturday, July 24, at 1 p.m., will provide context on women during the American Revolution and introduce some of the resilient women of Vermont’s southern Lake Champlain Valley during the war. How did the war interrupt their lives? What were their contributions leading to settlement and as founders of their new towns and the new nation? Speakers will be site administrator Elsa Gilbertson and site interpreter...

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