MONTPELIER — The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets (VAAFM) is now accepting applications for the Farm to School Infrastructure Grant program. This grant program helps schools and early care providers advance the goals of farm to school through the purchase of equipment and/or supplies. The deadline to apply for this funding opportunity is April 19 at midnight.
Grants of $1,000 are available to Vermont schools and early care providers pursuing goals around improving their meal programs, utilizing more local food, and increasing agriculture and nutrition education. Successful...
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department says warm spring weather and melting snows will cause bears to come out of their winter dens in search of food. The department recommends taking down bird feeders by April 1 to avoid attracting bears.
“Apples, beechnuts, acorns, and berries were mostly plentiful last fall enabling bears to enter their winter dens in good condition,” said Forrest Hammond, Vermont’s bear biologist, “but our recent warmer temperatures will stimulate them to emerge and seek any food sources they can smell.”
Bears are very fond of suet and bird seed, especially...
MONKTON — Monkton is now a victim of the coronavirus scare. The Rabies Clinic scheduled to be held at the Monkton Volunteer Fire Dept. on March 24 has been canceled.
At this time, no future clinic will be held until next year. Call your veterinarian to set a time to get your pet’s necessary shots and stop in to the town clerk’s office to get your dog(s) licensed. It might be a good idea to call the town clerk first to check on her schedule for doing this.
If you know someone who was planning to take their pet to this clinic, please advise them that it has been cancelled.
ADDISON COUNTY and BRANDON — With the spread of COVID-19 much of the services we are used to are shutting down in one way or another, and public libraries are no exception. Thanks to online technology, however, no one needs to go without a good read, and many libraries are offering services beyond lending books, all at a safe distance.
Every library in the Addison Independent coverage area has closed its doors for the time being, adapting strategies to make sure patrons continue to have access without the threat of contamination. Some of them are quite creative, such as the “Library to Go”...
EVELYN HILL, WHO grew up in Middlebury, is living near Turin, Italy, which has a wealth of historic and cultural sights. But she can’t enjoy the city because it is locked down, like the rest of northern Italy, due to coronavirus.
Photo courtesy Evelyn Hill
TURIN, Italy — Evelyn Hill lives just outside Turin, Italy — a cultural hub in one of the most beautiful regions of Europe. Turin is known for its art galleries, theaters, museums, restaurants and piazzas, as well as for being a financial powerhouse; the city drives Italy’s automotive industry and is ranked third in the country, behind only Milan and Rome, in terms of economic impact.
But these days, life has come to a virtual standstill in Turin and indeed throughout Italy in general, noted Hill, a 26-year-old former Middlebury resident whose mom, Cindy Ellen Hill, is a local lawyer and...
MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center on Wednesday morning announced the first case of coronavirus in Addison County.
Tom Thompson, Porter’s Interim President and COO, announced the Vermont Department of Health told Porter that an individual in the community has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. COVID-19 is the name of the disease caused by coronavirus.
The patient was screened via telemedicine, tested via the new “PMC Drive Through Testing” service and sent home to self-isolate per CDC guidelines, Thompson said in an announcement on the Porter/UVM Health Network website.
MIDDLEBURY — So many local businesses and organizations have been closing over the last week in response to COVID-19 it is difficult to keep track of them all. To that end, Experience Middlebury and Bristol CORE have each created an online directory where folks can find up-to-the-minute information on the status of local businesses. For Middlebury businesses, click here. For Bristol, click here. The Vergennes Partnership is also updating its Facebook page with business closures in the city.
"These are really challenging circumstances for everyone, including our small, locally owned businesses...
Gov. Phil Scott ordered the closing of bars and restaurants across the state effective 2 p.m. on Tuesday.
It his administration’s latest effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus in Vermont.
Establishments must remain closed through April 6. In the meantime, restaurants will be allowed to offer takeout and delivery services.
The announcement was made on the heels of a decision earlier in the day to ban gatherings of more than 50 people — indoors or outdoors — in gyms, auditoriums, meeting halls, stadiums and arenas.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Vermont doubled to 12 Monday,...
OLD PEELING WALLPAPER meets new paint job at a line above the right window of the Starksboro Village Meeting House last fall. Volunteers managed to remove all the wallpaper, repair the walls and put up a coat of fresh paint before winter came, and this spring plan to add a second coat.
Photograph courtesy of Starksboro Village Meeting House
STARKSBORO — After decades of infrequent use, the 180-year-old Starksboro Village Meeting House is re-emerging as a central community space.
All it needs now is for people to come and make use of it.
“Our big goal is to get more people involved in the building,” Meeting House trustee Keegan Tierney said in a recent interview.
There may be some confusion about just what the building is, and for whom it’s being renovated, he acknowledged.
“It’s a public building,” he said. “It’s dressed up as a church, but it’s not a church. I think some folks might be intimidated by the churchiness of it.”...
VERGENNES IS SEEKING a grant to install decorative street lights along the north side of Main Street in the city’s downtown. One of the possible benefits of installing new streetlights is that it could allow overhead power lines to be moved off Main Street in the future.
Independent photo/Steve James
VERGENNES — At their March 10 meeting Vergennes City Council members backed a resolution that will allow City Manager Daniel Hofman to apply for a $170,000 Downtown Transportation Fund Grant to help fund decorative streetlights on the north side of Main Street.
Hofman told the council the grant, which is administered by the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, would require a 50% local match.
Hofman said in a later email to the Independent that the city’s Water Tower Fund “could be a source of matching funds,” but that if the grant were awarded, “I could find a better...