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03/12/2020
LINCOLN — Bridges presents the film “Hidden Figures” on Wednesday, March 25, at 7 p.m., at the library. Based on Margot Lee Shetterly’s nonfiction book, “Hidden Figures” follows three female African-American mathematicians, Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, as they quickly rose in the ranks of NASA. They were the brains behind calculating the launch coordinates for astronaut John Glenn’s orbit and guaranteeing his safe return. There will be an early education developmental screening on Thursday, March 26, at Bristol Elementary School. Children will have the opportunity...

ELLERY FOUTCH, ASSISTANT professor in the American Studies Department at Middlebury College, is one of the speakers in the Sheldon Museum’s Did You Know? March series of talks. Photo courtesy of the Sheldon Museum
03/12/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Do you know what a nineteenth-century glass ballot box and Vermont’s Civil War monuments have in common? Answer — the Henry Sheldon Museum in Middlebury. This March, the Sheldon will present a series of engaging talks titled “Did You Know?” that will touch upon these subjects and others. The speakers are leaders in their fields. Attendees are guaranteed to learn something fascinating at each talk. The talks take place at the Sheldon Museum at noon. The first talk is on Wednesday, March 18, when Ellery Foutch, assistant professor in the American Studies Department at Middlebury...

MARY GILL
03/12/2020
MIDDLEBURY — WomenSafe has announced that Mary Gill of Middlebury is the recipient of the 2020 Kimberly Krans Women Who Change the World Award. A celebration honoring Gill had been scheduled for March 24, but on Thursday WomenSafe announced that it had postponed the celebration out of an abundance of caution related to COVID-19 and for the safety and well-being of attendees. The celebraiton will be rescheduled WomenSafe presents the award annually to a local woman whose outstanding work and achievements have benefited Addison County and its residents directly and indirectly in a variety of...

SARAH AUDET
03/12/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Chamber of Commerce recently announced that it has hired Sarah M. Audet to serve as Events and Tourism Manager. Audet is a 2008 graduate of Middlebury College with a B.A. in Religion and 2010 graduate of Northeastern University with a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration. Audet is a nonprofit communications, strategic planning and board development consultant, and from 2015 to 2020 held the position of executive director of Dinners with Love, a non-profit organization matching hospice clients and their support people with restaurant-sourced, high-quality...

MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE STUDENTS walked to classes Wednesday morning but the campus will soon be much quieter. The college is sending students on spring break after classes on Friday — a week early — and will deliver classes online to students remotely after break in order to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus. Independent photo/John S. McCright
03/10/2020
MIDDLEBURY — In response to growing concerns about the novel coronavirus, Middlebury College will suspend in-person classes at the close of the school day on Friday and has ordered its students to stay home after an extended spring break. “Given the rapid spread of the virus and its proximity to our dense residential community in Vermont, we have made a series of decisions we believe are in the best interests of our students, faculty, and staff,” wrote President Laurie Patton in a campus-wide email Tuesday afternoon. “The aim in all our deliberations has been to move quickly and thoughtfully...
03/09/2020
BENNINGTON — A patient at a hospital in Bennington is the first person in Vermont to test positive for the new coronavirus. The patient, described by hospital officials as an older adult male from the Bennington area, is receiving treatment at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. The individual arrived at the emergency department of the hospital late on Thursday with a fever and a cough. Test results came back within 48 hours showing that it was a case of COVID-19, according to Dr. Trey Dobson, the hospital’s chief medical officer. As of midday Sunday, Dobson said the patient was in stable...

OPHTHALMOLOGIST DR. CHRISTOPHER Brady of the University of Vermont Health Network, left, and Dr. Natasha Withers of Porter Medical Center display a new Fundus camera that is providing diabetes patients more convenience in getting critical eye screenings. The camera takes photos of the back of the eye, which can then be sent electronically to physicians in other offices to flag potential retinal problems. Photo courtesy UVMHN
03/09/2020
MIDDLEBURY — New technology is helping local diabetes patients more easily test — and get follow-up treatment — for eye ailments that could rob them of their sight if left unchecked. The University of Vermont Health Network’s “ocular telehealth” program has been introduced at two Addison County medical practices: Porter Primary Care Vergennes and Middlebury. The free service allows diabetes patients, during their regular doctor’s appointments, to have photos of their eyes taken by a Fundus camera that captures images of the retina. Those photos are then electronically sent to UVMHN...
03/09/2020
MONTPELIER — Five months after a pair of hikers and their puppy were attacked by bear-hunting hounds in the Green Mountain National Forest in Goshen, the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy has taken up a wide-ranging Fish & Wildlife omnibus bill that includes, among many other things, language intended to clarify bear-hound regulations. S.321, an “act related to miscellaneous fish and wildlife issues,” in its current iteration runs to 42 pages. It contains a brief section that would define “control of dogs,” protect property owners from unwanted trespassing by bear hounds...

DENECKER CHEVROLET OWNER Tom Denecker is selling his Middlebury dealership to father-and-son partners Chris and Christopher Mackey of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., but he and his staff will be staying on at the Route 7 business. Independent photo/Steve James
03/09/2020
MIDDLEBURY — At the end of March or in early April, Denecker Chevrolet on Route 7 in Middlebury will have a new name — Middlebury Chevrolet — and new owners, the father-and-son team of Chris and Christopher Mackey, who operate Ford and Subaru dealerships in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., as the Mackey Auto Group. But, according to current owner Tom Denecker, much will remain the same at the Middlebury business he bought from Jerry Shea six years ago. Denecker has signed a contract to continue managing the dealership, and plans revealed to the firm’s employees on March 4 call for them to stay on...
03/09/2020
VERMONT — “It’s only a matter of time” before the coronavirus arrives in Vermont, Gov. Phil Scott said on Thursday. When that time comes, state officials said at a press conference that day, they plan to be ready. State agencies on Thursday rolled out preparatory plans for schools, senior living facilities, state government, and hospitals, in advance of the anticipated arrival of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. Representatives from the agencies of Education and Human Services, the Department of Health, Vermont Emergency Management, and Gov. Scott outlined their strategy at a press...

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