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03/19/2020
Here are some of the top stories that appeared in the March 19, 1970, edition of the Addison Independent: •  The top floor of Lyle Emmons’s home in Lincoln was destroyed by a fire; luckily nobody was hurt. •  The Addison Northeast Supervisory District unanimously voted Mount Abraham Union High School Principal W. Neal Hoadley to be its new superintendent.  •  The Middlebury Grange began a toy drive to collect used toys for children in Vietnam. The drive was the idea of a local Marine who was serving overseas and helping train Vietnamese soldiers.  •  New Haven sixth-graders wrote letters to...

THESE HORSES ARE cared for at the Morgan Horse Farm in Weybridge, which promotes the Morgan breed. The public will have a chance to weigh in on a future facilities master plan at some point after the coronavirus scare is passed. Independent file photo/Trent Campbell
03/19/2020
WEYBRIDGE — Area residents will get a chance to help shape the future of the University of Vermont Morgan Horse Farm, a beautiful, Weybridge facility that celebrates one of the most acclaimed animal breeds of the Green Mountain State. Officials at the farm had hoped to host the public on campus this Friday, March 20, but postponed that event until sometime in the future after fears of the spread of coronavirus have settled down. The scheduled event was a community design workshop aimed at giving the Morgan Horse Farm input for its new master plan — a blueprint for how the historic facility...
03/19/2020
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...
03/19/2020
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...
03/19/2020
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. 
03/19/2020
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
03/18/2020
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...
03/18/2020
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. Public health...
03/17/2020
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...
03/17/2020
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,...

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