THE FRONT OF the house as viewed from Elmendorf Road yesterday after the blaze.
SHOREHAM — An 85-year-old man was found dead inside a Shoreham home that burned yesterday morning, according to Vermont State Police. On July 20, at approximately 8 a.m. a passing motorist heard a loud explosion and saw a fire at 138 Elmendorf Road in Shoreham. The Shoreham Fire Department and several surrounding fire departments responded to the house fire. While extinguishing the blaze a body was found inside the house and the Vermont State Police were contacted to respond to the scene. Detectives from the Rutland State Police Barracks, members of the Addison County Fire Investigation Unit...
As schools in Vermont and across the country prepare to reopen, it’s clear that children who do get the coronavirus are far less likely than adults to get severely ill. What is less well understood is the role they play in passing COVID-19 along to others. A growing — albeit still quite limited — body of evidence offers hope, and suggests younger children are unlikely to be the culprits in spreading COVID-19. In a commentary published in the journal Pediatrics, two pediatric infectious disease specialists from the University of Vermont’s Larner College of Medicine looked at studies out of...
VERGENNES — Vergennes has broadened the visitor base for the city pool to allow anyone who lives in Addison County to purchase a season pass, City Manager Dan Hofman told the Vergennes City Council last week. Previously sales of season passes were limited to residents of Vergennes or the four other towns of the Addison Northwest School District. Day passes are still not being sold. The cost for an individual pass for a non-resident is $97.50, while family passes sell for $195. Comparable in-city prices are $75 and $150, respectively. Those season passes include a new offering, water aerobics...
VERGENNES — Big parts of the annual Vergennes Day festivities on the final Saturday of every August are the road races (and walk) that kick off the day and the Rotary Club Rubber Ducky Race that closes out much of the daylight action. City officials had to call off Vergennes Day this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but race enthusiasts are keeping those two traditional races alive online, and raising money for good causes while doing so.  “You might say the Little City has gone virtual,” said Rotary Club President Scott Gaines, who has also helped organize this year’s virtual road...
Vermont Health Commissioner Mark Levine cast doubt on the 59 reported COVID cases in Manchester, saying on Friday that the test results may have been false positives. The Department of Health confirmed just two of the cases in follow-up testing. Fifteen of the 59 have tested negative in subsequent tests, Levine said. “Although our investigation is not complete, it appears that many of the positive antigen results reported by Manchester Medical Center may have been false positives,” Dr. Levine said in a press release later that day. Levine reported that an additional 405 tests run by local...
Middlebury police are asking for the public’s help in looking for someone who painted hate speech on sidewalks in Middlebury late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning.  See the full story by clicking here.
ADDISON COUNTY — More than 750 Addison County employers have received Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loans totaling between $43 million and $74 million for the retention of more than 5,700 jobs, according to data released by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Among those business that got PPP money was Addison Press Inc., which publishes the Independent and other newspapers and magazines. The federal government established the $669 billion PPP business loan program as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) to help businesses, nonprofits and the...
Vermont is likely to receive a failing grade from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for not implementing the final step of its Lake Champlain cleanup plan by Sept. 4 — a deadline that Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Peter Walke says is “not feasible” for the state. In a letter to Walke on June 25, EPA Regional Administrator Dennis Deziel wrote that if the state does not issue its proposed three-acre general permit — the final milestone in the first phase of its Lake Champlain phosphorus reduction plan — by Sept. 4, it will receive a failing grade from the agency....
More than $542 million has flowed into Vermont since March, when the federal government started supplementing Vermonters’ unemployment checks with $600 a week to help them through the COVID-19 pandemic. With those payments due to stop at the end of July, Vermont business leaders are weighing the likely impact of a sharp drop in income that will affect thousands of people at once. It will most likely affect lower-income households that have had less of a chance to accumulate savings over the years, as well as people in the service industry who don’t have the opportunity to return to work, said...

MIDDLEBURY — Co-operative Insurance Companies has a new president and CEO. The board of the Middlebury company appointed Lee Dowgiewicz to the top managerial spot effective July 1. He joined Co-op Insurance in September 2019, and replaces retiring CEO Marie Jewett. Dowgiewicz is a 29-year veteran of the insurance business, starting with ITT Hartford in 1991 as a commercial lines underwriter. He became an account executive with Goodwin Loomis & Britton in Hartford, Conn., before moving to Litchfield Mutual Fire Insurance Company in 1995 as marketing director. Upon Litchfield’s affiliation...


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