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05/14/2020
VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to terminate City Clerk Morgan Kittredge about three months after she was hired to replace longtime Clerk Joan Devine.  The action was taken after a closed-door session, and both City Manager Dan Hofman and Mayor Jeff Fritz described the decision as a personnel matter about which they could provide little detail.  Hofman noted Kittredge, 39 at the time of her hire, was within a six-month probationary period and could be let go without cause. “It wasn’t a good fit,” Hofman said. Fritz did not disagree with that...
05/14/2020
VERMONT — Drive Electric Vermont and Waterbury LEAP are hosting a free webinar about electric vehicles (EVs) on Wednesday, May 20, from 7 to 8 p.m. Vermont’s incentive program offers up to $5,000 for an EV purchase, but that incentive has an uncertain future due to COVID-19 budget issues.  EV proponents are urging people to consider an electric vehicle while incentive funds remain available. The webinar will cover the basics about electric cars: •  What to keep in mind if you’re considering switching over from a gas-powered car.  •  Types of EVs available in Vermont (including some recently...
05/14/2020
VERMONT — The U.S. Census Bureau, in coordination with federal, state and local health officials, began dropping off 2020 Census questionnaire packets at front doors of households in Vermont this past Friday. This is done in areas where the majority of households do not receive mail at their physical address. The Census Bureau began hand-delivering census materials on March 15, but suspended all fieldwork for this operation on March 18 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Temporary field staff have been trained to observe all social distancing protocols and wear official government- provided...
05/14/2020
Childcare centers can begin to reopen on June 1 and summer day camps will be able to operate this summer, Gov. Phil Scott announced this past Friday. But with gatherings of more than 10 still prohibited for the time being, Secretary of Education Dan French said that schools should think creatively about alternatives to traditional high school graduation ceremonies. “For planning purposes, schools should expect that larger group gatherings will not be permitted prior to the end of the school year,” he said. The announcements come as Scott has gradually started to loosen restrictions and...
05/14/2020
MANCHESTER — Two local middle school students were recognized for their essays submitted in the 2020 Hildene Essay Competition. Eliza Doucet, of Red Cedar School in Bristol received a second place prize and Aiden Decker, Otter Valley Union Middle School received an honorable mention for Region Three, which includes Addison, Rutland, and Bennington Counties. Top finishers in each of four geographical areas were selected from the 167 entries from Vermont eighth graders.  The students were asked to identify one issue facing Vermont that the state should address. They were asked to describe the...
05/14/2020
MIDDLEBURY — In addition to talking about a central component of local economic activity — construction of the rail tunnel (see story) — the Middlebury selectboard at a Tuesday Zoom meeting discussed local and statewide economic recovery efforts aimed at helping businesses make a strong comeback as the pandemic subsides. Fred Kenney, executive director of the Addison County Economic Development Corp., noted the creation of a state of Vermont Economic Mitigation & Recovery Task Force, and the Addison County Recovery Team. The state task Force, established by Gov. Phil Scott, is charged...
05/14/2020
MONTPELIER —There is no evidence at this time that North American bats can transmit the virus causing COVID-19 to humans, according to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. However, there is a very real and growing concern that humans could, in fact, transmit the virus to the already vulnerable bat population in Vermont, some of which are threatened or endangered. Out of an abundance of caution, wildlife agencies across the United States and Canada, in partnership with nuisance wildlife control operators and animal rehabilitators, are enacting safety measures to lessen the possibility of...

THE MOUNT ABRAHAM Union High School Neuroscience team pause for a photo at UVM during the Vermont Brain Bee earlier this semester. From left are: adviser Samantha Kayhart, Isabella Currier, Ryan Marcotullio, Sadie Alderman, Brynn Winchester and Owen Kelliher. All are freshmen except Winchester, who is a senior.
05/14/2020
BURLINGTON — The 2020 Vermont Brain Bee did happen and local high school participants added depth to the competition and day or exploration, officials noted. High school student “brainiacs” from across the state participated in the 11th annual Vermont Brain Bee held Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont in Burlington. The yearly event features several rounds of competition, as well as neuroscience exploration opportunities for high school students interested in how the brain functions. The day’s competitive activities included a written and...
05/14/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Women’s Fund late last month distributed $292,000 to nonprofits and initiatives delivering invaluable services that safeguard Vermont’s women and girls during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. In addition to grants made to agencies that serve Vermonters across the state, the fund made grants to two Vergennes-based organizations. John Graham Shelter, which provides services to homeless people and others with housing insecurity in Addison County, received $10,000. Also, the Early Care and Learning Partnership in Vergennes received $5,000 to help it provide services around...

LEARN MORE ABOUT electric cars at a free webinar hosted by Drive Electric Vermont and Waterbury LEAP on Wednesday, May 20, from 7 to 8 p.m.
05/14/2020
Join a Craven Conversation. Join Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival Artistic Director Jay Craven for a series of conversations with talented MNFF alumni, live on Zoom, beginning Friday, May 15, at 4 p.m. EDT with Jenifer McShane, the director of “Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops.” The film follows two San Antonio Police Department officers who are diverting people away from jail and into mental health treatment — one 911 call at a time. In the process, they are redefining policing policy and its mandate to “keep people safe.” The film’s relevance and timeliness has only increased in this fraught...

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