VERGENNES — The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes has announced that the club will reopen on Wednesday, Sept. 9, and will be open Monday-Friday from 2:30 to 6 p.m. daily. An open house with music, games and social distancing and safety protocols in place will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 8, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic new safety procedures and policies will be in place. This information will be provided to the public in three different ways: A newsletter and forms will be sent by mail to all current existing members; the website will be updated...

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College President Laurie Patton is so confident in the work the college has done to prepare the campus for a safe reopening this fall that she is planning to step into the classroom herself and teach an in-person course. “We believe that, if it is safe for the campus and wider community, colleges and universities have a mission and a responsibility to educate,” Patton wrote in a July 21 letter to the college community. “Living and learning in a pandemic will shape our leaders of the future. The lessons we learn and the partnerships we form will influence our responses...
District leaders began releasing plans last week for bringing students back this fall. But their proposals for reopening the state’s preK-12 schools diverge in significant ways, and some fear Vermont’s uncoordinated approach will require officials to go back to the drawing board. “Under the guise of local control and the need to respond flexibly to the differences in each district, leaders were told by state officials to basically go figure it out,” Harwood Unified School District Superintendent Brigid Nease wrote in an open letter that has caught fire on social media. “Many superintendents...
BRISTOL — Mount Abraham Union School District released its plans for the fall reopening yesterday: Read them here.
MIDDLEBURY — The ACSD released its plans for the fall reopening yesterday: See them here.
ORWELL — The Slate Valley Unified Union School District (SVUUSD) on Tuesday announced students would return to Orwell Village School this fall.  It is part of a school re-entry plan in which students in kindergarten through 8th grade will attend classes on their respective campuses, and students in grades 9-12 will see a combination of virtual classes and in-person classes at Fair Haven Union High School. The SVUUSD board voted 11-4 in favor of the re-entry plan, with the caveat that it could change during the coming weeks depending on state and federal guidelines pertaining to the COVID-19...
I don’t know who needs to hear this. Apparently, our leaders will not. How do you justify opening the college or schools when you are holding all of the planning meetings virtually? Does it make sense to anyone that our local government is not open for business as usual, that our democratic processes are conducted at a distance, that many of our local businesses cannot fully reopen, but we are allowing hundreds of students to be together in one place? Clearly, Capitalism is at play here because none of this makes sense. If it doesn’t make sense, it’s usually about money.  Andrea Galiano...

MANY PERFORMERS FROM the popular Broadway Direct fundraising shows will kick off the 2020-2021 Vergennes Opera House season with The Little City Cabaret in mid-August. Pictured here from Broadway Direct 2019 are, from left, front, Richard Koons, Amanda Ryan Paige, Elisa Van Duyne and Bill Carmichael (Walsh); and rear, students Anneke Shepard, Harlan Paquin and Addie Brooks. Photo by Tim Barden Photography
VERGENNES — The volunteers who make up the Friends of the Vergennes Opera House organization — and, in fact, operate the theater — spent late winter and spring learning about how to deal with a pandemic and planning and considering when to re-open the linchpin of the city’s arts scene. On the weekend of Aug. 14 to 16 the product of their efforts will be unveiled — three shows that will offer the talents of the performers who for years have entertained opera house audiences with the popular “Broadway Direct” fundraisers. In this case they will be doing business as The Little City Cabaret....
This week’s writer is Brian R. Carpenter, chair of the Middlebury selectboard. At the Middlebury selectboard meeting on July 28, at 7 p.m., representatives from the administration of Middlebury College, including Health Service Director Dr. Mark Peluso and Special Assistant to the President, Associate Secretary of the Corporation & Director of Community Relations Sue Ritter, will update the community on the college’s plans to re-open the campus to students in the fall and respond to questions and comments about its plans. Weekly updates on the college’s plans are available on its website...
Middlebury College’s plan to reopen in the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic this fall depends on sensible, responsible behavior on the part of two thousand students, many of them still teenagers. I was a teenager at Middlebury College many years ago, and I am less than confident that the college can depend on the students avoiding risky behavior. I remember a fair amount of heavy drinking by students, and not just at the frats. That drinking reduced inhibitions and judgment, leading to drunken driving, unprotected sex and property damage. I imagine some of Middlebury College’s current...


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