VERGENNES — In a Wednesday morning Vergennes Regional COVID-19 Group meeting, 18 area officials dealt with topics that included whether communities could enforce social distancing, if the public’s right to know could take priority over infected individuals’ medical privacy rights, and how they were handling public works and title searches.
The short answer to the enforcement question was that local communities and law enforcement could only do so much in cases like two mentioned at the meeting: people gathering on the Vergennes green, and others fishing and barbecuing together...
ONE YOUNG LAD has the best seat in the house as the 2019 Vergennes Memorial Day parade makes its way up Monkton Road. Sadly, this year’s parade has been canceled due to the coronavirus threat.
Picture by Meghan Olsen
VERGENNES — The largest Memorial Day parade in the state has been canceled for 2020.
“It is with a heavy heart that American Legion Post No. 14 in Vergennes announces the cancellation of the annual Memorial Day Parade and festivities that was scheduled to be held on Monday, May 25,” Post 14 officials said in a release on Wednesday. This will mark the first time in more than 60 years that there will be no parade in Vermont’s Little City on the last Monday in May.
Post 14 members and volunteers will still set out the 1,100 flags marking the graves of honored service men and women in the...
VERGENNES — Obtaining enough protective gear for first responders, police and volunteers, and offering help for the psychological well-being of local residents were focal points of the latest online meeting of municipal, school and nonprofit officials from Vergennes, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Waltham and New Haven on Friday morning.
The meeting, attended by two dozen, was the latest in a series begun by city officials that have been increasingly embraced by their neighbors in order to coordinate responses, resources and messaging to residents during the COVID-19 crisis.
JASMINE LITTLE, KAITLYN Little and Sydney Adreon of Vergennes have put together a Facebook page where Vermonters can share fun and encouraging messages about how they are managing social distancing. They have also set up a “Spirit Week” that begins on Monday.
VERGENNES — Two sisters and a friend, who have been quarantining together at home in Vergennes, have begun an effort to create a sense of unity among their peers, and all Vermonters, who are feeling separated by the social distancing measures in place.
Jasmine Little and Kaitlyn Little (students at Vergennes Union High School) and friend Sydney Adreon (a Rice Memorial High School student) have created the idea of a statewide/national “quarantine/distance learning” spirit week, with each day of the coming week devoted to a different topic.
“We have noticed how much the state needs some light...
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Community Food shelf has announced that they will continue to provide services, but will be switching to “outside only” food distribution as a response to the spread of COVID-19.
Volunteers from four local churches — Vergennes Congregational Church (VCC), United Methodist Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and St. Peter’s Catholic Church — will box a wide selection of items, including meat, milk and eggs, to be picked up at the VCC’s building at 30 Water Street at the regular times of Tuesday and Thursday, 2 to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 8 to 10 a.m.
VERGENNES — At an online Vergennes-area Regional COVID-19 Meeting on Tuesday morning officials heard that the Ferrisburgh Shaw’s Supermarket has taken steps to protect customers and employees.
They also worked to pool local municipal and nonprofit email lists to better reach residents and discussed easing late fees on payments for property taxes and dog licenses.
Officials from Vergennes, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Addison Northwest School District, city and county nonprofits, and Rep. Matt Birong, D-Vergennes, were among the 18 attendees at a meeting hosted by Vergennes City Manager Dan Hofman....
ROBBIE MILLER, KITCHEN manager of Charter House Coalition’s warming shelter at 27 North Pleasant St. in Middlebury, chats with two guests on Thursday. Shelters in Middlebury and Vergennes are changing protocols to continue to help the homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Independent photo Steve James
UPDATE: The Charter House warming shelter has closed. Click here to read the story.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County homeless shelters continue to stay open for business, and they’re working in concert with area lodgers to house those most apt to get very sick if they were to contract the coronavirus.
JOHN GRAHAM SHELTER
John Graham Housing & Services (JGHS) can accommodate up to 25 homeless individuals at its Vergennes shelter. In addition, the nonprofit owns and operates a combined total of 12 affordable apartment units in Vergennes, Middlebury and Bristol.
As usual, JGHS is full, but...
VERGENNES — Vergennes and its surrounding communities are working together to coordinate their efforts and to provide residents with up-to-date information about access to services and safe practices during the COVID-19 crisis.
Vergennes took the lead, but officials from other communities, notably Ferrisburgh, have been acting and participating in virtual meetings that also include the area’s two representatives in the Vermont House, Diane Lanpher and Matt Birong, both Vergennes Democrats.
Actions include consistent messaging on town and city websites and Facebook pages, efforts to protect...
VERGENNES — Municipal, first response and other officials in the Vergennes area held an online meeting Friday to workout details of their response to the COVID-19 crisis.
Eighteen people attended the meeting, included officials from Panton, Ferrisburgh and Vergennes; the Addison Northwest School District; Vergennes Area Rescue Squad (VARS); Bixby Library; and Vergennes Partnership, plus Rep. Diane Lanpher, D-Vergennes.
At the meeting:
• City Manager Daniel Hofman said city Department of Public Works employees had been restricted to “only essential work.” He noted that many are also...
VERGENNES — An updated Vergennes city plan received its approval on March 10 from the Vergennes City Council and is now in effect.
The plan builds on the city’s 2014 document, which in turn was updated from the 2009 Vergennes City Plan that was awarded “Plan of the Year” in 2010 by the Vermont Planners Association.
Vergennes Planning Commission Chairman Shannon Haggett said the update, which was about two years in the making, also makes a few significant changes.
Those changes did not however, spark any significant debate at two council hearings in the past month, which combined lasted...