Vermont

09/30/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Department of Health (DOH) today, Wednesday, Sept. 30, reported a total of 84 Addison County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 thus far, the same as yesterday. Middlebury College has thus far reported three confirmed COVID-19 cases (one staffer, two students) as part of its on-campus testing program, which has thus far administered 7,170 tests. The DOH provides limited data on town-by-town coronavirus cases. According to that data, Vergennes has reported 14 COVID-19 cases thus far, Bristol and Middlebury have recorded eight, Orwell seven, and New Haven and...
09/24/2020
MIDDLEBURY— Governor Phil Scott and Lindsay Kurrle, Secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, recently announced the distribution of $2.5 million in federal CARES Act funding for Restart Vermont Technical Assistance. This funding will deliver robust support to Vermont businesses impacted by the economic downturn due to COVID-19. The funding, allocated by the Vermont General Assembly in Act 137, leverages existing statewide and regional assets to reach a broad range of companies in every sector and region. The Regional Development Corporations of Vermont (RDCs of VT)...
09/18/2020
COLCHESTER — Green Mountain Power is reaching out to customers to let them know they could qualify for free money from the state of Vermont that can help pay overdue utility bills tied to the pandemic. More than 23,000 GMP customers have balances older than 60 days for service after the pandemic began — mostly residential customers. Lawmakers created the Vermont COVID-19 Arrearage Assistance program using $8 million in federal COVID relief funds to help Vermonters pay overdue electric, telephone, water, and natural gas balances at least 60 days overdue that were caused by the pandemic. In the...
09/18/2020
The Vermont House voted Thursday to override Gov. Phil Scott’s veto of the Global Warming Solutions Act, legislation that would legally require the state to meet carbon emission reductions targets in the coming years, and allow individuals to sue the government if it fails to do so. Two days after the governor vetoed the bill, H.688, the House overturned Scott’s decision on a vote of 103-47 — surpassing the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto. Rep. Jim Harrison, R-North Chittenden, said he was disappointed that the House was ending its special legislative session with an override,...

DURING GOV. PHIL Scott’s Tuesday news conference Dr. Anthony Fauci addressed Vermonters on the coronavirus pandemic.
09/17/2020
MONTPELIER — National Health Advisor Dr. Anthony S. Fauci addressed Vermont by video Tuesday, Sept. 15, at Gov. Phil Scott’s weekly news conference.  “I’m a big fan,” said Scott of Fauci’s role guiding the nation through the coronavirus pandemic. “He tells it like it is. And in a way that most of us can understand. Much like Dr. Levine. For most, he probably needs no introduction, but I’ll give one anyway. Dr. Fauci is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases where he’s led our understanding of HIV, AIDS, Ebola, and ZICA. He’s advised six presidents on these...
09/17/2020
For too long, white Vermonters have thought of ourselves as untouched by racism: It’s taken several high-profile and despicable actions for us to really understand how vicious racism is right here in Vermont. The age of denying that we have an issue is over. We must listen humbly to those who have been telling us for many decades that there is one Vermont for white people, and another for everyone else. It’s time to take steps to ensure that all Vermonters can access the benefits our state has to offer regardless of race. First, we must each have the courage to understand how deeply...
09/11/2020
A new state website to distribute $30 “buy local” gift cards to Vermonters as an economic recovery measure experienced difficulties Tuesday morning when more than 10,000 Vermonters tried to sign up. The pilot program, which is funded by $425,000 from the federal CARES Act, offers electronic coupons for Vermonters to redeem at local businesses. The coupons were offered on a first-come, first-serve basis starting at 11 a.m. Tuesday to residents who applied. Because of the limited funding allotted, there were just 14,166 coupons available. And within the first hour of the site being live, more...
09/11/2020
The Vermont House on Thursday gave preliminary approval to a $7.15 billion budget bill that will fund state government for the last nine months of the fiscal year, and spends the remaining $223 million in federal funding the state received this spring to respond to COVID-19. The spending bill includes funding for the state colleges to weather a budget deficit this year, a program to provide COVID-19 stimulus checks to immigrants in the state, and more than $30 million to help schools cover the costs of reopening during the pandemic. House lawmakers advanced the budget bill, H.969, in a...
09/11/2020
Addison County Economic Development Corp. offers news bites of interest to our local businesses. Vermont Emergency Economic Recovery Grant Program Update Applications are still being accepted for the Vermont Emergency Economic Recovery Grants through the Agency of Commerce. Click here to apply. However, the amount set aside for Woman-owned business has run out of funds. Also, the portal for businesses that collect Sales & Use and Rooms & Meals taxes to apply for Vermont Emergency Economic Recovery Grants is temporarily closed. For more detail, click here.   CVOEO Launches EMBRACE...

MICHELE HERNANDEZ BAYLISS and her daughter, Alexia, completed visits to all 251 Vermont municipalities this summer. Here they display a state map, created by Weybridge neighbor Aiden Cole, that includes photos of all the individual town welcome signs they photographed during their odyssey. PHOTO COURTESY OF MICHELE HERNANDEZ BAYLISS
09/10/2020
Everyone likes a good road trip. You pile into the old station wagon and let the good times roll. The odometer clocks your miles, but there’s no measuring stick for great memories Well, there’s “road trips,” and then there are road trips. Michele Hernandez Bayliss and her daughter, Alexia, certainly experienced the latter, during a summer-long odyssey that was equal parts scavenger hunt, wanderlust and togetherness — all safely logged within the confines of the beautiful Green Mountain State. The extra payoff for what they’re calling their “Pandemic Peregrinations” — that is, visits to all...

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Middlebury, VT 05753

Phone: 802.388.4944
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