Vermont

07/14/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Department of Health (DOH) today, Tuesday, July 14, reported a total of 68 Addison County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 thus far, a number that has remained unchanged for more than two weeks. The DOH provides limited data on town-by-town coronavirus cases. According to that data, Vergennes has reported 11 COVID-19 cases thus far, Bristol has had eight, and Orwell six. None of Addison County’s 21 other communities have reported more than five cases, according to the DOH. Statewide, 1,305 Vermonters have tested positive for the coronavirus so far,...
07/10/2020
MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott, the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), the Vermont State Housing Authority and the Vermont State Housing Finance Agency on Friday announced $30 million in housing assistance to those affected by COVID-19. The programs tap federal CARES Act funding to provide relief for those tenants unable to pay rent, landlords suffering from a loss of rent payments and those lower income homeowners needing assistance in paying their mortgages. “Landlords, renters, homeowners and those experiencing homelessness have all been impacted by this virus and need...

Counties from which travelers are permitted to enter Vermont without quarantining (labeled teal), as of July 9. Via Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development
07/10/2020
There’s a million things that can’t be predicted about the coronavirus, as it continues to wreak havoc on the U.S. economy and dominates political campaigning this summer. But Harry Holzer, a labor economist at Georgetown University, knows one thing for sure: There is hardship ahead for people who lost their hospitality industry jobs in March and will eventually need public assistance. “If this goes on for months or years — and a lot of those restaurants, already the margins were pretty tight — they might just throw in the towel,” said Holzer, who focuses his research on the low-wage labor...

TIM ASHE
07/09/2020
BRISTOL — Vermont Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe has spent the past four years collecting and reviewing each of 30 state senators’ individual visions for the future of the state, and then coalescing them into legislative priorities he hopes can deliver better health care, more affordable housing and a more effective public education system. Next year, Ashe, a 43-year-old Burlington Democrat, hopes to infuse more of his own ideas into how the state is run — as Vermont’s next lieutenant governor. But Ashe will first have to prevail in two upcoming elections, as there are many takers for a...
07/09/2020
MONTPELIER — Vermont State Historic Sites opened on a limited basis the week of July 1. In Addison County and the surrounding area, Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell, Hubbardton Battlefield in Hubbardton and Chimney Point in Addison opened on July 1. The sites will operate in accordance with the Governor’s Be Smart, Stay Safe Executive Order and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development guidance. Visitors must wear masks or facial coverings in buildings and when in the presence of others outdoors. Due to social distancing requirements, some spaces will not be open to...
07/09/2020
What better way to safely enjoy summer than to get out on Lake Champlain? Two Vermont authors and Black Dome Press have just released an updated and expanded guide to paddling on the lake called “A Kayakers Guide to Lake Champlain.” Art Cohn, former long-time director of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Ferrisburgh, calls the book “one of the best all-round, multi-faceted orientations to the lake that I have ever read.”  This new edition provides expanded information about the history, geology, people, and ecology of our treasured body of water, including overviews of the Abenaki and...
07/09/2020
Our challenge in a predominatly white state is to promote a culture that accepts others as equals. Vermont did that recently, and with a fair amount of grace, by being the first state to legalize civil unions and later gay marriage in the late 1990s. But it was not without a struggle. The gay community worked for 30 tortutous years before a breakthrough. America’s Black community has faced worse discrimination and for far longer. One can understand their frustration and anger. We can only hope that in Vermont we can eliminate systemic racism through a similar community discussion as...
07/02/2020
Vermont Humanities and the Vermont Arts Council have distributed $517,500 in emergency relief grants to 81 different Vermont cultural organizations, including museums, libraries, performing arts venues, and other cultural centers. Many of these organizations are right here in Addison County or serve local residents. The grants support humanities and arts organizations that have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak and the resulting economic downturn. With events, festivals, camps and summer seasons canceled, cultural organizations across Vermont are struggling to survive. Arts and cultural...
07/02/2020
As a grateful user of Vermont’s health care system (UVM hip replacement last year), an observer of its growth (the house I grew up in in Morrisville was next to a pasture in which the current Copley Hospital was built in 1958), and a participant in its growth (I chaired Fletcher Allen in 2003), I value and care deeply about health care in Vermont. And, full disclosure, I’m an advocate for universal health care coverage and hope to see it in my lifetime. Having said all this, it may come as a surprise that I believe we need fewer hospitals in Vermont. Our human services institutions should be...
06/29/2020
Victor Guyette held up a photo of his daughter, Yvonna, on his smartphone. She was sitting on the shoulders of a fellow Marine Corps member, both wearing their camouflage uniforms. Yvonna was flexing her melon-sized biceps.  “I got her into weightlifting when she was about 10 and she took to it. She could kill me,” Guyette said with a laugh, sitting on the edge of his bed at the Holiday Inn in South Burlington.  He’s a short and stocky man with gray hair that also protrudes in flecks on his cheeks. His eyes don’t look tired when he talks about his kids. His daughter had just graduated from...

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