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ADDISON COUNTY — The Vermont Department of Health (DOH) today, Wednesday, Jan. 20, is reporting six new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Addison County for a total of 533 confirmed cases here since the pandemic began last March. Today's increase continues a trend of busy pandemic activity in a county that has seen 194 new cases during the past two weeks. The DOH provides limited data on town-by-town coronavirus cases. According to that data, most recently updated on Jan. 13, Middlebury has reported 79 cases, up 16 since the last DOH town-by-town update on Jan. 7; Vergennes 67 (up 14); Shoreham...
ADDISON COUNTY — Addison County lawmakers will wield influence over issues ranging from COVID-19 relief to education financing, thanks to committee assignments recently handed down by House and Senate leaders. Four of the county’s legislators secured leadership positions. They include Rep. Diane Lanpher, D-Vergennes, who was named chair of the House Transportation Committee; Sen. Chris Bray, who will continue to lead the Senate Natural Resources & Energy Committee; Rep. Amy Sheldon, D-Middlebury, who will again chair the House Natural Resources, Fish & Wildlife Committee; and Sen....
MONTPELIER — Leaders in the Vermont House of Representatives on Wednesday announced committee assignments for the 2021-22 Legislative session. Rep. Diane Lanpher, D-Vergennes, will serve the next biennium as chair of the House Transportation Committee, while Rep. Amy Sheldon, D-Middlebury, will continue to lead the House Natural Resources, Fish & Wildlife Committee. Lanpher, one of the county’s most veteran lawmakers, has served in the House since 2009. She’s spent most of her tenure on House Appropriations, but served on the Transportation Committee early in her legislative career....

LINCOLN’S NICK MAYER brought down this 190-pound, 14-point buck this fall, one of many trophies deer hunters took as 2020 proved to be a banner year for deer hunting in Addison County. Records were set for overall kill, rifle season take, and buck weight for rifle season. Photo courtesy of Department of Fish & Wildlife
MONTPELIER — Final statewide deer harvest numbers will not be available until March, but the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department announced last week the final tally will be around 18,000 deer, the second highest total since 2000. Those deer will provide approximately 3.6 million servings of venison, officials said. The archery season harvest, which will be close to 5,800 deer, will be a new all-time record for that season, according to Fish & Wildlife officials. They attributed the uptick to several changes to archery hunting regulations that took effect in 2020. Those included...
Middlebury College students in Prof. Lindsay Repka’s fall Biochem class took an in-depth look at the science of coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19. In their studies they saw how this pandemic reaches beyond the proteins, RNA and other building blocks of life to affect people in so many aspects of their everyday lives. They reached out to experts and regular people in Addison County to understand the broad reaching implications of COVID-19 and put together a package of more than a dozen scientific explainers, reports on scientists’ strategies for neutralizing the virus, and...
ADDISON COUNTY — Although Gov. Phil Scott in his Tuesday, Dec. 22, press conference gave the go-ahead for schools to begin sports practices as soon as Dec. 26, local schools are opting to wait until after the current holiday break. Scott announced at the beginning of his weekly Tuesday press briefing the easing of several COVID-19 restrictions, including allowing what he called “a phased restart of youth, recreation and school sports.” He said this change does not apply to adult leagues, and spectators are still banned. Specifically, he said, youth, school and recreation teams would be...
VERMONT — Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, one thing has remained constant: the need to help fellow Vermonters is great. If you have the capacity to step in to help, please do. The Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) is in need of nurses and caregivers for both paid and volunteer positions.  DAIL has contracted with TLC Home Care, a staffing agency based out of Williston, to support emergency long-term care facility staffing needs caused by COVID-19. This professional staffing pool represents new capacity within our system and will provide for emergency...
VERMONT — 2020 has been a tough year for Vermont dairy producers. The pandemic has spurred heavy losses across the industry. Prices have been so low, there’s even been milk dumping. Some dairy farmers have shut their barn doors for good. But with more people staying home since March, butter makers say Vermonters are buying their product for home use in greater quantities than in years past. The sales uptick is a bright spot in what’s otherwise been a brutal stretch for Vermont’s banner industry. Early in the pandemic, butter makers faced the same obstacles as other dairy producers: Sales to...
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing has launched a new online holiday shopping guide, BuyVermontMade.com. The new directory connects shoppers with Vermont retailers and Vermont-made gifts in six categories — wearables, craft beverages, specialty food, home goods, personal care and toys and books. The Buy Vermont Made directory was developed in collaboration with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets to encourage shoppers both in Vermont and regionally to buy Vermont-made products and support Vermont-based retailers this holiday shopping season.  ...
Vermont colleges sent students home for the fall semester just before Thanksgiving, closing their doors on a bizarre — but largely Covid-19-free — semester. Students spent this fall living under an array of stringent campus protocols intended to limit the virus’s spread. Professors adapted to remote teaching and altered methods of delivering in-person classes, and staff worked to make reconfigured campuses run smoothly.  And, as the semester comes to a close, officials say colleges’ numbers show those measures have paid off. At the state level, Vermont has handled its higher education...

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