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06/04/2020
Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21, is also “Make Music Day” across America. Five Town Friends of the Arts in Bristol is coordinating a Make Music Day in Bristol. With so many wonderful music makers in Bristol, organizers are hoping for good participation. Specifically, organizers are looking for folks to play music on their porches or front yards from 1 to 3 p.m. so people can walk by and listen from a safe distance. If you are interested in participating, please email your address to FiveTownFOA@gmail.com. Here’s some rare, good news about the pandemic — it’s encouraging more people to exercise...
05/28/2020
Ilsley Public Library officials want their patrons to know that the book drop by the Main Street facility’s side entrance is now open to return your borrowed materials. As a safety precaution, all library materials will be isolated for seven days before being checked in and shelved. Also, beginning next Monday, June 1, the Ilsley will begin offering an outside pickup service. Officials will soon share more information on how the pickup service will work. During the period of pickup, the Ilsley and Sarah Partridge Library buildings will remain closed to the public. Patrons that frequent the...
05/21/2020
Do you or does someone you know need help? Addison County Mutual Aid can help. Addison County Mutual Aid is a local network of people helping people. You do not have to be stuck at home without supplies, venture out if you are vulnerable, or feel lonely and isolated. Volunteers in our community are already available for such tasks as delivering food and supplies, emotional support and socialization, help with children and childcare, and various errands. Call (802) 377-3335 to reach the voicemail of the countywide hotline for Addison County Mutual Aid. Your call will be returned. Also, you can...
05/14/2020
While area high schools continue to weigh the potential for prom and graduation ceremonies during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Vermont Tech Associate Degree Nursing Program has decided to honor its Addison County graduates during a special “drive-by” pinning ceremony set for this Saturday, May 16, from 11 a.m. to noon in the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center parking lot off Charles Avenue in Middlebury. The events will be fun but organized to maintain the health and safety of all. These students put tremendous effort into adapting to an online format in their last semester, and now will be...
05/07/2020
Look for a couple of important decisions to be announced later this week. On Thursday or Friday, several local schools should announce at least tentative plans on what they will do about high school graduations next month. In his daily message to the community, Middlebury Emergency Management Director Tom Hanley also said we can look for information on a timeline for easing restrictions on childcare and summer camps. In a message to students last week, Addison Central officials told seniors that they should “be assured that we are definitely going to have some sort of graduation ceremony for...
04/30/2020
We got a bit of news from Mike Kiernan, the emergency department doctor who runs a side business planting flower gardens around solar arrays to support bees, butterflies and other pollinators. He gave a little thumbnail update of the business, called Bee the Change, pointing out that the acreage of pollinator-friendly plantings his outfit has coming online in the next year will mean they have created pollinator habitat equal to each Vermont household planting a 6-foot-by-8-foot pollinator garden. That’s pretty cool, but Dr. Kiernan reminds us all that each household should also plant its own...
04/23/2020
Up in Lincoln, townspeople are being urged to exercise and enjoy the beautiful scenery during the COVID-19 pandemic. There’s been a marked increase in the number of people travelling the roads of Lincoln on foot and on bikes. A group of residents has organized “Lincoln 58” — a challenge dedicated to walking, running, or biking all 58 miles of roads within the community. Be a Lincoln 58er and share stories, wildlife sightings, or other life sightings, on your daily adventures on the roads of Lincoln. Check lincolnvermont.org for a road map in the current Lincoln Town Plan on page 64. Need food...
04/16/2020
Learn how easy it is to turn the food scraps you already paid for — like peels, cores and shells — into compost for growing healthy soil and food. Separating scraps for composting can make your garbage less stinky, so you won’t have to take it out as often. Sign up now for an Addison County Solid Waste Management District interactive online workshops at tinyurl.com/uz8sbo7. Topics will include how to set up and manage a pile, benefits and uses of compost, troubleshooting tips, deterring wildlife, other options for managing food scraps, and Q&A. All experience levels are welcome! Learn the...
04/09/2020
The state of Vermont is looking for volunteers and medical supplies to help with the state’s COVID-19 response. Those with medical experience or other healthcare backgrounds and the ability to volunteer are needed to bolster the ranks of Vermont’s current healthcare workforce. Other individuals who do not have medical or healthcare backgrounds but are willing to volunteer their time in Vermont’s response effort can also register. The volunteer portal is at vermont.gov/volunteer. The state is also looking for medical supplies like N95 masks, surgical masks, face shields, surgical gowns,...
04/02/2020
The Addison County community is again showing its generosity and solidarity in times of crisis. Contributors have matched (two days early) a $50,000 challenge recently issues by four anonymous donors, money that will support critical services to an increasing number of people during the coronavirus pandemic. The effort was coordinated through an online fundraising called “Addison County Responds,” championed by the United Way of Addison County. And the news gets better; the four anonymous donors were so delighted that they extended the dollar-for-dollar match to April 6 and have offered an...

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