Small towns eye COVID money

PANTON — Panton Selectboard chair Howard Hall is looking forward to a “Christmas bonus” that his rural, creekside town on the western edge of Addison County expects to receive in June. But that gift — as much as $200,000 from the federal government’s American Rescue Plan Act — also raises plenty of questions for the local leader, whose hometown has just 677 residents. Hall would like to spend some of the money, which amounts to close to one-third of the town’s $624,000 annual budget, on digitizing Panton’s … (read more)

Middlebury considers revoking Rudy Giuliani’s honorary degree

Middlebury College is considering revoking an honorary degree held by Rudy Giuliani in light of the role he played in “fomenting” the riot in the U.S. Capitol last week, college president Laurie Patton said Sunday.  Giulani, who since 2018 has worked as P … (read more)

‘Butter Boom’ emerges as a bright spot for Vt. dairy

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 peo … (read more)

Vt. colleges post some of the nation’s lowest COVID numbers

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 … (read more)