Vermont Legion posts adapting to the pandemic

ADDISON COUNTY — As is the case with all nonprofit organizations, American Legion posts locally and statewide have had to take steps to continue to fulfill their mission during the COVID-19 pandemic. Department of Vermont American Legion Commander Ron LaRose, a member of Bristol Post 19, described that mission in an interview: “We’re in the business of helping veterans young and old, and taking care of the youth in our community.” There’s no question the pandemic has compromised the ability of the state’s 4 … (read more)

Vergennes Lions staying busy during pandemic

VERGENNES — Even with the restrictions of COVID-19, the Vergennes Lions are busy helping the needy and trying to raise needed funds. Last month, several members installed an accessible ramp on a home in Monkton to allow the resident to leave their home. T … (read more)

Senior Lifestyles: Winter adds new pandemic challenges

MIDDLEBURY — If there was one silver lining to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was that arrived at the beginning of spring, when people of all ages could at least congregate outdoors with appropriate face attire and social distancing. But a Vermont winter is ni … (read more)

Retired counselor offers thoughts on isolation

MIDDLEBURY — The isolation of this pandemic can feel at times unmanageable. That can especially be the case for seniors who cannot leave their homes or visit with loved ones. Elise Blair, a friendly face in the Middlebury community (and beyond) shares som … (read more)

Pandemic prompts health agency to expand programs

ADDISON COUNTY — Addison County Home Health and Hospice, which has more than half a century of accumu- lated know-how under its belt, is rolling out some new or expanded services that appeal to an older demographic. During the pandemic ACHHH, an inde- pen … (read more)

Vt. Land Trust helping farms get through COVID-19 crisis

MONTPELIER — Thirty-four farms across the state received a combined total of $73,000 in June through the Vermont Land Trust’s new program for farmers affected by COVID-19 and the associated economic downturn. Loss of restaurant sales, increased distributi … (read more)

Staying cool in quarantine

While social distancing best practices may limit some of the ways you might typically cool down when it’s warm, there are still many ways you can keep your cool.  Older Vermonters and people with disabilities and chronic conditions are at greater risk for … (read more)

Seniors are zooming their way to fitness

MIDDLEBURY — Sometimes a chair is just a chair, but right now for many elderly clients at Project Independence a chair can be much more. In fact, after the senior center shut down in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a chair might be a home gym, a dance … (read more)

Emergency grants help Vermont cultural orgs adapt

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 organizati … (read more)

Home sales ready to rebound from pandemic

The real estate market in northwest Vermont is recovering after the necessary shut down due to COVID-19, according to a report based on New England Real Estate Network numbers. The stay-at-home order went into effect on March 25 with restricted showings b … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Government must continue to help during pandemic

Given the severity of the COVID-19 crisis at home, it can be easy to forget that a pandemic is an inherently global issue. As much pain as the pandemic has caused nationwide and in our local community, this is not the time to turn inward and ignore the im … (read more)

Congratulations, 2020 graduates!

Like all, we wish to congratulate the seniors at the area high schools — Middlebury, Mount Abraham, Vergennes, Otter Valley, Proctor and West Rutland. In the past four years they have delighted packed auditoriums with jazz, orchestral and theatrical perfo … (read more)

Ways of Seeing: Coming home during a pandemic

I spent the month of January travelling with my family in Asia. We visited Hong Kong, Macau, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Just before our return we heard about a new virus in China. Coronavirus was just shutting down the city of Wuhan as we flew back from Cambo … (read more)

Letter to the editor: We will be alright

As I sit here, a grandmother and a great-grandmother, in the middle of this pandemic, a time we have never had to deal with before, I watch how it affects so many. There are so many questions, so many fears, so many rules to get used to, it’s frustrating … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Insensitive to the other pandemic?

The murder of George Floyd by slow painful asphyxiation has broken the hearts of all caring people. Maybe he deserved to die you say. He broke the law, didn’t he? He and others were trying to pass counterfeit bills and were caught. He resisted arrest and … (read more)