COVID tip line draws 1,650 reports; few investigated

VERMONT — A statewide tip line for citizens to report Covid-19 violations generated more than 1,650 reports, but fewer than 50 were reported to the police and only 15 were sent to the Attorney General’s Office. A review by VTDigger shows nearly all of them were vague, inconsequential, or petty. Some involved neighbors reporting concerns about Airbnbs still apparently operating. In one case, a family member told authorities a relative was placing herself and others in danger traveling to Vermont from the Wes … (read more)

Bartlett Falls draws heavy crowds

BRISTOL — Bartlett Falls in Bristol has been a serious hot spot for swimmers this year. The popular New Haven River locale is known for its cliff jumping and smooth rock face across the river.  A recent Saturday saw at least 50 bathers in and around the p … (read more)

Size of Vt. social gatherings expanding to 25

MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott on Friday announced the resumption of additional close contact businesses, dental procedures, businesses that require work in the home, and of limited overnight youth summer camp programming. As state modeling continues to ind … (read more)

Editorial: Starved for social interaction?

The Clang and Bang Ferrisburgh parade is testament to how starved Vermonters are for social interaction. That it makes front-page news in today’s paper is also testament to how big a deal the restrictions imposed by our Covid-19 world are and how vulnerab … (read more)

Matt Dickerson: All this distancing is making things crowded

My alarm went off at 4 a.m. I bolted upright, fumbled for my iPhone on the nightstand, and shut it off as quickly as I could, hoping to avoid waking my wife. Before I could even stand up, I heard a high wind whipping through the trees outside. The turkeys … (read more)

Letter to the editor: U.S. Postal Service seeks help with social distancing

During these challenging times, postal employees are working hard to ensure residents stay connected with their world through the mail. Whether it’s medications, a package, a paycheck, benefits or pension check, a bill or letter from a family member, post … (read more)

Law enforcement to target businesses and individuals who don’t practice social distancing

MONTPELIER — Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan late on Thursday announced his office would be working with Vermont State Police and local police and sheriff’s departments to enforce Gov. Phil Scott’s March 13 social-distancing order. According to Dono … (read more)

Vergennes-area leaders discuss cash crunch, PPE, enforcement issues

VERGENNES — Twenty-two civic leaders from five Vergennes-area communities on Wednesday morning met virtually to discuss COVID-19 issues, including the towns’ upcoming cash crunch, ongoing difficulties in obtaining personal protective equipment, and the ch … (read more)

Activities around town for Apr. 9

Vermont needs volunteers! The state of Vermont is putting out a call for volunteers to help on a variety of fronts with COVID-19 emergency response. They are looking for medical volunteers such as nurses, pharmacists, EMS, physician assistants, veterinari … (read more)

The pandemic does not dampen the need to perform

BRANDON — “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” That quote by Pablo Picasso on the importance of the arts to any society seems as relevant today as it ever has, the dust of everyday life growing exponentially during an unprecedented g … (read more)

Matt Dickerson: Social distancing safely in the Vt. outdoors

Five p.m. was rolling up on me and I needed to get outside. I’d been sitting at my computer all day, working remotely — preparing remote lectures for my classes, and holding remote office hours. I’ve learned more about Zoom teleconferencing than I ever wa … (read more)

Vergennes teens lighten the mood with social distancing ‘Spirit Week’

VERGENNES — Two sisters and a friend, who have been quarantining together at home in Vergennes, have begun an effort to create a sense of unity among their peers, and all Vermonters, who are feeling separated by the social distancing measures in place. Ja … (read more)

Matt Dickerson: Fishing and social distancing

So what does a sports column look like in an age of COVID-19? In one sense, outdoor writing is quite different from more tradition sports media, because the outdoor sports themselves (fishing, canoeing, hunting, etc.) fall in a different category than com … (read more)

Events cancelled as organizers stress social distancing

ADDISON COUNTY — The threat of the coronavirus is prompting cancellation of many activities that would require a gathering of people. One need only look at the Addison Independent calendar to see that events, meetings, church services and other activities … (read more)