Vermont Historical Society Offers Wednesday Night Entertainment (And More!)

VERMONT- The Vermont Historical Society will be holding their fifth Vermont History Trivia Online event tonight at 7:00 pm. The topic of tonight’s trivia game will be Famous Vermonters.

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Physical Distancing Becomes New Term at Governors Briefing

VERMONT- The term "Social Distancing" was a big key topic at Governor Scott's press briefing on Monday as the Governor and his task force would like to see the public not use the term social distancing but now physical distancing.

"The last thing we want social distancing to create, is social isolation. So if we can just be cognisant of physical distancing and trying to remain socially connected, I think that will be far healthier for us all," said Commissioner of Health Dr. Levine. 

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Gov. Scott and Vermonters Returning to Work

VERMONT- In his second press conference addressing the timetable for Vermonters getting back to work, Governor Scott brought with him good news and a stern message.Vermont health officials have stated they have seen the peak number of cases in the state and will allow certain workers to get back to work within specific guidelines.

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A Chance To Help Goggles For Docs

gogglesVERMONT - As the need for personal protective equipment has risen during the Covid-19 epidemic, a group has put in the effort to provide healthcare workers with ski, and snowboarding goggles. It all started on March 28th, 2020. When Jon Schaefer from Berkshire East Ski Resort in Massachusetts got an email from a New York Doctor.

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VSC BOT Meeting Creates Uproar

VERMONT- On Monday, the Vermont State Colleges (VSC) board of trustees (BOT) hosted an informational meeting regarding the financial status of the VSCS. The meeting lasted an astonishing seven hours and was watched by hundreds of concerned students, faculty, town mangers, business owners, and residents, through virtual live streaming platforms.

It was no secret that tensions were extremely high, as this informational meeting was originally planned to be a meeting to vote on the closure of the Lyndon and Johnson campuses of Northern Vermont University, and the VTC-Randolph campus.

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VSCS Becomes A Big Topic At Governors Briefing

VERMONT-  Governor Phil Scott and his COVID-19 task force held their annual briefing Monday to discuss Vermonts response to COVID-19 and the issues Vermonters are facing. 

This comes as the Vermont State College System Chancellor Jeb Spaulding has proposed a plan to close three VSC campuses which include Northern Vermont University - Lyndon, Northern Vermont University - Johnson and Vermont Technical College in Randolph. 

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Barnet Baker Helps Community

BARNET - A local baker in Barnet is helping town residents in a unique way-by baking bread for them totally free of charge. These loaves don't cost the people who receive them anything, and its been brighting Barnet faces, young and old alike. 

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Vermont COVID-19 Curve Flattening

VERMONT - Governor Scott voiced his appreciation for Vermonters continuing to social distance on Friday during his daily press brefing to keep Vermonters up to date. The Governor and his task force team wanted to assure Vermonters that we are in the right direction as Vermont has seen a flattening of the curve.

"Vermont has stepped up to the challenge and as a result, we have begun to see the fruits of our labor with a growth rate of new cases averaging below four percent over the last twelve days. This is all the rersult of hard work and sacrifice by everyone across the state." said Governor Scott. 

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Puppets Will Continue to Educate Youth

VERMONT- Vermont Family Network’s Puppets in Education program will continue to provide resources to students remotely, according to Puppets in Education Program Manager Sarah Vogelsang-Card. Puppets in Education, a program that has been established for 39 years, caters to students throughout the state of Vermont, Upstate New York, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.

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Vermont COVID-19 Cases Near 700

VERMONT- Governor Phil Scott and his COVID-19 task force held their daily press breifing Monday morning to update the public on the latest updates for COVID-19. 

As of Monday morning, Vermont's COVID-19 cases have closed in on 700 with 679 positive cases and 24 deaths. On a positive outlook though, Govornor Scott says out of 500 tests yesterday, only 21 were positive.

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UVM's Nursing students ready for the frontlines

VERMONT - UVM has announced that 96 of their senior nursing students will be graduating early this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. "We want to do what we can, we can't do a whole lot. But this at least is a little bit of something that demonstrates that we know what is going on," said Rosemary Dale, UVM's Nursing Department chair.

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Gov. Scott Extends Stay At Home Order

VERMONT - Governor Phil Scott announced Friday that the Stay at Home order will be extended through May 15th. Vermonters should only go to essential businesses during this time, and to continue with social distancing.

"We don't have enough evidence to show that the virus is spreading still, but our continued sacrifices will help Vermonters at this time," said Governor Scott.

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Bernie Sanders Talks COVID-19

VERMONT - Senator Bernie Sanders held a COVID-19 Town hall meeting Thursday evening to answer questions from the public over the phone on April 9th.  Sanders was accompanied by Governor Phil Scott, Senator Patrick Leahy, and representative Peter Welch. Dr. Mark Levine also attended the call to answer any questions.

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Rundown of Yesterday's Covid-19 Update

VERMONT- In yesterday's press conference, Govorner Phil Scott gave an update regarding Covid-19 testing and correctional facilities in Vermont.

Scott also confirmed again that an extension to his "Stay Home Stay Safe" order will arrive tomorrow, with details being given out then.

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PBS To Provide Educational Programming to Vermont Students

VERMONT - On Monday the Scott Administration announced it's partnership with Vermont PBS so the station could help provide education for students stuck at home. Governor Phil scott recognizes that this will not replace in person learning, but still feels that this option will help students get the education they need, but through broadcast and online content.

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Gov. Scott Requesting Disaster Declaration

VERMONT- Governor Phil Scott has sent a letter to the United States of America President Donald Trump requesting a Major Disaster Declaration. Due to the extent of COVID-19, Scott requested that "Vermont National Guard be authorized to perform their duties".

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Vermont COVID-19 Peak Expected As Early As This Week

GovBriefing040620VERMONT - Governor Phil Scott and his COVID-19 task force held their daily press briefing this morning to update the public on the latest concerns for COVID-19. 

With Vermont now at 461 cases and a total of 22 deaths, Governor Scott says we should prepare for the worst.  

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Cases Spike as Vermont Approaches 400

GovBriefingFriVERMONT - On Friday, Governor Phil Scott along with his COVID-19 task force held a press briefing to update Vermonters on the growing concerns for COVID-19.

With 51 new positive results and no confirmed deaths in the last 24 hours, this brings Vermont's total of confirmed positive cases to 389.

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Mild Winter Leads to Lower Flood Risk

VERMONT - After a mild winter here in the Northeast Kingdom, the risk for flooding due to ice jams is below normal. The National Weather Service issued a Winter/Spring Flood Outlook from March 16th to April 2nd, 2020.

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State Officials Give Update On Covid-19

VERMONT- State officials explained Wednesday where Vermont is at currently during the pandemic, in terms of resources needed and gave an estimate on the trajectory of the virus.

Questions asked during these briefings were taken by reporters calling in, to comply with social distancing protocols.

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McIndoe Academy Restorations Voted Down

McIndoe ThumbnailBARNET - Article 2 to renovate and restore the existing McIndoe Academy was voted down on town meeting day Monday, but the town voted yes on something new and fresh. 

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Hemp in Vermont

HempHARDWICK- Back in 2018, the Hemp Farming Act was passed, ending the prohibition of Hemp across the nation. Since then, many states across the country have been getting their feet wet in the industry. Here in Vermont, we dove in head first, and haven’t looked back since.

 

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Vaping Epidemic Linked to Illegitimate THC Carts

VapesVERMONT-In the end of August, the health department issued a health advisory on the multi state outbreak of lung disease associated with e-cigarette use. Since then, authorities have been trying to get to the bottom of it.  

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Peacham Christmas Guild

thumbnail peacham PEACHAM-This past friday and saturday Peacham hosted their annual Corners Christmas above the town hall. The Peacham Corners Guild has been going on for a little over twenty five years.

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Chasing Checks Across Vermont

Stolen CheckSAINT JOHNSBURY- Authorities in Saint Johnsbury are asking for the public’s help in locating a suspect, who attempted to deposit a stolen check at the Community National Bank in St. J.

 

Two females can be seen driving in a white mini-van up to the window. Police inform us that the van has stolen license plates on the vehicle.

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