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Three Vermont state colleges face uncertain futures

NVU-Lyndon, in Lyndonville, Vt., is one of three public Vermont colleges that Chancellor of the Vermont State College System (VSCS), Jeb Spaulding, planned on closing following an April 17th announcement. The VSCS has since withdrawn this plan, however the fate of these colleges remains unclear.

By JACK SUMMERSBY

April 30, 2020

Increased financial stress has put the future of three public Vermont colleges in question.

With lack of storage and low demand, dairy farms resort to milk dumping

Monument Farms, based in Weybridge, is one of the hundreds of Vermont dairy producers impacted by the economic realities of the Covid-19 outbreak. Demand fluctuation and a lack of infrastructure has given the industry no option but to dump its milk.

By ANNA WOOD

April 30, 2020

The state’s already struggling dairy industry has been destroying its sitting supply of milk in a reluctant response to Covid-19 economic realities.

Middlebury alumnus starts fundraiser for local business

The Old Stone Mill, one of five recipients of a GoFundMe fundraiser organized by Nicholas Milazzo ‘18.5. Milazzo’s focussed his efforts on the Old Stone Mill, Royal Oak Coffee, Fire and Ice, Costello’s Market and Magic Wok based on his own research to assess the vulnerability of restaurants and markets across town.

By BECCA AMEN

April 30, 2020

Currently, the alumnus, Nicholas Milazzo '18.5, plans to allocate the money raised among five locally owned businesses.

Vermont Department of Corrections reduces prison population in response to Covid-19 outbreak; first inmate tests positive

Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield is one of six Department of Corrections facilities in Vermont. In response to the outbreak of Covid-19, the DOC has been under pressure by social organizations to reduce the state prison population.

By MAREN WALSH

April 9, 2020

An inmate at the Northwest State Correctional Facility in Swanton tested positive for the virus, the DOC announced Wednesday morning. He's the first inmate in the Vermont prison system to test positive.

Food retailers continue on amidst Covid-19 health risks

The Middlebury Foods Co-op on Washington Street is one of a handful of Middlebury food retailers that has continued to keep its doors open during the State-wide outbreak of Covid-19. Many area supermarkets have serviced customers in equal or higher-quantities than normal in the last month.

By CHARLOTTE CRUTCHLOW

April 9, 2020

"Each one of my associates is a hero and they battle an invisible enemy each and every day," said Hannaford Store Manager Tom Seigle.

Nonprofits house homeless in Middlebury hotels; dining service delivers meals

As Vermont heightens social distancing advisories, local nonprofits have moved many of Addison County housing-insecure from shelters into hotels and motels, including the Middlebury Inn on Court Square.

By HATTIE LEFAVOUR

April 9, 2020

The ubiquitous pressure to stay home to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus begs the question: what if you don’t have a home to stay in? 

The community relies on organizations like Open Door Clinic and Charter House. How has Covid-19 affected their practices?

Due to the increasing risks of the Covid-19 outbreak across Addison County, the Charter House Coalition transitioned all its residents from their North Pleasant Street house to local motel facilities. This is one example of organizations in Addison County having to alter their practices in order to continue providing their community-dependent services.

By MICHAEL FRANK

April 2, 2020

Community-based organizations, tasked with helping the county’s least-privileged residents, are now more necessary than ever. As the town of Middlebury begins to see more cases of the novel coronavirus, local aid organizations like the Open Door Clinic (ODC) and Middlebury’s Charter House are bracing to serve the crush of...

Q & A with Senator Ruth Hardy (D-Addison District) on Covid-19

Senator Ruth Hardy (D-Addison District) speaking at Middlebury College in October 2019. Since mid-March, state legislators have passed two major covid-19 related bills in an effort to contain the outbreak of the viral-disease.

By FLORENCE WU

April 2, 2020

Covid-19 has dramatically changed the landscape of life in Addison County and across the state of Vermont in the past few weeks. Middlebury College suspended in-person classes on March 10, and local businesses have been floundering following a March 24 state-issued “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order. As of April 1, Vermon...

Middlebury business affected by Covid-19: What you need to know

Middlebury business affected by Covid-19: What you need to know

By BENJAMIN GLASS and BENJY RENTON

April 2, 2020

The Campus has been keeping track of restaurants and retail outlets in the town of Middlebury during Covid-19. Check below to see the status of town businesses.

Town businesses lay-off staff, offer curbside service following state-wide Stay Home order

Businesses have resorted to delivery or curbside pick-up as Governor Scott’s recent Stay Home, Stay Safe order forces businesses to drastically change the way they operate.

By LUCY TOWNEND

April 2, 2020

Middlebury businesses are facing increasing hardship after Governor Phil Scott issued a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order for the state of Vermont on Tuesday, March 24. Issued as an amendment to the state of emergency declared on March 13, the order prohibits the in-person operation of non-essential businesses, forcing st...

Joining forces with town, Middlebury repurposes resources and offers support

As Covid-19 spreads throughout Vermont, Middlebury is prepared to repurpose Chip Kenyon Arena to host a Department of Health mobile hospital unit in the event that coronavirus cases exceed Porter Medical Center’s current capacity.

By SOPHIA MCDERMOTT-HUGHES

April 2, 2020

The college is preparing its facilities to provide additional support to Porter Medical Center and the greater community.

Local business takes hit from mandated closures and quarantined public

Businesses on Main Street and across town have been confronted with major roadblocks this past week due the outbreak of Covid-19. All restaurants in town were forced to halt dining services on Tuesday by a state mandate, and many retailers have seen a sharp decline in customer sales.

By BENJAMIN GLASS and LUCY TOWNEND

March 20, 2020

As Middlebury College students evacuated campus and Covid-19 broke out in Vermont, town businesses saw a decline in sales and were forced to close or reduce staff.

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