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Addison County leads the state in vaccination rate

May 20, 2021
Addison County is the leading county in the leading state for Covid-19 vaccination rates, with 81% of people having received their first dose of the vaccine in Addison County. In Vermont,  71.8% of the population has received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 
Reel Critic: ‘Malcolm & Marie’

Reel Critic: ‘Malcolm & Marie’

March 25, 2021

“Malcolm & Marie” should have been applauded for its insightful commentary on power and relationships, but the film falls victim to the trend of diversity box-checking in Hollywood.  At...

Hundreds flocked to the Snow Bowl the Saturday after the college announced that skiing and rentals would be free for Middlebury students this semester.

Free Snow Bowl passes bring long lines and new faces

March 18, 2021
Around 650 students visited the Snow Bowl on the Saturday after the college announced the program.
Vermont ranks 15th in the nation for percentage of the population that has received at least one shot of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Addison County races to administer vaccines under evolving guidelines

March 4, 2021

Roughly a year after the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the vaccination process in Vermont is in full swing. Those older than 65, healthcare workers and long-term care residents and staff are currently...

The Middlebury Snow Bowl opened this week without limitations on the number of skiers but with substantial changes to base camp operations.

Despite restrictions, Snow Bowl stays positive heading into winter

December 3, 2020
The Middlebury Snow Bowl is scheduled to open on Dec. 2 and will be open weekly Wednesday through Sunday; Rikert Nordic Center will be open seven days a week. 
Chenoa Hamilton, the owner of Jumelles Wellness Midwifery, offers central Vermont families services ranging from home birth care to lactation counseling.

Vermonters turn to home births and midwifery during the pandemic

November 19, 2020
The Covid-19 pandemic has increased the demand for innovative approaches in midwifery work, according to Chenoa Hamilton, a local Vermont midwife.
Little environmentalisms for the not-so-perfect kids

Little environmentalisms for the not-so-perfect kids

November 12, 2020
I wish that I were here to tell you a success story.
Wetzel with his Taiwanese tea supplier, Mr. Liao, near Alishan, Taiwan

A decade between Asia and Middlebury: The story behind Stone Leaf Teahouse

November 12, 2020
Tucked away in the folding alleyways and courtyards behind Middlebury’s Main Street is the unassuming Stone Leaf Teahouse, a building with a simple interior of stone and timbre and shelves of teaware.
Vermont has seen a 46% increase in Covid-19 cases this week, in line with a national increase in cases and hospitalizations.

Vermont breaks single-day Covid-19 record, adopts mandatory quarantine

November 11, 2020
With 47 cases, Vermont saw a record high of single-day cases since April. Yesterday, Gov. Phil Scott implemented a mandatory quarantine order for anyone returning or traveling to the state.
Some Middlebury restaurants, like Mad Taco, are responding to the pandemic by forgoing seating and sticking with takeout.

As seasons change, Middlebury restaurants and cafes adjust operations

October 22, 2020
As the recent dips in temperature foreshadow the upcoming winter, restaurants and cafes in Middlebury make plans for the colder weather and flu season.

Burlington City Council Plans to Reduce the City’s Police Officers by 30%

July 14, 2020

On June 29, Burlington City Council voted in favor of the Racial Justice Resolution, which defunds the Burlington Police Department (BPD) and aims to increase its transparency and accountability. This...

International students' orientation in August 2019. Trump administration visa regulations could force international students at schools holding online-only classes to leave the country.

‘Pure Xenophobia’: New ICE policy evicts international students taking only online courses

July 14, 2020

UPDATE — Tuesday, July 14 The Trump administration has rescinded its policy that would have forced international students pursuing remote learning to leave the country. Middlebury alumna Judge...

International orientation leaders welcome new students in August 2019. International students are facing tough decisions with regards to the fall semester.

Should I stay or should I go? International students deliberate the fall

July 6, 2020
As the college unveils its fall semester plans, anxieties about making a decision with limited information and a pressing deadline are overshadowing previous uncertainties related to the fall. While most international students would like to return and reunite with friends, they are also concerned about whether the dramatically altered college experience is worth the long trek back.
Florence Wu '22 in Auckland, New Zealand

Florence Wu ’22 in Auckland, New Zealand

May 8, 2020
I discovered that a local bakery remained open throughout the lockdown, which kickstarted my daily routine of a morning run there for a cup of coffee and an almond croissant.
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.

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

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...

In Vermont, the average high winter temperature has been rising by a sixth of a degree Fahrenheit per decade, according to NOAA data. Local skiers have noticed warmer days on the slopes in the last few years.

No country for powder hounds: warmer temps threaten Vermont’s ski industry

February 27, 2020

It’s a fact no ski resort, snow maker, liftie or snow hobbyist wants to hear: the temperature profile of Green Mountain winters is changing. Vermont has seen a decrease in average annual snow coverage...

Jake Carpenter (right) passed away two weeks ago after battling on and off with cancer for 8 years.

Jake Burton leaves legacy as snowboarding industry pioneer

December 5, 2019

The snowboarding industry and Vermont community mourns the loss of Jake Burton Carpenter, the founder of the major Burlington-based snowboarding company Burton Snowboards. Carpenter died on Wednesday,...

International diversity as a mindset instead of a number

International diversity as a mindset instead of a number

December 5, 2019
International students reflect on the loaded nature of the question: "Where are you from?"
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