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News in Brief: College to require vaccination for on-campus students, faculty, staff this fall

May 16, 2021

Middlebury College will require all students, faculty and staff on campus this fall to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, except for those who provide an approved medical or religious exemption, according...

According to its website, Vermont Electric Cooperative is committed to finding innovative solutions to energy while delivering responsible rates to members.

Vermont Electric plans for carbon neutrality by 2023, renewable energy by 2030

May 6, 2021

Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) plans to reach carbon neutrality by 2023 and transition fully to renewable, carbon-free energy sources by 2030, according to an announcement released last month....

The menu at Vergennes Laundry is influenced heavily by the cultures of Montreal and France.

Brunch is back at Vergennes Laundry

April 15, 2021

Vergennes Laundry, a gourmet bakery, coffee shop and restaurant, reopened its doors in January, with a new owner, atmosphere and a philosophy that centers community-building. Nadia Dole, a chef...

State health officials have pursued different initiatives to combat the undervaccination of BIPOC residents from Covid-19, a national trend.

Why Vermont adopted its BIPOC vaccination strategy

April 8, 2021

State health officials have ramped up efforts to prioritize the vaccination of Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) communities, which are disproportionately affected by Covid-19. In addition...

While Vermont leads the nation in vaccine distribution to the elderly, the vaccination rates for Black, Indigenous and people of color in the state are lagging behind.

Vermont residents of color over 16 to be eligible for Covid-19 vaccine on April 1

April 1, 2021

All Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) who are permanent Vermont residents over the age of 16 will become eligible for Covid-19 vaccination on Thursday, Apr. 1, Gov. Scott announced today....

The town of Middlebury held an informational meeting on Feb. 22 via Zoom to explain each article on the ballot and field any questions before voting on March 2.

News in Brief: Retail cannabis prevails; Middlebury ratifies Ripton’s withdrawal from ACSD

March 4, 2021

All articles were approved at Middlebury’s Town Meeting on March 2nd, including a provision allowing retail cannabis stores in Middlebury and a victory for Middlebury Residential Director Esther...

Vermont anticipates a COVID-19 vaccine ahead of its FDA review on December 10th.

Select Vermonters may receive Covid-19 vaccine by year’s end

December 3, 2020
High-risk Vermonters could receive a Covid-19 vaccination as soon as early December, State Commissioner of Health Mark Levine announced last week.
Middlebury residents cast their votes at the local polling center

Incumbents in Vermont government largely prevail amid historic election turnout

November 12, 2020
Scott wins third term; Molly Gray rises to Lt. Governor; Welch returns to the capitol; Hardy and Bray re-elected in Addison County
Middlebury junior feb Asa Skinder runs for high bailiff office in Washington County on the platform of police reform.

‘I wrote myself in’: Asa Skinder ’22.5 runs for high bailiff in Vermont’s Washington County

October 29, 2020
Asa Skinder ’22.5 is on some Vermonters’ ballots as the Democratic nominee for high bailiff of Washington County. The position, which has existed since Vermont’s statehood, is largely a ceremonial office unique to the state of Vermont.
Burlington-based non-profit Migrant Justice proposed and advocated for the fund benefiting undocumented workers excluded from federal stimulus checks.

Vermont becomes first state to offer Covid-19 economic aid to undocumented immigrants

October 15, 2020
Vermont has become the first state to create a Covid-19 economic stimulus fund for residents previously unable to receive federal stimulus checks. Signed into law on Oct. 2 by Gov. Phil Scott, the program largely benefits undocumented immigrants and is projected to aid up to 5,000 Vermont residents.
Pandemic migration fuels Vermont real estate market

Pandemic migration fuels Vermont real estate market

September 17, 2020
Vermont real estate has perked up as people flee crowded cities and states with higher Covid-19 rates, but some agents are doubtful of lasting benefits.
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.

Three Vermont state colleges face uncertain futures

April 30, 2020
Increased financial stress has put the future of three public Vermont colleges in question.
Both the initial and current College Solar Farm location proposals were on South Street Extension (pictured above). The current proposed location is on a plot just west of the Eddy Farm School.

College solar farm proposal ignites town-wide debate

February 13, 2020

Middlebury College is developing a new five megawatt solar farm south of campus in an effort to reach 100% renewable energy usage. The solar installation, which will cost between 8 and $9 million,...

Vermont Gas Systems, in partnership with Middlebury College and Vanguard Renewables, started construction on an anaerobic digester at Goodrich Family Farm last summer that will produce renewable natural gas (RNG). The utility company plans increase its focus on RNG as part of its mission to become zero emission by 2050.

Vermont Gas to be Zero Emission by 2050

January 23, 2020

Vermont Gas Systems, the state’s sole provider of natural gas, announced a plan last year to eliminate all greenhouse gas emissions from their operations by 2050. The company also unveiled plans...

Community members participated in a focus group meeting as part of the Planapalooza master planning process.

Planapalooza stimulates community conversation

November 14, 2019
This past weekend, members of the Middlebury community had the opportunity to express their hopes and concerns for downtown development during the Town’s “Planapalooza.”
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