Your local guide to the global outbreak.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shined a spotlight on the collective responsibility we have for the health of our neighbors. From mask wearing to social distancing, Lamoille residents have stepped up to protect the health of everyone in the county. Now, as we move into the next phase, it’s time to plan strategically and build strong health outcomes for our community.

There is no shortage of metaphors on the pandemic timeline, but there seems to be a prevailing sense that the current isolation of quarantine may be coming to a close.

As funding from the American Rescue Plan Act makes its way from the federal government to Vermont and then on to individual municipalities, town officials are putting together wish lists.

After more than a year since Gov. Phil Scott’s stay-at-home order and the closure of offices and businesses, it is with relief that I write after my first injection, with my second scheduled for May 20, which means that I’ll be fully vaccinated by June 3.

The hospitality community has suffered through the most disruptive and economically impactful year that any of us have ever experienced. Stowe’s tourism-driven economy was hit hard by the travel guidelines that prevented people worldwide from visiting. COVID-19 has been rough, to say the least, but as we look toward the continued re-opening of our economy and the vital summer and fall seas…

In late April, a COVID-19 outbreak exploded at the Teen Challenge Center in Johnson with 26 cases of the virus so far, according to the Vermont Department of Health.

The Vermont Legislature is currently considering whether or not to tax the forgiven loan I received under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that offered my business, Sugarsnap Catering, the relief that kept us afloat over the last horrific year.

Last year, Champlain Valley baseball was getting ready to defend its Division I state title when COVID hit and struck down the spring season.

As the state aims to have Vermont fully open for business by Independence Day, Stowe is giving local merchants and service providers several more months of relaxed zoning rules as they try to keep customers coming — and safe.

The Stowe housing market is experiencing unprecedented pressure, mostly from a massive influx of wealthy out-of-state home-buyers. Available homes are few and far between — with nothing on the market for less than half a million.

When its directors briefly considered postponing the 21st annual Stowe Weekend of Hope and waiting out the pandemic to reconvene in person, board member Kathleen McBeth thought of someone she’d met at the last in-person event in 2019.

More State News

As bears exit their winter dens, Protect Our Wildlife has released its new bear report, “Vermont Black Bears and How to Effectively Manage Conflict.”

Hiking Vermont’s hillsides is a great way to enjoy a spring day, but the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and Audubon Vermont recommend people check to see if the area they are planning to hike or climb is open.

House Speaker Jill Krowinski, D-Burlington, has abandoned a controversial proposal to reform the state’s pension system. At a press conference April 2, she said she would instead establish a task force to address Vermont’s ballooning pension debt. 

The state’s Vermont Forward plan for reopening amid the year-long COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite lingering snow cover, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department says anglers can still have fun and be successful early in the season.

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is recommending removing bird feeders by the first of April so as not to feed bears emerging from their winter dens.

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