As Vermont’s economy slowly reopens, Stowe’s Main Street and other retail areas are starting to emerge from a couple of months of hibernation, the result of rules to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Not only are stores open, with conditions, but merchandise is coming back into the sunshine, as it is here at Stowe Mercantile, and life is creeping toward something like the old normal.
Signs commemorating the Class of 2020’s strange senior year are arranged in front of South Burlington High School on May 19. South Burlington High School administrators personally delivered 260 signs to the Class of 2020 last week to kick off remote celebrations for students. Principal Patrick Burke has been meeting with the senior class to hear students’ ideas for year-end options.
The 158th Fighter Wing of the Vermont Air National Guard took part in “Operation America Strong,” with an F-35A flyover Friday, May 22, as part of an Air Force effort to salute healthcare workers across the country. The flight left South Burlington at noon and included passes in Bennington, Berlin, Brattleboro, Burlington, Essex Junction, Middlebury, Morrisville, Newport, Randolph, Rutland, Springfield, St. Albans, St. Johnsbury, Townshend, White River Junction and Windsor.
Around 100 vehicles looped through the campus of the University of Vermont from Staples Plaza on Williston Road, protesting proposed budget cuts to lower paid lecturers and non-tenured instructors, on Thursday afternoon, May 14.
Rick Marcotte Central School students from the Four Sisters Road neighborhood wait for their Teacher’s Car Parade on May 14. Starting at the University Mall on Dorset Street, RMCS teachers wove their way through South Burlington to show their support. From left: Jack Henry, Camila Pineda, Mateo Pineda, Ellie Wood, Henry Ulano and Charlie Ulano.
Shelburne Museum announced that, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the carousel will stay immobile. The Ticonderoga won’t welcome guests aboard. The circus parade won’t … parade. The landmark will stay closed for the spring and summer months, events will be either cancelled or postponed. Museum Director Thomas Denenberg said in a press release, “We really saw no other alternative.” For those missing the real thing, virtual experiences can be found at shelburnemusem.org.
With technological help from librarians Susan Bliss and Jennifer Murray, about a dozen pent-up local chefs share their recipes for pantry classics like matzo lasagna, winter roasted Greek salad and Moroccan chicken stuffed acorn squash during the April 15 online meeting of the Cookbook Club. Another gathering on May 5 celebrated Cinco de Mayo. The June 3 theme will be Blue Zones Cooking. Email SBPLinfo@southburlingtonvt.gov to join in.
Bill Jarvis, owner of Morrisville’s Bijou Cineplex 4, clowns around as he provides curbside popcorn delivery on a recent Saturday evening. The movie theater is selling the popcorn — and has your candy needs covered — from 4 to 7:30 p.m. every Friday and Saturday through the end of May, so you can have your own movie night at home but still get your theater snack fix.
Three mascots — the Johnson Elementary School Jaguar, the Lamoille Union High School Lancer and the Northern Vermont University-Johnson Badger — parade through downtown Johnson in a fundraiser for the town food shelf. The effort collected nearly 2,700 pounds of food and several hundred dollars in donations.
It’s spring spruce-up time in downtown Stowe, as retailers get ready to reopen whenever the governor decides it’s safe. In the meantime, Bear Pond Books, like many other local shops and restaurants, offers online ordering, with curbside pickup of its books and puzzles.
Richard James and Michael and Alex Pelletier load food into a car at a Neighbors Helping Neighbors event on Sunday at Stowe Community Church. On Saturday, people donated food to the cause, and on Sunday people could drive through and have food loaded into their vehicles. The food program was a collaboration between the church and the Stowe C19 Volunteer Team.
State Rep. Dan Noyes, in his face mask and antique mail truck, takes part in the Johnson Food Shelf Not-a-Parade on Saturday. The event collected 2,683 pounds of food and several hundred dollars for the Food Shelf. It brought the village together and yet everyone stayed a proper distance apart.
Lyric continues its mask making endeavors, having collaboratively made 12,000 masks working with the City of Burlington and local businesses. From left, Volunteer Kerstin Anderson, Lyric Executive Director Erin Evarts and Ryan Addario, Lyric’s Outreach and Development Coordinator.
Ella Kenney held her food drive Saturday and Sunday, April 25 and 26, at Williston Central School, CVU, Shelburne Community School and Charlotte Central School and was amazed at the generosity of people in the school district.
More than 100 vehicles gathered in the parking lot of the new Hannaford Supermarket on Shelburne Road in South Burlington for a May Day (or International Workers Day) protest to support essential workers, farmers and immigrant rights. The parade of protesters had driven from Staples Plaza on Williston Road. More than 400 people practiced social distancing and listened from their vehicles to speakers from a variety of organizations.
A caravan of about 60 vehicles drove past the Chittenden County Regional Correctional Facility in South Burlington on Monday morning, April 27, the first of four 'Caravans of Support' for correctional officers and inmates around the state.
Every Friday afternoon, neighbors on Willowbrook Lane drag lawn chairs to a driveway – 6 feet apart – to distantly gather. The “Sanity Sircle,” as they are calling themselves, provides fresh air and friendship during this tough time.
Air Force Major Amber Macrae, medical provider, practices going over information with a notional patient that has just been “admitted” to the Alternate Healthcare Facility in Essex on April 7. The Vermont National Guard is working with the state of Vermont and emergency partners in a whole-of-government effort to flatten the curve during the COVID-19 pandemic.
U.S. Army National Guard photo by Cpl. Gillian McCreedy
Musician Seth Yacovone jams in his basement for fans as the coronavirus keeps local musicians from playing their usual haunts. It’s part of Yacovone’s Quarantine Video Single Series — he plays a basement session every day, one announced song and one surprise B-side.