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A possibly overloaded glider that crashed near the summit of Sterling Mountain in Morristown a year and a half ago, killing the pilot and his two passengers, did not have proper seat belts installed for the passengers, according to a new report from the National Transportation Safety Board.

ALERT

Your local guide to the global outbreak.

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Vermont “strongly discourages” incoming travel from coronavirus hotspots in the Northeast, Gov. Phil Scott said Monday, and directed all “nonessential” travelers from outside the state to self-quarantine for 14 days once they get here.

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Bruce Wayne wouldn’t have the iconic Batman suit and those wonderful toys he needs to fight crime in Gotham City if it weren’t for his trusty butler, Alfred Pennyworth. And where would the Parr family — better known as The Incredibles — be without E, better known as Edna Mode, fashion designer for superheroes worldwide?

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As federal and state policies effectively have three in four Americans staying home to slow down the spread of coronavirus, holes have begun to form in the safety net that protects vulnerable populations.

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“Uphill access is currently CLOSED on all portions of Stowe Mountain Resort until further notice,” said an email from Jeff Wise, senior communications manager. “Without ski patrol and terrain maintenance, it is unsafe for skiers, riders, those sledding and first responders.”

Coronavirus: Business Operations

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View the latest updates on business operations (including town services, restaurants, activities, lodging and shops) and events courtesy of the Stowe Area Association.

The judge presiding over a case involving former Peoples Academy teacher David Bain and the school superintendent who fired him in 2014, Tracy Wrend, has denied Wrend’s argument that she was immune to being sued.

Through an ecosystem restoration program grant provided by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, the Lamoille County Conservation District has produced a stormwater master plan for the towns of Morristown and Hyde Park.

The weeks directly after Town Meeting Day are like spring cleaning for school districts, as they exit budget-crafting season and return to normal.

Beverly Osterberg — who died last Thursday, March 5, 2020 — was one of a kind. She was a terrific athlete and a longtime driver education teacher, but Miss O — that’s what everyone called her — was best-known as a coach.

David Stackpole was the quintessential man about town. The Stowe lawyer, longtime town moderator and social butterfly died Feb. 16, but according to those who knew him, his presence is still felt.

For most Vermonters, neighboring New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary brings the challenge of enduring seemingly endless campaign commercials. For Greg and Amy Tatro, it offered something more: The chance to take a selfie with a potential future commander in chief.

It is not looking too good at the moment for the 2019-20 ski season. Even in the best of moments, it was not what most would describe as a banner year.

How’s everyone handling this new reality? Even though we use the term social distancing, I believe it’s still important to find ways to maintain social contact. Our connected electronic world provides ample opportunities to do that. We participated in our first two online “gatherings” this past week and I was surprised how much fun they were.

• Joshua Turkowski of Elmore was named to the fall dean’s list at Endicott College in Beverl…

• Stowe student Ellie Moriarty received first honors for the second quarter at Rice Memorial…

All around Stowe, in this time of social distancing, signs deliver messages of thanks, of regret about closing for now, of spirit, of encouragement, and how to pick up your takeout food.

A hawk takes its catch high atop a pole.

Northern Vermont University-Johnson student Rebecca Flieder in happier times, before the coronavirus crisis disrupted the lives of students two weeks ago.

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During the current public health crisis, getting outdoors close to home and connecting with nature is an excellent way to help maintain mental and physical health.

The sun will come out tomorrow and the Lamoille County Players hope that the auditioners will come out for their summer musical.

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