Broadcasting legend, longtime hospital volunteer Tony Adams passes away - WCAX

A much-loved sportscaster and UVM Medical Center volunteer has died of natural causes after several months in hospice care.

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At least 36 healthcare workers have virus - Seven Days

The risk of caring for the sick is getting sick yourself. Now at least three dozen health care workers are off the front lines and are in isolation or treatment for Covid-19.

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Lawmakers scrap plan to release inmates during outbreak - Seven Days

The Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday walked back from the proposal to release Vermont inmates during the pandemic.

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Government tells big box stores to stop in-person sales of non-essential items - Valley Reporter

Every day it seems there are fewer and fewer places to spend money in person. Government is urging - no, mandating - Vermonters to buy at curbside and by delivery.

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Co-op grocery workers get hazard pay - Seven Days

City Market - a unionized grocery store - has reached an agreement with employees to pay them more during the State of Emergency.

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Schools should expect staff cuts due to pandemic - Brattleboro Reformer

The April 15 teacher contract renewal deadline is approaching, and school boards should act now to avoid RIFs, a board chairman says.

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Senators worry workers getting $600/week from feds will stay idle - Vermont Daily

The combined benefit of state and federal unemployment maxes out at more than $1100/week. Some senators are saying employers are telling them that workers don’t want to get back to work.

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Attend local music, theater art shows online - Burlington Free Press

As the doors to local music, theater and art shows have slammed shut, they are swinging wide open on the internet. The Burlington Free Press will keep an ongoing list.

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Non-lethal teddy bear hunt underway in Newport - Newport Dispatch

A non-lethal, non-controversial teddy bear scavenger hunt is underway in Newport. It’s somewhere to go and something to do!

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Underground Railroad museum director retiring - AP

A Vermont museum dedicated to the history of the Underground Railroad that delivered slaves to freedom has lost its director.

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VT Digger lays off three reporters, Freeps to furlough - Seven Days

As Gov. Phil Scott issues an unprecedented call for Vermonters to financially support local media, VT Digger and the chain that owns the Burlington Free Press become the latest in a long, long line of VT media to announce staff cutbacks.

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VT travel bans has teeth - Vermont Daily Chronicle

Officials hope it won’t be necessary, but determined non-compliance with Gov. Scott’s ban on all internet lodgings and any lodgings of non-essential workers could result in fines or even jail time.

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VT Legislature creates its own small business task force - Seven Days

Legislative leaders have created an ad-hoc committee to keep abreast of the fast-paced changes in unemployment and state and federal resources and be ready with plans to help Vermont’s small businesses survive April and beyond.

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Flowers, produce markets, labor uncertain this year - VPR

The seedlings are growing, but will Vermont’s produce farmers have markets to sell to? Or immigrant workers to pick the crop?

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Local seamsters, sewers team up to make masks - St. Albans Messenger

A skilled, committed band of volunteers has made 100 masks for the local hospital, with 400 more on the way.

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Election laws changed due to virus - WCAX

To accommodate the difficulty in gathering petitions and going to polls during a pandemic, the Legislature has made selected changes to election law and has empowered the Secretary of State and the governor to further change election procedures.

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RUMORS, RUMORS - officials debunking internet-based prattle - WPTZ

Perhaps you’ve heard that Phil Scott cancelled hunting season through next year? Uh, no…. And it’s also not true that busloads of infected New Yorkers are being sent to Plattsburgh. So don’t be fooled - on April 1, or any other day.

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Children’s book author Tomie DePaola dies - Valley News

Anyone who read children’s books to their kids probably has held in their hands a book written or illustrated or both by Tomie DePaola. Now the New London, NH resident is gone, dying yesterday from complications from surgery, after taking a bad fall last week.

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Shut in, social news columnist writes about life in small town - Chester Telegraph

From her ‘news desk’ in front of her living room window, “Chester Chatter” columnist Ruthie Douglas is still covering what’s happening to people sheltering in place - starting with herself.

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Opinion: how partisanship can backfire - St. Albans Messenger

In Washington and in Vermont, partisan politicians pick at doing-something incumbents at their own risk, says Emerson Lynn in the St. Albans Messenger.

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