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UVM survey finds rural/city divide in Vermont mask wearing - True North Reports

Of those who wear one all the time, 1 in 10 said that the mandate by the state was the primary reason for doing so. About 84 percent said they always wore a mask even before the mandate, which was initiated on Aug. 1.

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COMMENTARY: Vermont college enrollment strong - but will it last? - Emerson Lynn

Enrollment is down 23% nationwide - but not in Vermont, despite the state’s dramatic decline in high school graduates. A report on how to fund Vermont state colleges is due on Friday.

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After brief in-person meeting, Legislature to go remote in 2021 - Seven Days

According to a plan made by the Joint Rules Committee, the Legislature will meet for an hour or two on the first day of the session, elect officers, and then go to Zoom meetings for most if not all of the 2021 session.

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224 Covid tests tossed - Times Argus

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Not only were the tests not delivered to the testing company on time, but an email from the VT Dept. of Health sent to all 224 affected Vermonters didn’t use the Blind Carbon Copy - so every test subject’s email was known to every email recipient.

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Burlington Country Club trails, sliding hill CLOSED to non-members - Burlington Free Press

No outdoor fun allowed at the hugely popular Burlington Country Club - unless you’re a member. And for once in 2020, the pandemic is NOT the cause.

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Hartford, Connecticut men charged with Newport shooting - Newport Dispatch

Two men from Hartford Connecticut are charged with shooting another man from the same city Monday night in Newport.

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Schools take different approaches on guv’s Thanksgiving ‘guidance’ - WCAX

Some school districts are avoiding having to ask students where they spent Thanksgiving by going all-remote learning for a week or two. A few are holding in-person learning but are refusing to ask “the Thanksgiving question.” Others plan to fully comply.

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State worried about running short of snowplow drivers - VT Digger

If too many of VTrans’ finest call in sick with Covid or are quarantined, who will drive the snowplows?

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Irasburg pastor disputes Health Dept. finding of ‘positive’ in congregation - WCAX

It’s not true that a parishioner tested positive, regardless of what a Vermont Health Dept. press release announced Friday, an Irasburg church pastor says. And anyway that person was even in church the Sunday the Health Dept. says he or she was.

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Covid cases climbing in nursing homes - Seven Days

A list of ongoing outbreaks released earlier this week showed 100 resident and employee cases combined at six long-term care facilities, ranging from large nursing homes to small residential care homes:

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3 Covid-19 deaths last two days - Bennington Banner

As of Sunday, four Vermonters in intensive care, 16 hospitalized with Covid-19.

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Former high-ranking Air Guard officer accused of child porn crime - Fox 44

The former logistics officer for the VT Air National Guard was accused of possessing and transporting child pornography. Major Scott Brochu (Ret.) of Shelburne is pleading guilty to a lesser charge.

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Bird feeding season begins tomorrow - AP

December 1 is the unofficial first day of bird-feeding season, the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife says.

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Farm's neighbors object to expansion - VPR

Neighbors to an Addison County farm won't talk publicly "for fear of retribution" about why the Vorsteveld farm shouldn't be allowed more cows. So a Conservation Law Foundation lawyer is speaking for them about the farm's record of violations and alleged water pollution.

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The Whole Story: Vaccine protest banner removed from highway bridge

A banner raised Sunday morning to protest liability exemption for the Covid-19 vaccine was removed by state workers this afternoon, Jennifer Stella of Health Choice Vermont said.

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Dorothy Day’s VT granddaughter sentenced for nuclear break-in - VT Digger

The Weathersfield granddaughter of famed Catholic social change worker Dorothy Day heads to prison for breaking into a naval base to protest nuclear weapons. The activist apple didn’t fall far from the tree!

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Employers consider making Covid vaccine mandatory - VPR

“I believe in civil liberties,” a Washington state employer says. “But….” In this NPR story carried by VPR, employers in the fellow deep blue state of Washington discuss making the Covid-19 vaccine mandatory for employees. Here in Vermont, Health Commissioner Mark Levine hasn’t committed to mandatory vaccination.

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Smugglers’ Notch road closed for Thanksgiving, season - Burlington Free Press

VTrans has officially closed Rte. 108 through Smugglers Notch.

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Distillery says happy holidays with new cranberry liqueur - Brattleboro Reformer

Part of the fun of the holidays is trying new food and drink. How about a Marlboro, Vermont-made cranberry liqueur?

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Burlington votes to divest from fossil fuel companies - Seven Days

Burlington will divest its treasurers’ investments of all fossil fuel companies. Will it make any difference?

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