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Weekly Covid Update: All Vermonters 16 and up can register for vaxx by April 19

Weekly Covid Update: All Vermonters 16 and up can register for vaxx by April 19

© 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC In honor of the one-year anniversary of the first two deaths in Vermont due to Covid-19 — one of whom was 93-year-old Bob Kirkbride of Ludlow – Gov. Phil Scott has ordered flags lowered to half-mast and asked all churches and schools to ring their bells 14 times at 7 […]

Weekly Covid Update: Emergency order extended; Chester, Ludlow to get vaxx clinics

Weekly Covid Update: Emergency order extended; Chester, Ludlow to get vaxx clinics

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Gov. Phil Scott extended Vermont’s state of emergency through mid-April in the state’s ongoing efforts to coordinate Covid-19 mitigation efforts, even as he announced additional loosening of restrictions for household gatherings and in the restaurant sector, and anticipates accelerated timelines for Vermont vaccination tiers. Meanwhile, the state also announced today that […]

Weekly Covid Update: Vaxxed households can gather; more groups OK'd for jab signups

Weekly Covid Update: Vaxxed households can gather; more groups OK’d for jab signups

© 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Gov. Phil Scott marked the one-year anniversary of the first reported Vermont case of Covid-19 with good news on Friday, detailing a loosening of gathering restrictions, as well as new approved phases for vaccination registration. On Friday, Scott announced new gathering guidelines, now allowing all vaccinated Vermonters to gather together […]

Vaxx signups start Monday for those 65+

Vaxx signups start Monday for those 65+ Covid-19 infections drop as deaths rise; state considers making educators' vaccines a priority

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC As the 65+ age band is poised to begin registering for the Covid-19 vaccine on Monday, March 1, Gov. Phil Scott indicated that state officials are considering priority vaccinations for educators and school staff as the state’s focus heats up to get children back to full-time in-person learning. Although Scott would […]

Weekly Covid Update: Travel restrictions loosened for those vaccinated

Weekly Covid Update: Travel restrictions loosened for those vaccinated

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC With vaccination rates and dose allotment on the rise and new Covid-19 cases on the decline, Gov. Phil Scott announced on Friday a loosening of travel restrictions, as well as changes to protocols within long-term care and other senior living facilities, for fully vaccinated Vermonters. Scott also said changes are expected […]

Weekly Covid Update: Shots open to 70+, school music comes back, emergency extended

Weekly Covid Update: Shots open to 70+, school music comes back, emergency extended

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Gov. Phil Scott opened Covid-19 vaccinations to Vermonters aged 70+ with registration beginning next Tuesday and announced the resumption of music programming in schools at his Friday press conference and extended the Covid-19 state of emergency through March 15. Registration for 70+ age group will begin at 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday, […]

TRSU board talks strategic planning, principal searches

TRSU board talks strategic planning, principal searches

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Two Rivers Supervisory Union board meeting last Thursday fell just short of one hour and would have been shorter but for a lengthy discussion over scheduling a board retreat to work on a Strategic Operating Plan. Superintendent Lauren Fierman told the board, “We need to know […]

Weekly Covid Update: Youth sports to restart without spectators; new vaxx sites at Grace Cottage, Mount Ascutney hospitals

Weekly Covid Update: Youth sports to restart without spectators; new vaxx sites at Grace Cottage, Mount Ascutney hospitals

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Gov. Phil Scott announced the resumption of youth sports competition between schools, including interscholastic teams and youth leagues, for basketball, hockey, indoor soccer and football, broomball and volleyball, to begin next Friday, Feb. 12 with additional safety measures including no spectators, the masking mandate expanding to referees and no more than […]

Weekly Covid Update: Rates continue to decline while hospitalizations rise

Weekly Covid Update: Rates continue to decline while hospitalizations rise State says Springfield Hospital's Moderna doses OK to use

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Vermont’s Covid-19 weekly new case total, death toll and positivity rate have continued to decline for the fourth week in a row, according to the state Department of Health. New case weekly numbers dropped below the 1,000 mark to 899 reported this week. The total number of cases now stands at […]

Weekly Covid Update: Vaccinations to begin for Vermonters 75 and up

Weekly Covid Update: Vaccinations to begin for Vermonters 75 and up Signups begin Monday, shots on Wednesday, with Phase 2

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC On the morning of Monday, Jan. 25, Phase 2 of the Vermont vaccination plan will begin, allowing Vermonters age 75 and older to begin registering for inoculations. The first vaccines for this group will start on Wednesday. The website and phone number for vaccination registration will be released on Monday morning. […]

GMUSD budget up less than 1% despite special ed hike

GMUSD budget up less than 1% despite special ed hike

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The directors of the Green Mountain Unified School District approved a $14.2 million budget last Thursday. It represents an increase of less than 1 percent over last year’s spending plan, despite a recent 14 percent increase by the Two Rivers Supervisory Union, which charges its spending back […]

Chester Rotary donates 2,000 masks to educators, first responders

Chester Rotary donates 2,000 masks to educators, first responders

The Chester Rotary on Tuesday donated 2,000 face masks, courtesy of Rotary International, to educators at Green Mountain Unified School District and to Chester’s first responders, including Emergency Medical Technicians, firefighters and the Chester Police, during the Covid-19 pandemic. According to Chester Rotary President Ian Montgomery, Rotary International financed the masks in its Million Mask […]

TRSU board approves 14% budget increase

TRSU board approves 14% budget increase

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Last Thursday night, the board of the Two Rivers Supervisory Union unanimously approved a budget of $6.548 million, which taxpayers in the SU’s two districts will see as assessments in the district budgets for the 2021/22 school year. The spending plan included an overall increase of $807,764 […]

Weekly Covid Update: Cases balloon as state ranks No. 2 in vaccine rollout

Weekly Covid Update: Cases balloon as state ranks No. 2 in vaccine rollout

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The beginning of the new year is already breaking records, with the first days of 2021 seeing an astounding 1,207 new cases of Covid-19 for a total of 8,619 cases, and 20 more deaths, totaling 156, since the last 2020 report on Thursday, Dec. 31. The seven-day positivity rate has also […]

Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union seeks candidates for T&G, Winhall, Mettawee districts

Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union seeks candidates for T&G, Winhall, Mettawee districts

Running for your local school board is another endeavor altered by the pandemic. For 2021 elections, signed petitions are no longer required to qualify to run for any of the 19 open positions in the three school districts of the Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union: Mettawee, Winhall and the Taconic & Green Regional. “Finding candidates to run […]

Weekly Covid Update: Federal vaccine reductions vex Scott administration

Weekly Covid Update: Federal vaccine reductions vex Scott administration

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC A spike in the daily Covid-19 new case totals, two new deaths, and lower than expected vaccine allotments coming from the federal government capped off 2020’s final Covid-19 press conference on Thursday, Dec. 31, which also marked the 100th press conference given by Gov. Phil Scott and his state health team […]

GMUSD Special Meeting agenda for Dec. 28

GMUSD Special Meeting agenda for Dec. 28

The Green Mountain Unified School District board will hold a special meeting via Zoom at 6 p.m. on Monday Dec. 28, 2020. To attend using Zoom click here. Below is its agenda. CALL TO ORDER: a. Roll Call APPROVAL OF AGENDA: BOARD COMMENTS PUBLIC COMMENTS NEW BUSINESS  a. Process for annual meeting NEXT MEETING DATE: […]

3 GM board members eschew re-election, annual meeting in flux

3 GM board members eschew re-election, annual meeting in flux

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC On the evening following a snowstorm that normally would have cancelled all school activities, the Green Mountain Unified School District board and finance committee met remotely last Thursday with three members announcing they would not run for re-election and the board deciding to hold a Zoom annual […]

Vaccines arrive as infections, deaths climb

Vaccines arrive as infections, deaths climb

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC With Vermont reaching what he called a “grim milestone” of over 100 deaths and with new case counts again jumping another 1,000-mark threshold this week, Gov. Phil Scott announced on Tuesday that he is extending Vermont’s state of emergency through Jan. 15, 2021. The first Pfizer vaccines arrived in the state […]

Weekly Covid Update: 16 more Vermonters die as new cases hit 778

Weekly Covid Update: 16 more Vermonters die as new cases hit 778 Dr. Levine: No surge from Thanksgiving yet seen

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont Department of Health reported 16 more deaths this week, up from 10 last week, along with a new Covid-19 case count that skyrocketed by a record-breaking 778, up from 758 reported last week. Deaths in Vermont from Covid now stand at 93 deaths, with a total of 5,541 cases. […]