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CHITTENDEN COUNTY — As the community celebrates the Fourth of July this weekend, the American Red Cross warns that additional care is needed because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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MONTPELIER – Trying to figure out Vermont fishing regulations? Wondering what kinds of fish are in a lake? Looking for new fishing tips? The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is offering new “Fish With a Warden” sessions to help with questions like these.

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It feels like we wait all year for fresh lettuce, and the window seems to close quickly. How can we maximize lettuce season?

Burlington — Interest in gardening has surged this summer with more people staying closer to home and looking for fun, healthy family activities.

COLCHESTER – Green Mountain Power (GMP) has launched a new Save and Share pilot program through which customers can reduce energy use while also supporting the Vermont Foodbank.

MONTPELIER – Few birding experiences rival hearing the haunting call of the loon or seeing them glide by in protected coves on a lake. However, for the birds’ protection, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is asking boaters and anglers to enjoy loons from a safe distance this summer.

South Burlington — Nonprofits serving Chittenden County will benefit from a new $1.5 million round of program funding grants in a three-year investment by the United Way of Northwest Vermont (UWNWVT).

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One of Vermont’s top high school nordic skiers isn’t going far next year -- at least for classes. He will, however, be travelling a little further on the weekends to compete for his school.

BARRE – The Vermont Historical Society (VHS) recently received a CARES Act economic stabilization grant funded through the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for its project “Preserving and Expanding Access to Vermont’s History.”

Are you looking for a delicious vegetable easy to grow and harvest all summer long? Look no further than the stringless green bean, specifically the haricots verts. It’s the perfect addition to the home garden as seeds can be sown every two weeks from last frost to mid-July to extend their harvest.

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The following students from Essex recently received academic honors for the Spring 2020 semester as reported by their respective institutions of higher education.

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This summer, the renowned WIFFLE Ball fields that sit by the Essex/Jericho border -- off of Sawmill Road and next to a privately-dubbed “Landsdowne Street” -- will not see the hundreds of pitchers and batters that usually head to the outskirts of the town for a good cause.

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An Essex High School (EHS) senior recently had an unexpected guest show up to her house--her visitors bringing balloons, flowers, and a giant ceremonial check.

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The New England Federal Credit Union (NEFCU) has announced the winners of its annual scholarships awarded to students who best demonstrate a commitment to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)--one of the three being from Essex.

FRANKLIN COUNTY — Local Dunkin’ stores are joining in a giveaway recognizing students of the class of 2020 on Friday, June 12, with a Free Classic Donut.

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Vermont (ACEC of Vermont) has named the Village of Essex Junction’s Fairview Drive Stormwater Improvements project the Merit Award winner for the water resources category of its Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) competition.

Bridget Higdon has joined the staff of the Milton Independent, Colchester Sun and Essex Reporter.

FRANKLIN COUNTY — Local organizations and grassroots ad hoc groups can now apply for AARP Vermont’s newly expanded community action grants covering communities across the state that provide modest funding and technical support to community groups or individuals.

FRANKLIN COUNTY — Area mentoring organizations can now apply for a new round of mentoring grants from MENTOR Vermont.

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There are a bunch of faces -- hundreds, in fact -- that are not practicing social distancing downtown during the day. But it’s okay--and actually welcomed by local officials.

The University Vermont (UVM) has announced its Dean’s List for the 2020 spring semester, individual honors, and the list of its 3,181 students who were recently awarded degrees during the institution’s 220th commencement ceremony. Among them were a multitude of Essex students.

MONTPELIER – Vermont’s annual, statewide Summer Free Fishing Day is Saturday, June 13 this year, which will also be opening day of the regular bass fishing season.

MONTPELIER – Vermont Retail and Grocers Association (VRGA) is launching a #maskforthewin social media challenge to inspire Vermonters to wear a mask while in stores.

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It’s not a figure of speech to say that there was a “ton” of food collected through Essex on Sunday for a local food pantry. Actually, there were 2,616 pounds of food picked up along a parade route created, and then driven, by members of the community--according to the scales at Aunt Dot’s P…