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Lakes Region FreePress – 05/22/20

Gina Wells librarian

  The Town of Wells in collaboration with the Wells Village Library board of trustees has hired Gianetta (“Gina”) Ellis to be its new librarian. Read more about it in this week’s edition of the Lakes Region FreePress.

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Lakes Region FreePress – 05/15/20

Browsers at a previous book sale

The Pawlet Public Library board of trustees recently voted to cancel the library’s 53rd annual book sale, scheduled the last weekend in July, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The book sale sorting center has suspended acceptance of book donations until further notice. Read more about the cancellation and other news in this week’s Lakes Region […]

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Fishing: A great outdoor activity for the whole family with some advisories

Fishing is fun, but be aware of certain advisories regarding fishing on the Hudson River.

By Diane Whitten, Nutrition Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County Are you getting tired of just going for walks with the kids? Try fishing, a great outdoor activity for the whole family. Fishing provides an opportunity to explore new places in parks or along rivers and streams. It’s also a great way to learn […]

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Vermont delegation sends letter to USDA urging action for dairy farmers

“Dairy farms are the backbone of Vermont’s rural economy," wrote Leahy, Sanders and Welch.

Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I) and Representative Peter Welch (D), co-chair of the Congressional Dairy Farmer Caucus, on Wednesday, May 13, led a letter to Secretary Sonny Perdue urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to do more to support dairy farmers facing an economic crisis due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Leahy […]

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COVID-19 testing sites open to Vermonters without symptoms, including in Rutland May 18

BERLIN, GERMANY - MARCH 10 :Symbol photo of the coronavirus crisis. Diagnosis. COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 on March 10, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. Health authorities around the world are concerned about the novel coronavirus. More and more countries are reporting diseases and new infections. (Photo by Thomas Imo/Photothek via Getty Images)

Vermont health officials are offering free COVID-19 testing at pop-up testing sites around the state for any Vermonters without symptoms. 256 people had specimens collected for testing at a pop-up site in Bennington on Tuesday, May 12. Testing sites welcome health care workers, first responders (EMS, fire and law enforcement), child care providers, people returning […]

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Lakes Region FreePress – 05/08/20

jen jones faceshield

Jennifer K. Jones, director of Upward Bound at Castleton University, stands beside 3D printers on campus where she produced headbands for use by healthcare workers. Read about it in this week’s Lakes Region FreePress.

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Lakes Region FreePress – 05/01/20

The Manse

Pamela Hayes Rehlen is the author of stories, articles, essays, magazine features and of two books: The Blue Cat and the River’s Song and The Vanished Landmarks Game–Vermont Stories from West of Birdseye, both available at the Castleton Village Store. She writes about the passing of winter at The Manse, her home, in this week’s […]

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Mettawee School hosts gun violence symposium

Mettawee Community School Safety Training

The faculty and staff at Mettawee Community School practice the advice of the wise Benjamin Franklin: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” It’s much easier to plan, prepare and practice precautions than deal with the aftermath of a tragedy. Gun violence at schools throughout our cities, suburbs and rural communities has […]

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Enhanced testing and contact tracing programs announced in Vermont

Vermont governor Phil Scott and members of his administration have announced the state is significantly increasing and strengthening its testing and contact-tracing programs in order to quickly identify, contain and suppress outbreaks of COVID-19. In mid-April, the governor began taking steps to restart Vermont’s economy under several guiding principles, including a goal to increase testing […]

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VOSHA, DOH provide health training for Vermonters returning to work

As detailed in Gov. Phil Scott’s recent order signed on Friday, the Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Agency (VOSHA) has developed training and other materials to inform Vermonters on appropriate safety measures necessary to return to work amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Training and other materials were developed in conjunction with the Vermont Department of Health […]

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Amanda Peet plays housewife turned murderer

DIRTY JOHN -- "No Fault" Episode 201 -- Pictured: (l-r) -- (Photo by: Isabella Vosmikova/USA Network)

By Barb Oates One of the most important things about a divorce is learning to pick your battles. For Betty […]

Ask Matt: Why is ‘celebrity’ so overused in show titles?


By Matt Roush Question: It’s tiring to see the use of “star” and “celebrity” in show titles. I clicked on […]

Obituary: Amy R. Phipps

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Amy R. Phipps 73, passed away at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield Illinois on Tuesday April 28, 2020. Amy was […]

Obituary: James Eli McKeighan

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Rupert-James Eli McKeighan, 89, of Rupert, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2020 at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington. […]

Rick’s Picks: Country at Heart

Rick's Picks

By Rick Gables Country at Heart, starring Jessy Schram, Niall Matter and Lucas Bryant, is a new, original movie premiering […]

ReMIND, ReWIND – Lost in TV space

UNDATED, FILE PHOTO:  (FILE PHOTO)  Actors Bill Mumy (L) and Jonathan Harris (R) are seen in a television still in 1966. The 87 year-old Harris, who portrayed Dr. Zachary Smith in the television sci-fi show "Lost In Space", died November 3, 2002 of a blood clot in his heart. He was reportedly receiving therapy for a chronic back problem in a Los Angeles hospital when he died.  (Photo by Getty Images)

A flashback to our favorite sci-fi series of the ’60s By Robert Edelstein, ReMIND Magazine In 1966, the U.S. was […]

Town denies graduation in park

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By PJ Ferguson   The town of Whitehall will not permit use of Skenesborough Park for any graduation ceremonies for […]

Hartford to keep programs, staff with $13.4M budget

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By Matthew Saari The Hartford Central School District is proposing a $13.4 million budget for the 2020-2021 school year, which […]

Obituary: Thomas A. Chaplin

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Whitehall- Thomas A. Chaplin, 82, formerly of Saunders St, passed away Saturday, May 23, 2020, at the Slate Valley Center […]

Parade salutes injured fireman

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By PJ Ferguson   Whitehall is a community that always rises to the occasion when it comes to coming together […]

Obituary: Katherine “Kitty” Matte

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Katherine “Kitty” Matte, 93, of Whitehall, New York, passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by her loving family, on […]

Obituary: Lorraine Rose Prevost

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Granville, NY – Lorraine Rose Prevost passed away at her home early Wednesday, May 20, 2020.  She was surrounded by […]

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