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Vermont National Guard continues food distribution

May. 26, 2020 4:00 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — One of Burlington’s major vehicle routes is going to be closed for much of the day Tuesday while the Vermont National Guard and the Vermont Foodbank distribute meals to neighbors in need. Burlington police say Route 127, better known as the beltline, will be closed Tuesday to...

Amanda Pensack, left, and Derek Engelking, of Weymouth, Mass., sit on Marconi Beach, part of Cape Cod National Seashore, Monday, May 25, 2020, in Wellfleet, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Flags in Boston Common honor vets; Some beaches reopen in RI

May. 25, 2020 9:30 PM EDT

Volunteers placed 1,000 physically distanced flags on Boston Common for Memorial Day while beaches, barbers and hair salons reopen in Massachusetts. A sole veteran accompanied by police escorts marched in downtown Portland, Maine, and placed a flag at Monument Square on Monday, in place of the city's traditional...

Vermont's free fishing day is June 13; no license required

May. 25, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's free fishing day is coming up next month. On Saturday, June 13, anyone may fish without a fishing license in the state's streams and lakes. The day also kicks off the start of the regular bass fishing season. "Fishing is an activity that can be shared with family or...

Four Upper Valley towns to get high-speed internet service

May. 25, 2020 9:36 AM EDT

WINDSOR, Vt. (AP) — Four more towns in the upper Connecticut River Valley of Vermont are on tap to get access to greater high-speed internet service. The community-owned telecommunications provider ECFiber has agreed to extend the service to the towns of Windsor, Fairlee, West Fairlee and Corinth at their...

Hazel Roberts walks in a field of flags ahead of Memorial Day, Saturday, May 23, 2020, in Cohasset, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Some houses of worship reopening; nursing homes get aid

May. 24, 2020 10:56 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Religious leaders are taking steps to protect their congregations as services resume in Massachusetts and Vermont. An iconic Connecticut pizza shop is adding outdoor dining as part of a plan to aid businesses impacted by the coronavirus. Details on those and other coronavirus-related...

FILE - In this May 14, 2020, file photo, Jerry A Mann, center, is held by his grandmother, Sylvia Rubio, as he is tested for COVID-19 by the San Antonio Fire Department at a free walk-up test site in San Antonio. Public health officials have said robust testing for the coronavirus is essential to safely lifting stay-at-home orders and business closures, but states are creating confusion in the way they are reporting the data. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

CDC, states' reporting of virus test data causes confusion

May. 24, 2020 4:34 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Elected officials, businesses and others are depending on coronavirus testing and infection-rate data as states reopen so that they will know if a second wave of contagion is coming — and whether another round of stay-at-home orders or closings might be needed. But states are...

Portable restrooms returning to Vermont fishing accesses

May. 24, 2020 1:23 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is working to return portable toilets to fishing accesses across the state. The portable toilets were removed in March due to concerns about the virus that causes COVID-19. Now, the state is working with private contractors to return them...

Residents of Vermont town hope to buy closed general store

May. 24, 2020 9:37 AM EDT

EAST CALAIS, Vt. (AP) — A group of Calais residents are planning to buy the closed general store on Vermont Route 14 in hopes of reopening it at some point in the future. The Barre Times Argus reports the East Calais Community Trust announced it is exercising its option to purchase the building that had...

Hazel Roberts walks in a field of flags ahead of Memorial Day, Saturday, May 23, 2020, in Cohasset, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

New England Catholics look forward to celebrating Mass again

May. 23, 2020 10:07 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Major hospitals in Maine's largest city experienced an uptick in coronavirus hospitalizations; Roman Catholics in New Hampshire can begin receiving Holy Communion again in parishes that follow certain safety guidelines; Vermont’s largest annual event has been canceled for the first...

Growing deer population leads to more muzzleloader permits

May. 23, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says excess deer populations in parts of the state means more hunting permits for muzzle loaders will be issued this year. Deer project leader Nick Fortin says deer populations in 10 of Vermont’s wildlife management units will be...