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MONTPELIER — The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation and its partners want to remind hikers to make smart choices to protect public health and Vermont’s trails during the COVID-19 crisis and mud season. Here are some tips:

Consider the location as wet soils on and around hiking trails are very susceptible to erosion this time of year.

If you live in Vermont, focus only on outdoor recreation opportunities within the state and only drive with members of your immediate household. If you live out of state, please hold off on visiting Vermont for recreational activities, or if you do visit, please self-quarantine for at least 14 days after arriving in Vermont before engaging in any activities.

Observe social distancing requirements. Wear a cloth mask or face covering. Know proper trailhead and trail use etiquette. Slow down, step back, and let people know when you’re approaching. Step off the trail when needed. Keep single file (even on wide trails). Don’t stand across the trail to chat. Embrace an ‘arrive, play, and leave’ mentality.

MONTPELIER — May is National Mental Health Awareness Month and many people are experiencing greater than usual stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Health insurance coverage should not be a barrier to accessing mental health services in Vermont. Vermonters in need of mental health and substance use disorder services, or health insurance coverage, are encouraged to visit the following resources:

Get Mental Health Help Now:

VT Helplink for Recovery Resources:

Sign-Up for Vermont Connect Health Insurance:

Learn more from Vermont Health Access:


Copley Hospital

A boy, Huxley Dean Hebblethwaite, was born April 20, 2020, to Sierra Johnson and Haden Hebblethwaite of North Troy.

A girl, Raelynn June Quinn, was born April 27, 2020, to William Quinn Jr. and Ashley Staib of Craftsbury.

Gifford Medical Center

A boy, Oliver Antony Kadlub-Lee, was born April 27, 2020, to Morgan Kadlub and Sombot Lee of South Royalton.

A girl, River Elizabeth Lamb, was born April 28, 2020, to Bonnie Bridge and Daniel Lamb of Randolph.

A boy, Roman Otakar Liska, was born April 30, 2020, to Tomas and Tessa (McCullough) Liska of Bethel.

A boy, Jerrence Arolen-Matthew Tetrault, was born May 4, 2020, to Jashua and Jessica (O’Connell) Tetrault of Bethel.

A girl, Scarlett Ashlyn-Rose Laplant, was born May 5, 2020, to Mitchell and Kelsey (Harrington) Laplant of Waterbury Center.


A boy, Joseph Landon Lamberton, was born May 3, 2020, to Jolene Coburn and Michael Lamberton of Barre.

A boy, Aiden Christopher Williams, was born May 5, 2020, to Taylor Metevier and Rolando Williams of Montpelier.

Student news

WARREN — The Liam Kenneth Hale Adventure Scholarship was awarded to Harwood High School student Hana Behn of Warren. The Hale family established this adventure scholarship in collaboration with Sugarbush Resort in honor of their son, Liam. It is awarded annually to a student completing Grade 10.

CLINTON, N.Y. — The following local residents were among Hamilton College’s annual Class & Charter Day award winners in this year’s virtual ceremony:

Alexandra Stetter of Montpelier, public policy major, received of The Public Policy Prize for the best record in the Public Policy Program and in the Public Policy Seminar.

Gregory Varney of Bradford, Hispanic studies and world politics major, received The H. Samuel Slater Prize in Romance Languages for studies excellence and The Jeremy T. Medina Prize for outstanding academic excellence.

Senior citizens news

Three elderly writers and poets from Vermont have been honored as prize winners in the international Ageless Authors Writing Contest. Ageless Authors is the largest international writers’ group for writers and poets age 65 and older.

Playwright and screenwriter Jean Yeager of Rutland took first prize in fiction with his short story, Old Pirates of the Heart. Professor emerita Joyce Thomas of Castleton received second prize in poetry for Something Simple As and earned a special award of distinction for her haiku, Thaw.

Edward Myers of Washington, Vermont, earned an honorable mention for his essay, Rotas-Sator? Sator-Rotas.

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