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Barely into the new year two weeks and the COVID-19 pandemic is setting new records across the nation, in Vermont, and locally in Waterbury and its neighboring communities.

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The late-afternoon sun lights up the sky as Monday’s storm winds down in Waterbury Center. Waterbury got a foot of snow from the first storm of 2022. See more photos inside on page 6 and online at WaterburyRoundabout.org

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In a story in the Jan. 14 Waterbury Reader, Revitalizing Waterbury’s 2022 request for town funding was incomplete. The organization is requesting just over $87,000, which includes $54,765 for its economic development director position. The story noted only the economic development funding.

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A White River Junction company has announced a $1 million program to add new electric vehicle chargers for the public to use in six Vermont communities including Waterbury.

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The next three weeks on the calendar is full for the Harwood Unified Union School District board as it moves through the typical January budget exercise ahead of Town Meeting Day, this year on March 1.

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Waterbury firefighter Scott Lamson tosses a tree on the bonfire at Anderson Field Saturday. The annual event burned Christmas trees while local residents gathered around and took to the ice at the outdoor rink. More winter photos this week on page 5.

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After a rocky week back from the holiday break, local schools were closed Tuesday mainly due to arctic cold weather, but with COVID-19 concerns a close second reason as the state and the local community weathers the strongest surge of COVID-19 cases of the pandemic.

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Winterfest kicks off Wanderlust ChallengeWaterbury Winterfest kicks off this weekend with the opening of the three-week “Wanderlust Challenge 2022” that will lead into five days of outdoor activities Feb. 2-6.

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Although there once again may not be in-person gatherings inside school gyms and town halls on the first Tuesday in March, Vermonters can count on Town Meeting Day happening and those interested in running for office have just a few short weeks to get on the ballot.

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As the omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus spreads rapidly across the nation and in Vermont, cases statewide and locally surged over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays to the highest levels of the pandemic.

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A lot has happened in the last year, and few local social service organizations know that as keenly as the Waterbury Area Senior Center.

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Monday’s sunset lights up the sky behind Camel’s Hump, captured on Kneeland Flats Road in Waterbury Center. The National Weather Service says the next chance of snow is this weekend.

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Volunteers who oversee the popular canine-friendly corner gathering spot near the Waterbury Ice Center have a message for local dogs and their humans: Have no fear, the Waterbury Unleashed Dog Park is (still) here.

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MONTPELIER — As school boards around the state ready to finalize the budgets they will ask voters in their districts to approve in March a recently released study suggests they have a “common” problem best known by its acronym: CLA.

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The New Year’s Eve fireworks show returns to Montpelier next week after a five-year hiatus. Montpelier Alive announced on Monday that the show will launch at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 31.

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Thatcher Brook Primary School became Brookside Primary School following a community exercise delving into the historical ties to slavery of the school's 18th-century namesake, Partridge Thatcher.  

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Three years of road construction and underground utility work came to a close in downtown Waterbury in 2021. Local residents, workers and visitors navigated the $21 million project to upgrade water and sewer lines, sidewalks, curbs, and a mile of Main Street during the summer seasons since 2…

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Going into the Christmas and New Year’s holiday stretch, the state Department of Health reported a record number of weekly COVID-19 for Waterbury, and local schools continued to notify families of new infections after schools closed for break.

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State police seek public’s help in Sunoco burglaryThe Vermont State Police are seeking the public’s help as they investigate a burglary at Yao’s Sunoco gas station on South Main Street in Waterbury that happened sometime overnight Saturday into Sunday morning.

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The Outside Story Most winters, the dark-eyed junco is one of the most common birds at my feeder. While I rarely see juncos in summer, except when hiking in the mountains, small flocks of juncos typically appear soon after I hang my feeder in early December. Due to their sudden appearance in…

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Vermont Everyone Eats, a program that addresses food insecurity by providing a weekly meal to residents through the state, has been extended through April 1, providing an additional three months of meals from its originally scheduled conclusion at the end of this year.

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Reindeer Dasher and Cupid from the Vermont Reindeer Farm in West Charleston delight holiday shoppers of all ages on Sunday in downtown Waterbury. Stowe Street merchants sponsored the visit organized by Bridgeside Books owner Katya d’Angelo (wearing antlers).

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Headed into the holiday break, local school staff had the busiest weekend yet addressing new cases of COVID-19 at the same time that the Vermont Department of Health announced that it has confirmed the first case in Vermont attributed to the Omicron variant.

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Now that its purchase of Grow Compost in Moretown is complete, Rutland-based Casella Waste Systems is planning to reopen the facility and expand its capacity, according to Casella Vice President Joe Fusco.

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The New Year’s Eve fireworks show returns to Montpelier next week after a five-year hiatus. Montpelier Alive announced on Monday that the show will launch at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 31.

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Every year my husband and I cut a Christmas tree on family land. We look for a young balsam fir growing in the power line right-of-way or in a forest clearing. Fir is our favorite type of Christmas tree because of its delightful, pungent fragrance.While Christmas tree farmers cultivate a var…

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MONTPELIER – The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources has completed the long-range management plan for the Camel’s Hump Management Unit, some 26,000 acres that include Camel’s Hump State Park, Camel’s Hump State Forest, and Robbins Mountain and Huntington Gap Wildlife Management Areas.

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Talk to anyone who has tried to bring renewable energy to Vermonters and they will tell you the same thing: despite our green reputation and the thousands of Vermonters who have asked for leadership to avoid the existential crisis climate change presents to humanity, our state government wor…

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BARRE — He didn’t think a law career was what he wanted growing up with both his parents being lawyers, but the county’s newest prosecutor says he enjoys criminal law so much that it doesn’t even seem like work.

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Vermonters peering skyward early last week might have noticed a series of winding, curling clouds scrawled across a crisp blue background.

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The informal creed of the U.S. Postal Service has long been associated with the words inscribed on New York City’s General Post Office Building which opened on 8th Avenue in 1914: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appoi…