COVID-19: Colby-Sawyer preps for restart; Everyone Eats expands to Claremont

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 3/22/2021 8:49:53 PM
Modified: 3/22/2021 8:49:50 PM

NEW LONDON — Colby-Sawyer College canceled classes on Monday to allow students to return to campus for COVID-19 testing ahead of the resumption of in-person classes amid an outbreak at the school.

The New London college first moved to remote learning on March 12 after the school announced 29 cases. The number of active cases grew to 61 by the end of last week. Nearly 150 people were either in quarantine or isolation as of Friday.

Students were slated to be tested on Monday, learn remotely on Tuesday and return to in-person classes on Wednesday, according to a message posted to the New London college’s website last week. In-person dining also was slated to resume on Wednesday.

Before being allowed to travel off campus, students will be required to have two negative COVID-19 test results. Another round of testing is scheduled for next Monday and residential students will be tested weekly for the rest of the semester. Faculty and staff also will continue to participate in testing.

Athletic training students and those enrolled at the Upper Valley Educators Institute are allowed to continue to participate in clinical learning off campus if they remained on campus during the remote learning period. The chair of the nursing program will tell nursing students who conduct their clinical learning at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center when they can return to work.

The college may punish students who violate COVID-19 safety protocols by revoking their housing contract, restricting them from campus or college-sponsored events, suspending them or dismissing them from the college.

Everyone Eats expands to Claremont

CLAREMONT — Upper Valley Everyone Eats, a program that pays restaurants to supply meals to people in need, is expanding to Claremont this week, according to a news release.

The expansion is made possible through a grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation that will help pay three participating restaurants — The Hitchin’ Post, Sunshine Cookshop and The Common Man — $10.90 per meal to supply a total of 195 meals per week to the Claremont Soup Kitchen. The restaurants are asked to spend at least 10% of their ingredient budgets on purchases from local growers and producers.

The effort, which starts Thursday, is being led by White River Junction-based Vital Communities, which serves as the Upper Valley hub of Vermont’s Everyone Eats program. Those involved hope this pilot project will help further expand the program in New Hampshire, the release said.

The Vermont program began in August of 2020 and is slated to continue through June with federal coronavirus relief funds via the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development and Southeastern Vermont Community Action.

As of March 14, the Upper Valley hub, which includes a network of other nonprofits, restaurants and social service providers, had served 70,000 meals and provided $700,000 in revenue to restaurants.

Chelsea flea market on for July

CHELSEA — The Chelsea Flea Market is slated to go forward as planned on July 10, according to a post on the flea market’s Facebook page.

That plan is subject to change based on COVID-19 safety precautions, the post said. Last year’s event was canceled due to the pandemic.

“We hope to see everyone this year,” the post said. “More info will come in the weeks ahead.”

Mascoma has cases

CANAAN — Mascoma Valley Regional High School reported three cases of COVID-19 last week.

The cases, which Superintendent Amanda Isabelle reported in messages to families, included two last Tuesday and a third on Thursday.

School officials conducted contact tracing and asked close contacts to quarantine, but no change to the school’s operations was required, Isabelle said in the Thursday letter to families.

Nora Doyle-Burr can be reached at or 603-727-3213.

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