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Here are current business statuses (3/21/2020)

Open

  • Greater Falls Pharmacy – open- 460-2634 ramped up our sanitizing routines.
    Greater Falls Eye Care open(802) 463-4488
  • Simone’s Styling Salon open 463-3992
  • Hennessey Electric- operating – 463-4808
  • SEVCA- headstart classes closed SEVCA can help you (and your family) get access to emergency food services. Call for an appointment, 800-464-9951.https://www.facebook.com/sevca.inc/
  • Lisai’s Market- 463-4118. same hours, no changes yet.
    Tsuga Studios- open
  • Walgreens: open. Mon-Fri & Pharmacy 9-9. Sat 9-9, Pharmacy 9-6. Sun 9-5 Pharmacy 9-5

Limited Availability

  • Rockingham Health Center in Bellows Falls, VT will be CLOSED Saturdays and Sundays. If you need medical assistance please go to Springfield Hospital or Charlestown Medical Center.

  • Windham Antiques Center- closed – call for orders- 732-8081

  • The Rock & Hammer Jewelry closed 463-2289 for orders
  • Halladays Harvest Barn – closed orders online for shipping https://www.halladays.com 463-3471
  • Allen Brothers – lots of prepared meals 722-3395
  • People’s Bank 9-2pm , limiting foot traffic
  • Lisai’s Corner Deli – daily specials – call for orders and pickup 732-8052
  • Village Square Booksellers- limited foot traffic, curbside pickup. Order online www.villagesquarebooks.com or by phone 463-9404
  • Bellows Falls Historical Society – Riverfront Park and Labyrinth open
  • J&H Hardware- CURBSIDE pickup. Mon-Sat 7 -6, Sun 8-5 https://www.doitbest.com select their store for inventory & ordering. Sporting Goods. 463-4140
  • Flat Iron exchange- takeout only 6am-noon 460-0357 to check on baked goods on hand
  • Edward Jones – phone meetings only (802) 463-0083
    Smokin’Bowls TBD (802) 463-9800
  • Massucco & Stern, P.C.- offices closed- Ray Massucco: 802-376-5204, Josh Stern: 802-376-4764 to schedule consultations
  • Canal Street Art Gallery – open by appointment, virtual Live- 3rd Friday art show check their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/canalstreetartgallery/802-289-0104
  • Great Falls Chamber of Commerce – closed to traffic 463-4280 for info
  • The Threaded Trunk Boutique – Live FB videos daily check their FB page for details
  • https://www.facebook.com/thethreadedtrunkboutique/
  • Sherwin Art Glass- open call ahead: 376-5744 or order online www.sherwinartglass.com
  • The Richards Group- limiting office visitation 463-4533
  • Works on Paper – not open to the public 460-1149
  • Cota Oil- office open. 463-0000
  • Chroma Technology staggered shifts for coverage, others working at home. 428-2500
  • Green Mountain Traffic Control- flaggers essential workers, operating 463-4380
  • Hunter Studio- gallery online https://www.hunter-studio.com
  • Greater Falls Dentistry -The ADA, State of VT and CDC has asked dental practices to close for at least 3 weeks. Starting 3/18/20 will only be seeing emergency patients. 463-4695

Currently Closed or Unknown

  • Halladay’s Florist & Harvest Barn closed
  • Applegate Martial Arts Academy will be closed March 16th through March 23rd and will take things on a week to week basis from there.
  • Main Street Arts- cancelled all programming, Cabaret postponed. www.Mainstreetarts.org
  • Salmon & Nostrand – TBD 463-4507
  • Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio. TBD
  • Sustainable Valley Group. TBD
  • Silver Forest Jewelry TBD
    Popolo Restaurant – planning to re-open the end of March if permitted.
  • River Artisans Craft Coop – closed
  • Simone’s Styling Salon Closed after March 23 at 8pm 463-3992
  • China Garden CLOSED
  • Falls Mane Salon Closed after March 23 at 8pm. 463-4000
  • Boccaccio’s Salon -As of Monday March 23rd, 2020 both Boccacio’s Salons will be open until 8 pm and then closed until further notice. 463-4495

  • Dr David Heydenreich Dental office closed 463-3187

  • Father’s Restaurant & Miss Bellows Falls Diner Closed
  • Wunderbar closed

  • Moon Dog Café – CLOSED for now

SEVCA can help you (and your family) get access to emergency food services. Call for an appointment, 800-464-9951. Sevca.org

Update from Our Place: Good Morning Friends of Our Place. During the past week we have had to change the way we operate because of the new public health threat. Only employees are allowed in our building and food is all take out with brown bag breakfast and lunch and boxes of food from our food pantry being passed to people in our parking lot through our front windows. Since part of our mission is to offer a safe, welcoming place for people to congregate and share meals with each other, this has been a difficult transition for all of us. We continue to purchase food from Lisai’s Market, Thomas Dairy and UNFI and to pick up our regular food donations from the Vermont Foodbank and Black River Produce with help from our volunteers. We will continue to operate as long as we can do so safely. We will be open on Monday March 30th and Tuesday March 31 from 8:30 until 2:00. Then we will close for a few days – from Wednesday April 1st until Tuesday April 7th. We are doing this to allow our hard working employees time off to rest and regroup as well as to spend time with their children who are home from school. We chose the first week of the month because most people we serve receive their Social Security income and SNAP ( food benefits card) the first week of the month, We will reopen on April 7th and continue to serve to go meals and provide food from our food pantry on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday of each week. We will have enough food to help the more than 450 people who rely on us to fill in the gaps of their food supply and other help them meet essential needs. Thank you to the hundreds of donors who support our work so that we can help our neighbors in need.

WNESU – Students

WNESU is providing breakfast and lunch FREE to all children 18 and under during school closure. No paperwork or enrollment needed.  Meals will be available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday starting Monday, March 23, 2020, at several pickup sites and along WNESU bus routes described below.

Mondays & Wednesdays- Each child will receive 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches (4 meals)

Fridays- Each child will receive up to 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches (up to 6 meals per child, while supplies last.)   Please help us determine how many meals to prepare by taking the time to fill out our meal order survey at farmtoschoolcafe.org 

Bagged meals (breakfast and lunch) will be prepared by our professional school nutrition staff in our sanitary, commercial kitchens at BFMS, BFUHS, and SRES. For the recommended social distancing, we will provide meals initially using a drive-thru pick-up style of service.  Menus will be available online and will follow USDA nutritional guidelines. 

For more information, or if you have any questions or concerns, please visit the WNESU School Nutrition Website farmtoschoolcafe.org or call your student’s school. 

Beginning Monday, 3/23/20, come to any one of our convenient pick-up locations:

Saxtons River Elementary School (drive-thru or walk-thru) 10 AM -1 PM (Burk Hill Road, back of the school by the kitchen/parent pick-up area)

Bellows Falls Middle School (drive-thru or walk-thru) 10 AM -1 PM  by the Cherry Hill Street entrance

Bellows Falls Union High School (drive-thru) 10 AM -1 PM

Athens Bus Loop 
The bus will leave Saxtons River Elementary at 9:30 am. go to Brookline Road in Athens to the beaver pond, and go up Valley Cemetery Road back to lower Athens Road, delivering meals along the way. Then the bus will arrive at the town garage by 11:00 am. If you missed the bus, you may pick up a meal at the town garage between 11:00 am and 11:15 am.  

Grafton Bus Loop 
The bus will leave Saxtons River Elementary at 9:30 am, go to Eastman Road, Townshend Road, and arrive at Grafton Elementary School staying there until 11:00 am.

Westminster – W 9–West West Run
The bus will start dropping meals off at Hartley Hill at 10:10 am. and then continue along the Westminster West Road arriving at McKinnon Road at 10:25 am.  The bus will turn around and go down Patch Road at 10:35 am. The bus will arrive at the Westminster Center School at serve from 10:45 am until 11:00 am.  

Westminster – Morse Brook Rd Route (Bus 3)
The bus will leave Middle School at 9:55 am.  and will start delivering meals in North Westminster, Back Westminster Road, Morse Brook Road, Kurn Hattin Rd. 

Westminster – (Piggery Road and Rt5 north)
The bus will start dropping meals off at 10:00 am. at the intersection of Kurn Hattin Road and Piggery Road.  The bus will proceed south on the Pine Banks Road to Route 5 north dropping meals off on the way. Continuing up Rte 5 dropping off meals past Westminster Housing at 10:30 am.

Rockingham
The bus will leave the Middle school at 9:45 am and go to the Missing Link rd at around 10:00 am will start delivering meals at the North Shore trailer park and proceed up Rt. 5 to the Hit or Miss gun club turn around and go back to route 103 and go north to Brockway mills rd go up to the Springfield town line and come back to rt 103 and go to lower Bartonsville Road and then go to Cambridgeport Road.  The bus will park at the town garage to from 10:30 am until 10:45 am.

Take Out

  • Athens Pizza – take out and delivery only 802 463-9777
  • Allen Brothers – lots of prepared meals 722-3395
  • Leslie’s Tavern – Take Out Click here for menu
    Now serving take-out from 4-7:30 Wednesday – Sunday.
    Call / text 802-275-7809 or 802-463-4929 to Order.
    Orders start at 3pm.
    All orders will be brought to your vehicle. Cash and credits will be processed at your car.
  • Flat Iron Exchange– takeout only 6am-noon – 460-0357 to check on baked goods on hand
  • Lisai’s Corner Deli – daily specials – call for orders and pickup 732-8052
  • Lisai’s Market– 463-4118. same hours, no changes yet.
  • Rockingham Roasters making coffee deliveries
  • WIC: WIC gives you access to healthy foods, nutrition education and counseling, and breastfeeding support. If you’re pregnant, a caregiver, or a parent with a child under five, WIC is right for you! To find out more and apply visit https://www.healthvermont.gov/family/wic or text ‘ VTWIC’ to 5-11 85
  • 3SquaresVT: Has your household lost pay? Have your childcare expenses increased? 3SquaresVT is here for you and your family to help put food on the table! You could be eligible to receive a 3SquareVT benefit or increase the benefit you already receive. To get help applying visit www.vtfoodbank.org/nurture-people/3squaresvt, call  855-855-6181 or text VFBSNAP to 85511. You can also visit https://dcf.vermont.gov/benefits/3SquaresVT 
  • Hunger Free Vermont Resources Website
  • Meal Programs for Older Vermonters: People age 60 and older are especially encouraged to stay at home in order to protect themselves from COVID-19, but staying well nourished is also critical for your health. To help, you may be able to pick up meals to go or have meals delivered to your home. For more information about meals for older adults, please call the Helpline at  1-800-642-5119.
  • Food assistance through the Vermont Foodbank network: The Vermont Foodbank is dedicated to supporting Vermonters during all times of need. To get help during this time of crisis, visit vtfoodbank.org/gethelp or call 1-800-585-2265.

 Bellows Falls Police, Bellows Falls Fire, Opera House, and Rockingham Recreation for information.

Vermont Academy:
Entire campus, trails, fields, etc CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC.

Curbside Pickup for Windham Windsor County (opens a google doc)

Town Clerk:

  • Access Rockingham Land Records Online  at countyfusion10.kofiletechus 
  • Dog Licenses have been extended through May 1st.
  • Village Meeting and Election Info is on the website rockbf.org

Recycling Center:

The Recycling Center has been open and we expect it to be open Wednesday, March 25th. We are helping one car at a time so expect delays. The swap shop is closed to limit interactions.  There may be future limitations, so check the website before you go.

Finance Office:

  • Mail water/sewer and tax payments to:
    P.O. Box 370, 7 Square,
    Bellows Falls, 05101.
  • Call us at 463-3964 to see if we can help you over the phone, or take your credit card payment.

Bellows Falls Police Department:

The Bellows Falls Police Department is taking extra precautions to provide for the safety of the people of Bellows Falls and the members of the police department during the COVID-19 outbreak. These “best practice” measures are from the VT Department of Health, the US Center for Disease Control and other Law Enforcement agencies. These plans are evolving daily as we receive new information.

Currently we are working at Modified Operations, which means:

  • Bellows Falls Police Department will immediately respond to a life safety event.
  • Bellows Falls Police Department will assist anyone with an issue arising needing Law Enforcement. In some of the cases where we would normally respond in person, now we may contact citizens by telephone to resolve the problem.
  • Officers will take precautions for their own safety and the safety of the citizens.
  • We would ask if someone needs forms, they use the website or other online source instead of coming to the Police Department. If you have paperwork for the Police Dept, please mail it to 170 Rockingham Street, Bellows Falls, VT 05101. Fingerprinting can be scheduled for a later time once the state of emergency is no longer in effect.
  • The Bellows Falls PD will continue to provide police services 24 hours a day, working in this rapidly evolving nationwide and international situation combatting this unprecedented pandemic.

The Bellows Falls Police Department wants to work with our community in a safe and engaged way as we all respond to this pandemic.

Call 802-463-1234 or email [email protected] if you have any questions.

The Current

CURRENT BUS SCHEDULE CHANGES – TWO ROUTES EFFECTIVE MARCH 26TH

March 25, 2020

ROCKINGHAM, VT The coronavirus pandemic has caused The Current to change two of its bus routes.

The #55 Bellows Falls-Springfield route will operate during the morning runs only on March 26th, and will not run afternoons until further notice. Riders needing to go from Bellows Falls to Springfield and back may take the Route 57 bus which departs Penguin Mart at 6:35 am, 9:03 am, and 3:36 pm. It departs the Springfield Plaza to go to Bellows Falls at 8:32 am, 10:56 am, and 5:32 pm. The rest of the #57 service to Ludlow remains unchanged.

The #1 In-Town Springfield Route will change on Friday, March 27th when it will run Monday-Friday 9:00 am-12:44 pm. There will no be service on that route after 12:44 pm until further notice.

In the event that more route changes are necessary, please keep in touch with us via our Facebook pages, websites (www.crtransit.org or www.moover.com), or sign up for notifications on our Transit app.

AMTRAK DROPS PASSENGER RAIL IN VERMONT:
Effective March 26th, Amtrak’s Ethan Allen and Vermonter are suspended in Vermont, in conformance with Governor Scott’s stay at home order.

 

Call 9-1-1 for emergency assistance

If you are sick or concerned about your health and COVID-19: Contact your health care provider by phone. Not everybody needs to be tested. Do not call the Health Department. Do not go to the hospital, except in a life-threatening situation. 

Rockingham Health Center in Bellows Falls, VT will be CLOSED Saturdays and Sundays. If you need medical assistance please go to Springfield Hospital or Charlestown Medical Center.

Unemployment

The general guidelines for unemployment due to the COVID 19 outbreak and subsequent shutdowns include the following:

  • You may be eligible for unemployment benefits if you meet the following criteria:
  • You are following the guidance of a medical health professional or public health official to self-isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19 exposure
  • You are not receiving paid sick leave or other types of leave from your employer

To ensure that you are properly filing your claim, please contact the Department of Labor’s Claimant Assistance Line at 877-214-3331. Please note there will not be a work search requirement if your return to work date is within 10-weeks of separation.

If you are not receiving payment from your employer, such as paid sick leave or paid time off, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits during this period. For more information on establishing an unemployment claim, click here or contact the Claimant Assistance Line at 877-214-3331

Resources:Governor’s Hotline –802 828-3333 or 800-649-6825

https://labor.vermont.gov/covid19 (FAQs re: getting income during crisis)

VDOLMain Line –802-828-4000 (Unemployment, option 1)

Claimant Assistance Line – 877-214-3331

http://labor.vermont.gov (Unemployment Info)

Business Assistance

Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation Weekly Resilience Webinars for Small Businesses:

Webinars are held every Friday at 2pm. Below you will see information on how to connect, upcoming webinars, as well as information and PowerPoints from past webinars.

Submit Questions

If you have specific questions, please email them to [email protected]

We will do our best to research the answers and present them at the weekly webinars

How to Connect:
For these webinars, we use Zoom, a virtual meeting platform. The most effective way to connect is through your computer, smart phone, or tablet, so you are able to see slides that are being presented. There is also an option to connect by phone.

Options to connect
Direct link: https://zoom.us/j/781064798 By clicking this link, it will be directly to the meeting room

  •  If you haven’t already downloaded the Zoom desktop app, it will prompt you to do so before bringing you into the meeting
  • All participants are muted when entered into the meeting. The host is the only one who can unmute you

Call in: (877) 853 5257 and Meeting ID:781064798#

·         Use the number to dial into the meeting. You’ll need the Meeting ID to enter the meeting

·         Meeting ID:781064798#

Upcoming Resiliency Webinars Resiliency Webinar: Week 2

March 27, 2020

Join us for this week’s Resiliency Webinar! Please send questions in advance by emailing [email protected] Check back soon for this…

Preparing my business for a COVID-related business loan: First Steps

From Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation: We know from past experience with disaster recovery that early assistance, and most assistance, comes in the form of loans for businesses. We recommend you complete the following steps to prepare:

– Complete 12-Month Cash Flow / Stress Test

– Gather 2 years of Personal and Business Taxes

– Gather 2 years and YTD P&L

– Find business plan if you have one

– Create Statement of Need

If you need to work with a business adviser to consider your options. Additional debt might not be what’s right for the business – or you. An analysis must be completed to understand your options.

VT Small Business Development Center:

Please find below the Vermont Small Business Development Center’s information and guide to disaster recovery. To visit the VtSBDC website, click here.

Surviving any disaster is complex. We have created a 72-page bound workbook containing all the steps needed post-disaster to create the most successful and sustainable outcome for Vermont’s businesses.

The VtSBDC Disaster Recovery Guide for Business contains all the steps small business owners need to take, and all the information one would need to gather post-disaster. It is in order of the tasks we found businesses needed to take after tropical storm Irene devastated Vermont in 2011. It is filled with checklists, to do lists and worksheets to help you keep all your information in one place.

The guide can be self-directed or reviewed with the assistance of an area business advisor, and can be accessed using the link below.

Disaster Recovery Guide

Please find below the Vermont Department of Labor’s resources for employers. For FAQ’s, employee resources and other DOL updates, visit the DOL website HERE.

Vermont Labor launched an online form for unemployment insurance claims to keep up with growing demand. Information about establishing a claim – click here. If your business is laying off 10 or more employees, there is a specific layoff process, which you can find information about here. Additionally, inform your employees to request direct deposit of their unemployment check to expedite the process.

VDOL Resources for Employers

Please find below the Vermont Department of Labor’s resources for employers. For FAQ’s, employee resources and other DOL updates, visit the DOL website HERE.

Vermont Labor launched an online form for unemployment insurance claims to keep up with growing demand. Information about establishing a claim – click here. If your business is laying off 10 or more employees, there is a specific layoff process, which you can find information about here. Additionally, inform your employees to request direct deposit of their unemployment check to expedite the process.

Vermont Department of Labor:

·         UI Employer Assistance Line – 877-214-3331

·         UI Employee Assistance Line – 877-214-3330

·         Increased staffing, added electronic intake form as of March 18th [link]

·         Open Saturdays, 9:00am-3:00pm, starting March 21st [link]

·         WD Employer Services/Rapid Response – 802-828-4177

General Assistance

  • Take advantage of online banking, mobile banking apps, including mobile deposit capture, ATMs and drive through tellers. 
  • Vermont Economic Services is waiving in-person contact requirements for benefits programs. Apply online or by phone 1-800-479-6151
  • Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development COVID page for businesses/employees/unemployment
  • Vermont Department of Labor now has an online form for unemployment claim or call  1-877-214-3332 https://labor.vermont.gov/covid19

VSECU has a Member Emergency Loan Fund and is offering a $2,000 loan with a 24-month loan term and an annual percentage rate APR as low as 0% to help Vermonters cover lost or reduced income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to a unique partnership with The Vermont Community Foundation*, they are able to expand this loan offering, beyond our membership, to all Vermonters.

FROM AMERICAN FARMLAND TRUST:

American Farmland Trust will award farmers with cash grants of up to $1,000 each to help them weather the current storm of market disruptions caused by the coronavirus crisis. Eligible applicants include any small and mid-size direct-market producers. These are defined as producers with annual gross revenue of between $10,000 and $1 million from sales at farmers markets and/or direct sales to restaurants, caterers, schools, stores, or makers who use farm products as inputs. If this describes your farming operation, apply here. The initial application period goes until April 23, with grants beginning to be made by May 1.

Map of free wifi throughout Vermont

Comcast: The cable giant is offering free access to its Xfinity WiFi hot spots for everyone, including non-subscribers, for the 60 days. It’s also providing unlimited data to its customers for no extra charge and is not disconnecting internet service or charging late fees for customers who say they can’t pay their bills. The company is also providing 60 days of free basic internet service to new customers.

AT&T: The cable, phone and media giant is suspending the termination of wireless, home phone or broadband service when customers can’t pay their bills because of coronavirus disruptions. The company is also waiving related late fees. Like Comcast, AT&T is also providing free access to its public WiFi hot spots. The company also said its consumer home internet wireline customers and fixed wireless internet customers would receive unlimited data.

Verizon: Verizon said it is waiving late fees and suspending service termination for customers “negatively impacted by the global crisis.

T-Mobile: The mobile phone service provider is providing unlimited data to all current customers who have plans with data for the next 60 days. It will also provide additional data to mobile hotspot users.

Charter Communications: The telecommunications company is providing free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi internet for the next 60 days to households with K-12 students or college students who don’t already have a subscription. Like Comcast and AT&T, it’s also offering its Wi-Fi hot spots for free to the public.

Consolidated Services: Two months of Free Home Internet Service to help, including free installation for households with students who are not currently Consolidated customers. 

Phone

 

For information about rent/landlords and paying in the midst of the shutdown, call the Governor’s hotline: 1-802-828-3333

Green Mountain Power: The utility is suspending shutoffs and is deferring bill collection in recognition of financial hardships some customers may face due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Officials with Vermont Gas and Vermont Electric Cooperative also said Monday they would not be disconnecting customers through the end of April. VEC, a rural co-op with 32,000 members across the northern tier of the state, will halt on-site collection of past due bills. Vermont Gas will not send customers to collection during this time.

All of the utilities will continue to bill customers as normal.

This page is updated regularly as new information becomes available. For more information or to submit an update call 802.463.4270 or email [email protected]