Vermont Offers Year-Round Freshness with Winter Farmers’ Markets

January 28, 2016  
Filed under Food


MONTPELIER, Vt. – Vermont is a pioneer of the farm-to-table movement, and it boasts more farmers’ markets per capita than any other state in the country. Fresh produce, crafts, baked goods, meats, and specialty foods are available nearly year-round. If you’re visiting Vermont between November and April, check out these winter farmers’ markets. Find more exciting Vermont events at



Through April 16

Baptist Church on East Main, Bennington, VT

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UVM Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center Auxiliary Names “Auxilian of the Year”

January 27, 2016  
Filed under Health & Wellness, News



Berlin, Vt. – University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center Auxiliary Past-President Wanda Baril recently presented Marilyn White, left, and Joni Argenti, center, with the 2015 CVMC Auxilian of the Year award. Through the years the two women have contributed more than 5000 unpaid hours to the volunteer organization, which raises money for patient centered projects at the medical center.


White, who was also elected the 2016 CVMC Auxiliary President, has been a member of the Auxiliary for nearly eight years. She volunteers at the information desk, registration, quarterly blood drives and knits for the knitting group. She worked for 36 years at Chittenden Bank and retired in 2001 as Assistant Vice President and Assistant Branch Manager. Argenti has been a volunteer at the medical center since 2009. She retired from Paige & Campbell Insurance Company. Together they have coordinated the hospital’s Love Light Tree, published a cook book and are on the scholarship committee. They are also great friends.


The CVMC Auxiliary operates the Gift Shop in the main lobby of the hospital and the Bene-Fit Shop thrift store in Barre. All proceeds are used to support patient centered projects and provide local scholarships to students studying for a career in health care. Last year the Auxiliary donated more than $40,000 to help with patient needs and awarded $25,000 in scholarships.


The University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center is part of a four-hospital system established to deliver high quality academic medicine to every community we serve. Our partners are: The University of Vermont Medical Center, The University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital and The University of Vermont Health Network – Elizabethtown Community Hospital. For more information and to connect with us through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and our blog, visit


Blood donations urgently needed by the American Red Cross

January 22, 2016  
Filed under Health & Wellness, News




The American Red Cross urgently needs blood donors to make an appointment to give this winter. Eligible blood donors of all types are needed, especially those with O, AB, B negative and A negative.


Blood donations are urgently needed now and throughout the winter to maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients in need. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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Vermont Department of Taxes Implements New Measures to Prevent Fraud

January 21, 2016  
Filed under Money


The Vermont Department of Taxes will start accepting personal income tax returns today, the same time as the IRS. Taxpayers should be aware that the department is implementing new measures to combat personal income tax fraud for the 2016 tax filing season, and that they may experience delays in receiving their refunds.

The department has experienced a sharp rise in attempted tax refund fraud, an alarming trend that mirrors what is happening in other states and at the federal level. Rings of criminals nationwide and even internationally are using stolen credentials, including Social Security numbers, to falsely claim refunds. A legitimate taxpayer who is victimized in these criminal plots can face significant delays in receiving a refund. The department is taking new steps this year to better identify and prevent fraud and maintain the integrity of Vermont’s tax administration.
The department has teamed with the IRS, other states and tax preparation software vendors in a Security Summit that will result in enhanced scrutiny and verification of returns ( Taxpayers will see some of the changes. For example, when filing online, your software vendor may ask security questions and take other precautions to verify your identity. You will be asked to provide your driver’s license or state-issued identification card number with your online return. You may receive a refund check even if you requested a bank or debit card deposit.

In the background, the department will be using even more sources of data to analyze both paper and online returns to stay ahead of the ever-evolving criminal schemes to steal taxpayer money. The department may hold some returns until it receives W-2 withholding reports from employers, which are not due until Feb. 29. All of these steps are necessary to ensure that a criminal does not hijack a tax refund in your name.

“The Tax Department has become a cybercrime fighting agency. Our staff members work very hard to detect and stop fraud. From 2013 to 2015, we prevented more than $3 million of Vermont taxpayer dollars from leaving the state and falling into the hands of criminals,” said Tax Commissioner Mary Peterson. “But the criminal schemes preying on the refund process are ever- changing and require even more precautions. We encourage taxpayers to file early, to beat criminals to the punch, but with the understanding that some delay in refunding will be unavoidable to protect taxpayer money.”

The most efficient and secure way to file Vermont tax returns continues to be electronic filing through vendor software, and direct deposit to your existing bank account is the fastest way to receive a refund. Eligible taxpayers are entitled to free online filing through Free File, as explained on the department’s website at Taxpayers who e-file for their refunds generally receive refunds more quickly than those who file paper forms.

For more information on tax refund fraud, including how to prevent it and how to report it, visit the department’s website at


Vermont’s largest event for baby boomers and seniors celebrates 21th year on Saturday, Jan. 30 in Burlington

January 20, 2016  
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, News, Things to do


Neil Diamond Tribute Concert, Food Sampling among offerings


The 21st annual Vermont 50-Plus & Baby Boomers EXPO will be held Saturday, Jan. 30 at the Sheraton-Burlington Hotel & Conference Center from 9 a.m.– 4 p.m.

Baby Boomers, seniors and all ages are invited to enjoy a day of fun and learning including: more than 90 exhibit booths; seminars and workshops covering everything from health and wellness to money and travel; giveaways including a trip for two; Lyric Theatre Musical Revue; dance party with DJ Charlie Rice; Neil Diamond Tribute Concert with NYC’s Brian LaBlanc; photo booth; silent auction and raffle to benefit Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity; art demos; free food sampling with soups, desserts and more.

The Neil Diamond Tribute Concert will be held from 12-1 p.m. in the Emerald Ballroom featuring professional singer/musician Brian LaBlanc, by far the most musically authentic Neil tribute performer in the eastern U.S. He was “discovered” playing with his band in New York by renowned music producer Paul Shaffer, and is coming to the EXPO to perform Diamond’s biggest hits live on stage.

Tickets are $5 at the door, $4 in advance and can be purchased online. Ticket price is all inclusive, except for food concessions for sale by the Sheraton. The event is handicap accessible and includes free parking.

For more information, visit

or call (802)-872-9000 x18, or email


Shelburne Museum presents ‘The Art of Winter’

January 20, 2016  
Filed under Arts & Entertainment




32°: The Art of Winter,” organized by Shelburne Museum, will be on view at the Museum’s Pizzagalli Center for Art & Education from Jan. 23 to May 30. The featured works in the exhibition span an array of media and styles from classic nineteenth century paintings from the Museum’s own collection to contemporary sound art.
Beautiful and dangerous, evoking both bliss and desolation, the seemingly simple compounds, snow and ice, have long been explored by artists. The exhibit exposes the varied identities of snow and ice through their manifold properties and representations as interpreted by a number of national and internationally known artists including  Wilson A. “Snowflake” Bentley, Sonja Hinrichsen,Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz, Claude Monet, Jacob Kirkegaard and many more.

The exhibit is not confined to the physical limits of the gallery walls, but instead works of art extend out on to the museum’s grounds throughout the length of the exhibition. Ephemeral works featured in the exhibition include snow drawnings of reclaimed artist Sonja Hinrichsen, as well as snow sculpture by Team Vermont, a snow sculpting team. Additionally, local architecture firms will display architectural follies based off of the forms and functions of traditional ice shanties in “ARCTICtecture: An Ice Shanty Project.”

January 24, 2016: opening Talk by curator Carolyn Bauer

February 4-11: artist Sonja Hinrichsen comes to Shelburne Museum

  • February 5: A lecture by Sonja at Shelburne Museum
  • February 7: Sonja’s off-site, higher-elevation “Snow Drawing”
  • February 9: Sonja’s Shelburne Museum “Snow Drawing” with school children

February 27: Snow Day

  • Team Vermont creates a snow sculpture
  • Reveal of “ARCTICtecture: An Ice Shanty Project,” featuring top Vermont Architecture firms TruexCullins and Selin + Selin. These will be on view until April 11.

For more information, visit

EXPO Silent Auction & 50-50 Raffle 

January 19, 2016  
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Things to do

to benefit Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity

Auction 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
in the Exhibition Hall downstairs

This year, the 50-Plus EXPO is proud to support the Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity with a raffle and a silent auction.

As part of your day at the EXPO, take a moment to peruse the amazing offerings at this year’s silent auction. Make a bid or two on the numerous wonderful and unique offerings the silent auction has to offer this year. There is a wide array of goods and services on the auction block so you’re sure to find something you’d like to take home.

All proceeds from the auction and raffle collected this year will support the Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity’s Chittenden County programs and services.


Silent auction items include four passes to Shelburne Museum, two day tickets to Pico Mountain, four round trip gondola rides from Stowe Mountain Resort, treasures from the Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity ReStore, two season tickets to the Brick Church music series and much more!

50 Plus EXPO supports Habitat’s mission

Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity constructs simple, decent, affordable homes and sells them at cost to working families who are at or below 60 percent of the median household income and who live in substandard rental housing.

The Community Need

There is not enough affordable housing for low-income working Vermont families in our community. More than half of the renters in Chittenden County lack affordable housing, because there aren’t enough rental properties and this results in high rent costs. This shortage of rental properties unfortunately means that some landlords don’t  maintain their properties. As a result, many families live in apartments with unsafe electrical and plumbing services, mold, poor insulation and high energy bills. As rents increase, or the rental properties are sold, families often have to move.

The median cost to buy a house in Chittenden County is $261,000, far out of reach of low-income working families. Their paychecks go to rent, utility bills, food, childcare and health care, leaving little to save for a down payment. They don’t qualify for conventional mortgages because their incomes are too low, so they are forced to stay in substandard rental housing.

Who We Help

In order to qualify for a GMHfH home, a family must have an income of less than 60 percent of the median income in our community, must be living in substandard housing and must complete 400 sweat equity hours helping to build their home or working at the Habitat ReStore.

Our Solution

Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity builds decent, simple and energy-efficient homes and sells them at cost to low-income families who have been living in substandard rental housing. We are able to keep the cost of the home as low as possible for our partner families by depending on volunteers to help build the houses, to work with our staff of three and to help at our Habitat ReStore.

Our Funding 

We must raise all of our funding locally and receive NO funding from Habitat for Humanity International. We are funded by:

Local donations from individuals and grants

Mortgage payments from our current Partner Families

Revenue from the Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Williston.

We use funding to purchase land, building materials and hire tradespeople to build the homes. We have built 66 homes in Chittenden County since our inception in 1984 and want to build more to meet the need in our community.

By providing the opportunity for lower income working families to own a safe, energy-efficient home, GMHfH is providing a permanent solution to substandard housing, one Habitat family at a time. 

Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity ReStore

To provide an ongoing source of revenue, we opened the Green Mountain Habitat ReStore, on Route 2A in Williston. The ReStore is a thrift store which accepts donated new or gently used furniture, housewares, appliances, children’s items, cabinets and building supplies and sells them to the public. The revenue earned helps us to build more houses, and keeps usable items out of our area landfills.

Homeownership Helps Families in Our Community

This “hand-up” to a home of their own enables families to leave substandard housing, move into a safe and energy-efficient home, establish or improve their credit rating,  provide a positive model for their children and break the cycle of poverty. Children who live in a stable, safe home are more successful in school, and have fewer behavioral and emotional challenges.

When you attend the 50 Plus EXPO, please consider making a donation to Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity!

Food Concessions – 50 Plus EXPO

January 19, 2016  
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Things to do

Sheraton Burlington

9 a.m. ‑ 3:30 p.m.
Exhibition Hall

In addition to all the great events and exhibitors at the EXPO, there will be a food concession area downstairs in the Exhibition Hall.

The Sheraton, which runs the concession, has a breakfast menu that includes items such as muffins and coffee cake. The lunch menu features soups, sandwiches, salads and more as well as desserts and an assortment of beverages.

The concession area will be open from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m.

Food Sampling Exhibition Hall – 50 Plus EXPO

January 19, 2016  
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Things to do

Sugarsnap catering

Sugarsnap Catering will be bringing seasonal soup and cookie samples to entice EXPO goers this year. This unique catering company offers farm fresh, wholesome and delicious food for events of all sizes, from business meetings and conferences to private parties and barn weddings. They offer both delivered catering and full service special event and bar catering.

Garden of Eatin’

The Garden of Eatin’ cafe will offer samples of its cold gazpacho soup and focaccia bread. The cafe, located within the Gardener’s Supply building in Williston, provides lunch in its lovely greenhouse cafe. Its specialties are homemade soups, sandwiches, salads and wraps.

Gizmo’s Pickled Plus

Gizmo’s Pickled Plus will offer jams, jellies, pickles and relishes, both to sample and to purchase to take home and enjoy.

Gizmo’s farms much of the raw vegetables used in their preserves and harvests some from wild, naturally occurring patches near the farm.

Natural Provisions Market and Deli

The Natural Provisions Market and Deli will be bringing samples from its natural health food store. The store offers groceries, health food, cold and frozen foods, beverages and bulk foods and a wide selection of natural and organic products, fresh produce and delicious prepared health foods. The Natural Provisions Market and Deli is located in Williston.

2016 EXPO Exhibitors

January 19, 2016  
Filed under Things to do


AARP Vermont

Adirondack Audiology

American Heart Association

Armistead Senior Care

Bath Fitter

Bayada Home Health Care

Bernie Sanders

Better Living Audiology

Birchwood Terrace

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT)

Burlington Health & Rehab

Cancer Patient Support Foundation

Caption Call

Catamount Closets

Cathedral Square

Chimney Savers

Chroma Optics

CJ’s Home Improvement

Community of Vermont Elders (COVE)

Compassion and Choices

Cooper Financial



Culligan Water


DAIL (Vt. Dept. of Aging)

Edward Jones – Aaron Glosser

Edward Jones – Heidi Brosseau

EEE (Education & Enrichment for Everyone)

Eleanor M. Luse Center for Communications – UVM

Fitness Options Personal Training Studio

Franklin County Rehab

Freedom Pharmacy

Gizmo’s Pickled Plus

Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity

Green Mountain Nursing & Rehab Center

Griswold Home Care

Home Instead Senior Care

HomeShare Vermont



Living Well Group

Lyric Theatre Company

Mansfield Place

Massage Envy

Morgan Orchard Senior Living Community

MVP Health Care

Natural Provisions

Naturally Cool VT

New Balance Williston

New England Federal Credit Union (NEFCU)

New England Vision Correction (VT Eye Assoc.)

Northern Meridian

Nowak & Nowak Financial Services

OLLI at University of Vermont

Peace Corps

Pillsbury Senior Communities

Pines Senior Living Community

PT 360

Quebec Casinos

Reliant Electric

Second Act Transition Services

Sleep Number

Sommers Chiropractic

Starr Farm Nursing


Susan May – FG  Express

Swans of New England Tours

Synergy Homecare

The Residence at Shelburne Bay

TLC Homecare

UVM Medical Center – Breast Imaging

UVM Medical Center – Community Health Improvement

UVM Medical Center – Rehabilitation Therapy Center

UVM Medical Center – Sleep Program

UVM Medical Center – Vascular Surgery

Vermont Catholic Charities

Vermont Relay

Vermont Security

Vermont’s Green Mountain Tours

VNAs of Vermont

Wake Robin

Wellspring Chiropractic Lifestyle Center

Windows & Doors by Brownell

…and more!


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