Driving Safely in Work Zones

June 22, 2016  
Filed under Health & Wellness

driver safety



Drive Time — Safety Tips for VT Drivers

Information, tips and reminders from those who work to keep Vermont drivers safe –

VT State Police, VT Department of Motor Vehicles, VT Agency of Transportation, VT Sheriffs Association, and AARP Driver Safety, members of the Vermont Highway Safety Alliance.

 Now that warm weather is finally here, it must be construction season. And that means it’s time to refresh our safe driving in work zone skills with these tips:

  • Remember that work zone means any properly posted construction, maintenance or utility work site, and rules apply 24/7, not just during the workday.
  • Slow down! Speed limits are reduced and fines for speeding are doubled in work zones for a good reason:  to protect the workers.
  • Follow instructions from flaggers and signs.
  • Pay extra attention, minimize distractions and expect the unexpected.
  • Do NOT use handheld devices; it’s illegal in Vermont, except for certain emergency communications.
  • Turn on headlights for better visibility.
  • Be courteous, and merge as instructed, as soon as it is safe to do so.
  • Don’t change lanes in the work zone, tailgate, or crowd the road crew. Maintain at least a 4-second following distance and give road workers as much space as possible. Try to keep up with the traffic flow.
  • Expect delays and schedule extra time, or seek an alternate route.
  • Be patient. Remember that they’re working hard to improve the roads for all of us.



June 10, 2016  
Filed under Home & Garden, Mature Matters

hypersound 3

A Sound Revolution for Your TV

By Gary M. Kaye
Chief Content Officer,
Tech50+ (www.tech50plus.com)

I’ve been covering technology long enough that I don’t use the phrase “revolutionary” lightly. But the technology from the HyperSound division of Turtle Beach truly is revolutionary, with broad implications for sound reproduction. Frankly, it’s gonna take some ‘splaining, so please read on.

Read more

Subcompact Mercedes GLA a Sly Beauty 

June 10, 2016  
Filed under Money

The Mercedes-Benz GLA offers beauty and function, including advanced driver-aid technology.

The Mercedes-Benz GLA offers beauty and function, including advanced driver-aid technology.

By Mark Maynard

In the fast-paced, urban landscape, the subcompact crossover has emerged as a gateway to a calm experience in heavy, workday traffic. These glorified wagons move at a tough pace to get through the mean and busy city streets. They then go home to fit into just about any legitimate parking space.

The luxury brands dangle these vehicles as entry points and then ease into the capability of the cars with features such as microsuede softness and advanced driver-aid technology. Among the choices are the Audi Q3, BMW X1, Lincoln MKC, the upcoming Infiniti QX30 and this story’s tester, the Mercedes-Benz GLA.

The Mercedes-Benz is based on the entry level CLA sedan to create a European style weekend car that is more wagon than small SUV. I prefer the Mercedes treatment to the GLA over the CLA, which has cut some corners to meet the budget. Read more

A Primer on Healthcare Providers & Professionals

June 10, 2016  
Filed under Health & Wellness

Audiologist – This is a doctor who handles problems with hearing. These doctors also help hearing impaired children learn to communicate.

Andrologists – An andrologist is a specialist doctor that helps in diagnosing and treating male reproductive system disorders.

Anesthesiologist – This is the doctor that helps you to sleep through painful operations and medical diagnoses. They are responsible for administering the anesthesia and present during surgeries to help in complications arising from anesthesia medications.

Cardiologist – A cardiologist is certified to treat any problem dealing with heart diseases and cardiovascular diseases.

Read more

Don’t Let GERD Get You Down

June 10, 2016  
Filed under Health & Wellness

heartburnedTips for diagnosing and treating acid reflux (heartburn)

By Sandra Gordon

If you regularly experience heartburn, a painful burning sensation in your chest and throat, there’s a good chance you could have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a.k.a. acid reflux. It’s estimated that 20 percent of the population suffers from GERD regularly, with heartburn its most prevalent symptom.

“GERD is the most common gastrointestinal disorder in the U.S.,” says William C. Dengler, MD, a gastroenterologist and medical director of RefluxMD.com. It occurs when a muscle at the end of your esophagus (the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach) doesn’t close properly. Consequently, stomach acid can back up into your esophagus causing heartburn.  Read more

Spring Showstoppers

June 10, 2016  
Filed under Blogs

Make a statement this summer in sunglasses inspired by 1950s movie stars such as these from La Perla.

Make a statement this summer in sunglasses inspired by 1950s movie stars such as these from La Perla.

By Sharon Mosley

If you have to just pick one item this season to add to your wardrobe, make sure it is a real showstopper. “Every outfit needs one showbiz item,” says Alyson Walsh, fashion blogger and author of “Style Forever: The Grown-Up Guide to Looking Fabulous.”

Select a standout piece to perk things up…something that you’ll want to wear until it falls apart,” adds Walsh. “Think maximum impact, minimum effort.”

So what will play a starring role in this season’s fashion line-up? Here are 10 “showbiz” pieces to think about adding to your wardrobe this spring:

Power Prints. From abstract batiks to tropical florals, the bigger and bolder the prints are this spring and summer, the better. Wear prints from top to bottom for maximum effect in a romantic dress or combine two prints in a top and pants.

Maxi Dresses. These are long on style and make a major fashion statement, whether you wear them on the beach or to the office. In flowing knits and colorful prints, the maxi dress is the perfect transition statement piece for spring into summer, easy to add or take away layers for even more versatility.

Shiny Tops. A showbiz star for sure. The shimmery top or jacket is taking center stage this spring …from iridescent gauze tops to metallic leather jackets. Silver and black make a big combo for spring. Wear these pieces day and night. Don’t just save them for special occasions.

Wide Leg Pants. These have movie-star glamour appeal. In soft knits, these pants go with the flow of warmer days and nights. In cropped versions, they give every outfit a fresh spin on spring. For evening, there’s nothing more chic than a pair of long palazzo pants. Top them off with a breezy cropped bomber jacket.

Bare Shoulder Tops. Time to show off those sun-kissed shoulders. It’s easy with the new prairie-style peasant blouses reminiscent of the ‘70s. Team them with pleated skirts or wide-leg pants. Balance the fuller silhouette by wearing chunkier block-heeled sandals.

Arts and Craft Handbags. We all know how much a new handbag can instantly update wardrobe basics. This spring, you can put away the heavy black leather totes and get a little artsy. It’s all about embellishment — more is more in 3-D details from glistening mirror hardware to graphic decoupage designs. Choose unique prints and colors and make a real bohemian statement with your handbag.

Choker Necklaces. Put the turtlenecks away and pull out the jewelry box. The choker necklace has made a comeback in Victorian-inspired beads and jeweled collars — again, the bigger, the better. Show-stopping chokers are great complements for off-the-shoulder tops.

Shoulder-grazing Earrings. It’s no wonder that long sculptured earrings are dangling from the most stylish ears this spring. They’re also perfect accessories for bare shoulders. And if you really want to make a showbiz statement, try wearing only one standout earring.

Rainbow-colored Shoes. A pair of new shoes can transport you into a whole new realm of style… even over the rainbow. You’ll find the candy-colored rainbow striped shoes in everything from platforms to sneakers this spring.

Movie Star Sunglasses. Sunglasses have long been a cool classic with jet-set appeal. You can’t go wrong with a pair of Aviators for instant style. But if you really want to give yourself the star treatment, check out the new collection of sunglasses at La Perla inspired by 1950s movie stars. Then channel your inner Audrey Hepburn and look at the world in a whole new way. — CNS 

Simple Steps to Protect Yourself from Skin Cancer

June 10, 2016  
Filed under Savvy Senior

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

Does skin cancer run in families? My 63-year-old brother died of melanoma last year and I’m wondering about my risks of getting this. What can you tell me?

—Younger Sibling

Dear Sibling,

While long-term sun exposure and sunburns are the biggest risk factors for melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer – having a sibling or parent with melanoma does indeed increase your risk of getting it two to three times.  Read more

Summer Events 2016 

June 10, 2016  
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Things to do, Travel

The Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival is a feast for the eyes and the imagination. (Photo by Karen Cox)

The Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival is a feast for the eyes and the imagination. (Photo by Karen Cox)

Sunday, July 10 – Saturday, July 16


Addison County’s premier summer arts event — the 38th annual festival will feature family-friendly programs and live performances from musicians both near and far. Free admission. www.festivalonthegreen.org

Friday, July 8 – Sunday, July 10


The 30th Annual Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival returns with 25 hot air balloons set to take flight above the beautiful Green Mountains. The weekend will feature live music, local food and craft beer, gift shops and plenty of activities for children. www.stoweflake.com/activities_balloon_festival.aspx

Saturday, July 9 – Sunday, July 10


The 10th annual celebration allow visitors to explore the vineyards, farms, gardens, art studios and galleries of Grand Isle County. Meet local artists and agricultural producers and purchase items directly from their makers. www.openfarmandstudio.com

Saturday, July 16


The Lyndon Area Chamber hosts the 36th annual festival and parade in downtown Lyndonville. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and the festival features more than 40 crafters and vendors and live music in the park. www.lyndonvermont.com

Thursday, July 21 – Sunday, July 31


Adults and children alike will love this musical based on the Dr. Seuss stories. Tickets for “Seussical” are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and students and $7 for children 12 and under. haskellopera.com/events

Friday, July 15 – Sunday, July 17


The festival returns for its 15th year at Killington Peak Lodge. Guests can sample from more than 400 wines from over 40 vineyards from around the world and take a ride on the K1 gondola to the top of Killington Peak. www.killingtonpico.org/page/wine_festival

Sunday, July 17


Enjoy a day of fun at the Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms — sample more than 150 varieties of artisan cheeses from over 40 Vermont cheesemakers along the beautiful shores of Lake Champlain. This celebration of “food, community and the working landscape of Vermont” will also feature local food and beverage artisans. www.vtcheesefest.com

Friday, July 29 – Sunday, July 31


Burlington City Arts hosts the 9th annual Festival of Fools in downtown Burlington featuring a variety of street theater, circus arts, music and comedy for family audiences. Free and open to the public. www.vermontfestivaloffools.com.

Friday, July 29 – Saturday, July 30


The second annual Stowe Brewers Festival offers three 4-hour tasting sessions featuring 40+ brewers and cider-makers serving more than 130 beers and ciders, bonus taste tickets from premiere Vermont spirits distillers, more than a dozen food trucks, free workshops and demonstrations, a wide variety of specialty food and product vendors, live music and free on-site parking, unlimited cold, filtered water and secure bicycle valet. Standard admission is $45 and includes: entry to single 4-hour tasting session; 15 beer/cider tasting tickets for 3 oz. samples; five bonus spirits tasting tickets; and souvenir tasting glass. VIP admission for $75 also includes expedited festival entry; exclusive VIP lounge tent; 2016 festival swag bag; and the Coveted “Hop the Line” pass.

The live music lineup includes: Session 1: Gang of Thieves; Session 2: Michelle Sarah Band; Session 3: Josh Panda. Designated drivers are admitted free. Round-trip luxury motor coach transportation is available departing from University Mall in South Burlington for only $20. www.StoweBrewersFestival.com.

Friday, July 29 – Sunday, Aug. 7


This mid-summer festival spans the towns of Wilmington, Whitingham and Dover and will feature a Big Blue Parade, a Blue Street Fair, jam making, live music, a blue car auto show, bake sales, blue beer, children’s activities, pick your own blueberries and more. www.vermontblueberry.com

Thursday, July 28 – Sunday, July 31


The 10th annual festival returns to the shores of the Burlington Waterfront and offers a variety of classic boats, long boats, canoes, kayaks and dragonboats on display, as well as live music, local food and hands-on exhibits for children to enjoy. www.lcmfestival.com

Saturday, Aug. 6 – Sunday, Aug. 7


Head out to Main Street Park in Rutland for live music, food, craft demonstrations, kids activities and a day full of art hosted by Chaffee Art Center. www.chaffeeartcenter.org

Friday, Aug. 12 – Sunday, Aug. 14


One of the largest and oldest shows in New England has become a treasured tradition for those in Stowe and beyond. The weekend will feature more than 800 antique and classic cars and new this year the show will feature race cars, food concessions, a flea market, car parade, street dance and more www.vtauto.org.

Tuesday, Aug. 16 – Saturday, Aug. 20


The 171st Vermont State Fair will be held at the fairgrounds in Rutland featuring entertainment, rides, events, music concerts, demolition derby, agricultural exhibits, farm animals, culinary, vegetable and floral exhibits, maple sugar house and dairy barn, grandstand attractions and more. www.vermontstatefair.org.

Saturday, Aug. 20 – Sunday, Aug. 21


The Peacham Acoustic Music Festival returns to the Village Green featuring acoustic music from a variety of genres including folk, blues, bluegrass, Celtic and classica,l as well as music workshops, jam sessions and family events. www.pamfest.com

Friday, Aug. 19 – Sunday, Aug. 21


The Vermont Music Festival is a volunteer-run music festival produced by the Mad River Valley Rotary. Billed as ‘a Vermont musical celebration for the whole family’ it features a wide variety of musical styles. Bring your blanket or lawn chair. visit http://vtmusicfest.org

Wednesday, Aug. 24 – Sunday, Aug. 28


Special events happening daily plus Children’s Barnyard, cattle and livestock, 4-H exhibits, Floral Hall displays, sugar house, giftsShop, antique tractor display, poultry, goats and swine and commercial exhibits. www.vtfair.com

Friday, Aug. 26 – Sunday, Sept. 4


The Champlain Valley Fair is 10 days of fun, rides, food, concerts and more. Essex Junction. www.champlainvalleyfair.org

Thursday, Sept. 15 – Sunday, Sept. 18


A weekend honoring agricultural traditions and features music, food, refreshments and information on farming practices. 889-5555. 

Enjoy an Outdoor Summer Staycation at a Vermont Resort

June 10, 2016  
Filed under Travel

For the adventurous, a zip-line tour like this one at Okemo Mountain Resort can be just the thing to add a little zip to summer.  (Photo courtesy of Okemo Mountain Resort)

For the adventurous, a zip-line tour like this one at Okemo Mountain Resort can be just the thing to add a little zip to summer.
(Photo courtesy of Okemo Mountain Resort)

Families and adventure seekers flock to Vermont ski and snowboard resorts in the winter for downhill thrills and snowy escapes, but these resorts also shine as a beacon for summer adventure enthusiasts and families looking for outdoor escapes and events. From gorgeous golf greens and mountain trails to lakes, rivers, pools and waterparks, there are so many places (and ways) to play in Vermont’s Green Mountains in the warmer months.

Adventures Read more