Vermont’s Elections Ranked as the Nation’s Most Accessible

September 26, 2016  
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(Montpelier, VT) - Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos is proud to announce Vermont’s Elections Division has been ranked as the nation’s most accessible. This is the second year in a row Vermont has been ranked #1 in the State Election Agency Report produced by Ballotpedia, a nonpartisan online encyclopedia of American politics and elections.

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Annual Bruce Moose Ride Sept. 24 to Help Injured Riders

September 22, 2016  
Filed under News, Things to do

The combination of moose, motorcycle and man can be a dangerous one. Read more

Vermont AARP Tax-Aide Program Seeks New Volunteers

September 16, 2016  
Filed under Money, News

BURLINGTON, VT, September 15, 2016 –   AARP Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest free volunteer-run tax counseling and preparation service, is seeking volunteers to assist in tax preparation.  Tax season, AARP Tax-Aide volunteers help prepare federal and state tax returns for low and middle income taxpayers with special attention to those 60 and older. Volunteers of all backgrounds are welcome and some computer skills are an extra bonus.  You do not need to be an AARP member nor a retiree and no prior experience in tax preparation is necessary. All ages are welcome. Volunteers are needed not only to calculate taxes, but to greet taxpayers to keep the site running smoothly.

Tax counselors receive free tax training and become IRS certified by passing the IRS exam.  They help residents one-on-one at tax sites in their own communities across Vermont.  It’s a great way to meet new people, learn new skills and help others in your community.

You’re invited ….

A special information and introductory training session is scheduled for October 24-25, 2016 at the AARP Offices at 199 Main Street, Suite 225 in Burlington.  Participants will learn how to use computers to prepare federal and state tax returns.  Sessions will run from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM.  To register or for more information, please email Dominic Di Cicco at domdi@yahoo.com or call 802-878-8091.  Or, for more information on how you can join the AARP Tax-Aide Program, you can also visit our web site at www.aarp.org/money/taxaide/.  To register as a volunteer for AARP-Tax Aide you can start and register on-line at www.aarp.org/apps/Volunteer_with_AARP_Tax_Aide/.

Tax-Aide volunteers are asked to give a minimum commitment of at least one four hour shift per week from February 1 through April 15 at a site close to home. Nationwide, more than 35,000 Tax Aide volunteers serve about 2.6 million taxpayers annually.   Last year in Vermont, some 170 AARP Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 10,000 Vermont taxpayers at 66 sites across the state.

“Many older, low-income taxpayers miss out on the credits and deductions they’ve earned because they can’t afford to pay for professional tax preparation,” said Dave Reville from AARP Vermont.  “AARP Foundation Tax-Aide addresses this community need with volunteers who are not only helping their neighbors, but also learning new skills and giving their mind a workout as well.”

 

12-Year Old Develops App for Alzheimers’ Sufferers

September 15, 2016  
Filed under Aging Parents, Health & Wellness, News

Emma Yang, 12, created the 'Timeless' app to help those with Alzheimer's, like her grandmother (Contributed photo)

Emma Yang, 12, created the ‘Timeless’ app to help those with Alzheimer’s, like her grandmother (Contributed photo)

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

In recent years I’ve come across a number of instances in which students have developed devices and apps to help seniors and the disabled, among them the engineering competition known as the Cornell Cup sponsored by Intel. But I was genuinely impressed by the creation of 12-year-old Emma Yang. Emma was one of the recipients of the “Ten Under Twenty” innovation awards announced at this year’s CE Week conference in New York. Her creation, called “Timeless” is an app that serves to help Alzheimer’s patients, their caregivers and their families. Read more

Table Settings 101

September 15, 2016  
Filed under Home & Garden

Great table settings are never complete without a floral arrangement. (Contributed photo)

Great table settings are never complete without a floral arrangement. (Contributed photo)

By Joseph Pubillones

Setting a proper table takes a lot of skill and thought. The decor of the home can set the tone, the kind of food, the type of occasion and number of guests can affect the overall design and setting of a table. Protocol and etiquette rules play a role in the arrangement of tables as well, but sometimes rules are meant to be broken, especially if in search of a good time. Read more

Fabulous Five for Fall

September 15, 2016  
Filed under Fashion

The statement blouse or jacket is a key item to buy for fall. (Photo courtesy of target.com)

The statement blouse or jacket is a key item to buy for fall. (Photo courtesy of target.com)

By Sharon Mosley

There are lots of ways to update our wardrobes and put a new spin on the old standbys. Here’s a quick list of the basic must-haves to get you started.

Start with something velvet. Velvet is making a huge comeback this fall, but refined in dressed up details and softened flowing silhouettes enriched with jewel-tone colors and embellishments. Read more

Identity Theft

September 15, 2016  
Filed under Money

Protecting You and Your Aging Parents from Identity Thieves

While anyone can be a victim of identity theft, seniors may be at even more of a risk then the general population. According to the Department of Justice, the number of elderly victims of identity theft increased from 2.1 million in 2012 to 2.6 million in 2014. This increase is likely due to the fact that seniors often live alone and crave companionship, and may have fading memories, which makes them easy prey for identity thieves who take advantage of their loneliness and vulnerability.  Read more

Arts News

September 15, 2016  
Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Essex Community Players Announces Auditions, Production of ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ 

Based on the Charles Schulz television special, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy and the rest of the Peanuts gang search for the true meaning of Christmas. This production is slated to be a light, fun experience with a limited rehearsal calendar to avoid overtaxing an already busy holiday calendar.

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Vermont Stage to Premier Four New Plays

September 15, 2016  
Filed under Arts & Entertainment

'Blackberry Winter', a striking new play by playwright Steve Yockey, will be presented by Vermont STage in March. The play follows Vivienne Avery as she deals with her mother's slide into the grip of dementia (Photo by Lindsay Raymondjack)

‘Blackberry Winter’, a striking new play by playwright Steve Yockey, will be presented by Vermont STage in March. The play follows Vivienne Avery as she deals with her mother’s slide into the grip of dementia (Photo by Lindsay Raymondjack)

Vermont Stage announces its 23rd Season as Burlington’s premier professional theater company with a selection of new plays.

“Our 23rd Season is filled with four Vermont premieres of beautiful, contemporary plays. Each depicts the outset of a new endeavour: the opening of a sandwich shop, the purchase of a home, the adoption of a child and even the creation of an origin myth. There is so much humor and hope in these charming, thoughtful new plays. I’m looking forward to sharing these plays with our wonderful audience,” said Artistic Director Cristina Alicea about the 2016-2017 Season. Read more

$162K Awarded to 26 Vermont Artists and Arts Organizations

September 15, 2016  
Filed under Arts & Entertainment

The Vermont Arts Endowment Fund and the Concert Artists Fund, two component funds at the Vermont Community Foundation, announced that together they have awarded a total of $162,025 to 26 artists and arts organizations across the state.

The Vermont Arts Endowment Fund awarded grants totaling $50,849 primarily to support the commissioning, creation and presentation of new work or to assist Vermont artists wishing to take their work in different directions. Five awards were made to individual artists and 12 to arts organizations presenting the work of Vermont artists.  Read more

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