Older Vermonters Caucus

March 18, 2019  
Filed under Aging Parents, Mature Matters, Things to do

V4A has been extremely appreciative of the establishment of the Older Vermonters Caucus initiated by Representative Daniel Noyes. Now into our second legislative session, we want to be sure you are aware of this great opportunity to learn about significant topics related to the lives of our older Vermonters. Some topics are to be addressed through legislation and the Caucus creates a valuable opportunity to discuss impact. In the January 10, 2019 issue of the Stowe Reporter, Representative Noyes provided this description for the Older Vermonters Caucus:

“The goal is to learn and discuss the impact of proposed legislation, understand and collectively develop ideas to move that issue forward.”

Each week, guest presenters are invited to speak on specific issues. For instance, we have all learned about the work and services of the five Area Agencies on Aging, the Older Americans Act, the work at the State Unit on Aging through the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living. Upcoming sessions will include presentations on senior centers and adult day programs; home delivered meals, congregate meals and nutrition; caregivers for older Vermonters and much more!

The Older Vermonters Caucus meets every Thursday from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. during the legislative session. All caucuses are open to the public. Please see the schedule below for the remaining topics, dates and room numbers.

Vermont State House, 115 State St., Montpelier, VT

January 17 – Room 10 Commissioner Hutt Meet & Greet

January 24 – Room 10 Intro to Older Americans Act

January 31 – Room 10 Area Agencies on Aging

February 7 – Room TBD Older Vermonters Advocates

February 14 – Room TBD Family Leave

February 21 – Room 10 – Minimum Wage

February 28 – Room 10 – Town Meeting prep – What have we done/Budget

– – Town Meeting Break – –

March 14 – Room 10 – Home Health / Choices for care

March 21 – Room 11 – Nursing Homes

March 28 – Room 10 – Home Delivered Meals, Congregate Meals, Nutrition

April 4 – Room 10 Tax Issues & Social Security Expedition

April 11 – Room 10 Senior Centers and Adult Days

April 18 – Room 10 Older Vermonters as Care Givers

April 25 – Room 10 Health & Wellness: falls preventions, mental health, substance abuse

May 2 – Room 10 Older Vermonters and Elder Justice / Elder Abuse

May 9 – Room 10 Older Workers

May 16 – Room 10 Transportation and Housing, including SASH

May 23 – Room 10 How did we improve the lives of older Vermonters?


For more information contact: Rep. Daniel Noyes 802-730-7171

 The Hunt for Good Hunting Grounds

October 19, 2017  
Filed under Things to do

Finding a place to hunt is relatively easy, but hunters tend to congregate where deer are most numerous, typically on lowland farm country — where posting is also common. However, the hunter who shows respect for the landowner and asks for permission to hunt can often find private land to hunt on. Generally, the biggest bucks with the best racks are found at the higher elevations on the Green Mountain Range and in the remote areas of the northern one-third of the state. However, the greatest numbers of deer are found in the lower elevations, particularly in the central, eastern and southern portions of the state. Read more

How to Get Vermont Fall Foliage Reports

October 19, 2017  
Filed under Things to do

Through late October, we will be surrounded by a spectacular show of colors. Vermont.com provides updates on the foliage as it changes. Its “Current Conditions” map provides an approximate view of the current foliage color in Vermont. Read more

Connect with Your Family on Genealogy Day

July 24, 2017  
Filed under Things to do

A genealogy enthusiast is urging Vermonters to connect with their relatives on Aug. 9 with a free event, Ceal Moran’s Genealogy Day Get Together. Ceal Moran has hosted the traveling event since 2009, held in a different town each year. Read more

Fun! For Young and Young at Heart at the Champlain Valley Fair

July 24, 2017  
Filed under Things to do

The Champlain Valley Fair offers ten days of fun for all ages and interests, an annual tradition that earned the Fair a spot among Vermont’s ten best events. The fair opens Friday, Aug. 25 at 3 p.m. with half price admission and ride bracelets all day, and closes on Sunday, Sept. 3 at midnight.

Vermont’s largest annual agricultural and entertainment tradition brings together people from across Vermont, New England, Quebec and beyond. It is the place to see old and new friends, enjoy great local food and compete for satin blue ribbons and bragging rights for the best chili, handmade quilt or heaviest pumpkin in Vermont.

The “Ten Best Days of Summer” also describes the Fair’s Coca-Cola Grandstand entertainment, both the Budweiser Concert Series and the other shows coming to the grandstand. Advance tickets to the summer’s biggest concerts include gate admission the day of the show.

This year’s concerts, all at 7 p.m., include:

Aug. 25: I Love the 90s, the Party Continues! With TLC, C&C Music Factory and more

Aug. 27: Brantley Gilbert

Sept. 1: John Mellencamp with Special Guest Carlene Carter

September 3: Pentatonix

The Fair’s staff has not forgotten the thrill-seeking motor sports fans, bringing back the Burnett Scrap Metal Championship Figure 8 Race on Aug. 30, or the Demolition Derby, Aug. 3. The Seth Yacovone Band will be performing before the show and between the preliminary bouts and the finals. The Monster Truck Night of Fire and Destruction will be Aug. 27 — these daredevils will take your breath away as they soar through the air doing acrobatic tricks. Note, admission to the Fair is not included with motor sports advance tickets.

On Aug. 29, the Fair welcomes the ultimate Rolling Stones tribute band, Satisfaction, for a free show in the Coca-Cola Grandstand.

Executive Director Tim Shea notes, “We’ve worked extra hard this year to make sure the fair is affordable for families.

New this year, the Fair is offering free parking before 1 p.m. on weekdays, giving people a chance to come out early and save a few dollars, while enjoying the fair at a quieter time.

Senior Day

Senior Day at the fair is Tuesday, Aug. 29, and those 55 and older save $3 off the admission with ID.  “It’s a great day for grandparents to bring their families to the fair and celebrate the last day before school starts,” Shea said. In addition, there will be food vendors offering $3 specials during the midweek.

Friday, Sept. 1, is Military Appreciation Day, with free admission for past and present members of our military with a valid Military ID.

 “The Strates Shows Midway returns with over 40 rides and games. They are again offering their pay-one-price ride bracelets every day. The ride bracelet can be used to ride all of the rides, all day long. “

Another way to save is advance discount admission and pay-on-price ride tickets available at all Price Chopper grocery stores in Vermont, New Hampshire and upstate New York. Tickets will be available from the beginning of August through Thursday, Aug. 24 and fair guests can save up to 25 percent by purchasing them in advance.

For a complete daily schedule and information on concerts and free entertainment, or to sign up for a free e-newsletter, visit champlainvalleyfair.org.

Vermont State Parks: Top 5 Views

July 24, 2017  
Filed under Things to do, Travel

ans of Vermont State Parks know and love the awesome scenery and fantastic views. You might try climbing one of the mountain summits, or a fire tower, or maybe you want to take a ride up the Mt. Ascutney auto road. Read more

25th Annual South End Art Hop

July 24, 2017  
Filed under Things to do

Friday evening - between Art Hop sitesBurlington’s South End will once again fill with all forms of art as the annual South End Art Hop returns for its 25th year Friday, Sept. 8 – Sunday, Sept. 10.  Read more

Spring/Early Summer Events

May 15, 2017  
Filed under Things to do

Get out and enjoy a variety of events this spring and early summer. Here is a sample of things going on around the state.

Vermont Maple Festival Read more

Québec comes to Vermont: Film Festival April 7-9th

April 4, 2017  
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Things to do

Bringing the world to Vermont through film


Global Roots Film Festival: Québec
Friday, April 7 – Sunday, April 9
Contois Auditorium, Downtown Burlington

Three days of screenings, guests and receptions celebrating the rich cinema of our neighbors to the North. Thank you to our reception sponsors: Penny Cluse Cafe (Fri. 6pm), Honey Road (Sat. & Sun. 6pm), Zero Gravity cash bar daily. 

A special thank you to the Québec Delegation, Boston, for helping VTIFF bring the visiting filmmakers, to Alliance française of the Lake Champlain region and to BCA for their continuing support.
Full program, passes and tickets available now – discounts for VTIFF Members.


Directed by Pablo Larraín
Chile | Spanish/French w/ English subtitles | 2016 | 107 min
Followed by a talk and audience Q&A with Latin American Poetry professor and Neruda scholar Tina Escaja
Wednesday, April 26, 7:00pm at Champlain College Alumni Auditorium

This exclusive Burlington screening is a joint benefit for the Vermont International Film Festival and the 2017 Burlington Book Festival.

By donation. Recommended amount $20. Make your donation here HERE.
More information is available at 802-660-2600 or 802-658-3328.


GloryVTIFF Presents: Glory (Slava)
Sponsored by Main Street Landing 
Directed by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov
Bulgaria/Greece | Bulgarian w/ English subtitles | 2016 | 101 min
Thursday, April 27, 7:00pm at Main Street Landing Film House

Tickets can be purchased HERE.


Community Screenings


junction 48Junction 48
Thursday, April 6, 7:00pm at Merrill’s Roxy Cinema

This is a Tugg event. 78 advance tickets need to be sold for it to take place.
Tickets can be purchased HERE




February 24, 2017  
Filed under News, Things to do

ACROSS THE COUNTRY in 15th ANNUAL March for Meals

Campaign will help fight senior isolation and hunger in Northwest Vermont

February 23, 2017 (Essex Junction, VT) – Age Well announced today that it will be participating in the 15th annual March for Meals – a month-long, nationwide celebration of Meal on Wheels and the homebound seniors who rely on its vital safety net.

Since 2002, Meals on Wheels America has led the March for Meals in an effort to fill the gap between the seniors served and those in need, which is widening due to increased demand, a rapidly aging population, declining public and private resources, and rising food, transportation and operational costs. This March, hundreds of local Meals on Wheels programs, like Age Well, will reach out to their communities to build the support that will enable them to deliver nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks to America’s seniors all year long.

“March is a time for us all to rally around Meals on Wheels,” said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO of Meals on Wheels America. “Our ability to meet the needs of vulnerable seniors lies in the willingness and generosity of businesses, government and concerned individuals of all ages to contribute in their own way. It not only makes economic sense to enable seniors to stay healthy and safe at home, but it improves the health and vibrancy of our communities and our nation at large.”

Age Well’s 2017 March for Meals provides an opportunity for local businesses and organizations to Sponsor-A-Route; whereas meals are provided to seniors for a selected period of time in exchange for exposure and promotion of their support. Several Sponsor-A-Route supporters have already pledged to contribute, including Phoenix Feeds and Nutrition, Vermont Relay, University of Vermont Medical Center, SCHIP Inc., and Main Street Landing.

“The services that we provide in Addison, Chittenden, Grand Isle and Franklin Counties are critical to meeting the needs of Vermont’s aging population,” said Sara Wool, Age Well’s Director of Communications. “Together, we can help seniors live independently, healthier at home and feeling more connected to their community as they age.”

For more information on how you can volunteer, contribute or speak out for the seniors, visit www.agewellvt.org.

About Age Well

Age Well is a nonprofit organization that serves Addison, Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties and is the largest Meals on Wheels provider in Vermont. Our mission is to provide the support and guidance that inspires our community to embrace aging with confidence. Since 1974, Age Well has delivered over 9 million meals, provided nutrition and care coordination services to over 50,000 people, and responded to over 250,000 calls through our senior helpline.

About Meals on Wheels America

Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based senior nutrition programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior hunger and isolation. This network exists in virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, research, education and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time. For more information, or to find a Meals on Wheels provider near you, visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org.


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