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October 18th, 2018

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1918 Spanish Flu… The Almost Forgotten Flu

October, 2018 marks the 100th Anniversary of the deadliest flu epidemic in history – the Spanish Flu. It killed between 50 and 100 million people worldwide and infected about 1/3 of the planet’s population. According to Dr. Kristin Watkins, a Colorado historian of infectious diseases, “I’ve only come across a small plaque at Creighton University in...

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Capstone Corner

The first Selling Club craft sale held in the Conference Room at Capstone Community Action in Barre in September. Capstone Community Action recently started a new project for local craftspeople, called the Selling Club. Local craftspeople from the area came together to show off their crafts and sell some, too. The artists included: Linda Hebert wit...

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AARP Scam Alert 

Are You Oversharing? It seems that everyone overshares on social media sites these days. But sharers beware! Scammers have become increasingly smart and sneaky, using information people share online to find targets for their next scams. For example, if you share photos and status updates about your vacation out of the country, scammers may use this...

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Capstone Corner

After one year of saving up to $1,000 for education, homeownership or starting a micro business Capstone Community Action’s Individual Development Account (IDA) program will match your money and double your savings! The state sponsored IDA program helps Vermonters save and earn money for goals that help to develop their assets. After completing a s...

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Volunteers Needed for Vermont River Cleanups in September

We all see the tires, plastic bottles, and other assorted trashs in our rivers and along our river banks. While collecting trash out of a river may not sound like the most fun way to spend a few hours, hundreds of Vermonters find it rewarding to annually participate in river cleanups to maintain the beauty our state is known for. This September, jo...

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Pick Apples for a Cause this Hunger Action Month

September is National Hunger Action Month, and here in Vermont local apple orchards are teaming up with the Vermont Foodbank to give Vermonters a fun way to take action. In partnership with sponsors, Target and Front Porch Forum, and 18 local apple orchards, the Vermont Foodbank is mobilizing groups and individuals throughout the state to pick appl...

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Sharing Your Care

Caregiving is an emotional journey for the caregiver and the person receiving the care. Throughout the journey, it is easy to become so involved in the physical caregiving that we don’t make time to acknowledge and work through the emotions. Often times a caregiver can experience a wide range of emotions in a very short time span. The person being...

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Vote for Vermont: Vermont’s Native Americans

“Native people are place-based instead of church-based. They go outside where God exits for them.” They go outside where God exists for them. The Abenaki consider themselves just a strand in the Circle of Creation.” Melody Walker Brook I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing two members of the Abenaki Tribe: Chief Don Stevens, Nulhegan Abenaki...

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Sharing Your Care: UTIs Are More Common Than You Think

By Barbara Clark, Project Independence  A sudden personality change observed in a loved one can be caused by a variety of things; depression, pain, medications, and urinary tract infections (UTI) are a few of the most common causes. If your loved one has dementia, personality changes can also be one of the effects of the progression of the illness....

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VOTE FOR VERMONT: Status of Mental Health in Vermont

Anne Donahue joined Ben Kinsley and Pat McDonald, co-hosts for Vote for Vermont to talk about the status of mental health in Vermont. Anne has been an advocate for people with mental illness for many years. Anne feels that Vermont is actually one of the better system in place throughout the national, although flawed in many ways. Anne has long foug...

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