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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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Worth the Ride

By Katie Moritz “Donut hole?” the waitress behind the Wayside’s U-shaped counter asks, holding out two bowls. One contains plain donut holes, brown and crisp, the other holds donuts coated thick with crunchy grains of sugar. She checks with each diners, who, even well into retirement age, pluck the treats like children. She then moves out from behi...

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Equine-Based Leadership Focuses on Direction & Connection

By Katie Moritz It’s a warm sunny day and Lucinda Newman, the owner of Horses and Pathfinders Equine-Guided Education, Leadership, and Coaching in Moretown, Vermont, is sitting in a shady spot behind her horse barn. She stares out over grazed pastures lolling gently down to where the Mad River meets the Winooski River. There is a general sense of c...

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Vote For Vermont: Vermont’s Pension Crisis

On April 9, 2018 David Coates, retired managing partner at KPMG visited Vote for Vermont to talk to Ben Kinsley and Pat McDonald, co-hosts and co-producers of the show. about the unfunded liability of the teachers’ and state employees’ pension plan to include health benefits. Just for clarification “unfunded liability” means that the fund does not...

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Sharing Your Care: Planning Ahead Legally

Whether you’re caring for a loved one who wants/needs to get his/her affairs in order or you want to make arrangements for yourself, there are a few documents everyone should have in place. Some of these forms can be completed on-line or you may wish to seek legal assistance. Consulting a lawyer who specializes in elder law is recommended if you ar...

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VOTE FOR VERMONT: The Sale of Vermont Yankee and Its Impact on The Town of Vernon

Last month Ben Kinsley and Pat McDonald attended the last public hearing of the Vt. Public Utility Commission (formerly the Vermont Public Service Board) on the sale of Vermont Yankee (Entergy). After listening to all testimony, we felt that a show on the sale of Vermont Yankee and its impact on the Town of Vernon would be interesting to our viewer...

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Vote For Vermont: “Understanding Vermont’s Opioid Crisis – Working Together to Create a More Resilient Community”

“The opioid crisis touches everyone in our state. Many Vermonters have family members and loved ones who became addicted after receiving opioid prescriptions for pain. Others were exposed to opioids and other drugs through friends, dealers and traffickers. Regardless of how they were exposed, we know we have among us many who now have the chronic,...

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Q & A with Local Forecaster Roger Hill

By Katie Moritz Roger Hill has been forecasting weather for listeners of Radio Vermont (WDEV, WLVB, WCVT, and 101 The One) for about eighteen years now. He also freelances. On Friday, May 3rd, Hill took the time to answer the questions below. 1. How did weather first interest you? I was about seven or eight and we were traveling by car, just outsid...

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