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Call to Artists: Show Your Work Statewide In 2020!

Call to Artists: Show Your Work Statewide In 2020!

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Inclusive Arts Vermont invites established and emerging Vermont artists to participate in ANEW, an exhibition showcasing works of art by Vermont artists with disabilities to travel statewide through the 2020 calendar year. The exhibition will begin its statewide tour at the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery in Burlington on February 15, 2020. Artists are asked to submit works that represent their interpretation of the theme of ANEW, highlighting beginnings, openings, doorways, and new starts. ANEW will offer participating artists opportunities to be featured in statewide publicity, build larger audiences for their work, and receive technical assistance in the professional documentation and presentatio…
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08/20/2019Call to Artists: Show Your Work Statewide In 2020!
Renewable energy funds available for farmers, rural businesses

Renewable energy funds available for farmers, rural businesses

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By Cody Smith, policy associate, Center for Rural Affairs In July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced more than $400 million available for farmers and rural business owners under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). REAP, a farm bill program, provides financing for energy efficiency upgrades like insulation, lighting, and HVAC systems. Renewable energy systems like solar panels, anaerobic digesters, and wind turbines are also eligible. For both farmers and rural business owners, these systems can help cut energy costs—keeping money in rural economies across the nation. On the farm, producers could use the funds for electric, solar, or gravity pumps for irrigation…
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08/20/2019Renewable energy funds available for farmers, rural businesses
Invest in Primary Care Where It Is Needed Most

Invest in Primary Care Where It Is Needed Most

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Bi-State Primary Care Association is proud of the work of our Vermont Congressional Delegation to increase access to comprehensive, affordable, quality health care for Vermonters and people across the nation. Senator Leahy advocates as a member of the Appropriations Committee and Congressman Welch is making his voice heard for added funding in his role on the Energy and Commerce Committee. Senator Sanders shapes policy through his role on the HELP Committee (Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions) and is championing key investments in accessible health care through legislation currently before Congress. Senator Sanders’s legislation is fully supported by Senator Leahy and Congressman W…
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08/20/2019Invest in Primary Care Where It Is Needed Most
Be a Mentor

Be a Mentor

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By Wendy Freundlich As September approaches and summer comes to its inevitable end, think about  becoming a mentor with Girls/Boyz First Mentoring.  We are a 22 year old community based mentoring program in central Vermont.  Our mission is to provide our mentees with high-quality, long-term mentoring relationships that inspire, support and enable our mentees to realize their full potential and prepare for successful futures as productive, responsible and caring individuals. A project of Washington Central Friends of Education, GBF serves WCSU and Montpelier youth.  Typically, children join our program between the ages of 8-10. Although GBF is a one-year commitment, mentor pairs often stay…
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08/20/2019Be a Mentor
You Can’t Predict Baseball

You Can’t Predict Baseball

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…the question is which myopic owners will sabotage their franchise by signing Manny Machado and Bryce Harper to long-term contracts. And which teams will give themselves a chance to win by saying no and sticking to the cheap young players that they already have. –me (August 3, 2018) A baseball team that signs a superstar to a long-term contract is making a mistake. Agreeing to pay someone top d…
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08/20/2019You Can’t Predict Baseball
Sweden: A Lesson for America?

Sweden: A Lesson for America?

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(4 Stars) Now on Amazon Prime Video We could sure learn some lessons from the Social Democrats of Sweden. The big, enlightened, compassionate central government in Stockholm doesn’t let market forces get in the way of its universal healthcare, enviable schools, and guaranteed cradle-to-grave financial security... ...I honestly thought that’s what this documentary was going to be about. But cha…
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08/13/2019Sweden: A Lesson for America?
School Boards Health Benefit Proposal Strikes the Right Balance

School Boards Health Benefit Proposal Strikes the Right Balance

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By Elizabeth Fitzgerald Vermonters recognize that one of our most important public responsibilities is the education of our children. Not only is it a moral and legal imperative, but it is also critical for the economic future of our state. Providing a high-quality education for Vermont children means that we must make sure that those who choose to work in our schools are fairly compensated for the work they do. A large and growing share of that compensation is the high quality, generous health insurance that is provided by school districts to teachers and other education employees. As is the case for many Vermont employers, health insurance and other benefits can help attract, recruit and…
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08/13/2019School Boards Health Benefit Proposal Strikes the Right Balance
The Greatest Invention

The Greatest Invention

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By G. E. Shuman Okay, so, today I want to talk to you about what I think is mankind’s greatest invention. If asked what that invention might be, most people would probably mention penicillin or computers, medicine or manned flight, the internal combustion engine or artificial intelligence, or some other invention that is great, but in my mind still not the greatest invention of them all. Others would mention fire, which was not invented, but rather, discovered, or the wheel, that old circular standby when talking about man’s greatest inventions. In the case of the wheel, it was a good idea, but the greatest invention? I think not. Without keeping you in further suspense, as if you have bee…
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08/13/2019The Greatest Invention
Unintended Consequences

Unintended Consequences

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By Stilton Jarlsberg The recent rash of mass shootings has left the nation stunned but, sadly, not speechless. The usual media and political suspects are saying the usual things, using the bodies of the innocent as a sickening ideological soapbox. We’re not going to do that here. These gruesome murders are not about, nor caused by, politics. Rather, they are the unavoidable and perhaps unstoppable product of a deeply diseased culture. A culture which has become the perfect growth medium for psychopathy. “Loners” are no longer alone when in their online worlds. They can communicate without actual human contact. They can find reinforcement for their darkest and most twisted thoughts and fan…
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08/13/2019Unintended Consequences
Leahy: Vermont Receives $98,918 to Connect Schools and Local Farms Under Leahy-Authored Farm to School Program

Leahy: Vermont Receives $98,918 to Connect Schools and Local Farms Under Leahy-Authored Farm to Scho…

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A program long championed by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) will invest $98,918 in bolstering efforts to bring local agriculture into the classrooms and cafeterias of Vermont schools.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced Farm to School grants to connect child nutrition programs with local farmers. Leahy said:  “Tying local agriculture to our schools not only provides our children with healthy meals and improved nutrition, it encourages a long standing connection to the farms that define our Green Mountain State.  Every student deserves equal access to healthy meals, and I’m proud that our school nutrition leaders will use these funds to help all children gain a better und…
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08/06/2019Leahy: Vermont Receives $98,918 to Connect Schools and Local Farms Under Leahy-Authored Farm to Scho…
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Call to Artists: Show Your Work Statewide In 2020!

Inclusive Arts Vermont invites established and emerging Vermont artists to participate in ANEW, an exhibition showcasing works of art by Vermont artists with disabilities to travel statewide through the 2020 calendar year. The exhibition will begin i...

Read More

Renewable energy funds available for farmers, rural businesses

By Cody Smith, policy associate, Center for Rural Affairs In July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced more than $400 million available for farmers and rural business owners under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). REAP, a f...

Read More

Invest in Primary Care Where It Is Needed Most

Bi-State Primary Care Association is proud of the work of our Vermont Congressional Delegation to increase access to comprehensive, affordable, quality health care for Vermonters and people across the nation. Senator Leahy advocates as a member of th...

Read More

Be a Mentor

By Wendy Freundlich As September approaches and summer comes to its inevitable end, think about  becoming a mentor with Girls/Boyz First Mentoring.  We are a 22 year old community based mentoring program in central Vermont.  Our mission is to provide...

Read More

You Can’t Predict Baseball

…the question is which myopic owners will sabotage their franchise by signing Manny Machado and Bryce Harper to long-term contracts. And which teams will give themselves a chance to win by saying no and sticking to the cheap young players that they a...

Read More

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