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September 21st, 2018

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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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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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