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Aging survey

The Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living (DAIL) and Vermont’s Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) are conducting surveys to better understand the needs of older Vermonters and family caregivers and the services and resources available to them to ensure all Vermonters can age well with dignity. The deadline to complete the survey is Oct. 23.

If you live in Vermont and are age 60 or older, complete the survey here:

If you are a family caregiver of any age, caring for a Vermonter age 60 or older, take the survey here:

If you would prefer a hard copy of either survey, contact Flint Springs Associates at 482-5100.

VCAAP deadline

MONTPELIER — The deadline for the Vermont COVID-19 Agricultural Assistance Program (VCAAP) Dairy Assistance Application and Agriculture & Working Lands Application has been extended to Nov. 15 at 8 a.m. The Vermont Agency of Agriculture will continue to process applications received prior to the initial deadline of Oct. 1 at 8 a.m. The Agency will temporarily suspend taking new applications for a couple of weeks to update the application. The Agency will let the public know when the application is up and running again.

Multi-lingual voters

The League of Women Voters of Vermont (LWVVT) has translated its Voting In Vermont tri-fold brochure as part of its outreach to Vermonters with limited English proficiency. Available in Chinese, Nepalese and Somali, these three languages have been identified by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service as the most predominant non-English speaking immigrant populations who become U.S. citizens in Vermont. Request a brochure by email to

Rotary presentation

Rotary District 7850 announces keynote speaker and author Joey Coleman will present “Never Lose a Customer Again” by Zoom at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. Rotary District 7850 is comprised of members from Vermont, New Hampshire and Quebec. Members of the public will be charged $50 for this and may register at

Fraser elected to board

MONTPELIER — William Fraser, Montpelier City Manager will join the International City/County Management Association Executive Board as vice president of the North East Region for the 2020-2021 term.

VFN receives grant

The U.S. Department of Education/Office for Special Education Programs (U.S. DOE/OSEP) has named Vermont Family Network (VFN) as the Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) for Vermont for the next five years, awarding the organization $200,000/year. PTIs, as defined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), serve parents of children aged birth through 26 with the full range of disabilities. For more information, visit or call 1-800-800-4005.

New Board members

Vermont Family Network announces Fabienne Difazio of Shelburne and Ellen LaPlante of Williston were unanimously voted onto the Board of Directors. Both are parents of special needs children. Boisvert-Defazio is employed at the U.S. Attorney’s office for the District of Vermont/U.S. Department of Justice and does volunteer work supporting underrepresented populations. LaPlante is a partner at Unsworth LaPlante, PLLC, in Essex Junction.

Rural libraries grants

WATERBURY CENTER — The Children’s Literary Foundation Rural Libraries grant provides Vermont and New Hampshire public libraries with new children’s and young adult books, new books for the local elementary school, two storytelling events (virtual or outdoor and distanced), funds for special programs, and new books for each child to choose. The following libraries were awarded the grant for the 2020-2021 school year:

In Vermont, Cabot Public Library in Cabot, Jamaica Memorial Library in Jamaica, Cobleigh Public Library in Lyndonville, North Hero Public Library in North Hero, Solomon Wright Public Library in Pownal, Arvin A. Brown Public Library in Richford, Tunbridge Public Library in Tunbridge, Wardsboro Public Library in Wardsboro, and Ainsworth Public Library in Williamstown.

In New Hampshire, Effingham Public Library in Effingham, Weeks Memorial Library in Lancaster, and Davis Public Library in Stoddard.

Watershed Explorers

BURLINGTON — Lake Champlain Sea Grant invites students to become certified Watershed Explorers by completing a series of activities designed to teach them about watershed science and the Lake Champlain Basin. The Watershed Explorer Challenge, while geared to Grades 5-8, is also suitable for upper elementary or early high school students. Free copies of the activities booklet are available at libraries and other sites throughout Vermont as well as communities in New York in the Lake Champlain basin. For more information, visit


Copley Hospital

A girl, Aubree Nichole Delisle, was born Sept. 12, 2020, to Kayla Royal and Devin Delisle of Johnson.

Gifford Medical Center

A girl, Anna Kate Lambert, was born Sept. 25, 2020, to David and Jessica (Mulder) Lambert of Randolph.

A girl, Olivia Grace Ferris, was born Sept. 28, 2020, to Kellianne Pascarelli and Joshua Ferris of Braintree.

A girl, Elila M. Thibodeau, was born Sept. 28, 2020, to Blaize Schillinger and Benjamin Thibodeau of Strafford.

College news

Community College of Vermont 2020 summer academic honors include:

President’s list — Encendre Eng-Lambert, Parker Morse, both of Montpelier; and Jon Geddes of Northfield.

Dean’s list — Amber Thomas of Barre; and Katelyn Shepard of Waterbury.

Honors list — Nicole Gallup, Kristiana Kennison, John Raspe, Brooke Rosa, Amelia Salata-Hartman, Megan Trombly, Zalema Velasquez, all of Barre; Reid Atwood of East Barre; Laura Dailey of East Calais; John Alber, Emily Montague, both of Montpelier; Anna Duffy of Warren; Lena Baird, Bailey McHugh, Aimee Smith, all of Waterbury.

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