Winter Driving Tips


Winter Driving Tips 
* Your vehicle should have weather-appropriate tires.
* The anti-freeze should register to -30/-40 degrees below zero.
* Make sure your wipers are working properly and blades are in good condition.
* Make sure window wash receptacle is filled with washer fluid.
* Create a ‘cold weather’ kit:
    * Flashlight with extra batteries
    * Snow brush
    * Jumper cables
    * Chains
    * Extra washer fluid
    * Small snow shovel
* Be aware of weather report and road conditions before starting your trip.
* Always leave more space between you and the vehicle in front of you.
* Do not use cruise control or overdrive on any snow or ice-covered road.
* Keep the gas tank at least half full.
* Never warm up your vehicle in a closed garage.
* Take more time to stop.
* If you have ABS, do not pump the brakes — press brake pedal firmly.
* Be prepared for the unexpected.
* Remember, there may be animals in the roadway.
Bridges Freeze
Before Roads

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Are You Thankful?


Are You Thankful?
Thanksgiving is fast upon us.
According to tradition this is one of the most “traveled” holidays on the calendar.
Not only are families headed home for turkey and all the fixin’s, but shoppers will be celebrating “Black” Friday diving for bargains in virtually every retail establishment.
Other than tolerating the occasional sharp elbow, what does or can this mean to you?
Obviously, if  you are one of the thousands of motorists who will ply our roadways over the next six weeks, it means an extra ounce of awareness would be beneficial to you and the “other guy.”
Distracted drivers, distracted shoppers, anxious parents, and excited children, coupled with cold temperatures, snow, and ice are the ingredients for potential serious problems.
This is no time to be distracted.

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Vermont 2-1-1 Monthly Report


Vermont 2-1-1 Monthly Report  

A Message from the Director, MaryEllen Mendl

Autumn Leaves 
As Autumn painted the state in vivid shades of scarlet, saffron and russet, the winter days drew closer, clear and crisp under harvest skies. And now the frost begins to coat the countryside like a sugar glaze, reminding us all of Vermont’s next touch of beauty, but also forewarning us of the hard season to come. October’s call volume of 3,369 is indicative of the changing season. Falling leaves, falling temperatures, and a spike in calls for Utility Assistance! This is a historical trend that we, here at 2-1-1, have come to expect each fall. It is a certainty that these numbers will continue to rise as winter settles in. One early stressor that may be adding to this year’s spike might very well be the fact that eleven fuel dealers, providing oil/propane/kerosene, have either dropped out of the State’s seasonal fuel program or have been decertified by the State Fuel Office.  This means that close to 1,400 vulnerable households need to find new fuel suppliers certified with the Fuel Program, in order to receive a Seasonal Fuel Benefit.
The sub-category of Public Health has seen a steady rise in numbers since July. Review of referrals made show that the primary reason for the increase in calls came from requests for assistance with  “home sanitation”, those programs that protect the public from unhealthy living conditions by enforcing laws which require that dwellings meet minimum maintenance and sanitation standards, as well as minimum lighting and ventilation requirements. 
Another area of interest, not surprisingly, is the increase in calls in the Health Care category. October recorded the highest number of calls this year in this category. In the last month or two, Vermonters have been calling for information on State Health Insurance Information and Counseling, directly attributable to Vermont Health Connect and the “Exchange.” 
Another sure sign of the upcoming winter season is reflected in the number of calls received for information about holiday programs. Over thirty percent of the calls for Individual and Family Support Programs this month were from Vermonters looking for assistance to help make their holidays special for their families. 
As we enter the “giving season” let’s do our best to remember that we grow by giving of ourselves. If you haven’t yet taken the opportunity to reach out a helping hand, consider doing so today. There are community food shelves, local emergency financial assistance programs and holiday giving programs responding to the needs of our neighbors as best they can.  You can make a difference! As these October statistics show, the need is great!

Want to learn more about the needs in your community?
View Vermont 2-1-1’s October Call Volume Report

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Vermont Environmental, Health & Safety training seminars


Upcoming Vermont environmental, health and safety seminars from various providers:


ServSafe®  Food Protection Manager seminar, Date:12/6/2013, Time:8:30 AM TO 5:00 PM, Doubletree Burlington Hotel, 1117 Williston Rd., South Burlington , VT 05403.  ServSafe® certification is highly recommended by the Vermont Health Department. Who Should Attend? Managers, Cooks, Chefs, Bartenders, Supervisors, Owners, Culinary Teachers, Dietary Aides, Caterers, and anyone who prepares, handles, or serves food for the public. Cost: $185 per person, non-member ; $135 per person, Vermont Chamber member.  Includes textbook, exam, tuition, and beverages (coffee, tea, and water). Lunch not included. Deadline to Register: November 25.  Call 802-262-2114 with questions. 

10-Hour General Industry Safety and Health Course, December 9-10, 2013, Time: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM, Location: Rockingham, Vermont The OSHA Outreach Training Program for General Industry provides training for workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of safety and health hazards in general industry workplaces. Its purpose is to promote workplace safety and health. The program also provides information regarding workers’ rights and employer responsibilities. Upon successful completion of this course, participants will receive an OSHA General Industry Safety and Health 10-Hour card, 2 Days, December 9 and 10, 2013, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM.  Cost is $150 per person; Contact Chip Siler, phone 802.428.2595; e-mail  or Bob DeSiervo, phone 802.365.7179; e-mail


Green Mountain Safety Consulting, L.L.C.In Alliance with the Hickok & Boardman Network of CompaniesBurlington offices

December 12   How Safety Can Affect Your Business in 2014

To register or for more information go to: or email: or call or (802) 862-1399

AGC/VT To Provide HAZ-COM Global Harmonization Training

Montpelier: Friday, November 14; 8:00 AM – Noon (AGC/VT Training Center)

Montpelier: Friday, December 6; 8:00 AM – Noon (AGC/VT Training Center)

Rutland: Tuesday, December 19; 8:00 AM – Noon (Location TBA)
Employers have until December 31 to train employees on the new OSHA standard. The new rules are even more prescriptive and complicated than usual.  Fee: $99/pp  Light Breakfast included, Maximum 20 Students per class Register now to reserve your place, FAX your contact information to: 802-223-1809

 Or email:  


Vermont Forklift Train the Trainer Class

RUTLAND, Asa Bloomer State Office Building, Room 266, Thursday, Dec 19, 8:30-3:00.  Location: WILLISTON, VTC Blair Park, Room 401, Thursday, Jan 9, 8:30-3:00

PLATTSBURGH (NY), North Country Chamber of Commerce, Tuesday, Feb 11, 8:00-2:30.  Did you know that (V)OSHA requires that all Fork Truck operators be trained by a “qualified person”?  This forklift training is designed for powered lift truck operators in manufacturing, construction and retail.  A complete overview of 29 CFR 1910.178 (V)OSHA standards will be followed with a discussion on load balance, characteristics and truck components, engineering design, fueling, and fundamentals of operation, with a hands on forklift safety inspection.  This course is primarily a train-the-trainer seminar, and can be used to fulfill the classroom component of (V)OSHA requirements. Valuable handouts and lunch included.  Registration is $150 per person, contact Bruce Gray at or 518-562-1462.


SAVE THE DATE for the 2014 Worksite Wellness Conference, March 27, 2014, in Burlington, VT.   Conference info. will be posted at:


FIND Vermont Safety seminars at: events calendar (the Vermont Safety & Health Council, is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to promoting workplace safety education, and is a great resource for anyone with safety in their job description. Your company should be a member!)



December 12, – 8 hour HAZWOPER Refresher Training.  This 8 hour annual refresher course is for individuals trained per the OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) standard at Cardno ATC, 171 Commerce St. Williston, VT 05495.  Call Eric Nehrbauer at 802-862-1980 to register


Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence

The awards recognize the actions taken by individuals and organizations to conserve and protect natural resources, prevent pollution, and promoted sustainability.  Application due date:  January 27, 2014.  For more detail see:


Vermont Environmental Consortium Presents Annual Meeting & TRADE SHOW – CELEBRATING ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN  VERMONT’S ENVIRONMENTAL & ENERGY BUSINESS SECTORS.  Thursday, NOVEMBER 21st, 2013, 8:00AM – 6:00PM.  Presentations & Workshops: Opera House, 67 Merchants Row, Downtown Rutland, VT 05701

Highlights:  * Financing Innovation Panel Moderated by Janice St. Onge, VSJF; panelists Will Rapp, Gardner’s Supply; Eli Moulton, Merrick, Merrick & Moulton; Luke Shullenberger, Green Lantern Development Corporation; Tim David, Fresh Tracks Capital * Environmental & energy businesses on display! * Tours of the Green Mountain Power Energy Innovation Center * Celebration of Vermont educational Institutions’ award winning environmental projects & programs. Presenters:  * GMP President Mary Powell * Governor Peter Shumlin (invited) * Rutland Mayor Chris Louras 

* Matt Dunne Director of Public Affairs for Google.  REGISTER NOW!!   More info. or to Register via this link.  

HAZARDOUS WASTE & Hazardous MATerials TRAINING, Cerberus EHS Seminars – Meeting RCRA, OSHA, and US DOT Training Requirements, For more information contact: or call: (802) 321-9005

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Train the Trainer Workshop on Financial Literacy


Train the Trainer Workshop on Financial Literacy
This free workshop will give you the skills and information you will need to help people learn skills to improve their financial situation.  Each participant will receive a Financial Education Tool Kit that has information for them to us as well as handouts for the people they are working with. 
Who should attend:
*Anyone who has Human Resource responsibilities
*Anyone who works with people as a case manager or in another capacity who would like to help      their clients manage their financial resources more effectively. 
What will be covered:
 *Understand Your Paycheck
 *Savings and Investments
 *Credit Score and Credit Report
When and where is the workshop taking place:
November 22, 2013    
9:00 am to 11:00 am
Green Mountain United Way office
963 Paine Turnpike N
Berlin, VT
How can I register for the training?
Call Green Mountain United Way at 802-229-9532 or 
email Nancy Zorn at
This training is presented by the Green Mountain United Way with support from a grant from the FINRA Foundation. 

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– Amazing Volunteer Opportunity – 8th Annual Kaleidoscope of Talent!


Hi friends,

For the past eight years I have been involved, in one way or another, with the Green Mountain United Way Kaleidoscope of Talent.  This year, I am the volunteer coordinator Chair!  The 8th Annual Kaleidoscope of Talent will take place on Saturday March 8th, 2014.

I am hoping you will consider being a member of the committee along with me. I believe we could accomplish the task in three or less meetings. 

Since this is the 8th time the Kaleidoscope of Talent has been produced we do not have to re-invent the wheel.  Several documents are all ready and will be a great aid to our committee.  The most urgent task will be contacting businesses to purchase ads for the 2014 program with a dead line of February 7th.   Of course finding acts to audition will be a top priority.

Many of the tasks on the TO DO LIST have persons already in place for 2014. Please let me know if you would like to help out on the Committee, you may call my phone below.   If not in person perhaps via email you might be able to take part in this most wonderful community event.

Thank you,


Arthur B.Zorn

410 Camp Street

Barre, Vermont 05641

(802) 622-0376  Cell (802) 522-7649

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Save A Life – Give Blood!


It feels good to give.

Blood donors report feeling a sense of great satisfaction after making their donation. Why? Because helping others in need just feels good.

Upcoming Blood Drives:
Norwich University
Nov 07, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
158 Harmon Dr
Northfield, VT
Please call 800-RED-CROSS to schedule an appointment
Harwood Union High School
Nov 13, 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM
458 Vt. Route 100
Moretown, VT
Please call 800-RED-CROSS to schedule an appointment
Montpelier High School
Nov 15, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
5 High School Dr
Montpelier, VT
Please call 800-RED-CROSS to schedule an appointment

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Free Parenting Workshops

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Free Parenting Workshops: 

 Thursday November 7th, 14th, and 21st from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
 Can you believe it? We are offering FREE parenting workshops!! We are super excited for the next series of workshops coming up. November’s workshop series is offered in the evening from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. For the first workshop series, Alora Goodkind, midwife and massage therapist will guide us in practicing the wonderfully beneficial art of Infant Massage. We’ll learn all about how to keep babies clean, dry and green. At the second workshop of the series, Cloth Diapering 101, with guru Marcela Williamson. For our third offering this series, clinical herbalist Andie Barger will lead a workshop on Herbal Care for families where we’ll learn how to use herbs with our families and make our own herbal products to bring home! If you are interested in attending please sign up in advance by emailing or call us at (802) 595-7953

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Volunteer Today


Volunteer Today
Do you know a dream volunteer? Your next door neighbor? Your mother-in-law? 
Home visitors are the core of our program and they are treasured in the community as essential support to our new families. Connect them with us today, AND we would love YOU to join us as a home visitor. 
Share your time, caring, and wisdom with a new mom and her baby doing postpartum home visits for Good Beginnings.
Thank you for considering us in your gift of time. Being supported and help by a strong mothering community in the early months postpartum can shape and color a woman’s confidence to parent from the very beginning of her mothering time.
You can help combat isolation and postpartum depression simply by connecting with a local family.

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