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AARP Vermont Speaks Out Against Another Cost Increase for the Vermont Gas Pipeline Project

Posted on 06/21/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/dreville/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Vermont |

June 21, 2016 “AARP Vermont is not surprised to hear that another cost increase – nearly $12 million — has been announced by Vermont Gas Systems and that ratepayers are once again going to take a direct hit for a portion of it. This is a project that company officials have repeatedly assured the public will come in “on time and on budget.” Clearly this is not the case.  Costs continue to pile up and the company now expects customers …

The Next VT Governor Needs to Address the Issues You Care About! Come to a Candidate Town Hall in July

Posted on 06/20/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/dreville/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Vermont |

Gubernatorial Town Halls: We invite you to attend candidate town hall style forums this summer with all five candidates for Governor. Find out how each candidate stands on issues important to older Vermonters like transportation challenges, high utility bills or housing issues. Ask your own questions—face to face. When: July 13th and July 14th Doors will open at 5pm with reception.  The forum begins at 5:30 pm, with 45 minutes per candidate, followed by reception. July 13th: Phil Scott, Matt …

Help Shape the Debate! Participate in the Political Process in the VT Governor’s Race.

Posted on 06/14/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/dreville/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Vermont |

We are headed into a critical election both nationally and locally; and voters deserve to know how candidates will lead. The future of Social Security needs to be a critical part of the debate for President.  As for state level elections, if a candidate wants to be Governor, they should be able to tell us their plans to address transportation needs and the rising cost of our utilities.  We need your help to ensure issues facing older adults are top …

Bethel, VT is Awarded $15,000 Sponsorship for Community Revitalization Demonstration Project

Posted on 05/17/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/dreville/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Vermont |

After an extensive review of several very qualified applicants, AARP Vermont has selected Bethel, VT to receive a $15,000 sponsorship aimed at a downtown revitalization demonstration project slated for late this summer.  AARP, town officials and local groups will be collaborating with Team Better Block to implement the Community Demonstration Project — an approach to revitalization that begins with temporarily transforming a single block into a vibrant destination that illustrates the potential for new business, safer streets and improved livability. …

Get Tech Savvy — Free Tech Workshop on May 7

Posted on 04/29/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/dreville/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Vermont |

The CommYOUnity Tech Talk is a free event co-hosted by AARP Vermont, Small Dog Electronics, and Technology for Tomorrow that will provide community members with free tech training. Local businesses are partnering to bring technology education to those who need it.  AARP Vermont, Small Dog Electronics, and Technology for Tomorrow are co-hosting the CommYOUnity Tech Talk on Saturday, May 7th from 9am-12pm.  The Tech Talk will be hosted at F.H.T. Middle School 500 Dorset Street, South Burlington.  The Tech Talk …

Minneapolis Mayor To Speak in Burlington — Walkable, Bikeable Cities

Posted on 04/22/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/dreville/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Vermont |

Do you want inspiration for how Burlington could make its streets safe for walking and biking — for everyone, all year round?  Join us for an evening with Betsy Hodges, the mayor of Minneapolis, who will share her city’s work to bring walking and biking within reach for all her city’s residents. Come to Contois Auditorium at  Burlington City Hall — Tues. April 26 at 5 PM. Minneapolis is the first and only US city to be honored as one …

Free Shred Day in South Burlington — April 30!

Posted on 04/13/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/dreville/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Vermont |

As part of its ongoing efforts to help consumers avoid falling victim to identity theft, AARP Vermont is holding “Shred Fest 2016” – an event to provide free shredding of personal financial documents and other sensitive records. The Shred Fest will be held on Saturday, April 30th at the former Kmart parking lot on Shelburne Rd. in South Burlington. It is open to everyone…AARP member or not. Shredding services begins at 9:00 a.m. and will continue until noon, or until …

Top 10 Scams from the IRS — Community Education Presentations Offered

Posted on 04/8/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/dreville/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Vermont |

Every 2 seconds someone’s identity is stolen!  Sadly, older Vermonters are being targeted in great numbers. AARP Vermont and the Fraud Watch Network are working across Vermont to give you information and tools to protect yourself and your family from these cons.  Free informational forums are being offered to community groups, senior centers, libraries, residential facilities and other organizations upon request.  If you are interested, contact Elliott Greenblott at 802-254-4489 or egreenblott@aarp.org. Here’s a look at the latest scams: 1. …

AARP Vermont Offers $15,000 Sponsorship for Community Revitalization Projects

Posted on 03/23/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/dreville/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Vermont |

AARP Vermont is collaborating with Team Better Block to implement a Community Demonstration Project in one Vermont community in 2016. The $15,000 initiative is an approach to revitalization that begins with temporarily transforming a single block into a vibrant destination that illustrates the potential for new business, safer streets and improved livability. Typically, cities have used their Better Blocks to set up farmers’ markets, beer gardens, bookstores and fruit stands. They’ve built swings and climbing areas, set up trampolines and …

Defending the Status Quo Misses the Mark — Vermonters Need Real Public Advocate

Posted on 03/18/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/dreville/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Vermont |

“Everything is OK.” That seems to be the conclusion of the recent report and testimony by the Vermont Department of Public Service (DPS) in responding to a legislative order to study whether its advocacy unit is best representing ratepayers. Unfortunately, everything is not OK, and both their report and public comments, while defending the status quo, actually prove how they are failing at that mission. It shows that the DPS does not serve, in any fashion, as a ratepayer advocate. …