AARP VT Volunteer Receives Special Award

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2019-05-10T12:01:20-04:00">May 10, 2019</time> by AARP Vermont

  At Greater Northshire Access Television’s (GNAT) annual Volunteer Appreciation event, the 2018 “GNATTY” Award for exceptional service was awarded to Elliott Greenblott. Elliott, the Vermont Fraud Watch Network state coordinator for AARP Vermont is a natural host for his regular series Mr. Scammer. GNAT-TV and Elliott have produced 15 shows and 17 special scam alerts, which provide specific information about the latest financial and identity scams. Viewers hear from experts on a variety of topics such as, identity theft, investment …

Fraud and Scam Prevention Presentations Slated for May and June Across VT

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2019-05-08T10:13:50-04:00">May 8, 2019</time> by AARP Vermont

        Following is a list of community presentations scheduled for May and June around Vermont.  These sessions are conducted by trained expert and are designed to give attendees the information and resources to protect themselves and their families from scams and fraud.  They are free and open to the public. If you’d like a presentation in your community or at your organization, please call 413-210-9778.   May May 9 — Davies Library, Waterford, VT — 6:30 PM …

FCC Scam Alert — Beware of the “One-Ring” Call

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2019-05-06T09:33:50-04:00">May 6, 2019</time> by AARP Vermont

The FCC on Friday warned consumers of a surge in robocalls known as the “One Ring” scam — but it has nothing to do with Sauron or his minions in Middle-earth. Jokes aside, the “One Ring” or “Wangiri” scam targets potential victims with a series of calls — usually from the 222 area code — often in the middle of the night. “Recent reports indicate these calls are using the ‘222’ country code from the West African nation of Mauritania,” …

Mr. Scammer TV Program Features Top State Investigator

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2019-04-26T10:58:01-04:00">April 26, 2019</time><time class="updated" datetime="2019-04-26T11:08:54-04:00">April 26, 2019</time> by AARP Vermont

  Elliott Greenblott, state coordinator of AARP’s Fraud Watch Network, conducted a TV interview with one of  Vermont’s top fraud investigators last week. Bill Carrigan is deputy commissioner of the State’s Division of Financial Regulation. He shares his perspectives on a range of securities frauds, real estate scams, Ponzi schemes and other crimes that put Vermonters at risk. The “Mr. Scammer” program is produced at Greater Northshire Access Television (GNAT-TV) in Southern VT and airs on cable access stations across …

Check Out this Year’s Town Office Education Conference at Lake Morey

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2019-03-19T14:49:04-04:00">March 19, 2019</time><time class="updated" datetime="2019-03-19T14:55:26-04:00">March 19, 2019</time> by AARP Vermont

For more than 70 years, the annual Town Officer Education Conferences have provided an opportunity for municipal officials and citizen volunteers to receive updates on tax laws; learn about new technology, procedures and programs; and discuss other job-related matters. The conferences, sponsored by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension in collaboration with several partner organizations, will be held on April 4, 2019 at Lake Morey Inn, Fairlee, and on April 11, 2019 at the Holiday Inn, Rutland. The program will workshop …

Community Placemaking Mini-Grants Announced

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2019-03-18T12:12:28-04:00">March 18, 2019</time> by AARP Vermont

A recent AARP placemaking workshop in White River Jct. attracted some 80 town and city planners, community organizers, grassroots groups and local citizens to learn more about creating public spaces that are vibrant, welcoming, safe and accessible for everyone. These projects employ temporary changes with the goal of leading to permanent change that supports healthy active lifestyles for people of all ages and abilities. The workshop featured a number of presentations on actual projects that have been launched in VT …

Linda Bowden Named AARP Vermont State President

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2019-03-18T11:28:11-04:00">March 18, 2019</time> by AARP Vermont

  Linda Bowden of Burlington has been has been appointed State President of AARP Vermont, a volunteer position working closely with both staff and volunteers throughout the state to help AARP achieve its mission in Vermont. Her responsibilities include serving as a volunteer spokesperson, chairing the AARP Vermont Advisory Council, building networks and community partnerships, and recruiting volunteers. “Linda has distinguished herself as both a dedicated volunteer who not only embraces the mission of the organization and the state office, …

Placemaking Mini-Grants Offered – RFP and Applications

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2019-03-15T15:53:50-04:00">March 15, 2019</time> by AARP Vermont

AARP Vermont held a Placemaking workshop in White River Junction on March 13. In addition to several excellent presentations, and announcement was made about funding opportunities for local projects around the state. (See links to presentations below.) This is your chance to “start small” by test-driving a process or material in your community with the expectation that the ‘test drive’ will be further improved upon and refined over time to progress permanent change. Your project will be aimed at temporarily …

Broadband Access is No Luxury

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2019-03-06T15:19:33-04:00">March 6, 2019</time><time class="updated" datetime="2019-03-13T12:00:26-04:00">March 13, 2019</time> by AARP Vermont

By Greg Marchildon, State Director, AARP Vermont There was a time when access to the internet was a luxury and even a novelty. Those days are long gone. Today, fast, reliable and affordable access to the internet is as much a necessity as electricity. All aspects of our lives are touched by the digital revolution: Children need access to do their homework, businesses require a connection to serve their customers and we all need the internet to stay connected with …

Come to “A Show of HANDS” March 28

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2019-03-04T12:14:05-04:00">March 4, 2019</time> by AARP Vermont

  The 7th Annual “A Show of HANDS” features 100 decorated wooden hands adorning the walls at Penny Cluse Café during March. A silent auction of the hands will take place on Thursday, March 28 from 6:00-8:00pm (bidding ends at 7:45). The exhibit and auction benefit HANDS, a local non-profit that provides food for older adults. “We’re so grateful that artists support our efforts by donating their artwork,” said Holly Cluse, Co-owner of Penny Cluse and President of the HANDS Board. …