Toward a More Authentic Coalition Conference


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September 12, 2016


Toward a More Authentic Coalition:



Uniting Three Statewide Peer Networks for More Powerful Advocacy 


Event Date:            September 12, 2016
Time:                      10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location:                Capitol Plaza Hotel and Conference Center
                                Montpelier, Vermont
Cost:                       Free, lunch will be provided at no cost to attendees 

Hosted By:



Vermont Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
              Vermont Psychiatric Survivors, Inc.


The Vermont Recovery Network



Who Should Attend:


This is a hands-on, grassroots organizing conference for people who have experienced problems resulting from drug and alcohol abuse; young adults and families experiencing social, emotional or behavioral challenges; people who have been psychiatrically labelled; and psychiatric survivors, consumers, and ex-patients.

Join us for a daylong conference combining panel presentations and hands-on, breakout discussion groups as we endeavor to increase communication among our networks, break down stereotypes, and learn to trust one another.  Our goal is to craft a preliminary strategy for collective advocacy in Vermont.


Don’t miss this unique opportunity to be part of building a powerful coalition for advocating for our self-determined needs.


For more information or registration, contact Hannah Rose at


Funded by SAMHSA.            


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6 Meds FamilyWize Users Save Big On!

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Annual Healthcare Costs for Families Hit $25K

The data is in and it’s concerning: The annual healthcare costs for a family of four have hit $25K. According to the annual Milliman Medical Index analysis, this represents an increase of $1,155 over last year’s costs, and it is triple what healthcare costs were in 2001.

Even worse, it’s anticipated that family healthcare costs will rise another 4.7% this year alone. Although this is the lowest annual increase in 15 years, it is still taking a financial toll on today’s families. According to Chris Grod, co-author of the Milliman Medical Index, this is a “significant and somewhat unsettling milestone.”

Unsettling is right. What exactly does this data mean for you and your family? What can you do in light of these rising costs?

According to the report, the cause of increasing healthcare costs is due to two factors:

  1. A reduction in employer contributions
  2. A rise in prescription drug costs


It’s not just the fees associated with insurance and doctor’s visits, it’s the actual prescriptions themselves that are rising in cost too. According to Milliman, prescription drug costs alone make up 17% of the average family’s healthcare costs, which equals an average of $4,270 annually.

These increases can be challenging to navigate. Here’s what you can do to help offset them:

  • Look for ways to lower your out-of-pocket healthcare expenses.
  • Always ask your doctor for the lowest cost, most effective way to treat a health condition.
  • Use the FamilyWize Drug Price Lookup Tool to find the pharmacy in your area with the best price on your medication.
  • Practice preventive medicine, which can help lower your family’s overall healthcare costs.
  • Look to lower or alleviate costs in other areas to help offset your overall household increases.

By understanding how these increases in healthcare costs affect you and your family and establishing ways to help defer these costs, you can still keep your family members healthy while enjoying the activities and lifestyle you desire.

6 Meds FamilyWize Users Save Big On!You’ve no doubt read the common statistics about skyrocketing prescription costs. Anything you can do to save money on prescriptions — especially those you take regularly — is worth the effort.

One way to save is, of course, the FamilyWize Prescription Savings Card, which can save you quite a bit on your medications — even up to 82 percent! — depending on the drug. The card (and the app) is free and we pass 100% of the savings back to you, so you’re always receiving the best price possible (whether it’s ours, the insurance price, or the pharmacy price).

Not convinced? Today we’re sharing six medications that FamilyWize users save big on. Just think — these savings could be yours too!


  1. Generic SINGULAIRAverage Savings of 82%The drug Montelukast Sodium, commonly known by its brand name SINGULAIR, is often prescribed to prevent or manage asthma symptoms and to relieve seasonal allergy symptoms. FamilyWize users save an average of 82% off the price they would pay without the FamilyWize discount card.
  2. Generic AmoxilAverage Savings of 41%Amoxicillin is a generic for the brand name drug Amoxil. It’s regularly prescribed for infections, as many of you probably already know! When you use the FamilyWize card or app you can save an average of 41% off the total cost.
  3. PredniSONEAverage Savings of 28%Have you ever been prescribed PredniSONE? Many people have, as it can treat diseases and conditions associated with inflammation. For example it helps to relieve the symptoms associated with allergies and asthma. The great news is that when you use the FamilyWize card or app, you can save an average of 28% off the retail price of this commonly prescribed drug.
  4. Generic ImitrexAverage Savings of 79%Often sold under the brand name Imitrex, Sumatriptan Succinate is a drug that FamilyWize customers often use the prescription savings card for because using it results in an average savings of more than 79%! Sumatriptan is commonly precribed for migraine headaches.
  5. SynthroidAverage Savings of 29%Synthroid, a brand name drug, is one of the most prescribed drugs in the United States. It’s used to treat diabetes and endocrine issues – and with FamilyWize you can save an average of 29% – on a brand name medication!
  6. Generic CymbaltaAverage Savings of 74%Duloxetine (also know as Cymbalta) is commonly prescribed to treat major depressive disorder or general anxiety disorder. When you use the FamilyWize card or app you can expect a average of 74% off the regular price.

Yes, the savings that come with the FamilyWize card are a huge relief for those without insurance and facing what can be large medical expenses, but anyone can use it! The FamilyWize price is sometimes better than the insurance price. For those who are underinsured with high deductibles or a plan that doesn’t cover many necessary medications, and for those with insurance, the savings are there for the taking! Use the Drug Price Lookup Tool to find out what you’ll pay before you go to the pharmacy, or don’t be hesitant to present the card and ask the pharmacist for a price comparison.

Saving Money on PrescriptionsAside from the FamilyWize card, there are other ways to save. Always ask your pharmacist about the availability of your prescription medication in a generic, non-branded version. The highest savings percentages, as noted above, will nearly always be with generic drugs. However, you can use the FamilyWize card with any prescription. No matter what, you’ll always receive the best price.

We understand that this sounds too good to be true — but it’s not! Here’s how it works: FamilyWize negotiates with pharmacies across the U.S. to get discounts similar to what they would give large groups like insurance companies and employers. FamilyWize then passes 100% of these negotiated discounts to its cardholders. That’s it!

Don’t miss out on these savings. Get your free card here or the app here.

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VCLF Releases 2016 Building Bright Spaces for Bright Futures Fund Grants

Tue, 07/26/2016 – 3:53pm —

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Community Loan Fund (VCLF) has announced the 2016 Building Bright Spaces for Bright Futures Fund (BBSFBFF) grants, with a total of $57,600 awarded to eight Vermont child care programs.

The 2016 grantees are:

  • Children’s Early Learning Space, Waterbury
  • Kiddie Garden, Swanton
  • Little Dipper’s Doodle Children’s Center, St. Johnsbury
  • Little Lambs of Orchard Valley Waldorf School, East Montpelier
  • Mountain Village School, Stowe
  • Orwell Village School of Mary Johnson Child Care Center, Middlebury
  • Suzy’s Little Peanuts Dayschool, Ascutney
  • Winston Prouty Center for Child Development, Brattleboro

Funded by legislative appropriations, contributions and revenue from a special-issue license plate, BBSFBFF grants are allocated for starting, relocating, expanding, or improving a Vermont child care program’s physical facility and/or accessibility.

Grantees must be participants in the STep Ahead Recognition System (STARS), Vermont’s quality recognition system for child care, preschool, and after school programs.

“The Loan Fund is proud to administer these important grants,” said VCLF Executive Director Will Belongia. “The Building Bright Spaces for Bright Futures Fund is having a tremendous impact, increasing the quality and availability of early care & education programs throughout Vermont,” he said.

VCLF’s Director of Child Care Programs Hope Campbell agreed. “Studies show that high-quality child care has a tremendous impact on a child’s ability to succeed in all areas of life,” she said. “With these grants, Building Bright Spaces is helping provide that advantage to more and more Vermont children,” she added.

BBSFBFF was created in 2002 by the Vermont legislature to increase the quantity and quality of child care and early education programs in Vermont. Since its inception, the fund has awarded $1.275 million in 118 grants to 107 child care programs, benefiting over 3,200 Vermont children and their families.

Since 1987, VCLF has loaned over $90 million to local businesses, affordable housing developers and community-based organizations that has created or preserved 5,200 jobs; built or rehabilitated 4,000 affordable homes; created or preserved quality care for over 3,700 children and their families; and supported community organizations providing vital services to hundreds of thousands of Vermonters.

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Central Vermont Office Moving

Green Mountain United Way’s Central Vermont office is moving to a new location. Our new office will give us a more centralized location from which .

Beginning August 1 we will be located at 73 Main Street #33, Montpelier, VT.

For the time being, our phone number will remain 802-622-8056 and you can always reach our Central Vermont staff by email:

Tawnya Kristen, Executive Director:

Pam Bailey, Director of Operations:

Carrie Stahler, Director of Funding & Program Development:

Laurie Kelty, Administrative Assistant and VTShares Coordinator:

Thank you for your understanding while we transition to our new space.

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Free Wooden Office Desks

Green Mountain United Way is moving offices and we have 2 beautiful wooden desks that are free to a good home (or any home, actually.). You’ll need to come pick up and transport these desks, but they’re FREE! and in excellent condition.

Please send any questions regarding these desks to Tawnya by email

Desk 1 – standard wood office desk

Measurements: 29″ tall x 36″ deep x 72″ wide

Includes 5 office drawers, 2 file drawers, hole to hide cords and wires

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Desk 2 – L-corner wood and metal office desk

Measurements: 29″ tall x 36″ deep x 72″ long (left side, front in photo) x 24″ deep x 84″ long (right side, wall side in photo)

Includes: 2 office drawers, 2 file drawers, 2 – holes to hide cords and wires (does not include box on top of desk)

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Vermont 2-1-1 Monthly Update – June 2016


 Vermont 2-1-1

Emergency Housing in Vermont

Through a partnership with the State of Vermont’s Economic Services Division, Vermont 2-1-1 administers the After Hours Emergency Housing Program beginning at 4:30pm weekdays, throughout weekends and on state/federal holidays. Housing in Vermont has reached a critical need.

Vermont 2-1-1 Information and Referral (I&R) Specialists responded to 117 calls regarding housing needs. I&R specialists provide needs assessment, problem-solving support, and information and referrals to a wide range of services to each caller. Review Vermont 2-1-1’s Emergency Housing Report for June here.

Vermont 2-1-1 Monthly Call Statistics

A message from the Director, MaryEllen Mendl

June’s call volume of 2,222 reflects the more financially manageable time for many here in Vermont. The annual increase in call volume that the fall and winter months always bring, with requests for home heating assistance and emergency shelter, always tapers off as summer settles in. For many Vermonters this means catching up on utility bills, making much needed vehicle repairs, and setting aside whatever they can in anticipation of another long cold winter.

Each year, the onset of summer brings with it the types of requests for information and referral that reflect a return to the typical day-to-day struggles that some Vermont families continue to face. This year’s June data reveals spikes for information and referrals to food resources, legal services, health insurance marketplaces, case services. Most alarming is a notable rise in referrals to Domestic Violence Hotlines (54% of the referrals under the Mental Health Assessment and Treatment Subcategory). The increase in referrals to housing/shelter resources from May to June can be attributed to this increase in calls for referrals to Domestic Violence Hotlines.

The subcategory Legal Services realized an increase in June with more referrals being made to lawyer referral services and tenant rights information. All counties but three (Essex, Grand Isle and Washington) show increases in this subcategory. Windham and Windsor Counties saw referrals for Legal Services double from the previous month.

More Vermonters from all but three counties (Chittenden, Grand Isle, Lamoille and Rutland) called for Food Programs this year. Once again, in cooperation with Hunger Free Vermont’s initiatives to reduce hunger and food insecurity, Vermont  2-1-1 is designated as the number to call for information about the Summer Meal Programs and other summer food resources. Working to assure that Vermont children have daily access to adequate food during the summer school recess is a top priority for Hunger Free Vermont and year after year 2-1-1 call statistics verify the need. The top three referred services in the Food sub-category are Food Pantries (41% of sub-category), Farmers Markets (35% of sub-category) and Summer Food Programs (18% of sub-category). When you combine those figures with the number of callers who requested information on 3SquaresVT (18% of Public Assistance Programs sub-category), it is easy to see that many Vermonters continue to struggle with food insecurity.

Read Vermont 2-1-1’s monthly call volume report here.

Mentorship: A Game Changer in the Life of a Child

Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic and professional situations. Adult role modeling through informal and/or formal relationship-building initiatives has a transformative effect on both the youth within a community and on the community itself.

Mentoring, at its core, guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter. Ultimately, mentoring connects children and youth to positive personal growth and development which in turn connects them to greater social and economic opportunity.
Mobius, Vermont’s lead mentor matching agency, provides the Vermont Youth Mentoring Partnership Program that assists with recruitment and placement of mentors throughout the state. Vermont’s regional United Ways also provide opportunities to connect with local mentoring programs via their Volunteer Center Programs.

For information about becoming a mentor or about starting a mentoring program explore Vermont 2-1-1’s database using the terms “Adult/Child Mentoring Programs” and “Volunteer Recruitment/Placement.”

UWsVT on Amazon Smile!

Did you know that Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases to the United Ways of Vermont? Support the United Ways of Vermont by starting your shopping at

Help Me Grow Update

Help Me Grow Vermont (HMG VT) has taken on a new collaboration within the greater HMG partner network. HMG VT Child Development Specialists are now the first point of contact for child care providers interested in the Vermont Child Care Wellness Consultation Program (CCWC), a program of the Vermont Department of Health Maternal and Child Health Division.

The Child Care Wellness Consultant Program (CCWC) can provide a specially trained registered nurse (RN) with knowledge of health and safety issues unique to caring for young children in group childcare settings. The CCWC is knowledgeable about State Child Care Licensing Regulations and can provide expert guidance and technical assistance to child care providers on a wide array of health and safety topics.

HMG VT Child Development Specialists complete a telephone intake with interested child care providers as a first step toward working with a CCWC RN. Child care providers can call Help Me Grow VT by dialing 2-1-1 and pressing “6” for more information about this program, including program eligibility.

Help Me Grow Vermont and Vermont 2-1-1 have been providing information about summer meal program sites to callers. Hunger Free Vermont’s online lists of meal sites encourage people to call 2-1-1 or text “FOOD” to 877-877 to find drop-in summer meal sites for kids age 18 and under across Vermont. Help Me Grow Vermont and 2-1-1 resource staff are also providing Help Me Grow Vermont postcards to summer meal sites to help to connect families to other services and resources they may need.

Vermont 2-1-1 Launches Mobile App!

United Ways of Vermont and Vermont 2-1-1 is excited to announce the launch of the Vermont 2-1-1 mobile app to help community members navigate the complex system of health and human services. The app will allow users to get to the assistance they need quickly, anonymously and from the convenience of their mobile device.

In 2015, the Vermont 2-1-1 call center, which has the most up to date, comprehensive directory for social services information, handled more than 38,000 calls, each representing a person in need of assistance. From mothers who need food for their children, to working families who cannot afford to pay their utility bills, or a dialysis patient trying to coordinate transportation to medical appointments, 2-1-1 can direct users to thousands of social service resources. The app also makes it easy to call 2-1-1 directly when a human touch is required.

“The Vermont 2-1-1 app will streamline access to social services information, ensuring crucial information is available when and where it is needed,” said MaryEllen Mendl, Director.

Users can simply download the app from the app store and enter their zip code to connect to the most relevant resources based on their needs and location. Users can either find these resources through a robust set of resource-matching tools to obtain a list of services that closely match what they are looking for, such as a food source, utility bill assistance, low-cost child care and many others.

Download the app by searching “Vermont 2-1-1” in your phone’s app store.

Go mobile and download the free 211info app for smartphones today!



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We Wake Up In The Forest Every Day…

Green Mountain Club

LTP on HungerSummer is in full swing, and as a Long Trail Patrol Crew Leader, I have spent the last two m
onths exploring and maintaining the lush, vibrant, and relentless trails of the Long Trail System with my crew.

We just worked for two weeks maintaining a section of trail on Mount Hunger. Our time consisted mostly of making waterbars to divert water off the trail and brushing in social trails, where hikers have stepped off the primary path and unintetionally caused erosion.

As a crew, we’ve had some great experiences in this area; setting enormous rocks perfectly in place on the first try, spotting all sorts of beautiful mushrooms, hiking up to the summit for sunset, and soaking (more like dipping) in the brook just ahead of our campsite. 

This type of work is rewarding in more ways than I can explain. My crew and I are happy, honored, and confident to say that we love working for the Long Trail Patrol and the Green Mountain Club. 

We wake up in the forest every day – excited and grateful to be doing what we love.

Thank you for your support that allows us to have these experiences.

Hope to see you out on the trail!


Long Trail Patrol Crew Leader

P.S. The photo you see above is me in the center with my crew on Mt. Hunger last week. Thank you again for supporting this work!

Burnt Rock HikerTake A Hike
See Our Suggested Day Hikes

You can always find some great day hikes in GMC’s Day Hiker’s Guide to Vermont and GMC’s Walker’s Guide to Vermont. Check out our updated sugg
ested day hikes page
to see some of our favorites.

If you have any questions, call our visitor center at (802) 244-7037. Happy Trails!

TurtleWildlife Watch
GMC’s Executive Director on WCAX

In case you missed it, GMC’s Excutive Director Mike DeBonis was featured on WCAX’s Wildlife Watch. He spent a morning on one of the newest sections of the Long Trail by the Winooski River Footbridge in Bolton.

Take a look at the wildlife they discussed along the river.

GMC StaffJoin Our Team
We’re Hiring a Membership & Communications Coordinator 

We are looking for an outgoing, self-directed, and experienced individual for the Membership and Communications Coordinator position. Responsibilities include membership coordination, event planning, and communications through our social media platforms, website, email, and radio program.

Please visit our website for full job description and how to apply. Position will be open until filled.


Green Mountain Club. © 2016 All rights reserved.
Green Mountain Club ~ 4711 Waterbury-Stowe Rd. Waterbury Center, VT 05677


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Anti-Skid Advice From AAA


The Associated General Contractors of Vermont

PO Box 750, 1 Graves Street

Montpelier, VT 05601

Tel: (802) 223-2374

FAX: (802) 223-1809



July 15, 2016

Vermont Highway


2016 Year-to-Date: 34

2015 At this time: 23

2014 At this time: 22

2013 At this time: 30

Source: Vermont AOT


Project RoadSafe is funded by a grant from  


Governor’s Highway Safety


A Pledge to End  

Distracted  Driving

I pledge to:

 * Protect lives by never texting or talking on the phone while driving.

* Be a good passenger and speak out if the driver in my car is


* Encourage my friends and family to drive phone-free.


Add A Name to Our

Mail List


Norman James, Manager

Project RoadSafe 


A preventable collision is one in which the driver fails to do everything

reasonable to avoid it.


Studies show that 40% to 50% of traffic crash fatalities could have been prevented by wearing seat belts. Aren’t you
glad you use yours?



Distracted Driving

 Assign navigation duties to a
passenger or consult maps or GPS in advance. 

If you must use GPS, use it with voice only – WITHOUT the map!







Work Zone Speeding in Vermont

   Despite, or in spite, of rules, regulations, or even the law, motorists in Vermont continue to violate safety space in highway work zones. 

   Recently the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section of the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles conducted a special roadside inspection detail in construction
work zones in Northeastern Vermont. 

   The inspectors were targeting speeding vehicles, cell phone use, and seat belt violations in CMV/passenger vehicles.

  According to the report, fourteen vehicles were stopped for speeding or cell phone use. Nine tickets were issued.         Violations included cell phone use by
operator in a work zone, speeding- four passenger vehicles were speeding at 10 mph over the limit or greater, and three Commercial Motor Vehicles were speeding at 8, 9, and 11 mph over posted work zone speed limits.

  Officials point out that speeding and distracted driving in a construction work zone is not only hazardous, it is downright dangerous not only to the motorist,
but also to the people who are working to improve the highway infrastructure.


Drugs and Alcohol Have No Place

In Your Work Area



The Roadways are Getting Crowded – Beware…

   The Vermont Legislature approved several changes to the motor vehicle laws dealing with vulnerable highway users and bicyclists which became effective on July

   Motor vehicle operators are now required to “exercise due care” when passing vulnerable highway users on Vermont’s highways. The new law also increases the passing
distance for a motor vehicle around a vulnerable highway users to four feet. Motor vehicle operators are prohibited from passing another motor vehicle if passing the vehicle could interfere with the use of the highway by a vulnerable highway user. Another
provision requires drivers entering a highway from a private road to yield the right of way to vulnerable users who may be approaching that intersection. The new law now says that vehicles turning left must be made at a “safe distance” from a vulnerable highway

   The Legislature also said that a bicyclist does not have to give hand signals when turning or when significantly slowing down over a distance of 100 feet when
the bicyclist cannot give the signals safely. The legislature amended the existing standard that bicyclists must generally ride as near to the right side of a roadway as is “practicable” to specify that bicyclists must ride as near to the right of the improved
area of the highway right-of-way as is “safe.” The maximum penalty for violating the requirement that bicyclists ride no more than two abreast and not impede normal and reasonable traffic flow from $25 to $100.



Attitude Drives Behavior



A Plan for Eliminating Road Deaths

  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) plans to launch a strategic plan this fall aimed at eliminating all traffic
deaths in the U.S. The federal safety initiative known as Road to Zero will focus efforts on three main components: proactive vehicle safety, advanced safety technologies, and human choices.

  In 2014, 32,675 Americans lost their lives on U.S. roads and highways, according to NHTSA, and the tally for 2015 is expected to be even
higher. About one-third of these deaths involved an impaired driver.

  The plan’s proactive vehicle safety component will take advantage of agreements reached earlier this year with 18 automakers. The plan’s
advanced safety component comprises automated vehicle technologies, such as automatic emergency braking. Also included is continuing development of advanced alcohol detection technology, Rosekind said, to prevent vehicles from being driven by a drunk driver.
Such research will focus on both breath-based and touch-based sensors designed for in-vehicle use.

  A NHTSA study concluded that over the course of 50 years, basic safety technologies – such as seat belts and air bags – have saved 613,501

  It is hoped that the plan’s final component will involve efforts to change human choices for the better.

  NHTSA is holding behavioral safety summits across the country to find new solutions to problems such as drunk, drugged, distracted, and
drowsy driving.



 A Free Driver Safety Class

   * Does your company have a motor vehicle fleet (two or more vehicles) with above average insurance premiums?

   * Do you feel your fleet has more than its share of motor vehicle crashes?

   * Does your company have a safe driver program?

If these questions cause concern, contact Norman James at AGC/VT (
to talk about a free driver safety class for your drivers.



Anti-Skid Advice From AAA

   In wet weather even the most careful drivers can experience skids. The wheels can lose traction and spin or lock, usually when you’re
braking, rounding a corner, or accelerating.

   When the roads are wet, drivers need to remember to keep the cruise control off and to remain solely focused on driving.

If the rear wheels lose traction, resulting in an over-steering situation, AAA suggests these steps to regain control:

Stay calm and continue to look at your path of travel down the road.

Steer in the direction you want the front of the vehicle to go.

Avoid slamming on the brakes. Although hitting the brakes is a typical response, slamming the brakes will only further upset the vehicle’s balance and make it harder to regain

When the rear wheels stop skidding, continue to steer to avoid a rear-wheel skid in the opposite direction.

   Front-wheel skids result from too much speed in a corner. When the front wheels lose traction, there’s also a loss of steering ability.
Fortunately, front-wheel skids are easier to correct, but drivers must take measures to avoid transitioning into an over-steering situation.

   If the front wheels lose traction, AAA suggests you take these steps:

1.     Stay calm and continue to look where
you want to go.

Steer in the direction you want the front of the vehicle to go.

Avoid slamming on the brakes. Although hitting the brakes is a typical response, slamming the brakes will further upset the vehicle’s balance and make it harder to regain control.

Wait for the front wheels to grip the road again. As soon as traction returns, the vehicle will start to steer again.

When the front wheels have regained their grip, steer the wheels gently in the desired direction of travel.


Associated General Contractors of Vermont | (802) 223-2374 | |

PO Box 750, 1 Graves Street
Montpelier, VT 05602

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of fatal occupational injuries. RoadSafe, produced by The Associated Contractors of Vermont, is an electronic newsletter concerning
workplace driver safety. The purpose of RoadSafe is to distribute data, facts, and other materials to help employers create, maintain, and/or improve their workplace driver safety policies and programs.

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Central Vermont Sexual Violence Summit



It’s time to mark your calendars for OUR House’s Annual Sexual Violence Summit – held this year on September 14th at the beautiful Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee Vermont.


We have an exciting list of presenters this year, lots of NEW speakers and NEW topics which will bring helpful discussion and knowledge to many different disciplines.


Attached you will find the official save the date flyer – purchasing information along with workshop details will be out in the coming weeks.


Below is a lineup just in case you aren’t able to see a PDF on your device.


Please feel free to pass along to any person, group or list serve you  think might have any interest in attending!


2016 Summit Presenters/Workshops

  • Dale Sollers – Dynamic Solutions – Situational Workplace Awareness & Identifying Deceptive Behaviors
  • Ericka Reil – Trafficking of People with Disabilities: The Unheard Screams
  • Det. Sergeant Aimee Nolan- First Responder to Sexual Violence & Getting to Know Your Statutes
  • Zoe Gascon & Kelli Risitano- Start By Believing: The Vermont Campaign & Strategies for Implementation
  • Gina Tron- Speaking Out: Hurdles of trial and testimony from victim perspective
  • Gregg Flett– 2017 Updates in NCA Standards
  • Circle – Connecting the Dots between Sexual Violence & Domestic Violence
  • Daniel M. Cavanaugh- Deposition/Hearing & Trial testimony involving children, forensic interviewers and related witnesses
  • Yvonne Byrd- COSA’s: A Restorative Community Justice Approach to Reentry

Conference will run from 9am-4pm, will include a continental breakfast as well as a generous and delicious lunch!

Admission will be $85 per or $70 for 4 or more in same organization, purchased at same time.

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Have a great weekend!

Rebecca L. Duranleau

Executive Director ~ Forensic Interviewer

O.U.R House of Central Vermont

38 Summer St, Barre VT 05641

(p) 802.476.8825 (f) 802.479.0370


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Physical Activity and Nutrition News



3 health behaviors: physical inactivity, unhealthy eating and tobacco use
lead to 
4 chronic diseases: heart disease, diabetes, lung disease and cancer
resulting in more than
50% of deaths in Vermont.

Join with the Vermont Department of Health as we work to inspire change around Vermont. Review the data briefs, success stories, tip sheets and tool kits on the 3-4-50 webpages and share the news with your friends and colleagues.

This summer, Vermont Department of Health district offices will share this information in their communities, consider local data and create plans to impact the three health behaviors. To get involved, contact the district office in your area.   

Together we can reduce chronic disease and help all Vermonters lead healthier lives.


Aging and Physical Activity


Three behaviors: lack of physical activity, unhealthy eating and tobacco use contribute to the development and severity of chronic disease. Older Vermonters (ages 65 and older) have similar rates to all adult Vermonters when it comes to poor diet or not getting the recommended amount of physical activity. Nearly four out of five older Vermonters do not follow the recommended diet, and two out of five do not get enough physical activity. Learn more at: 3-4-50 Vermont. Read more…
Did you know?
One in seven (14%) of Vermont adults enjoyed gardening as a principal form of physical activity in 2013.
Don’t Sweat it With Sports Drinks
Warmer weather in summer means   more outdoor physical activity and the possibility of losing more body fluid from sweat. Selling sports drinks is a big business, and the target audience is average consumers (including children), not elite athletes. Sports drinks provide unwanted added sugar, typically 4 teaspoons per cup, or 9 teaspoons if you drink the whole bottle. Sugar provides 100 percent of the calories in most sports drinks. The latest (2015-2020) US Dietary Guidelines recommend that we reduce added sugars to less than 10 percent of our calories per day. Choosing sugar-free beverages whenever we drink helps us follow this guideline. Read more…

School’s out for Summer!


During the school year, schools provide breakfast and lunch to thousands of students across Vermont. But when summer arrives, students may not have the same access to those well balanced, nutritious meals. Hunger Free Vermont has worked with communities across the state to help feed children in the summer. Look for a summer meal site near you. These sites welcome all children 18 and under for healthy summer breakfasts and/or lunches. Read more summer school news…
Did you know?
In an effort to promote healthy eating in 2014, almost all (95%) of Vermont secondary schools served locally or regionally grown foods in their cafeteria and three quarters of them (74%) planned a school garden.

Worksite Gardens


It’s summer in Vermont, an excellent opportunity for employers to consider worksite wellness initiatives that help employees get more fresh air, outdoor exercise and access to healthy foods. A worksite garden can be an important part of a summer wellness program that promotes physical activity and access to affordable, fresh and local produce. Read more…
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