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Smugglers’ Notch named best overall in the East by Ski Magazine readers
The SKI Magazine resort rankings were announced this week and Vermont ski areas topped the list.

SKI Magazine asked survey participants to rank resorts in ten categories: character, dining, grooming, kid friendliness, lifts, lodging, service, snow, challenge and variety.

More than 25,000 responsed to the survey. Seven Vermont resorts were on the list along with ski areas in Maine, New Hampshire and Quebec.

The top ten resorts were ranked as follows: Smuggler’s Notch, Sugarbush Resort,  Mt. Snow, Tremblant in Quebec, Jay Peak,  Mad River Glen, Sugarloaf  in Maine, Stowe, Okemo and Loon in New Hampshire.

Vermont Women’s Fund celebration Oct. 4 to feature women entrepreneurs
The Vermont Women’s Fund annual celebration aims to celebrate women entrepreneurs and inspire the next generation of business leaders in the state. The event is Oct. 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the University of Vermont Davis Center in Burlington.

Featured speakers include Komal Minhas, documentary film producer, digital entrepreneur, and cast member of the film, “Dream, Girl,” and Tiff Bluemle, director of the statewide initiative, Change The Story. Jane Lindholm from Vermont Public Radio will emcee the evening on behalf of the state’s largest philanthropic organization dedicated to Vermont’s women and girls.

The benefit also spotlights women business owners in Vermont, including the latest report from Change The Story, an initiative of the Vermont Women’s Fund, the Vermont Commission on Women, and Vermont Works for Women. A panel discussion will include Allison Hooper, founder of Vermont Creamery; Mary Evslin, entrepreneur and angel investor; and Corinne Prevot, founder of Skida.

Tickets are $50 for general admission; $10 for students, and are available online at Proceeds will support the Vermont Women’s Fund’s statewide grantmaking and operations. Information: or call 388-3355.

AARP Vermont Tax-Aide Program seeks new volunteers
AARP Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest free volunteer-run tax counseling and preparation service, is seeking volunteers to assist in tax preparation. Volunteers of all backgrounds are welcome, and  need not be an AARP member nor a retiree.

No prior experience in tax preparation is necessary, and volunteers of all ages are welcome. Each year from Feb. 1 through mid-April, AARP volunteers help prepare federal and state tax returns for low- and middle-income taxpayers, with special attention to those 60 and older.

Tax counselors receive free tax training and become IRS certified by passing the IRS exam. They help residents one-on-one at tax sites in their own communities across Vermont.

Last year in Vermont, 170 AARP Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 6,300 Vermont taxpayers at sites across the state.

A training session is scheduled for Oct.23, at the AARP Offices at 199 Main Street, Suite 225 in Burlington. Sessions will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Tax-Aide volunteers are asked to give a minimum commitment of at least one four-hour shift per week from Feb. 1 through April 15 at a site close to home.

To register or for more information, email Dominic Di Cicco at, call 878-8091, or visit

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