Seatbelts, clean water and medications

Rep. MIKE YANTACHKA The end of the legislative session is getting closer, and in the last week the House passed several Senate bills with amendments. If the Senate does not concur with the House amendments to a bill, a conference committee will be appointed to resolve the differences. Then both chambers would have to vote… Read More »

A Space in Time: Living simply, living lean

By AMY SIMONE There is a closet makeover that encourages people to have no more than 30 items in their closet, which makes me think please don’t let that number include socks and underwear! Bumper stickers tout the phrase “Live simply so others may simply live.” It’s a movement towards leaner, simpler living, and it’s… Read More »

Help is Here: May is National Mental Health Awareness Month

Help is Here: May is National Mental Health Awareness Month

By MARTIE MAJOROS You may have heard something about National Mental Health Awareness Month, but you didn’t give it much thought. This month, we encourage you to set aside time to think about your own mental health. We aren’t referring to chronic mental health disorders but rather to some of the more common forms of… Read More »

In Musing: Pieces of light – a reflection

By CAROLE VASTA FOLLEY As Mother’s Day approaches, I look, once again, in two directions. In front of me, I see my grown daughter, while easily conjuring her as a child with an impish smile, wispy hair and a vocabulary that kept me on my toes. Looking behind, in my mind’s eye, I see my… Read More »

A Vermonter in a Vermont Home

JAN DEMERS She is a native Vermonter with roots tracing back to the journeys of Samuel De Champlain in 1609. This 68-year-old artist is a seventh generation Vermonter who bought an abandoned house in 1974 to make it her home. The house is small even with an addition. Built in 1850, it protected the families… Read More »

Dog Bite Prevention Week tips for owners

Dog bites post a serious health risk to people, communities, and society as a whole. According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 800,000 people receive medical care for dog bites and over 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year. Further, over half of those bitten are children. Between 2012-16, 550 children… Read More »

Help is Here: Maintaining social connections as we age

ALISON MILEY, MSW We experience change throughout our whole lives. However, some of the changes we experience as we enter our later years are unique and can be more challenging than the changes we experience when we are younger. On the other hand, many older adults report that older age is a time of growth,… Read More »

In Musing: The wisdom of foolish folly

CAROLE VASTA FOLLEY I played a fool once. Professionally. To be fair, I have plenty of amateur experience as well. Thus, I feel foolish enough to expound on April Fools’ Day, a day possibly inspired by Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales.” It could also derive from the ancient festival of Hilaria, a feast the Romans took from… Read More »

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