MyRide Offers Independence & Interdependence
MyRide by GMT celebrated its six-month birthday on July 4th! This is fitting because MyRide provides independence for Montpelier and Berlin residents and helps us build our interdependence as a community. The ridership for the service grows steadily as more riders discover the convenience of leaving their car at home and hopping on MyRide. The service picks you up where you are, takes you where you want to go, when you want to go there.
And MyRide is safe! Masks are required to board the vehicle. The bus has plenty of room to distance from others and the average ride is under ten minutes which is below the CDC guidelines for being in an enclosed space with others.
When you use a shared ride vehicle you are reducing Greenhouse Gas. However, what few people realize is that there are long-term benefits to leaving your personal vehicle at home. Since the '50's large percentages of downtowns across the country are used for parking. In Montpelier 60% of our downtown is currently parking. As residents start to use MyRide, more land will be freed up for housing, commercial and green space! This means that Millennials needed for our workforce, young families and elders wishing to move into town would at last have housing options downtown. Denser downtowns are energy efficient. More people can walk to their destinations. And the increased number of residents mean more people spending money downtown in local businesses!
So, we invite you to try MyRide. It gets you where you want to go, PLUS it can have a huge environmental impact that goes way beyond the simple savings of Greenhouse Gas from your individual trip. Let's celebrate our interdependence as a community and take action to create a better future for all of us! To find out how to access MyRide, click here.
Please take the New Rider Survey linked here or scan the QR code to let us know your thoughts on the service and how you might consider using it. This is your public transit service! Your feedback matters and helps to shape how the pilot project will evolve over the coming year. Thank you!
Here is the survey monkey URL for print versions https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KD5K5TF
Memorable Times Café Session, Free and Online
Wednesday, August 4, 2021 10:30-11:30am
Central VT Council on Aging and the ABLE Library are pleased to announce Memorable Times Online. We invite persons with memory loss and their care partners to join in from the comfort and safety of home to share stories, memories, music and community. The event takes place monthly over Zoom. For more information or to obtain the link to join the session, please contact Barb Asen via email at firstname.lastname@example.org..
Introduction to Social Media Security and Privacy: August 11 12-1:30pm
Technology for Tomorrow, based in Williston, will be hosting a free training to review the basics of security and privacy issues on social media. Offered as part of their ongoing series of free trainings to help empower people through technology education, you can sign up for the course and see upcoming offerings by visiting their website of http://tech4tomorrow.org/events/. Be sure to check their website often as they are always adding new trainings!
Medicare & You Workshops in September with CVCOA, Free and Online
Tuesday, September 14, 10am-noon | Monday, September 27, 5-7pm
These workshopsare offered regularly to help individuals who are new to the Medicare system. Central VT Council on Aging is offering Medicare & You sessions remotely using Zoom .If you want to participate, pre-register by calling (802) 479-0531 or by sending an email with your name, address, phone number, and the date of the workshop you would like to register for to: email@example.com. We will then email you information on how to join in the workshop session on zoom.
VT Community Garden Network Survey
Please click below for an announcement from the Vermont Community Garden Network regarding a statewide survey collecting data on the barriers that may prevent people from growing as much of their own food as they would like. Please participate and share across your networks!
Double your 3Squares Benefits and Get More Local Food!
Double Your 3Squaresvt Benefits! When you spend $10 in 3SquaresVT benefits at a Farmers Market, you'll recieve $10 in Crop Cash to purchase fruits, veggies and edible plants! This means $10 In 3SquaresVT buys $20 in Local food! Learn more by call 800-642-5119.
Take the Green Stormwater Infrastructure Walking Tour - Map now available!
Thanks to MSAC member Page Guertain for sharing this great resource with us - full brochure is here and we are getting some hard copies for distribution at MSAC! Along this tour you will visit and learn about a variety of green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) practices and required maintenance. You will see bioretention basins/rain gardens, curb cuts, permeable pavement, and vegetated buffers. These GSI practices provide stormwater management and co-benefits such as wildlife habitat, urban heat island mitigation, and pollinator foraging sites. You will also see evidence of historic flooding in Montpelier and learn about the connection between land use here and water quality in Lake Champlain. All sites on this map are visible from a road or public right of way. Please use caution as you make your way from site to site. Consider bringing a trash bag to help maintain the sites.
Montpelier Alive wants to know what you think!
We are striving to help the world learn more about the beautiful city of Montpelier and to understand what travelers want to know and do. Will you take a moment to fill out this quick survey? You’ll be entered to win a free one-night stay at the Inn at Montpelier! Montpelier Alive is excited to learn about how we can serve you better. Filling out this survey will help us continue to innovate and offer you the best resources for planning your next visit.
Kellogg-Hubbard Library Book Sale – New Perpetual Format!
New Perpetual format! Always open. Books restocked weekly. Check back often! We are still able to accept donations for the book sale. For more info: https://www.kellogghubbard.org/book-sales.
Kellogg-Hubbard Library is conducting a survey
Your library would like to learn how you find out what’s happening at the library. Click here to take the online survey!
Heat Safety Tips from VT Dept. of Health
As it starts to get hot outside more often, there are important steps you can take to keep yourself and your friends and family safe. Beat the heat with these tips for staying cool, hydrated, informed. Also, how to listen to your body, stay in touch, cool your home, recognize symptoms and risk factors! Click here to read more as well as the item below!
Why Seniors are at an Increased Risk for Dehydration and How to Avoid it
Dehydration is a common problem for seniors. Seniors have a higher risk of becoming dehydrated than younger adults. As we age, our bodies are unable to retain as much water. This means that seniors have lower fluid reserves in their bodies. Older adults may not recognize when they're dehydrated. This is because the thirst response dulls with age. Dehydration can also result from medical issues that are more common in seniors. Click here to learn more about RISK FACTORS, EFFECTS and WARNING SIGNS of dehydration in this web resource provided by our friends at Home Care Assistance.
VHFA Mortgage Assistance Program
VT Housing Finance Agency has re-opened our Mortgage Assistance Program. It covers up to 12 months of past-due mortgage payments and property taxes for eligible Vermont households to help prevent foreclosure. We have a page of promotional materials including graphics and a program description to make sharing easy: https://www.vhfa.org/map-info/promotional-materials. You can also call the Senior HelpLine for assistance at 1-800-642-5119.
Have you heard? Emergency Broadband Benefit Program
WHAT IS IT? The benefit provides:
• Up to $50/month discount for broadband services;
• Up to $75/month discount for households on qualifying Tribal lands; and
• A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE? A household is eligible if one member of the household:
• Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guide lines or participates in certain government assistance programs;
• Receives benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch or breakfast program;
• Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
• Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020; or
• Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program.
Go to GetEmergencyBroadband.org to submit an application and to find participating providers near you. For more details, click here or call 833-511-0311
3SquaresVT: You can buy seeds and plants!
3SquaresVT benefits can be used to buy seeds and plants at any retailer that accepts EBT. Growing your own fruits and vegetables can help stretch your food budget. To find out more about 3SquaresVT eligibility or using benefits to buy seeds and plants, visit vermontfoodhelp.com. For help to apply, call the Senior Helpline at 1-800-642-5119.
Community Harvest of Central Vermont is Looking for Volunteers
CHCV is looking for volunteers of any age to join us for the coming gleaning season. We know the need for food is not going away any time soon for those that have been hit hardest by the pandemic. You can help feed our community! Interested volunteers can register at https://www.communityharvestvt.org/volunteer and then they will be invited to join all our gleans and other volunteer projects which they can then RSVP to join us as they have time. The majority of our work is outside with plenty of space for distancing and all volunteers wear face coverings as long as the state guidelines last.
Come join our community of committed volunteers that want to make sure ALL have access to the great food local farmers grow and keep any surplus they have from going to waste. Join us in feeding our hungry neighbors nutritious local food while making new friends and visiting beautiful local farms.
In 2020, 276 volunteers donated 2,443 hours and 5,515 miles and through their dedication helped us donate more than 138,000 pounds of nutritious food. 30 organizations received the gleaned and donated food, who collectively serve 11,270 individuals in need in Washington County.
CHCV is an important donor of local, fresh produce to MSAC’s FEAST Senior Meals Program! Register to become a gleaner today: https://www.communityharvestvt.org/volunteer .