December 11, 2017

Simple home modifications can help seniors age in place

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

What tips can you recommend to help make a home safer for aging in place? My 76-year-old mother wants to stay in her own home for as long as possible, but she doesn’t have the money for big renovations. [Read more…]

What’s Cooking?

By Cristina Clarimon-Alinder

Maple sweet potato pie

Sweet potatoes are a tasty staple of the holiday table. They appear in all forms: baked, mashed, stuffed and (inexplicably to me) covered with melted marshmallows. I love sweet potatoes year round because they are full of gut-friendly complex carbs, loaded with fiber and come in a variety of colors and textures. Has anyone tried the remarkable purple sweet potatoes? I recommend them. [Read more…]

Middlebury choir to perform holiday music

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The Middlebury College Choir will perform a holiday-themed show Dec. 8 at the Old Brick Church.

The Williston Brick Church Concert Series continues its 10th season Dec. 8 with a 7 p.m. performance of “Music From Middlebury.” [Read more…]

Anti-hydropower group launches regional tour at CVU

An international network of environmental and social justice groups is launching a multi-state speaking tour to raise awareness about cultural, environmental and financial impacts of hydroelectric power generated by dams in Canada. [Read more…]

GMP and SunCommon partner to help low-income households go solar

Green Mountain Power and SunCommon are partnering on a rooftop solar array in Middlebury aimed at serving low-income residents. [Read more…]

Sustainable wood-heating plan released

Renewable Energy Vermont worked with a coalition of nonprofits, businesses and state agencies to unveil a five-year plan earlier this month to increase the use of wood heating in the state. [Read more…]

State spurs wood pellet delivery expansion

A $94,000 Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund grant helped put a new bulk wood pellet delivery truck on the road this year. The 2017 Kenworth is capable of hauling 16 tons of wood pellets for Vermont Renewable Fuels, which delivers wood for heating to commercial and residential customers throughout Vermont. [Read more…]

Public comment sought on clean water enactment

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking public review and comment on two plans that lay out steps the state must take to improve water quality in Lake Champlain. [Read more…]

Windstorm leaves behind beneficial disturbance

Ethan Tapper

By Ethan Tapper

Many of us awoke Monday, Oct. 30 with trees on houses, cars and powerlines, our homes and businesses without power and our roads and driveways impassable. The overnight storm reminded some of a December 2010 windstorm in Chittenden County, when huge areas of forest were leveled. This year’s storm seems to have been less impactful overall than the 2010 storm, but in some parts of Chittenden County it was worse.

I would be interested in hearing from you about how it was in your part of the world. [Read more…]

UVM initiates study of algae blooms and human health

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The plan to reduce phosphorous in Lake Champlain was recently released by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation.

The Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded the University of Vermont a $600,000 grant to investigate links between Lake Champlain toxic algae blooms and human health. [Read more…]