October 18, 2017

Meals on Wheels provider modernizes service with software

Age Well — formerly the Champlain Valley Agency on Aging — has modernized its Meals on Wheels delivery program with a software solution called ServTracker. [Read more…]

How to search for forgotten 401(k) money

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,
How do I find an old 401(k) that I think I contributed money to at a former employer? − Approaching Retirement

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By Jan Kenney

Apples are plentiful and tasty this year. [Read more…]

Volunteer opportunities

By Sue Alenick
United Way volunteer coordinator

United Way of Northwest Vermont lists hundreds of local volunteer needs in a searchable database at unitedwaynwvt.galaxydigital. com.

Here is a sampling of available opportunities. [Read more…]


Updates on Chittenden County road projects this week as reported by the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission.

Work on Route 2/2A rehabilitation will occur from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Friday. Re-paving and pavement markings are planned on Route 2 from the intersection of Blair Park Road/ Harvest Lane to Millham Court.

Also planned are various operations between Taft Corners and Millham Court, and shoulder work on Route 2A between Helena Drive and Hurricane Lane. Traffic delays are expected. Traffic control will be present, allowing for one lane of alternating travel in the construction zone.

There will be occasional paving of side road and driveway tie-ins on Route 2A and Route 15, as well as line striping and general cleanup work throughout the project area. Work will take place from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Traffic control will be present and motorists should expect delays.

Road construction on Route 15 from the Five Corners west to just past the Post Office Square intersection will cause traffic delays through Oct. 27. Work will be done Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. with occasional night work until 10 p.m. Two-way traffic will be maintained at all times with traffic control present.

Paving on Sandlewood and Sebring roads will result in lane closures from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week. This project is expected to be completed this Friday.

There will also be periodic one lane road closures in the Laurel Hill South area to clean out catch basins from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Motorists should be aware of paving activities on King Street during the week. There will also be curb work on North Street between Winooski and Union streets, and sidewalk replacement on Dodds Court between North Avenue and Shore Road, Fairmount Street and Gosse Court.

Waterline work will impact the following streets, causing detours or lane closures: Ethan Allen Parkway between Lopes Avenue and James Avenue through October; St. Paul Street from Maple Street to Main Street through October; Dunder Road through October; and Ferguson Avenue from Pine Street to Shelburne Road from mid-October through late-November.

Final paving on the Route 7 paving project will begin this week at the Ferrisburgh/Charlotte town line and progress north to the Ferry Road intersection, weather permitting.

There will be alternating one-way traffic around the operation, and motorists can expect traffic delays.

Southbound traffic is shifted in this area to allow for culvert construction, and the speed limit has been reduced to 55 mph. There will be occasional one-lane travel to allow construction vehicle access.

Submissions sought for Vermont Writers’ Prize

Green Mountain Power and Vermont Magazine co-sponsor contest

Vermont writers are encouraged to submit their best Vermont-focused pieces for consideration for the annual Vermont Writers’ Prize sponsored by Vermont Magazine and Green Mountain Power. [Read more…]

Sustainability Tour set for Saturday

Sustainable Williston will offer a free Williston Sustainability Tour on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Neighbors will open their homes to showcase what they’ve been doing to reduce their carbon footprint and protect the environment.

Button Up Vermont will provide materials on saving money and reducing energy use in your home, along with free LED lightbulbs. Meet at 1 p.m. at 50 Spruce Lane off North Williston Road.

The group will carpool to the other tour stops. More information is available at SustainableWilliston.org.

Christmas comes early with Lyric Theatre

Lyric Theatre Company’s “A Christmas Story The Musical” will debut on the Flynn Center MainStage on Nov. 9. Set in 1940s Indiana, the classic chronicles a bespectacled boy named Ralphie, who has one wish for Christmas — a Red Ryder BB gun.

A kooky leg lamp, pink bunny PJs, a cranky department store Santa and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the obstacles that stand between Ralphie and his dream.

Based on the book by Jean Shepard, the show captures holiday wonder with funny and heartfelt songs from the Tony-winning songwriting team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, show-stopping dance numbers, delicious wit and a heart of gold. Productions like this don’t just happen magically.

The artistic team and designers start planning one to two years in advance to mount a show. Open auditions are held 12 to 14 weeks out, with crews simultaneously working on set construction and decoration, props, costumes, hair, make-up, sound, lighting and other aspects of the show.

For “A Christmas Story The Musical,” there is activity seven days a week at Lyric Theatre Company’s new Creative Facility at 7 Green Tree Drive in South Burlington. Lyric sold its former warehouse in Williston and moved to the new South Burlington space in May.

Presently, the Green Tree Drive address houses the administrative office of the organization and a spacious warehouse for set-building, costume construction and fabrication of props. Phase two of a capital campaign will support the renovation of another part of the building, where rehearsals will take place for future Lyric shows. This show is rehearsing at donated spaces in South Burlington and Williston.

“A Christmas Story The Musical” is a family affair for the Kendall’s of Shelburne. Producer Stephen Kendall is current chair of Lyric’s board of directors and a second generation Lyric member.

His mother Marianne was a founding member of the organization. Kelly Kendall is artistic director, and daughter Kate is co-assistant director.

All three have appeared on stage in Lyric productions, but also enjoy being in these important leadership roles. Joining them in helming the team are music director Martin Hain, choreographers Kate Whalen and Doris O’Brien, co-assistant director Brent Garrow, and stage managers Pam Carter and Shirley Sweet.

For every person on stage in a Lyric Theatre Company production, there are at least three others who contribute their behind-thescenes talents to bring the show to life. Community members are encouraged to view the list of volunteer opportunities and work schedules for the respective crews on the Lyric website: lyrictheatrevt.org.

“A Christmas Story The Musical” will be Lyric Theatre Company’s 91st production on the Flynn MainStage with performances Nov. 9 through 12. Tickets are on sale through the Flynn Center Box Office or online at flynntix. org

Blood donation opportunities for October

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to support cancer patients and others.

“I had no idea what to expect, but the experience was very easy and quite rewarding,” said donor Alice Donofrio, who gave blood for the first time in memory of her mother, who received several blood transfusions while being treated for breast cancer.

“I try and give blood as often as I can, and every time it gives me a good feeling in my heart. It is so nice to know that taking just an hour or so out of my day can help save the lives of others.”

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Chittenden County include:


Oct. 17: 1 p.m.-7 p.m., University of Vermont Patrick Gym, 97 Spear Street Oct. 18: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Champlain College, South Willard Street Oct. 30: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., The University of Vermont Medical Center, 111 Colchester Avenue


Oct. 21: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Holy Family Church, 4 Prospect Street Oct. 28: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Essex Cinema, 21 Essex Way


Oct. 27: 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., South Burlington High School, 550 Dorset Street


Oct. 21: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Texas Roadhouse, 225 Interstate Corporate Center


Oct. 25: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., MyWebGrocer, Champlain Mill, 20 Winooski Falls Way


OBIT - HarrewynPamela Ann Harrewyn


Pamela Ann Harrewyn passed away Sept. 1 at the Vermont Respite House in Colchester, a sanctuary for individuals who are at the end of their lives. A celebration of Pam’s life will be on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at the All Souls Interfaith Gathering in Shelburne.

The ceremony will commence at 2 p.m. followed by a reception at 3:30 p.m. to include appetizers, full cash bar and live classic Flamenco music until 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Humane Society of Chittenden County, 142 Kindness Court, South Burlington, VT 05403 or Williston Community Food Shelf, 400 Cornerstone Drive, #130, Williston, VT 05495.

Dustin John Haselton

Dustin John Haselton, 36, of Burlington, Vermont, passed away suddenly on September 29, 2017.

Born in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, Dusty was the son of Cynthia Ames Haselton and the late Franklin “Gary” Baldwin Haselton.

In 1990, the Haselton family moved from Edgecomb, Maine, to Williston, Vermont, where Dusty attended Williston Central School and Champlain Valley Union High School.

He went on to Drew University, where he met his future wife, Melinda Haley, before graduating from St. Michael’s College in 2004.

Dusty was a loving, bright, hilarious and caring soul who was committed to making the world a better place.

Over the years, he worked for a number of social and progressive advocacy organizations in Vermont, including TrueMajority, VPIRG and Special Olympics Vermont.

After struggling on and off with the disease of addiction for many years, Dusty was intent on becoming a counselor to help others in need.

He was completing coursework towards this goal when he succumbed to his illness. Melinda and Dusty shared 18 years of friendship and recently celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary.

In 2014, they welcomed their beautiful baby girl, Kaia, who became the absolute joy of Dusty’s life.

He loved her immensely.

He also loved Phish, snowboarding, politics, literature, Maine, walking his beloved dog Izzy in the Vermont woods, competing against his brother in all activities (but mostly tennis), and being a constant source of sometimes irreverent humor.

Along with Melinda and Kaia Haselton, Dusty is survived by his mother Cyndi of Colchester, VT; identical twin brother Britt and his wife Lexie of Bolton, VT; younger sister Hannah and her husband Doug Jackson of Colchester, VT; older sister Hillary of Denver, CO; Melinda’s parents Joseph and Diane Haley of Ghent, NY; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews; and dozens of close, loving friends.

He was predeceased by his father in 2010 as well as four grandparents: Philip and Shirley Haselton, and John and Patricia Ames. A celebration of Dusty’s life will be held at 1 p.m. on October 15, 2017, at the Isham Family Farm, 3515 Oak Hill Road, Williston, VT.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Mockingbird Foundation (www.mbird. org) or The Turning Point Center of Chittenden County (www.turningpointcentervt.org).

Arrangements are in the care of the Cremation Society of Chittenden County, a division of Ready Family, 261 Shelburne Rd., Burlington. To send online condolences, please visit www.cremationsocietycc.com.