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Williston professor appointed to state women’s commission

House of Representatives Speaker Shap Smith appointed Dr. Felicia Kornbluh of Williston to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women.

Dr. Kornbluh is the director of the Program in Women’s and Gender Studies, an Associate Professor of History at the University of Vermont and an author. She is an historian of social welfare, law, and grassroots politics in the twentieth century United States. Kornbluh has also written many articles for academic and non-academic journals.

Kornbluh is currently pursuing three major research projects. The first concerns gender, disability, and equality, with a focus on Jacobus tenBroek, a blind activist and legal scholar who also contributed to the movement for welfare rights. The second is an overview of four major social movements—for the rights of women, LGBT people, African Americans and disabled people—in the United States since 1945. The third is a planned museum exhibition focusing upon the political history of the New York City World’s Fair of 1964-1965 and the civil rights protests that disrupted it.

Kornbluh holds a Ph.D. in history from Princeton University and a B.A., with honors, in Social Studies from Harvard-Radcliffe.  She has held fellowships from the American Bar Foundation, New York University Law School, the American Historical Association, and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.


Williston teen competes in Miss Vermont Outstanding Teen

Lillian Seibert was the fourth runner-up in the Miss Vermont Outstanding Teen 2012 pageant, held on June 30 at South Burlington High School. Seibert was awarded a $200 scholarship.


NEFCU Shred Fest set for July 14

Destroying documents that might contain compromising information is one of the best safeguards against identity theft.

New England Federal Credit Union is set to hold a document-destroying event—a Shred Fest— on July 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the credit union’s 141 Harvest Lane office in Williston.

Shred Fest is free and open to the public. Shred Fest is intended for individuals only, with a limit of five boxes of documents per person. Items that can be recycled with documents include paperclips, staples, plastic spiral holders, rubber bands and hanging file folders.

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Health access advisory meeting set for July 16

The Department of Vermont Health Access recently announced the appointment of 30 members to the newly merged Medicaid and Exchange advisory committee. The committee will advise and inform DVHA on policy development and program administration for the state’s Medicaid-funded programs and the Vermont Health Benefit Exchange.

The first committee meeting will be on Monday, July 16 in the DVHA’s Williston office, located at 312 Hurricane Lane, in the large conference room, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Members of the public are encouraged to attend and will have an opportunity to address the committee during a public comment period. A full 2012 calendar will be determined at the first committee meeting.