AROUND TOWN

Fall fundraiserPOULTNEY — Celebrate community theater and support Theater in the Woods camp with 10-minute plays, reading and meal to be held on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11 and 12, at Stone Valley Arts.

Soups, salads and sides served from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.; plays begin on first floor at 7 p.m.; author/actor talkbacks after the readings.

Admission is $25. This fundraiser benefits the scholarship fund and operations of its annual summer camp for children ages 7-16 serving up to 60 youth from Rutland and Bennington counties.

Book sale

RUTLAND — The Friends of the Rutland Free Library November Book Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at 10 Court St.

Featured are thousands of organized, gently used books, CDs, DVDs, puzzles for all ages, and a selection of rare and antique books.

All purchases by donation only; proceeds to support library programs and collections.

Employees honored

RUTLAND — The VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region, provider of skilled home health and hospice services, recognized Susan Senecal, a case manager, as Clinical Employee of the Quarter; and Michael Delehanty, facilities manager, as Non-Clinical Employee of the Quarter.

Senecal was honored for commitment to excellence and quality patient care. Non-Clinical Employee of the Quarter Delehanty was recognized for helpfulness and teamwork.

AROUND VT

USPS job fair

Post offices across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont will host a district-wide Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9.

The U.S. Postal Service has vacancies to fill in preparation for the holidays, with positions in delivery, distribution and retail sales available now.

Stop by your local post office and speak with a career counselor, or visit usps.com/careers and search by state for available jobs in your area. The Postal Service offers competitive salary and benefits with opportunities for career advancement locally and nationwide.

Open enrollment

Nov. 1 marked the first day Vermonters can sign up for, or change, their health and dental plans for 2023.

A new law extends financial help through 2025, so Vermonters can get lower-cost health plans that cover preventive care like mental health services and annual check-ups.

Vermonters can save money on the amount they pay for plans, called premiums, if they qualify and sign up on the health insurance marketplace.

Increased financial help is available through the federal government and more Vermonters who have access to employer health insurance can get this help through the marketplace.

To sign up: Create an account; use Plan Comparison Tool for 2023; assisters, professionals who trained and are certified by Department of Vermont Health Access, will help; learn how to calculate if employer-sponsored insurance is affordable or if you can get financial help through the marketplace with this online tool.

For more information, visit www.VermontHealthConnect.gov, or call 1-855-899-9600.

Broadband funds

Vermont Community Broadband Board will match town Local Fiscal Recovery ARPA fund contributions dedicated to broadband, in an expanded town match program as part of the board’s Act 71 Broadband Construction Grant Program.

To be matched, the funds must be pledged to the Communications Union District serving the town or to an eligible provider committing to build out to all underserved locations in a community if the town is not a member of a district.

The district or the non-member towns must be participating in the Act 71 Broadband Construction Grant Program to receive the match. The goal of the program is to accelerate the build-out of 100/100 Mbps broadband while decreasing its cost and providing affordable service for town residents.

So far, 40 towns statewide have pledged a total of $2.49 million to their districts or providers that will be matched. Town pledges will be matched up to $100,000 per town. Towns must pledge the funds before May 31 to be eligible for the match.

BUSINESS

Grants available

Primary producers of farm and forest products can now apply for the American Rescue Plan Act-funded Primary Producer grant opportunity.

The Working Lands Enterprise Initiative has released a request for applications totaling $1 million.

Examples of eligible primary production activities are farming, livestock rearing, maple sugaring, dairy and logging. Deadline to apply is Dec. 16.

For more information, visit workinglands.vermont.gov/document/FY23-ARPA-RFA

Start-up funding

The Fund at Hula, a venture capital firm that invests in seed and early-stage technology start-ups, has partnered with Vermont Community Foundation to create a new fund, VCF at Hula, to advance economic and community development in the state.

Investment returns from VCF at Hula go back into the specific charitable funds that participate, increasing their future grantmaking capacity. The new fund was established to provide Community Foundation fund holders an opportunity to invest charitable assets in growth-stage, Vermont-based companies.

VTF&W

Deer teeth

Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is asking hunters for help gathering biological data on the state’s deer population.

Hunters who get a deer during the Nov. 12-27 regular deer season are asked to provide an incisor tooth from their deer.

Tooth envelopes are available at all deer reporting stations.

Biologists are collecting middle incisor teeth from all regular-season bucks to evaluate regional differences in ages and antler characteristics as well as to help estimate population size, growth rate, health and mortality rates. Each tooth will be cross-sectioned to accurately determine the deer’s age, and the results will be posted on the Fish and Wildlife website next spring.

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