Project Seeks to Ease Stigma for People With Intellectual Disabilities

BARRE — Community Developmental Services of Washington County Mental Health and Pride Center of Vermont have collaborated to form the Connections Project, which will produce an interactive program over the next year to increase knowledge around sexuality, intimacy and self-esteem for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. “We are very excited about this grant. It is going to open up so many opportunities for our folks to socialize and ease the social isolation many of them feel, ” said Lisa Marien, associate director of Community Developmental Services. The project is being funded through a $20,000 Innovations and Collaborations grant from the Vermont Community Foundation which was awarded this summer. “We believe partnering with WCMHS keeps with the spirit of the Innovations and Collaborations Grant”, said Kim Fountain, executive director of the Pride Center of Vermont.

Pride Center of Vermont is New England’s most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing community and the health and safety of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Vermonters.

Community Developmental Services provides services to children and adults with developmental disabilities, intellectual disability, autism, and/or other pervasive developmental disorders.


School Commissioner Resigns. Candidates Sought to Replace Her

MONTPELIER — Brian Ricca, superintendent of the Montpelier School Board Commission, has announced that Carol Paquette is resigning from her seat. “We are tremendously grateful to Carol for her years of service. I am personally grateful for her time and energy as Carol was a member of the board that appointed me to serve this community in 2011,” Ricca wrote in an email September 24. Those who are interested in serving on the board of school commissioners are invited to apply to serve until the next school election in March 2016. Applicants must be a resident of the City of Montpelier.

The term for this seat on the board was originally set to expire in March 2017. However, due to the vacancy, the school board now has 30 days to select and appoint a person to serve until the election in March 2016. At that time, voters will elect someone to serve the remaining one year of the term. The appointee may choose to run for the position at that time and, if elected, would serve the remainder of the unexpired term (March 2017).

Interested candidates should attend the next regularly scheduled meeting of the board of school commissioners on October 7 as well as submit a letter of interest by October 5 to: Suzanne Kennedy Aldrich, Chairwoman, Montpelier Board of School Commissioners, c/o Dr. Brian G. Ricca, Superintendent, Montpelier Public Schools, 5 High School Drive – Unit 1, Montpelier, VT 05602.

If you have questions, please feel welcome to contact Dr. Brian Ricca, superintendent directly at 223-9796 or brian@mpsvt.org.


New Bus Shelter Headed for Town

MONTPELIER — Finally. According to City Manager Bill Fraser’s report, construction of the concrete pad for the bus shelter and replacement of the narrow and deteriorating connecting sidewalk along the side of Blanchard Court took place this week. The order for the prefabricated bus shelter four-foot by eight-foot in dimension has been placed and delivery is expected within a couple of weeks. The Montpelier Department of Public Works anticipates assembling and installing the new shelter by mid-October. The concrete pad is designed to adhere to the Americans with Disabilities Act as for accessibility, and the shelter is translucent to allow travelers to view the bus arrival. The Design Review Committee reviewed and approved the proposed location for the temporary bus shelter site on the city hall grounds.


Culvert Work Afoot

MONTPELIER — Construction began on the Terrace Street culvert in September. The contractor has installed the new piping up to the edge of Terrace Street and will work on the road crossing next. Traffic on Terrace Street near the intersection of Dairy Lane will be reduced to one-way during this work. Replacement of the North Street culvert is taking place between Mechanic Street and Hillhead Street. The Department of Public Works is also replacing the sidewalk between Main Street and Cross Street. Paving on North Street between Mechanic and Hillhead Streets was scheduled to start September 21.


City Hall Railings and Banisters Under Restoration

MONTPELIER — City Hall is set to undergo restoration of the front railings and the banisters positioned on the wall abutting the city hall plaza area according to City Manager Bill Fraser. The railings are rusting and staining the granite. A temporary hand railing was installed, which will be in place while the railings and banisters are being galvanized at a facility in Massachusetts. A granite specialist will be removing the rust stains while the railings are offsite.


Week of Guided Walks Offered Oct. 3–Oct. 11

MONTPELIER — For the second year Montpelier’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee has organized a week of guided walks from October 3–October 11. We Walk Week offers organized walks around Montpelier highlighting everything from its historic buildings and bridges to its loveliest trees and parks and lots more. This is a good chance to explore Montpelier, learn something new and enjoy the autumn weather. Check out the calendar in this issue for the details.

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