This will be my final update for the 2021-2022 school year.  Here are just a few quick pieces of information as we head into the summer:

A recording of Saturday’s graduation has been added to our YouTube channel and can be found here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoKhgxgcLqa_NZqMGAu3_mg I also wanted to take a moment to thank all of our students and families for a memorable graduation ceremony.  In order to pull off a seamless event such as this, there is a lot of behind the scenes planning.  Thank you to all of the SHS faculty and staff for their hard work to create an amazing experience for the Stowe community.

Technology Reminder School-issued Chromebooks need to be returned, with the student name attached to the device.  Although many students have already turned in their devices, many are still outstanding.  If your child is still in possession of a school issued laptop, please drop them off to Anna at the front desk.

Community News and Events Juneteenth celebration on 6/19 at 5 PM on the Village Green in Johnson.  There will be an anti-racist story time, information about Juneteenth, and snacks.

Sharing priority
Farm to Family gives WIC families coupons for free, locally grown, vegetables and fruits. Coupons available first-come, first-served to WIC participants 6 months and older, valued at $30 per booklet, with a maximum of $60 per family. 888-253-8798. Pick up your coupons:

  • 7/1, 2:30-4:30, VT Dept. of Health, 63 Professional Drive, Morrisville
  • 7/8 3-5PM Hardwick Farmers’ Market
  • 7/9 Morrisville Farmers’ Market
  • 7/13 4:30-6:30 Roundabout on Route 15, Jeffersonville
  • 7/26 3-5 Foote Brook Farm, Johnson
  • 8/6 11-1 Morrisville Farmers’ Market
  • 8/7 Stowe Farmers’ Market

Help for family at risk of homelessness

The Lamoille County Interfaith community is working together to help buy a discounted, recently renovated mobile home for a family that does not have sustainable housing. This family is a pregnant parent with children, and this home will give them stable housing. Click here to donate.

Or you can go to the chicken curry dinner takeout fundraiser: pick up June 22 @4PM. Order by 5pm, 6/19:

  • Stowe (Blessed Sacrament church hall): orders  blessedsacrament@vermontcatholic.org or 802-253-7536
  • Morrisville (MHNJ Church Hall): orders holysaints@comcast.net or 802-888-3318
  • Menu: fried rice, chicken curry, paratha, and fried potato.
  • $15 + any additional donation.

Substance use & recovery

Town Hall Event on the Opioid Crisis

Featuring the Democratic Candidates for the US House of Representatives. 

  • 7/28/22
  • 6-8 PM 
  • Jenna’s Promise Community Center in Johnson. 
  • RSVP: jptownhall22@gmail.com

Harm Reduction Training with Vermont Cares: for organizations looking to host trainings to talk about sex and drugs. Vermont Cares will customize harm reduction trainings to your needs. Contact martina@vtcares.org to learn more.

Recovery meetings take place weekly. See the schedule at:

Parents in Recovery: Connect, Share, and Chat

  • Drop in
  • Mondays 4-6
  • Jenna’s Promise, 117 St. John’s Street, Johnson

Housing & homelessness

Lamoille Housing Partnership updates:

  • 7 out of 291 apartments vacant; 5 of those are subsidized
  • 531 applicants on waitlist; 352 of those are seeking subsidized housing.

Annual Point in Time (PIT) count

Every year, providers count people experiencing homelessness on a single night in January. The Point in Time Count in January 2022 found a 7.3% increase in persons experiencing homelessness in Vermont.. This comes on the heels of a 133% increase from 2020 (pre-pandemic) to 2021. More details.

Summer Summit on Homelessness

  • Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness
  • July 28, 10-2:30
  • housing panels, guest speakers, breakout discussions,
  • Vermont Technical College in Randolph VT

HomeShare Vermont: Are you or someone you know looking for a more affordable living situation?

  • Barre: Share a downtown apartment with a professional woman and her dog, looking for companionship, help w/ cooking & light housekeeping. No rent, $150 utility share.
  • Cabot: Share home w/ senior woman seeking an overnight safety presence & help w/ cooking. No rent, $100 utility share.
  • Montpelier: Share a lovely home, walkable to downtown, w/ active, senior gentleman looking for companionship, help w/ meals and household chores. $450/mo.
  • Morrisville: Share a home w/ an artistic senior woman who loves to read. Seeking housemate to cook occasional meals, help w/ errands & share housekeeping. $400/mo.
  • Morrisville: Share a condo w/ tech-savvy gentleman and his cat. Help w/ organizing & light housekeeping. $250/mo.

…and many more! HomeShareVermont or (802) 863-5625 for more info.

Policy

Policymakers and Local Decision-Makers: Creating Safe & Livable Communities

Supporting an aging population includes creating communities that are safe and walkable, with age-friendly transportation and housing options. Webinar: 6/29, noon.

Legislative Roundup: Opportunities for VT Communities

From housing and infrastructure to zoning, energy, recreation, and funding – it can be difficult to follow Legislative decisions and what they mean for our community. This workshop will bring together voices from the administration, legislature, advocacy groups, and the VT League of Cities and Towns to share highlights from this past session.

  • 6/23
  • 10-11:30am
  • Virtual

Vermont Zero Emission Transit Roundtable

Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) will host a regular series of state-wide roundtables to facilitate a smooth and coordinated transition to a zero emission transit fleet in Vermont. First session: 6/23, 10-11 AM. Topics:

  • Electrification plans and strategies of VT transit agencies
  • Updates on current and future bus, cutaway, and charging technology
  • Grant opportunities and funding strategies
  • Training opportunities for transit staff

Children

This summer’s theme for Vermont Libraries is “Oceans of Possibilities.”

Rockin’ Ron the Friendly Pirate loves oceans and promotes possibilities. Songs include such classics as: Shark in the Dark, Pearl the Purple Pirate Princess, and Pirate Party Pooper.

  • 6/18, 4PM: Deborah Rawson/for Deborah Rawson & Underhill Libraries (Jericho)
  • 6/22, 10 AM: Lanpher Memorial Library (Hyde Park)
  • 6/25, 10 AM: Varnum Memorial Library (Jeffersonville)
  • 7/30, 10 AM: Varnum Memorial Library (Jeffersonville)
  • 8/10, 10 AM: Greensboro Free Library
  • 8/13, 10 AM: Waterbury Public Library

Summer camp:

Health & safety

The Health Department is collecting information about community cooling sites available during extreme heat for people that cannot stay safe at home. Cooling sites include libraries, specially-opened buildings like shelters, beaches, pools, or shady parks with water.

  • Click here for the map, information about open hours, fees (if any), transportation options, and amenities at the cooling site (pets allowed, wi-fi, etc.)
  • If you know of cooling sites in the community, complete this brief survey.

COVID-19 treatment, testing, and vaccination programs: information sessions hosted by the Vermont Department of Health (VDH) to equip community organizations with technical information they need during this COVID-19 transition period.  9:30-10:30 AM. Join by clicking here.

  • 6/14: Updates to the COVID-19 Treatment Program and Way Forward 
  • 6/21: Updates to the COVID-19 Testing Program and Way Forward 
  • 6/28: Updates to the COVID-19 Vaccination Program and Way Forward

Questions: anna.tallmadge@partner.vermont.gov and rebecca.wolff@vermont.gov

I hope all of our families have a safe and enjoyable summer and I look forward to seeing you in August, as we embark on the 2022-2023 school year!

David

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