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The Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf turkey round-up

The Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf is asking the community to help provide 3,000 turkeys for food-insecure families in Chittenden County. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and no family should go hungry on this holiday.

The food shelf is also looking for donated turkey fixings such as boxed mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie filling, corn, rolls and green beans.

Thanks to the generosity of community supporters, the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf has been able to keep pace with the growing demand for services. Since there has been a steady increase of new people accessing the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, it is anticipated that more families than ever before will need turkeys.

Donations of Thanksgiving turkeys can help hungry Vermonters get through this holiday season as they face increased gas, heating and food costs.  According to the Hunger in America 2014 study “71.8 percent of households accessing food shelves in Vermont report purchasing inexpensive, unhealthy food because they could not afford healthier options.” Similarly, this study also found that: “31 percent of households report watering down food or drinks,” “56 percent of households report having to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care.”

Donors can drop off turkeys and donations at 228 North Winooski Avenue.

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Colchester High School Honor Roll

First Quarter Honor Roll at Vermont Commons School

Vermont Commons School, in South Burlington, recognizes those students with a quarterly GPA of at least 87 percent with a placement on the school’s Honor Roll. Students with a GPA of 93 percent or higher are awarded High Honors.

Elliot Carey, of Colchester, was named to the Vermont Commons School Honor Roll for the first quarter.

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Chittenden County RPC to invest in transportation and land use improvements in Colchester

The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) will invest in transportation and land use improvements for Colchester during the 2015 fiscal year. This effort is part of an overall work program the CCRPC’s board approved for investment in Chittenden County communities.

“The projects selected for the 2015 fiscal year work program address critical needs throughout Chittenden County,” said Andrew Montroll, chair of the CCRPC Board of Directors. “They span a range of goals and include targeted actions for improvement within our communities. This year’s projects address transportation system performance, land use, economic development, environmental and stormwater improvements, and more. They are an important step in the advancement of Chittenden County’s sustainability goals.”

In Colchester, the Colchester Lakeshore Drive and Town Services Neighborhood Build-Out Analysis and Transportation Circulation Study will determine how the roadway functions given future growth modeled on current land use planning policies. The study will also test alternative land use/transportation scenarios. This project will include technical assistance from the CCRPC staff.

“This project will make targeted improvements within our town,” said Marc Landry, CCRPC Colchester representative. “The Lakeshore Drive and Town Services Neighborhood Study will look critically at the future of this area and will address how to best accommodate land use and transportation growth.”

In addition to town-specific projects, there are also a number of region-wide efforts underway:

  • Lake Champlain Phosphorus Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Plan
  • CCRPC Public Participation Plan Update (www.ccrpcvt.org/aboutus/public)
  • Regional Bike/Ped Master Plan Update
  • Green Infrastructure Toolkit Development
  • Hazard Mitigation Plan Updates
  • Neighbor Rides (United Way & SSTA www.unitedwaycc.org/volunteer/neighbor-rides-2)
  • 2014 ECOS Annual Report (www.ecosproject.com)
  • Technical Assistance, including: Transportation, GIS & Emergency Management

For more details on these and other projects within Chittenden County for FY15, visit www.ccrpcvt.org/workplan.

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Champlain Community Service Awarded $100,000 by The Gibney Family Foundation

Champlain Community Services (CCS), Inc. in Colchester announced on Friday an award of $100,000 over three years from The Gibney Family Foundation of South Burlington. The grant represents an investment that enables CCS to fully launch its School2Work career development initiative for high school students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

“School2Work partners with area high schools and businesses, and a number of partner agencies, to offer career development, industry-specific training, and job placement in the competitive economy,” said Michelle Paya, director of supported employment at CCS.

The initiative builds on the expertise and resources of the agency’s nationally recognized supported employment program, Way2Work.

Elizabeth Sightler, executive director at CCS, said, “We are thrilled to partner with The Gibney Family Foundation, and proud they recognize both our success in connecting individuals with disabilities to meaningful jobs and the potential for School2Work to help students transition to the workplace.”

Paya said School2Work built a successful model serving a limited number of students over the past two years, and now has the infrastructure and funds to hire dedicated staff and serve more students. Partnership with TGFF also extends School2Work’s reach to students who are blind or visually impaired, or facing a number of other physical challenges.

“At CCS, we believe full community membership for those we serve has to do with finding the most natural opportunities to belong. And I think the most natural way is through employment,” Sightler said. “In The Gibney Family Foundation, we have a strong partner that shares our values and priorities on this.”

More information about CCS is available at www.ccs-vt.org.