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Positively Vermont: Vermont Foodbank 01/12/2016

Host Dennis McMahon speaks with John Sayles, CEO of Vermont Foodbank.

More information at www.vtfoodbank.org

Representative Peter Welch: Importance of Advance Care Directives 01/05/2016

Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) unveils his bipartisan legislation offering an incentive to Medicare beneficiaries for completing advance care directives which specify preferred medical treatment should they become unable to make their own decisions. Welch is joined by Cathy Frank, former chair of the Vermont Ethics Network, Dr. Bob Macauley, Director of Clinical Ethics at the University of Vermont’s College of Medicine, and Asaad Trina, a third year UVM medical student. The legislation has been endorsed by a broad coalition, including the American College of Physicians, the National Right to Life Committee, the American Nurses Association, and the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care.

Read a one-page summary of the legislation here: http://1.usa.gov/1OdT2Qn

http://www.welch.house.gov

Update on ImmuneDysfunction.org 12/17/2015

Rik Carlson, Director of ImmuneDysfunction.org is joined via skype by Dr. Kenneth J. Friedman, Ph.D, Author and Board Member of multiple national and international Chronic Fatigue Syndrome organizations, including VT CFIDS (immunedysfunction.org). The two share information on the activities and mission of VT CFIDS whose mission statement reads: The goals of the Vermont CFIDS Association are to: (1) raise public awareness of Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS), (2) support and advocate for Vermonters who suffer the debilitating symptoms of this and related disorders, and (3) facilitate the education of patients, families, healthcare providers and primary care physicians in order to validate and establish a recognized and acceptable protocol for the diagnosis and treatment of CFIDS.

More information available at:  www.ImmuneDysfunction.org

Judge Ben: Pot or Not? With Dr. David Rettew 12/17/2015

Judge Ben Joseph hosts a conversation with David C. Rettew, MD and Associate Professor at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, on the issues surrounding the legalization of marijuana in the state of Vermont.

Burlington Ward 4 and Ward 7 NPA Meeting 12/16/2015

Neighborhood Planning Assemblies (NPAs) are grassroots, neighborhood organizations that were established in each of Burlington's seven Wards to empower citizen participation in City government. Working as neighborhood advocacy groups, Neighborhood Planning Assemblies facilitate communication between the citizens of Burlington and city government through regular meetings scheduled in each Ward. Wards 4 & 7 meet the third Tuesday of the month. Meeting place: Robert E. Miller Community Center 130 Gosse Court.

More on Redistricting: http://www.burlingtonvt.gov/CityCouncil/Ward-Redistricting/

Preservation Burlington: Vermont Author Vincent Feeney 12/16/2015

Ron Wanamaker and Liisa Reimann speak with Vincent Feeney, author, historian and educator, on his most recent book, 'Burlington: A History of Vermont's Queen City'.

More information on Preservation Burlington

A Moral Call - People of Faith Confronting the Tragedy of Gun Violence 12/13/2015

Chittenden County faith communities join together in prayer, remembrance, contemplation, and action with a moral call to people of all faiths to work together to address this prominent and deadly symptom of our country's culture of violence.  This event coincides with a National Faiths United To Prevent Gun Violence Sabbath Weekend.

More information at faithsagainstgunviolence.org

For more information on this specific event contact Vermont Representative to the Northeast Justice Council of the Sisters of Mercy, Jean Markey-Duncan: jmarkeyduncan@gmail.com

Every year an average of 31,537 Americans are killed by guns, which includes murders (11,583),
suicides (18,783), accidents (584), police action (334), and those whose cause is indeterminate (252).

Governor Peter Shumlin: Press Briefing from the U.N. Climate Summit in Paris 12/09/2015

Gov. Shumlin holds a press briefing via conference call for the U.N. Climate Summit in Paris.

South Burlington Steering Committee Community Meeting on Marijuana 12/08/2015

The South Burlington School Board and City Council hosts a public forum on the legalization of marijuana as it relates to City and School governance and operations.  A panel with officials from South Burlington and Colorado lead the discussion.

For more information:  www.sburl.com

Gov. Shumlin Press Conference - Opiate Treatment Program 12/01/2015

Gov. Shumlin announces new opiate treatment pilot program.

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