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By the way for Jun. 25

The Middlebury College Track & Field team is collecting donations for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Vermont. For every dollar donated, members of the team will each exercise one minute. The ACLU works to support citizens’ Constitutional rights, including freedom of speech, criminal justice reform, racial justice, women’s rights, and much more. The Middlebury Student Government Association will match donations. The participants’ goal is to raise $1,000. Folks are asked to respond quickly, as the fundraiser ends Saturday, June 27. People can learn more here: tinyurl.com/y7jxpx67.
At risk of getting diabetes? Want to be healthier and feel better? Porter Medical Center’s Diabetes Prevention Workshop is a proven program designed to help you make small lifestyle changes. If your doctor has told you you’re at risk of diabetes — or if you have certain risk factors like high blood pressure or being overweight — you’re not alone. Led by a trained facilitator, participants can cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by more than half. This virtual program offers guidance and support to solve problems and create plans for action and change, deal with stress, make healthier eating choices, add more physical activity into their daily lives, and take other preventative measures. The first workshop, via Zoom, begins on Monday, June 29, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. For those without have access to a smartphone, laptop or tablet, there is a call-in option. Contact Courtney Thorn, Chronic Disease Self-Management coordinator, at cthorn@portermedical.org or 388-8860.
The Starksboro Public Library staff began welcoming browsers, one at a time, on the front porch this week. The hours for porch service are: Monday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Carts of the library’s newest and most popular books are outside. Please wear a mask and remember to keep a six-foot distance from others who might be waiting at the library. There’s a folding chair outside for those who need to wait. The building and bathrooms are still closed, but staff are happy to retrieve other items inside if needed. Please park in the town office parking lot and give plenty of room for social distancing. Curbside pickup and home delivery are both still available. Call the library at 453-3732. The library’s policy can be found at starksborolibrary.wordpress.com.
The Vermont Folklife Center (VFC) is seeking partners around the state to document the everyday lives of Vermonters through its Listening in Place initiative, designed to maintain community connections during the COVID-19 pandemic using virtual technology. As part of Listening in Place, VFC is partnering with Elderly Services’ Project Independence adult day center in Middlebury. Since COVID-19, Project Independence has offered all of its social support services through a video conferencing platform. Through its partnership with VFC, Project Independence has added short interviews with VFC staff to its menu of offerings designed to keep members engaged and connected. Each interview is recorded via video conference and will be included in the VFC’s Listening in Place Sound Archive for posterity. 
For more information on partnering with VFC to maintain and cultivate community, listen to others, and document our daily lives together, email listening@vermontfolklifecenter.org. Learn more about how the VFC can help you or your organization begin renewing conversations, stories and connection at vtfolklife.org/listening.
Bristol’s many Green Up Day volunteers deserve a hearty thanks for their efforts back on May 30. Together, they filled more than 200 Green Up Day bags with more than a half-ton of roadside trash. And that doesn’t include the 44 tires and a giant piece of metal. And if you enjoyed helping with Green Up Day, consider joining the Bristol Conservation Commission. The commission’s mission is to conserve Bristol’s natural and cultural heritage for present and future generations, raise public awareness for these resources, and provide opportunities for greater involvement by the community. The group meets the second Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. at the town offices. Please email thecarolyndash@gmail.com if you are interested in becoming a member.

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