GNAT ‘History ... Where It Happened’

SUNDERLAND -- The GNAT production team in conjunction with local historian Dick Smith and GNAT’s Board President Scoop Maginniss present a new local history show framing seemingly ordinary buildings and places in a historical context.

Smith says, "Each episode educates the viewer. You will learn how these historical events and people impacted our community and Vermont."

"History ... Where It Happened" explores the Marble Rail Road and how it forever changed Vermont Marble industry, Fort Ticonderoga and it’s history with Green Mountain Boys, the fascinating stories at the Dellwood Cemetery and much more.

GNAT Executive Director Tammie Reilly comments, "during our strategic planning process in 2013 we surveyed the community about what types of programs they would like to see on our channels. Local history was at the top of the list. We are looking forward to hearing viewers reactions to the program."

"History ... Where It Happened" airs on GNAT’s Channel 15 (Channel 8 in Stratton) Wednesday 9:30 a.m., Friday 7 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m.; and on Channel 8 (Weston/Londonderry) Monday 9:30 a.m./p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m./p.m., Saturday 6:30 a.m./p.m. You can also catch the show online at www.gnat-tv.org. For more information, contact 802-362-7070.


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Arlington Public Health Nursing Service awards $25,000 matching grant to health center

ARLINGTON -- Recently the Arlington Public Health Nursing Service, represented by President Jean Freebern and VP and Liaison Officer to Battenkill Valley Health Center, Lynn Williams, awarded the Battenkill Valley Health Center $25,000 to match donations to the Health Center.

Mary Ann Carlson, chairman of the Board of the Battenkill Valley Health Center, accepted the check in front of the Health Center in Arlington. Carlson said she was pleased that so many donations, from $5 and $10 up to several thousand dollars helped the Health Center meet the challenge grant.

The Nursing Service was approached last year by Carlson regarding a possible donation to the Battenkill Valley Health Center, receiving enthusiastic and unanimous support from the 30-member board, comprised of volunteer members of the community. Last fall the Nursing Service presented the Health Center with $50,000, and offered the Match challenge. The Health Centers request spoke directly to the Nursing Services Mission Statement, "promoting and improving the health of individuals and families in the Arlington, Sunderland and Sandgate areas."

Established in 1946, the Arlington Nursing Service is a non-profit 501c3 organization. Although they no longer provide direct care, through memorial contributions, donations and fundraising, they provide the funds for many services to the communities which include: a contract with Manchester Health Service to provide Home Health Care to our citizens in need, individual financial assistance by request for special medical or dental needs, funds for the Dental Clinics at the Arlington and Sunderland schools, Hearing and Vision Equipment for testing in the schools, four four-year scholarships for students pursuing health related fields and monetary support for various other community projects.

Bennington County was the only county in Vermont that did not have a Federally Qualified Health Clinic until The Battenkill Valley Health Center applied and was recently accepted. By receiving funds from the federal government at an increased reimbursement rate, the clinic will provide comprehensive primary and preventive care to people of all ages regardless of where they came from, their ability to pay or their health insurance status. Fundraising for costs incurred during the transition continues as there is much to be done.

For more information, call Mary Ann Carlson, Chairperson of the Board of Battenkill Valley Health Center 802-375-8353.

Bennington Museum’s Walloomsack review available

BENNINGTON -- The most recent issue of the Bennington Museum’s journal "The Walloomsack Review" is now available, featuring articles and book reviews of Vermont and regional interest. Copies can be purchased at the museum’s shop and several retail stores that carry books. Subjects include Vermonters in the California gold rush, Bennington’s early factories, the restoration of the historic Moseley bridge, and Vermont impressionist artists. Book reviews cover new views on Calvin Coolidge, the history of Vermont jurisprudence, the Bennington School of Dance, and a biography of Col. William Marsh of Manchester who was both an American patriot and a British loyalist.

The story of ordinary Vermonters who went west with the gold rush is told by Eileen Scully, who teaches at Bennington College. By studying census reports she estimates that 11,000 Vermonters joined the search for gold. Few really prospered and Scully concludes that it was an ambiguous experience for New Englanders. The outmigration of Vermonters, combined with the Civil War, also contributed to a stagnation of the state’s population.

Other articles include a review of what remains of Bennington’s early factories and textile mills is offered by Bill Morgan. His article follows up a popular bus tour he organized last fall. The story of the historic Moseley Bridge is related by Anthony Marro. For a century before it was dismantled, the bridge supported traffic over the Walloomsac River near the Papermill covered bridge. Then it became a rusty heap of wrought-iron chunks near the town dump. Last fall it was reconstructed near North Bennington’s "mile-around woods" and has become a relic of usefulness if not beauty. Marro places the bridge, patented in 1857, in a context of the history of bridges in early America.

The journal’s cover, an oil painting of the Jade River by Arthur Gibbes Burton (1883-1969), introduces an article by curator Jamie Franklin about artists that were featured in a Bennington Museum exhibit. The focus of the article is also on the work of George Loftus Noyes (1864-1954) and Clifford Adams Bayard (1892-1965). Franklin draws a connection between these three Vermont Impressionists and work stimulated by William Morris Hunt (1824-1879), a native of Brattleboro who studied with the Barbizon artists in the French village of that name.

This is the 13th issue of the Walloomsack Review, which began in 2008 and is published twice a year, edited by Tyler Resch and Anthony Marro. Besides the museum’s shop, it is available at the Bennington and Northshire bookshops, Bennington College bookstore, Bennington Pottery, and Battenkill Books in Salem, N.Y.

VITL to host 2014 summit

BURLINGTON -- Vermont Information Technology Leaders will host its 2014 "Informing Health Care Decisions" Summit on Sept. 8 and 9 at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center. The Summit is open to health care providers, industry professionals, and those interested in health information technology. Attendees will hear from experts in the field and find out what’s next for Vermont’s health information exchange, connectivity criteria, and how to access clinical data.

"VITL Summit ‘14 will give health care professionals opportunities to connect with experts and colleagues alike. They can learn about new developments, and be informed on how health information technology is helping them to make better health care decisions," said John K. Evans, president and CEO, VITL. "Attendees will also hear from two of the industry’s leading experts -- Dr. Karen DeSalvo, national coordinator for health IT who is leading the charge at the federal level, and e-patient Dave, who will provide a patient engagement perspective."

VITL Summit ‘14 opens with a health information technology panel and reception on Monday, Sept. 8, from 3 to 7:30 p.m., followed by a full-day conference on Tuesday, Sept. 9, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Various breakout sessions will feature timely topics ranging from health care reform, patient and provider engagement, accessing clinical data, meaningful use of EHRs and more. Of special interest to attendees will be the performance of three vignettes showcasing how secure access to patient data helps both providers and a patient in their care.

Dr. Karen B. DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, national coordinator for health information technology with the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services will provide the keynote speech, highlighting the federal government’s ongoing efforts to expand the use of health IT. DeSalvo has focused her 20-year career toward improving access to affordable, high-quality care for all people. Prior to her current position, she served as health commissioner for the City of New Orleans and senior health policy advisor to New Orleans Mayor Mitchell Landrieu where she transformed the outdated health department into a modern and effective one, and restored health care to devastated areas of the city, including leading the establishment of a public hospital.

Dave deBronkart, also known as e-Patient Dave, is VITL Summit ‘14 luncheon speaker. After beating stage IV kidney cancer in 2007, he became a blogger, health policy advisor and international keynote speaker. He is the best-known spokesman for the patient engagement movement and has testified in Washington for patient access to the medical record under meaningful use.

Registration is $99 and includes both days. An early bird discount of $75 for both days is available if registered by July 18. For more information and to register, visit vitlsummit.net. VITL Summit ‘14 is sponsored by Medicity, Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC and SAS.

VITL is a nonprofit organization that assists Vermont health care providers with adopting and using health information technology, to improve the quality of care delivery, to enhance patient safety and to reduce the cost of care.

VITL is legislatively designated to operate the health information exchange for Vermont, and is governed by a collaborative group of stakeholders including health plans, hospitals, physicians, other health care providers, state government, employers, and consumers. For more information, please visit www.vitl.net.