Registered voters of Berlin, Middlesex, and Worcester!
We are still collecting signatures of registered voters in your community in order to have a MSAC funding request appear on your Towns’ Warning. Petitions can be found in the front office at MSAC.
By signing your name to your town’s petition, you are not casting a vote, but rather just helping get our request included on your Town Meeting’s ballot/warning. If MSAC does not appear on your town's warning, and is not approved, there is a chance that you will lose supporting town member perks (especially nice at class registration time)!
Two New Faces at City Hall
Kelly Murphy of Montpelier will assume the Finance Director position on January 6, 2020. She replaces Todd Provencher who is moving on to pursue different career opportunities. Kelly currently serves as the Lead Budget and Management Analyst in the State of Vermont Department of Finance and Management. She worked previously as a Senior Legal Assistant for the Office of the Public Defender. She has prior experience in local government in both the City of South Burlington and the Town of Barre. Kelly has earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Vermont and a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire. Her main areas of expertise are budgeting, financial analysis and process improvement.
Jhasmine Lamb of Stowe has been named as Assistant to the City Manager. She will also begin her duties on January 6, 2020 and is replacing Jamie Granfield Carroll who has taken a position with the North Branch Café in Montpelier. Jhasmine recently relocated back to Vermont from Alaska. She served as the Special Projects and Communications Manager in the City Manager’s office for the City of Soldotna, Alaska. Before that she was the Communications Manager and Digital Media Strategist for the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council and MSI Communications Marketing Agency. Jhasmine is a professional photographer, a snowboarding instructor, and an experienced customer service professional. She has certifications in Organizational Management, Emergency Incident Command Systems, Nursing Assistance, Massage Therapy and roadside flagging. Her extensive skills include communications, detailed administrative work, multi media presentations and technology.
Medicare Card Phishing VT Scam Alert
The Consumer Assistance Program of the VT Attorney General issued a scam alert Dec. 8 through the VT Scam Alert System regarding the Medicare card/SSN phising scam that has been going around the state. A blog post and social media post have been issued by the Consumer Assistance program. The blog post includes audio of the alert. For more information, please click on either of the following links...
Monthly Appreciative Living Workshop (recurs monthly, 1st Wednesdays, but a different date in January)
Our monthly Appreciative Living workshop is a group conversation centered around learning and practicing the principles of Appreciative Inquiry, a successful change methodology and philosophy that helps us develop optimism, resilience, and increase joy and success in our lives. Between each meeting, we review some resources (mainly Jackie Kelm’s book: Appreciative Living - The principles of Appreciative Inquiry in personal life), and practice some short and simple exercises (ex. gratitude journal, visualization, etc) that help us build more positive thought patterns and move us toward our goals. Meetings every first Wednesday of the month, 6:30-8pm. No experience necessary, the discussion is open to all! $10/session, payable in cash or check at the time of the meeting. (Please note that this is a workshop requiring some homework and active participation in the discussion about the reading/practices; it is not a support group nor any form of counseling/therapy). To join, email Alex Arnold, past MSAC instructor, at email@example.com.
PoemCity 2020 is open for submissions!
Vermonters of all ages are encouraged to submit their original poetry for the best celebration of National Poetry Month anywhere! Submit poems until February 12, 2020 at www.kellogghubbard.org/poemcity. Please join us for our exciting line up of programs including Richard Blanco on April 3 reading from his new book, How to Love a Country. Visit www.facebook.com/PoemCityMontpelier for more information.