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Proposed F.Y. ’22 Agencies Funding Allocations

Please find below the Proposed F.Y. ’22 Agencies Funding Allocations: Updated January 8, 2021

Proposed F.Y. ’22 Agencies Funding Allocations

Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice
BCRC
BPI
Bennington Free Library
BROC
J. McCullough Library
Paran Recreation
P.A.V.E.
R.S.V.P.
S.W.V.T. Council On Aging
Tutorial Center
V.C.I.L.
Bennington Free Clinic
Bennington Homeless Shelter
Bennington County Association Against Child Abuse
Sunrise Family Resource Center
Bennington Rescue Squad

Coronavirus Update

 

For Immediate Release

 

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Launches COVID-19 Hotline
Screening at Entry and Digital Information Session Aim to Increase Information and Awareness

 

BENNINGTON, VT—March 12, 2020—Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), is continuously working to minimize the spread of COVID-19, while providing safe care for all patients. The most recent actions include the launch of a COVID-19 hotline and a respiratory etiquette check-in at the main entrance. 

 

“Proactive monitoring and protection efforts have made SVMC safe for those with appointments and procedures scheduled,” said Tom Dee, SVHC’s president and CEO. “We want our patients to feel confident that SVMC is open and ready to provide the care they need.”

 

Hotline

A COVID-19 information hotline is now available at 802-440-8844. The most commonly requested information is delivered via a recorded message, after which a representative answers between the hours of 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on weekdays.

 

SVMC recommends primary care providers as the best source for individual guidance and information. The hotline offers support for primary care providers and ensures those who do not have a provider get the information and services they need.

 

“Everyone’s situation is a little bit different,” said Paula Johnson, director of Quality, Safety and Value at SVMC. “The aim of the hotline is to deliver the information that patients need in a customized and timely way. We hope this will empower community members to take actions that will help ensure their safety and limit the spread of the illness.”

 

Front Entrance Check-In

 


 

Patients and visitors to the hospital will now notice signage that directs them to the touch-free automatic door at the main entrance. Patients have the option to go immediately to the Emergency Department for care or stop at a respiratory etiquette check-in, where they will be greeted and asked whether they have a cough, fever, or shortness of breath. Those with symptoms are given a mask, and all are given a sticker with the date and which department or unit they are visiting. These efforts will allow clinical professionals to take the appropriate measures to ensure safety for all patients, visitors, and staff.

 

“If someone in the building has a cough or a fever, we need to know about it,” said Trey Dobson, MD, chief medical officer for SVMC. “These new screening measures ensure that we treat that person appropriately and minimize exposure to others.”

 

Visitors

The respiratory check-in is also provides an opportunity to reinforce the flu-season visitor policy, which recommends that those with symptoms of infectious disease (respiratory or gastrointestinal) wait until they are well to visit in person. In addition, visits are limited to those who are over the age of 18 and to no more than two per patient at a time. 

 

In addition, for the safety of patients and residents, the visitor policies at the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, on SVMC’s Bennington Campus, and The Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation at Hoosick Falls have been updated to exclude all except medical visits.

 

“We know it is difficult to forego in-person visits with loved ones in our care,” said Suzanne Anair, who administrates both facilities. “But we trust that the families of our patients and residents will understand our desire to protect them from exposure to this potentially devastating illness.”

 

Digital Information Session

The hospital is partnering with the Southwestern Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV) to present an online lunch and learn session for area business members at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, March 16. The session will feature SVHC’s President and CEO Tom Dee and SVMC’s Chief Medical Officer Trey Dobson, MD. Participants will be able to ask questions related to COVID-19. Chamber members and members of the public can access the session at www.facebook.com/CATTVbennington/.  It will air on CAT-TV and be posted to www.SouthwesternVermontChamber.com/lunchandlearn.

 

“We lean on the strength of our award-winning health care system to keep us informed and safe.  We appreciate all the hard work Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and our other healthcare members are doing during this crisis,” said Matt Harrington, executive director, Southwestern Vermont Chamber of Commerce. “We hope this Lunch and Learn provides a regional perspective and good information to the many communities we serve.”

 

Drive-Up Testing

 

SVMC nurses conduct a drive-up test for COVID-19.

For patients who have a referral for COVID-19 testing from their primary care provider, SVMC offers drive-up testing. The service allows patients to remain in their cars. The process was initiated over the weekend to minimize potential viral exposure to other patients and staff for patients who do not need emergency care or monitoring. Clinical staff wear personal protective equipment (PPE), swab patients in their cars, and remind patients to practice self-isolation until results are known. Samples are sent to the Vermont lab for results, which typically arrive to the primary care provider within 96 hours. The State of Vermont is not charging for the test.

 

Dee continued, “We have an extraordinary team of professionals and dedicated community leaders all committed to ensuring, as best as we can, that this virus has as little impact as possible on the health of our communities. The situation is changing rapidly. We aim to keep everyone informed, so we can all work together in this important effort.” 

 

If you think you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, call your state’s department of health. Telephone numbers and other COVID-19 information, including frequently asked questions and helpful resources, are available at svhealthcare.org. The site is updated continuously.

 

About SVHC:
Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, preeminent, health care system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC includes Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, and the SVHC Foundation. SVMC includes 25 primary and specialty care practices. For more information, visit svhealthcare.org.

 

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center provides exceptional care without discriminating on the basis of an individual’s age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, language, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. Language assistance services, free of charge, are available at 1-800-367-9559.

 

Media Contact:

Ray Smith
Director of Marketing and Communications | Public Information Officer

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center

(802) 447-50003

ray.smith@svhealthcare.org

 

Town Offices Closed 4th of July

Town offices will be closed July 4th for Independence Day

In observance of the 4th of July Holiday, the Town offices will be closed on Monday, July 4th.

We will reopen on Tuesday, July 5th, at 7:30 am.

Re-enactor Michael Chapman reads the Declaration of Independence, and Patricia Leon Johnson stands by to ring the USS Bennington Bell as the honorary bell ringer on behalf of the SVMC.

Bennington 4th of July Celebrations

Re-enactor Michael Chapman reads the Declaration of Independence, and Patricia Leon Johnson stands by to ring the USS Bennington Bell as the honorary bell ringer on behalf of the SVMC.

Bennington Fourth of July Celebration Plans

All are invited to celebrate Independence Day with a reading of the Declaration of Independence, a car parade, a bell ringing ceremony, and fireworks.

A dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence starts the July 4th events at noon at the Bennington Battle Monument. The reading features living historians Michael and Phyllis Chapman and concludes at about 1 pm with a car parade for all attendees from the Monument to the parking area behind the Town Offices at 205 South Street.

Those driving are encouraged to decorate their vehicles if they wish. A police escort will lead the group to the next event, the ringing of the main bell from the ship USS Bennington which is located in front of the town offices.

The car parade will include The Veterans of Foreign Wars Riders (president Joe Bison) and American Legion Riders (president Dan Lyle); both groups are local charitable organizations and are officially sanctioned by their parent organizations. We appreciate their service!

Nationwide bell ringing on July 4th was instituted by Congress in 1963 to commemorate the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, after which bells rang throughout that city.

This tradition is upheld annually by the Bennington Rotary Club. During the ceremony, 13 Rotarians will ring the USS Bennington’s bell to honor each of the 13 original colonies. Since Vermont is the 14th State to be admitted to the Union, that place is held for a “Fourteenth Bell-Ringer.”
This honorary role is reserved for a person or organization that has made a significant difference in making our community a better place to live. The Bennington Historical Society is being honored this year, and the bell will be rung by Joe Hall on behalf of the Society.

The bell ringing will begin at approximately 1:30 pm once the group from the Battle Monument arrives. After the ceremony, attendees can ring the ship’s bell themselves.

A fireworks display will be located at Willow Park off of East Road. The fireworks start at dark, approximately 9:30 pm. The rain date is Saturday July 9. The event starts at 5:00 pm with a performance by the Crossover Cloggers. There will be music by Buddy Madison from 5:30 – 9:30 pm. Food is available for purchase (hotdogs, burgers, fried dough, soda), a “Bohemian Roots” vendor with dresses, hats, dreamcatchers, etc., and a lemonade stand will also be on site as well as a vendor selling nuts and fudge. Alcohol is not allowed. Additional parking is available at the Mt. Anthony Union Middle School on East Road.

The photo shows last year’s reading of the Declaration of Independence by Michael Chapman, and Patricia Noel Johnson standing by to ring the USS Bennington bell as the honorary 14th bell ringer on behalf of the SVMC.

DPW Roadwork June 27-July 1, 2022

Town of Bennington Project List

Week of June 27th – July 01, 2022

  

Bank St (North Benn): Highway Crew (N.Benn) will begin work on the Bank St sidewalk.  Please use caution when approaching men and equipment will be on the edges of the road or find alternate route.

Maple St: will be CLOSED to through traffic for several months (through September) while the Public Works Department performs a complete road rehabilitation.  Local (Street) residents will be accommodated. Please find alternate route.

 TOWNWIDE: – SUMMER MAINTENANCE

Downtown Sidewalk Sweeping will now be every THURSDAY morning

Highway Crews will continue rebuilding catch basins throughout town. Affected areas may be reduced to One Lane.   Please use caution when approaching, expect delays or find an alternate route.

Town Highway crews will be working on roadside mowing throughout town.

A Highway Crew will continue permanent patching of potholes and old dig sites in various locations across town.  Please use caution when approaching and expect delays

Highway will also continue painting & refreshing “Safety Markings” in various locations.  This includes crosswalks, parking spots and “Stop” bars, & arrows.  Please use Caution when approaching and Expect Delays

NORTH BENNINGTON: – SUMMER MAINTENANCE

The North Bennington Highway will begin Sidewalk Repair on Bank St (N.Benn) as well as mowing & brush cutting across the Village and Parks. Please use caution when approaching.

All Work will be dependent on weather conditions.  Please use caution when entering a construction zone, men and equipment will be in the traveled portion of the road.

REMINDER – Yard Cleanup:

Please DO NOT rake or blow leaves OR grass clippings into Town streets or Highways as these will clog storm drains and create both flooding and driving hazards for the entire community.

Residents and Contractors – Please make sure ALL LOADS ARE COVERED when taking leaves and or brush to the Transfer Station.  When disposing of leaf bags, you MUST empty the bags into the pile.

Select Board Meeting – June 27, 2022

There will be a  meeting of the Select Board  on Monday, June 27, 2022. You will find the agenda, minutes of the prior meeting, and all public documents that will be discussed during the meeting in the packet below.

The Select Board packet is available by clicking here.

 

 

 

Water bills are due Friday June 24th

Water & Sewer Bills Due Friday, June 24th

Water bills are due Friday June 24th

REMINDER: water and sewer bills are due this coming Friday, June 24th.

You can stop by our offices at 205 South Street. Our regular business hours are Monday through Friday 7:30 am to 4:30 pm. You can also mail it to us at PO Box 469, Bennington, VT 05201. Or you can go to our website and pay online (a fee from the service vendor applies). If you are coming by after hours, we do also have a drop box just outside our front entrance that you can use to give us your check only.

For information on how to pay online, visit: https://benningtonvt.org/departments/collections/

All About Town – Town Manager Stuart Hurd

To view the Town Manager’s June All About Town Column, please click this link.

DPW Roadwork June 20-24, 2022

Town of Bennington Project List

Week of June 20th – June 24, 2022

 REMINDER: Town Office will be CLOSED Monday June 20, 2022, in observance of the Juneteenth Holiday.  Additionally, there will be NO Town Roadwork on Monday June 20th, 2022.

 

Maple St: will be CLOSED to through traffic for several months (through September) while the Public Works Department performs a complete road rehabilitation.  Local (Street) residents will be accommodated. Please find alternate route.

 

TOWNWIDE: – SPRING MAINTENANCE

Downtown Sidewalk Sweeping will now be every THURSDAY morning

Highway Crews will continue rebuilding catch basins throughout town. Affected areas may be reduced to One Lane.   Please use caution when approaching, expect delays or find an alternate route.

Town Highway crews will be working on roadside mowing throughout town.

A Highway Crew will continue permanent patching of potholes and old dig sites in various locations across town.  Please use caution when approaching and expect delays

Highway will also continue painting & refreshing “Safety Markings” in various locations.  This includes crosswalks, parking spots and “Stop” bars, & arrows.  Please use Caution when approaching and Expect Delays

NORTH BENNINGTON: – SPRING MAINTENANCE

The North Bennington Highway will begin roadside mowing & brush cutting across the Village and Parks. Please use caution when approaching.

 

All Work will be dependent on weather conditions.  Please use caution when entering a construction zone, men and equipment will be in the traveled portion of the road.

 

REMINDER – Spring Cleanup:

Please DO NOT rake or blow leaves OR grass clippings into Town streets or Highways as these will clog storm drains and create both flooding and driving hazards for the entire community.

Residents and Contractors – Please make sure ALL LOADS ARE COVERED when taking leaves and or brush to the Transfer Station.  When disposing of leaf bags, you MUST empty the bags into the pile.

Select Board Meeting – 6/22/22

There will be a  meeting of the Select Board  on Wednesday, June 22, 2022. You will find the agenda in the link below:

The Select Board agenda is available by clicking here.

 

 

 

Town Offices Closed June 20th

A picture that shows the words JUNETEENTH.

BENNINGTON TOWN OFFICES
WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY
June 20th, 2022

In observance of the Federal Juneteenth holiday.

We will reopen Tuesday, June 21st at 7:30 a.m.

Orchard Road Water Main Break UPDATE

UPDATE – ORCHARD ROAD AREA
This water main break has now also been isolated. This has been determined to be a private issue and will now only effect residents within the Applegate Housing Complex as a private contractor makes those repairs. All surrounding areas should have service already restored. Please run the cold water for a few moments to flush out any air that may have entered the system during the disruption.