At Home in Vermont

With Congress on recess, Senator Bernie Sanders is meeting with constituents across Vermont this week to hear their concerns on issues ranging from the high price of gasoline and home heating fuel to the five-year-old war in Iraq to the needs of senior citizens. Highlighting Thursday's schedule: Report from Washington, Vermont Public Television's live, one-hour, call-in show at 8 p.m. Also, in keeping with a long-standing Sanders tradition of reaching out to young people, the senator met Thursda

With Congress on recess, Senator Bernie Sanders is meeting with constituents across Vermont this week to hear their concerns on issues ranging from the high price of gasoline and home heating fuel to the five-year-old war in Iraq to the needs of senior citizens. Highlighting Thursday's schedule: Report from Washington, Vermont Public Television's live, one-hour, call-in show at 8 p.m. Also, in keeping with a long-standing Sanders tradition of reaching out to young people, the senator met Thursday with students at South Burlington High School after similar sessions on Monday and Tuesday at Colchester High School and People's Academy in Morrisville. This weekend, the senator will be the keynote speaker at the 18th annual National Association of Environmental Law Societies at The Vermont Law School in South Royalton. And at a press conference on Wednesday in his Burlington Senate office, the senator brought home good news about funds he helped secure for Vermont senior citizen centers.

Sanders announced $196,000 for senior centers in Addison, Chittenden, Grand Isle and Franklin counties. The senator secured funding for the Champlain Valley Agency on Aging to provide needed maintenance and renovations to senior centers.

"Senior centers in Vermont play a great role in making sure that older Vermonters receive the nutrition, socialization and health care they need," said Sanders. "Unfortunately, many of these senior centers are located in older buildings that need infrastructure improvements. I'm glad to announce that we have secured $196,000 to improve the infrastructure in senior centers in Chittenden, Franklin and Addison County. Our efforts are being coordinated through the Champlain Valley Agency on Aging."

Sanders was joined at the press conference by John Barbour, director of the Champlain Valley Agency on Aging; Jim Coutts, director of the St. Albans Senior Center; Sandy Lewis, president of the Champlain Senior Center; and Gail Moreau, director of the Heineberg Senior Center.

Senior Centers:
Islands in the Sun Senior Center of Alburg - $23,520
The Islands in the Sun Senior Center needs 30 windows replaced, a new kitchen floor, and a new commercial stove and freezer.

Bridport Grange of Bridport - $15,680
The seniors meet at the Bridport Grange and the Grange needs to make a variety of improvements including sanding floors, replacing stove, purchasing lightweight tables.

Champlain Senior Center of Burlington - $10,976
The center needs to create a new computer room including new wiring.

Heineberg Senior Center of Burlington - $31,360
Heineberg Senior Center needs a variety of structural renovations. Two of the most important are a new roof and an elevator, which would cost approximately $50,000. Other needs include exterior painting and repair of flooring.

Fairfield Community Center of Fairfield- $23,520
The center needs a new roof , bathroom upgrades, and a new kitchen

Franklin County Senior Center of St. Albans - $39,200
The center needs interior and exterior foundation repairs, totaling, as well as accessibility modifications.

Winooski Senior Center- $4,704
For repairing rotted wood on exterior and painting exterior.