Vermont is launching a tax-free savings program for Vermonters with disabilities that will allow them to save for future needs without being affected by federal benefits cliffs. A panel will discuss the new VermontABLE program during Disability Awareness Day at the State House on March 2.
Photo: Ashlyn Evans (second from left) receives a check for her college tuition from attorney Heidi Groff, vice president of Kids’ Chance of Vermont; Ron Fox, attorney at Biggam, Fox & Skinner who represented Ashlyn’s mother in her workers’ compensation claim; and attorney Keith Kasper, president of Kids’ Chance of Vermont.
Do you need help paying your child’s college tuition? Kids’ Chance of Vermont provides need-based college scholarships to children of injured workers. They’re taking applications right now and are actively looking for families who need help to send a child to college.
Three Vermont legislators from Washington County visited Barre’s pilot Drug Treatment Court this February as part of an event organized by Judge Mary Miles Teachout and Teri Corsones of the Vermont Bar Association to familiarize lawmakers with the judicial system in Vermont.
Vermont Foodbank CEO, John Sayles, stopped by the BFS holiday party to pick up our annual holiday donation. Thanks to the Foodbank for their untiring efforts to help those less fortunate in our community.
Attorneys and staff, left to right: Judy Richardson, Kelly Massicotte, Heidi Groff, Chris O’Neill, Danielle Hollstein, Ron Fox, Charilyn Williams, Scott Skinner, Pat Biggam, and John Sayles (Foodbank).
Do you know of a student who faces obstacles to a college education because of a parent’s work injury? Kids’ Chance provides ways for you to help them! One easy way is to fill out a Planning for College Card for the student and return it to Biggam, Fox & Skinner at 453 Stone Cutters Way, Montpelier, VT 05602. At the right time, we will contact you to start the scholarship application process so that the student may be considered for a scholarship.
During Kids’ Chance Awareness Week, we’re asking you to help spread the word about Kids’ Chance of Vermont to deserving students and their parents. To do this, you can like our Facebook page, share this article on social media, or forward this newsletter to someone who might benefit. Biggam, Fox & Skinner is actively involved in Kids’ Chance: BFS partner Heidi Groff serves as vice president of the organization, and the partners as well as the firm contribute financially. Some of our clients have been exceptionally generous and made significant contributions. Also, the child of an injured worker we represent has been the recipient of a scholarship from Kids’ Chance.
Faces of Kids’ Chance
Learn about other youth who have been helped by Kids’ Chance chapters around the US here.
Photo: Governor Shumlin signs the Kids’ Chance Awareness Week proclamation with Heidi Groff (vice president of Kids’ Chance of Vermont), Keith Kasper (KCOV president), and Phyllis Phillips (KCOV board member).
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has proclaimed November 14 – 18 as Kids’ Chance Awareness Week in order to increase the visibility of Kids’ Chance of Vermont and to inform Vermonters about Kids’ Chance college scholarship opportunities.
A link to the proclamation can be found on the governor’s web site.
With a mission to provide scholarships to children of workers who have been injured or killed at work in Vermont, Kids’ Chance of Vermont has awarded two annual scholarships since its formation in 2014:
- 2016: $9,125 to Ashlyn Evans of Groton to attend Michael’s School of Hair Design, a Paul Mitchell Partner School in Bedford, NH, starting in September 2016. Ashlyn plans to open her own beauty salon. Her mother was injured while working as an LNA and was not able to go back to her job.
- 2015: $10,000 to Lyndsey Cox of Rutland, to attend the Sage College in Albany, New York, and obtain a degree in physical therapy. Lyndsey aims to use her degree to work with children. Her father suffered a work-related injury that ultimately resulted in the loss of his leg.
Attorney Heidi Groff is excited to spend today at Gillette Stadium–although it’s for work not a sports event. She is attending the New England Workers’ Compensation Conference in Massachusetts, which brings together workers’ compensation professionals from around the region for learning and discussion.
Heidi is representing Vermont on a panel discussion about medical marijuana and alternative treatments at the New England Workers’ Compensation Conference.
We are proud to announce that Best Lawyers 2017 has recognized Pat Biggam and Heidi Groff for their work with workers’ compensation claimants. Best Lawyers is a national publication that lists high-ranking lawyers and law firms. Our attorneys were selected by other lawyers in Vermont through a peer-review process. Congratulations to Pat and Heidi on being recognized for the superb job they do every day helping our clients with their workers’ compensation claims.
Read on for feedback from our clients about working with Pat and Heidi.
A Vermont tradition since 1867, the Tunbridge World’s Fair opens today. Here are the details from the Times-Argus.
By ANDY CLARK STAFF WRITER
TUNBRIDGE — One of Vermont’s most authentic historical events returns for another four-day engagement, starting today.
The Tunbridge World’s Fair, a family-centered, educational agricultural fair, remains one of the state’s best-known events. Long traffic lines along major routes into Tunbridge in years past have signaled the fair’s great popularity, and articles in national and regional publications have attested to the fair’s authentic sense of Americana, from National Geographic magazine to the Boston Herald.
The fair has run continuously since 1867 — except in 1918, due to the great flu epidemic, and during World War II — 145 years.
“Last year, on opening day — Thursday — we had 2,500 kids come in at 9 a.m. on 65 buses,” said Alan Howe, president of the Tunbridge World’s Fair. “They had a lot of fun and in many cases they convinced their parents to bring them back on the weekend.”
Good news for Vermonters with suspended licenses due to unpaid traffic fines: between now and November 30, you can pay off your fines at a reduced rate. Here’s the story from VT Digger.
Sep. 7, 2016, 2:41 pm by Elizabeth Hewitt
Thousands of Vermonters have the opportunity to pay off old traffic tickets at a reduced rate.
The driver restoration program, which runs until Nov. 30, is part of an effort to help people whose licenses were suspended because of unpaid traffic fines to get back on the road.
Vermonters with outstanding traffic tickets from before July 1, 2012 will be able to pay them off for $30 per ticket by applying by mail or email to the Vermont Judicial Bureau.