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To the editor:

Seniors who are living in the Northshire, many of them relying on a Social Security budget, are indeed blessed with a variety of services and resources. However, unless they have a computer, an Internet connection, and someone to teach them how to access the various websites, they are handicapped in their ability to know what is available.

So many agencies and organizations these days are trying to rely on social media to “get their message out." That is, indeed, unfortunate.

As more and more of our Seniors (and others as well) are left without reliable, up-to-date information, they are limited in their ability to take advantage of some of these services. I wonder how many of them knew about programs like Everyone Eats, Farms To Families, etc. Who knew about a sizable donation to the Community Food Cupboard, courtesy of Shaw's?

I believe that our “newspaper of record“ should be helpful in this respect. If that is not going to happen, perhaps we need to consider an alternative way of meeting the need for easily accessible information.

It would certainly be helpful if we had a satellite office with a link to the Office on Agency, currently located in Rutland and Bennington, but it doesn’t seem like that is happening either.

Anyone who would like to be on my list for information that they are not now receiving, is invited to send me a note at PO Box 715 in Manchester Village, 05254, please include your phone number. Announcements could be sent to me at the same address.

I would welcome an opportunity to be helpful in this respect.

Wishing you well in these challenging times! Onward to 2021.

Marian Haines



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