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Updated February 24, 2005

Some suggestions for being involved in our local, state and/or global community:

Tsunami Aid
Lifesaving supplies are now reaching children in the tsunami disaster that struck coastal regions across South Asia on December 26. Learn more and donate now to support relief efforts in this unprecedented emergency

More Tsunami Aid
Google has created a page with links to a few sites already set up to provide information and handle donations for victims throughout the region.

Yes, we do have homeless people in Vermont. Volunteer your time or donate to COTS (the Committee on Temporary Shelter)
Volunteer your time to help provide support to the families of Vermont Air National Guard members
Send a letter, small gifts (lip balm, baby powder and wipes, hard candies, gum, games, etc.) to a soldier overseas (regardless of your politics and whether or not you believe they should be there, they are there and it's not a fun place to be!)
Volunteer time or make a donation to the Vermont Foodbank to help someone less fortunate

There are a lot of organizations in Vermont (and all over the world!) that are doing much good work for those in need. Find one that works for you--it's the best gift you can give yourself.


We have a web-based Electronic Timesheet system timesheet to assist all of us in the process of submitting timesheets for payroll processing. Please utilize this system each time a timesheet is due. If you haven't yet used the system, please see the instructions before submitting your first timesheet. Thanks!! --Dana Paull, Director of Finance and Personnel

PLEASE NOTE: We will be removing this link in the near future, as the VI Timesheet can be accessed via a link in the Shared Folder in First Class. Open the Shared Folder, then click on VI Timesheet.url.

Click here to visit the VI Intranet


  • Resource Page--featuring personnel information for exiting staff; employment resources; tips and articles related to dealing with a layoff. Information on health insurance premium co-pays for continuing staff can also be found on this page. This area is password protected. If you have forgotten your username and/or password, please contact Tracey Pearson (via e-mail or 802-828-0447) or Richard Campbell (via e-mail or 802-828-0448).

  • To view the VI Personnel Manual (updated February 2004), please select desired format: PDF or MS Word document. top of page

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Bentley plateWilson Alwyn Bentley was the first person to successfully photograph snow crystals, which are commonly known as snowflakes. A brilliant, unique individual—largely self-taught—Bentley was born in a Vermont farmhouse which remained his lifelong home. Through remarkable determination and vision he became a gifted and pioneering scientist and photographer, passionately dedicated to capturing and sharing nature’s beauty, mystery, and magnificent design as seen in snow crystals. Check out the collection of his work, located at the Buffalo Museum of Science, at this address: With many thanks to Penny Nolte for sharing the information and link!

1954 prediction of home computer
Luckily, for those of us who haul laptops around, they were a little off on the size projection . . .

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Check out this Flash production of photos (with accompanying music) taken from the Hubble Space Telescope. It takes a little while to download, but it is well worth it--these pictures are amazing. Thanks to Carolyn Jones for contributing the link.

Play-dough 101

Web-based E-mail

Access your e-mail from anywhere! You will need your account name and password. If you don't have this information, please contact the Technology Program and they will be happy to give it to you (for a small fee, naturally).

  • Open your Internet browser and go to: (NOTE, no WWW!)
  • Click on the "Desktop" icon (second from left), and type in your e-mail address and password as prompted
  • Click on "Mailbox"

Speaking of e-mail, when you are away from the office for any length of time you can automatically have a vacation message sent to everyone who e-mails you in your absence.

How to Set a Vacation E-mail Message:

  • Open your Internet browser and go to: (NOTE, no WWW!)
  • Click on the "Desktop" icon (second from left), and type in your e-mail address and password as prompted
  • Select "Preferences" from the menu at the left of the screen (the choices are very difficult to read--black letters on a dark gray background--so look carefully!)
  • Scroll down until you see "Messaging" options. Choose "Yes" for both boxes to "Automatically reply" to local mail and Internet mail.
  • In the box marked "Reply Text," type in your vacation message, for example: "Please note that I will be out of the office from xx/xx/2004 - xx/xx/2004 and will reply as soon as I return," or something of along those lines.
  • Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page and choose "Save." Then when anyone sends you mail, your vacation message will be sent to them automatically and their mail to you will be sitting in your mailbox for your review upon your return!
  • One note from the voices of experience: if you belong to any ListServes, as your vacation message will be returned to the list every time you receive a message from the list, it might be a good idea to check with the List Manager to see if you can temporarily suspend your enrollment--especially if it is a list with a lot of activity.

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Last updated: February 24, 2005