Saturday April 20, 2013

Bellows Falls Historical Society receives grant from TransCanada

BELLOWS FALLS -- The Bellows Falls Historical Society announced this week the receipt of a $7,500 grant from TransCanada Hydro Northeast, Inc., to support its Bellows Falls Historic Riverfront Park and Trail System project.

"We are delighted that our neighbor TransCanada answered our request for funds to support this important community project, and so many of our other initiatives," Dennis Ladd, society president, said. "Although the bulk of the work on Mill Street is being funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, we need to arrange funding from a wider support system."

The Bellows Falls Riverside Park and Trail project consists of creation of a historic interpretive trail system across the riverfront which will communicate the area’s industrial heritage with artifacts along the trail. A nature and bird sanctuary, as well as community gathering space will be completed this summer. Eventually improved canoe, kayak, and fishing access are planned, as well as improved tie-ins with existing trail systems throughout Bellows Falls and Westminster.

"We are proud to support this initiative because giving back to communities has been part of our culture for over 50 years," says Matthew Cole, community relations specialist for TransCanada Hydro Northeast.


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The project will provide Bellows Falls residents and others a green space environment, as well as a venue for community events at this eight-acre parcel. Although a densely populated village on the Connecticut River, Bellows Falls village has historically lacked public access to the river because of railroad and industrial uses.

Completed to date are a multi-purpose riverside field, access road and parking area behind the grist mill, including handicapped access and ramps available for people with special needs, as well as encapsulation of a brownsfield area. The second phase of the park and trail project will be completed this summer. The society has secured two consecutive awards of EPA grants, totaling nearly a half million dollars, to support this project.

Additionally, grants from Windham Regional Commission’s Brownsfield Fund, National Grid, State of Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Department of Forests Parks and Recreation, the Southern Windsor Regional Planning Commission, and the National Parks Service rivers and trails program have also funded the work. The Bellows Falls Village Corp. and a number of local organizations and business and individuals as well have supported these efforts.

The scope of the project includes encapsulation of a brownsfield area adjacent to the Adam’s Grist Mill museum, completion of a parking, and trails dotted with artifacts of historical significance.

To learn more about the project, stop by the historical society’s space at 33 Bridge St. at any of the Third Friday Artwalks in Bellows Falls.

Union Institute & University earns Doctoral Psychology Program designation status

BRATTLEBORO -- Union Institute & University announced that the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards and the National Register of Health Service Psychologists Designation Committee voted unanimously at its March meeting to approve for designation the Union Institute & University Doctor of Psychologyprogram in Ohio and Vermont.

Designation from ASPPB/National Register enables doctoral psychology programs to demonstrate that they meet widely accepted national standards, important to credentialing bodies, students, and the public.

"Union is one of the first doctoral psychology programs in the country using a blended delivery model to earn designation. We believe that our innovative program is a model for the future training of psychologists," said UI&U Dean of Graduate Psychology Dr. William Lax.

With this designation, a graduate of UI&U’s Psy.D. program who decides to apply for licensure as a psychologist, will typically meet the jurisdictional educational requirements for licensing. Once licensed, a graduate of a designated program is eligible to apply for credentialing as a Health Service Psychologist by the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. Additional information is available on the ASPPB’s website: www.asppb.org.and the National Register website: www.nationalregister.org.

For more information about the UI&U Psy.D. program in Cincinnati, Ohio or Brattleboro, visit myunion.edu/psyd or call 800-871-8165.

HCRS welcomes
new staff

SPRINGFIELD -- In response to unprecedented growth; Health Care and Rehabilitation Services continues to recruit for new programs and the expansion of existing programs.

HCRS recently welcomed the following new employees: Marissa Dickinson -- Behavioral Interventionist in Hartford; Christine Metcalf -- Residential Specialist in Bellows Falls; Lynn Huston -- Clinician in Brattleboro; Emily Rose -- Community Outreach Specialist in Hartford; Amanda Pelletier -- Care Coordinator in Springfield; John "Jack" Hoffman -- Case Manager in Springfield; Aaron Morse -- Team Leader in Brattleboro; William Brown -- Team Leader in Springfield; Robert Smith -- Residential Specialist in Bellows Falls; Megan Patnode -- Community Outreach Specialist in Brattleboro.