Kurn Hattin
welcomes new staff, board members

WESTMINSTER -- On Oct. 4, Kurn Hattin Homes for Children held its 118th Annual Meeting of the Corporation. Established in 1894 as a home and school for children in need, the non-profit now serves 105 boys and girls, ages 6-15, from around the northeast. Second-term Board President Charles P. Kelsey chaired the meeting, which featured a performance by the Kurn Hattin Homes Select Choir as well as a dinner of Kurn Hattin farm produce, served by the students themselves.

Co-Executive Directors Tom Fahner and Connie Sanderson announced program updates, which include the finalization and adoption of a comprehensive strategic plan, outlining short- and long-term initiatives aimed at bolstering Kurn Hattin’s ability to serve children in need and their families both today and into the future.

New Kurn Hattin Homes’ staff members include Lisa Bloch, Assistant Director of Development. Prior to coming to Kurn Hattin, Bloch had served as Development Director for Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) since 2007. In addition, Elan Moses joined the Kurn Hattin Homes counseling staff.

Current staff members were also congratulated on position changes and promotions within the organization: Kim Fine has officially assumed the role of Kurn Hattin Homes’ Director of Development, Tenielle Nicholson has taken over as Family Outreach Coordinator, and Kristin McGee is the new Section 504 Coordinator.

The following are this year’s additions of incorporators to Kurn Hattin Homes’ Board: Bill Abbott of Keene, N.H., served as Kurn Hattin Homes’ Financial Manager from 1990 to 2003. He has served on the boards of several area organizations, including Prospect Place, The Woodward Home, and Cheshire Medical Center; Christopher J. Hackett of Westminster, has returned to the Kurn Hattin Board after serving from 2001 to 2006. Chris is a Vice President with TD Bank, NA, specializing in commercial lending; Retired Army Colonel Bruce Martin of Walpole, N.H., chaired a community-wide effort in Walpole to develop and fund the Walpole Veteran’s Memorial, and currently works with the Fall Mountain Food Shelf; William Scarlett served as the Director of Counseling at Kurn Hattin for eight years, beginning in 1999 and is now a school counselor at Bellows Falls Central Elementary School; and Greg Worden, owner of Vermont Artisan Designs in Brattleboro, has served as chair of the Brattleboro select board; a trustee of the Vermont Arts Council; a founder of Building a Better Brattleboro; president of the Arts Council of Windham County; and president of Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

Saxtons River Inn has new owner

SAXTONS RIVER -- Averill Larsen has become owner and manager of the Saxtons River Inn. With wide experience in the hospitality field, she has owned and run restaurants in Vermont and Antigua. Her most recent restaurant was "Averill’s Restaurant" in Saxtons River, and she has also been a partner at the Inn. She is current owner of the Saxtons River Village Market.

Managing the Inn is not a new experience for Averill. In 1972 Averill and her family bought the Saxtons River Inn, which had deteriorated badly over the years. The Campbell family spent a year restoring the Inn and reviving the spirit of the place, each of the eleven children contributing, whether painting shutters or cooking up hot meals. At that time it was acclaimed by the New York Times as one of the most attractive inns of Vermont. Each room was decorated differently, a novelty then. Averill was chef and manager for fifteen years before selling it to pursue other interests.

Returning to full ownership and management this month, Averill has indicated that there will be some changes to the present Inn. She has established a Sunday morning brunch with an exciting menu that is proving to be very popular. Another change is that the regular dining room and pub will be closed Monday nights.