Mascoma, Connecticut River Bank to merge

CHARLESTOWN, N.H. -- Mascoma Mutual Financial Services Corporation, headquartered in Lebanon, and Connecticut River Bancorp, Inc., headquartered in Charlestown, jointly announced that they have entered into an agreement for a merger.

The agreement has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both Mascoma and Connecticut River. Under terms of the agreement, upon completion of the merger, each shareholder of Connecticut River will receive $18.15 per share in cash, giving the transaction a value of approximately $26.7 million.

Mascoma currently operates nine branches in New Hampshire in Grafton and Merrimack Counties as well as nine branches in Vermont in Orange and Windsor Counties. Connecticut River currently operates 10 branches in New Hampshire in Cheshire, Grafton and Sullivan Counties as well as one branch in Vermont in Windsor County.

Thin Crust to open, Tuesdays

BRATTLEBORO -- Thin Crust Pizzeria has announced that starting Tuesday, Dec. 17, it will be opening on Tuesdays. This local family favorite features the area’s only Drive-Thru pizza service offering pizza, calzones, Stromboli’s, pasta, subs and other menu items seven days of the week. Thin Crust is also adding its "famous wings" to the menu.

Windham Child Care creates online store

BRATTLEBORO -- Windham Child Care Association recently announced the creation of its new online store. Items for sale include blank note cards designed by local children, customized tea bags from Vermont Country Tea, and a wide range of artwork by local child and adult artists. Some of the art for sale is for a limited time only. Proceeds from all of the sales go toward supporting the organization’s work to ensure access to high-quality child care for all families in Windham County. Visit the store at www.windhamchildcarestore.org.

At The Oasis to carry Kusikuy products

BRATTLEBORO -- After a two-year hiatus from the streets of Brattleboro, Kusikuy Clothing Co.’s hand-knit alpaca sweaters, hats, scarves and glittens are now back. Glittens are fingerless gloves topped with a flip back "hat" that turn them into gloves to keep fingers extra warm. Kusikuy’s fair trade, eco-friendly clothing can now be found at At the Oasis at 80 Main Street.

"The idea of a product that is handmade, sustainable, indigenous, and high quality fits our values," said Anne Senni, proprietor of At The Oasis. "We carry Kusikuy because the items are natural products of great beauty and worth. They are heirlooms."

All Kusikuy items are created by indigenous women from Bolivia’s Andes Mountains in accordance with fair trade guidelines, which guarantee a living wage and dignity to workers and environmental protection to the community. In addition, they are made from sustainably harvested alpaca, a rare luxury fiber which is softer than cashmere, six times warmer than lamb’s wool and naturally hypoallergenic.

New board members appointed at Winston Prouty Center

BRATTLEBORO -- The Winston Prouty Center recently welcomed Sue Dyer, Kathy Emerson and Frederic Noyes to the Board of Trustees, and announced participation in Marlboro Graduate School’s Get on Board Windham County board development program.

Dyer most recently worked at Early Education Services as the Parent Involvement Manager, and also worked as Head Start Coordinator and a Home Visitor and during her 22 year tenure there. She has been active with many non-profits in the community. Emerson is a Deputy Director of Head Start programs with Save the Children. She has worked for many years with children, families, and staff including as the CIS Coordinator for the Prouty Center. Noyes is a parent of young children and is a videographer by trade who also works in radio as a producer and on-air talent. He has experience working with young children, including in an inclusive early education program in Syracuse, N.Y.

The Marlboro Graduate School offers a board development program called Get on Board Windham County. As part of the program, board member Jon Neurock will mentor two board fellows, Autumn Kendall and Meredith Anton.

More information can be found at gradschool.marlboro.edu.