Hilltop House renamed Bradley House

BRATTLEBORO -- Hilltop House, a Level III Residential Care facility at 65 Harris Avenue, has been renamed The Bradley House.

Originally built by the Bradley family in 1858, the new name honors the Bradleys and their many contributions to our community and recognizes the historic value of this building.

Stephen Rowe Bradley became the first U.S. Senator of Vermont in 1791. His son, William Bradley was elected to the Vermont State Legislature at age 24 and later served as a U.S. Congressman. His grandson, Jonathan Bradley, built the house on Terrace St now known as the Gathering Place.

Stephen Rowe Bradley's great grandson, Richards Bradley, built what is now The Bradley House, as a home for his new bride. Their farms and gardens stretched to the West River, to the area that is now the Brattleboro Retreat and to the Rice Farm in Dummerston. The Bradley estate was sold in 1940 to Fred Harris, of Harris Hill Ski Jump fame, who lived in the light blue house on North Street. In 1946 he sold it to the Hopkins family, who converted the house into apartments to provide additional living accommodations during the post-World War II housing shortage.

In the 1960s, the home was acquired by the Vermont State Baptist Convention, which established a retirement home and eventually renamed it to "Hilltop House." Forty years later in 2003, Hilltop House was incorporated as a private non-denominational non-profit, which continues to operate today.


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Along with the name change, the Board of Trustees has restructured the management team with co-administrators. Lisa Holabird, RN, was hired as Resident Care Administrator. Her responsibilities include all nursing and resident care activities. Enid Wainwright, MBA, who has been the business manager for several years, has assumed the position of Business Administrator. Her responsibilities include all financial and day-to-day operational responsibilities.

Holabird returns to The Bradley House with 21 years of nursing experience and a passion for working with elderly people. She began her nursing career as an LPN and 10 years ago she returned to nursing school at the Vermont Technical College where she received her RN degree with honors. She then worked at the Cheshire Medical Center. Holabird most recently was employed at the Visiting Nurses organization where she worked as a Support and Services at Home wellness nurse. She possesses a wealth of experience with the elder population and is committed to ensuring that they remain independent as long as possible.

Wainwright has more than 30 years of management, financial and computer experience. For the past seven years she has worked with The Bradley House, first as a volunteer, and then as a board member. In 2011, Wainwright was hired to assist with the financial operations and over time assumed increasing responsibilities for running the day to day operations. She is dedicated to the security and comfort of the residents, and the long term viability of the organization.

To round out the management team, Edward Kowalski, Facilities Director, is currently overseeing a renovation/ improvement program; Tim Cavanaugh, Activities Director, runs an increasingly active events program; and Heather Corey, Senior Licensed Nursing Assistant, keeps the resident aides' program running smoothly.

For more information, call 802-254-5524.

Commonwealth Dairy
adds new flavors
to line of children's yogurt

BRATTLEBORO -- Ehrmann Commonwealth Dairy announced on July 9 the availability of new YoYummy flavors Grape and Sour Cherry, the newest addition to its Green Mountain Creamery yogurt line.

Developed with kids in mind, YoYummy is a natural, low-fat yogurt packaged in a squeezable pouch. Launched last November it was the first fresh yogurt in this convenient packaging, with live and active cultures, available in the U.S.

YoYummy yogurt is made with grade A, rBST-free Vermont milk and contains no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives; its packaging is BPA-free, and it is gluten-free and kosher. It has 10 percent less sugar than the leading national brand kids' yogurt. YoYummy offers 15 percent of the recommended daily allowance for calcium and is a good source of vitamins A and D too, making it a healthy snack choice for kids, at home or on-the-go!

YoYummy is currently available in the yogurt section in four flavors: Strawberry, Mixed Berry, Strawberry-Banana and Cotton Candy. YoYummy four-packs of 3.5-ounce pouches (Mixed Berry/Strawberry, Strawberry-Banana/Cotton Candy) are available at retailers on the East and West Coast such as Fresh & Easy, Sprout's Farmers Market, Hannaford, Stop & Shop, Giant Carlisle, Fairway Markets and Whole Foods Market New England. Oberweis Dairy distributes YoYummy in the MidWest through their home delivery channel and in their 40-plus stores as well. Soon YoYummy will also be available at Shoprite and H-E-B.

The suggested retail price is between $3.99 and $4.99.