Tuesday June 11, 2013

The In-Sight Photography Project welcomes new staff

BRATTLEBORO -- The In-Sight Photography Project is pleased to announce the hiring of two new key staff members, marking an exciting period of transition for the local art-based youth organization.

Teta Hilsdon will join In-Sight as the new executive director, as of June 24, and Zachary Stephens will be the new program director, effective June 17.

"We are very fortunate to have two local figures, already so well-connected in our community and with such outstanding qualifications, who are eager to guide In-Sight into the future," said Jon Mack, board president.

Hilsdon comes to In-Sight after 11 years as operations manager for the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, which already has deep ties with In-Sight. She was also a founding member of both Brattleboro Clayworks and Cherry Street Artisans, and has been creating her own stoneware and teaching pottery since 1983. Hilsdon is a board member of the Windham and Windsor Housing Trust, and is a registered yoga teacher. She graduated from Marlboro College, with a degree in philosophy.

Stephens is also a familiar community figure, having served as photo editor at the Brattleboro Reformer for nearly six years. He is co-owner of studio ten13, as well as photojournalism instructor at Landmark College.


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He has served as staff or freelance photographer at several Vermont newspapers, and his work has also appeared in The New York Times, Vermont Life, The Boston Globe, the Boston Herald and USA Today. Stephens is a graduate of the Hallmark Institute of Photography, and began his passion for photography as an In-Sight student when he, himself, was a teenager.

The In-Sight Photography Project (www.insight-photography.org) teaches photography to youth ages 11 to 18 in the southern Vermont area, regardless of their ability to pay. In-Sight offers students a creative voice and outlet, an opportunity to experience success, tools for self-awareness and self-worth, and the encouragement to become actively engaged in their communities.

Sanders to hold Small Business Workshop

BRATTLEBORO -- Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., will hold a workshop in Brattleboro on Friday, June 14, at 9 a.m. at the Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St., to discuss opportunities for small Vermont businesses to begin exporting their products abroad.

Sanders will announce the start of his Small Business Export Program, which will provide businesses with the private, public and non-profit mentors they need to sell to international markets.

Small businesses that are interested in this program should call 800-339-9834.

Youth Services creates Director of Mentoring position

BRATTLEBORO -- Youth Services has promoted Kristy Smith, a case manager with Big Brothers Big Sisters, to the position of Director of Mentoring for the organization. In addition to serving as program manager of Big Brothers Big Sisters, she will also provide oversight of the agency’s Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP) which serves youth ages 13-17 in need of extra support at three high schools in Windham County.

Julie Davenson, Youth Services’ executive director, said they are fortunate to have Smith assume this leadership position for their mentoring programs. "Not only does it build upon her role on the front lines of mentor recruitment and matching for Big Brothers Big Sisters, but Kristy will be able to apply knowledge from her earlier experience as a recruiter and manager of volunteer programs at C&S Wholesale Grocers," Davenson said.

Among other responsibilities, Smith is tasked with incorporating evidenced-based practices into Youth Services’ mentoring programs, recruiting new career mentors for RAMP, and connecting youth served in Youth Services’ restorative justice programs with community mentors as well.

Smith has been a case manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters for a year and a half and has been simultaneously studying at Marlboro Graduate School for a master’s degree in Managing Mission-Driven Organizations.

To find out how to get involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters or other mentoring opportunities, call Youth Services at 802-257-0361 or visit www.youthservicesinc.org.

Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery taps pilot ale

BRATTLEBORO -- Beer-making is under way at Vermont’s newest craft brewery, Whetstone Station in Brattleboro. The restaurant and nano-brewery released their first batch of beer on May 18, a single-malt and single-hop, or SMaSH, pale ale.

"We were shocked and flattered to sell out all three and a half barrels in only nine days," said chief beermaker and owner Tim Brady, adding that selling out of the beer so quickly moves up the production date of the next batch. That next brew is a summer ale with a touch of wheat, dubbed the "Heifer-wisen," a playful tip of the hat to Brattleboro’s annual Strolling of the Heifers event.

Brady described Whetstone Station’s 108-gallon system as a nano-brewery. It is just enough to provide Whetstone Station with one house-brewed beer at a time.

Brady hopes to use the flexible setup to brew more unusual styles of beer, like sours and gose. Brady says a good IPA, however, is never a miss, and customers can expect to see one of Whetstone’s own on tap soon.

For more information, visit www.whetstonestation.com.