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Mary Joyce joins Neumeister/Heydinger

BRATTLEBORO >> David Neumeister and Tom Heydinger recently announced that Mary Joyce, RDH, has joined their dental practice as a dental hygienist. Joyce has 12 years experience serving the oral health needs of Vermonters. She is a graduate of Johnson State College and Vermont Technical College. She has worked as a tooth tutor in local schools.

Joyce will join a team of three hygienists who are dedicated to helping their patients have a healthy smile for a lifetime. To make an appointment with the dental health team, call Shirley at 254-2384.

River Valley Credit Union promotes Grimes

BRATTLEBORO >> River Valley Credit Union recently announced the promotion of Ethan Grimes to Mortgage Loan Officer. Grimes, a native of Newfane, graduated from Leland and Gray High School in 1999. He majored in economics at Florida State University and was a mortgage broker in Orlando before returning to Vermont.

Grimes began working at River Valley Credit Union in April of 2009, and has been a mortgage loan processor until his recent promotion. Ethan may be contacted for home mortgages, construction loans, and home equity loans at the Putney Road offices.

Songwriter presents at national education conference

Brattleboro >> Jerry Appell has been selected by the National Council of Social Studies to present at its annual convention on Nov. 15 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. The presentation "Creating Educational Songs and Music Videos," aims to help educators discover a variety of ways to use songwriting and visual art as learning tools for students of all ages.

Appell is the founder and artistic director of Rock In The Classroom, an educational non-profit he established in 2008 after receiving a grant from Antioch University to produce a series of educational songs. Since then he has enlisted the help of artists and musicians from the Brattleboro area to produce educational songs and music videos. Over the course of the past seven years Rock In the Classroom songs have been used for a wide variety of educational applications. College and high school curriculums have used Rock In The Classroom music videos as part of presentations on topics such as the Manifest Destiny in US History and the role of women in American Literature. Unlike most educational music that is geared toward children, Rock In The Classroom directs its songs towards a high school students, college students, and adult life long learners.

Appell has discussed this work on local radio broadcasts as well as being the focus of a Vermont Edition segment on Vermont Public Radio. Through Rock In The Classroom he conducts songwriting workshops for educators throughout the school year, produces customized songs for non-profit organizations, offers an online song encyclopedia where educators can search for songs through a topic database. Rock In The Classroom is currently collaborating with therapist Holiday Eames on a series of therapeutic songs for children suffering from various forms of trauma entitled Music Box Therapy


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