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Saturday December 29, 2012

Brattleboro Rotary makes ‘Soup orŠ’ donation to ‘Feed the Thousands’

BRATTLEBORO -- The Brattleboro Rotary Club held its annual fundraiser in which members donated $800 to this year’s Project Feed the Thousands.

According to Brattleboro Rotary Club President Martin Cohn, each week the Brattleboro Rotary holds its luncheon meeting at VFW Hall on Black Mountain Road. "Once a year, members donate their luncheon fee to the Project Feed the Thousands Campaign," Cohn said.

Cohn added, "The Club served just tomato soup and crackers as a visible way to remind us of the less advantaged folks living in the Brattleboro area."

Windham Child Care Association receives grant for evening care program

BRATTLEBORO -- The TD Charitable Foundation recently awarded funds to Windham Child Care Association for its Windham Evening Care Program. The agency acquired the region’s only high-quality child care program open during afternoon and evening hours in January of 2011. Since that time, Windham Evening Care has undergone a transformation.

These funds will be used in part for program outreach and marketing. Windham Evening Care is a 4STAR licensed child care center serving up to 20 children. The grant funds will also support the agency’s research efforts as it seeks to gather information about the specific needs of child care in the area.

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Locals honored for architecture work

WILMINGTON -- Three Wilmington residents were recently honored with a Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects, Vermont Chapter. Architect Joseph Cincotta, Contractor Larry Mill and Finish Carpenter Ronnie Poplar all received certificates for their work on the LineSync Architecture Studio and Offices in an award ceremony at the Vermont Statehouse.

Specific comments from the jury include:

-- This little studio has richness that is appealing.

-- All jurors were in agreement on the merits of this building. It struck us as being very sophisticated in its interior details.

-- It is an example of the carpenter ants eating the original building and then the architects regrouping and reusing the original materials in a clever way.

Special Thanks to Brattleboro native and Senior Designer Adam Lemire, for the final Jury comment: The presentation in the project portfolio was terrific!

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Citizens Bank Foundation provides grant to Windham & Windsor Housing Trust of Brattleboro

BURLINGTON -- The Citizens Bank Foundation announced it has provided a $5,000 grant to Windham & Windsor Housing Trust (WWHT) of Brattleboro to support its HomeSteady program. The program provides local residents with pre- and post-purchase counseling for budgeting, credit and delinquency intervention. The grant will also provide funding for WWHT counselors to assist homeowners affected by Tropical Storm Irene with counseling for disaster-related credit issues. It will ease access to HUD Disaster Recovery funding to assist with rebuilding, repair or help with a down payment. These services are provided free of charge to the general public.

"The primary mission of this program is to help local residents achieve housing stability, while restoring human dignity, neighborhood pride and a sense of community," said Connie Snow, Executive Director of Windham & Windsor Housing Trust. "The ongoing recession and high unemployment, combined with last year’s storm, created instability for many area homeowners. We are grateful to the Citizens Bank Foundation for its ongoing support that has helped Vermont residents obtain housing and improve financial self-sufficiency."

"Windham & Windsor Housing Trust is a respected organization for its can-do spirit and ability to respond to community challenges with innovative housing solutions," said Joe Carelli, President of Citizens Bank and RBS Citizens, Vermont. "By offering counseling services for homeownership as well providing support for those who need help with home repairs, Windham & Windsor is building a stronger community for the residents of Brattleboro."

Incorporated in 1987 in response to a lack of affordable housing, WWHT has created nearly 800 units of affordable housing. It has served nearly 1,200 residents, 30 percent of whom are children.

Kurn Hattin receives
latest Apple technology from Cota & Cota

WESTMINSTER -- On Dec. 10 the Cota family remembered their father, Hugh, and his motto, Work Hard, Work Smart, by giving the children at Kurn Hattin a donation of six iPad Minis all with the inscription, Transforming the lives of children and their families, Hugh Cota, Gift from the heart. By providing access to this new technology, the Cota family hopes to encourage the children to keep up the hard work that will put them on the path to success.

Casey Cota, owner of Cota & Cota joined the children for lunch and later presented the iPad Minis. He said that he and his family could not be more pleased to spread Christmas cheer to an organization that strives to change the lives of so many children and turns kids into great adults.

The iPad Mini has many educational applications. Kurn Hattin is looking forward to using the many applications of their iPad Minis including recording and mixing their music and enhancing their experiential learning outside of the classroom. The Kurn Hattin children and staff are thrilled to have the iPad Minis and thank Cota & Cota, Inc. for this exceptional gift. For more information about the important work being done at Kurn Hattin, go to:

Local business owner recognized for ‘good will’

BRATTLEBORO -- Jay Urato, who opened Windham Coach and Carriage 17 years ago, was recently recognized by for his commitment to his community.

"Brattleboro is a small town," Urato told "We see our customers walking down the street. Everybody knows everybody."

But that’s not the only reason why he and his wife give back to the community, he said.

"Education is something we’ve always been passionate about, and even without our kids in those schools, we think it’s important to be involved," he said. "We donate our time and money as well, whenever we can."

Urato said giving back to the community is also good for business.

"People want to do business with the people they know and trust."


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