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WCCA executive director steps down

BRATTLEBORO -- After four very successful years at the helm of the Windham Child Care Association, Executive Director Elizabeth Raposa recently announced that she will be moving on in search for a new professional opportunity.

Speaking for the WCCA Board of Directors, Jim Maland accepted with regret Raposa’s resignation. "Elizabeth is an accomplished agent of change and has facilitated some wonderful initiatives for the Association," he said.

In her brief four-year tenure, the organization has developed their Sprouts Early Learning Cooperative child care program into a recently designated 5-STAR operation; established a vibrant Early Learning Express program (formerly the Bookmobile) and the first ever Farm to Preschool program; and greatly expanded their Professional Development and Early Educator Mentor Programs.

Additionally, Raposa directed a comprehensive community wide assessment regarding child care and was instrumental in WCCA’s selection as a "vital project" in this region’s economic development through CEDS.

"Through Elizabeth’s leadership, Windham Child Care Association has succeeded in serving more families and early childhood and afterschool professionals with more programs and services than ever before," said Maland. "Perhaps her greatest accomplishment has been the development and coordination of an incredible staff of professionals, the essential heart and ongoing vitality of the Windham Child Care Association. We are grateful for Elizabeth’s strong leadership and unflappable quest to challenge the status quo. We will miss her and we wish her well in her future endeavors."

Recruitment has begun for a new executive director. More information can be found at

Bratt Sunrise Rotary welcomes new president

BRATTLEBORO -- At its July 1 breakfast meeting, the Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club officially welcomed incoming club president Todd Murchison.

Murchison becomes the 19th president to preside over the club since it was chartered in 1995.

"I look forward to serving as President of an organization that supports so many valuable community causes including Project Feed the Thousands, the Windham County Heat fund, scholarships for local students and the vacation lunch program for area school children," said Murchison, who will serve as the club’s president through next June.

The Sunrise Rotary Club meets every Wednesday morning at 7:15 at the Post 5 American Legion on Linden Street in Brattleboro. More than 40 members of the club work toward improving the community through friendships, fun and cooperation. The public is always welcome.

Walpole cafe/shop to close for renovations

WALPOLE, N.H. -- L.A. Burdick Chocolate will close its café and retail shop in Walpole from Aug. 17 through 21, for the final stages of a renovation project that will offer its chocolate, café and retail customers additional space, better atmosphere and a more efficient layout.

The Café at L.A. Burdick Chocolate is moving one door down from its previous location. Famous for its pastries, espresso drinks and what Today called "cosmic, life-changing hot chocolate," it will be combined into a single space with the retail chocolate shop. The newly defined café area will allow visitors time to meet and enjoy a space distinct from that of The Restaurant next door.

The Restaurant will see changes during this time as well. Cited as "one of the most unique and notable Parisian-style bistros in the nation" by Larry Olmstead of USA Today, the seating area will be modified to include banquettes offering a more comfortable dining experience. Executive Chef James Bergin noted that he feels the atmosphere and service will be more gracious with the bustle of the café removed from the dining room.

The Restaurant’s next special event will be its celebration of Oktoberfest on Sept. 26 and 27. During these two days a special German menu will be served in the dining room along with a diverse selection of selected wines and beers, and live music will be featured.

Marlboro College gets ‘98’ rating from
The Princeton Review

MARLBORO -- Marlboro College is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review.

The education services company features the school in the new 2015 edition of its annual college guide, "The Best 379 Colleges" Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and only four colleges outside the United States are profiled in the book. It includes detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores for all schools in eight categories, plus ranking lists of top 20 schools in the book in 62 categories.

"Marlboro offers outstanding academics, which is the chief reason we selected it for the book," said Rob Franek, Princeton Review’s Senior VP/Publisher and author of "The Best 379 Colleges."

"We’re delighted to again see Marlboro College recognized for its academic rigor," said Matthew Barone, director of marketing and communications. "Thanks to our strong mission, students here continue to engage in deep exploration of their interests and discover themselves with the support of our intellectual community year-after-year."

Among the ratings in the Marlboro College profile are scores of 98 for Academics and 85 for Quality of Life. The ratings are scores on a scale of 60 to 99 and they appear in each school profile. The schools in "The Best 379 Colleges" have rating scores in eight categories that The Princeton Review tallies based on institutional data it collected during the 2013-14 academic year and/or its student survey for the book.

The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges academically or from 1 to 379 in any category. Instead it reports in the book 62 ranking lists of top 20 colleges in various categories. The lists are entirely based on The Princeton Review’s survey of 130,000 students (about 343 per campus on average) attending the colleges. The 80-question survey asks students to rate their schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences at them. Topics range from assessments of their professors as teachers to opinions about their school’s library, career services, and student body’s political leanings.

This year Marlboro College ranked nationally No. 5 for Most Liberal Students, No. 8 for Students Study The Most, and No. 12 for Professors Get High Marks among several placement categories.

"Don’t be misled by Marlboro’s acceptance rate - this isn’t the type of school that attracts many applications from students unsure of whether they belong at Marlboro," noted The Princeton Review. "Applicants are qualified both in terms of academic achievement and sincere intellectual curiosity."


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