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Graber returns from ‘Sisters Singers’ festival

BRATTLEBORO -- Becky Graber, founder and conductor of the Brattleboro Women’s Chorus, has just returned from the 11th Sister Singers festival in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.

The Sister Singers network, "a cooperative web of feminist women’s choruses and ensembles," welcomed a diverse group of singers, composers, conductors, and arrangers, and featured workshops and performances by many choruses from around the United States. Graber led a workshop on "Singing and Teaching in the Oral Tradition," based on her experience leading the Brattleboro Women’s Chorus. She also led the singing of "Woyaya," the final song of the annual meeting.

The Brattleboro Women’s Chorus will start for the season on Wednesday, Sept. 3, and this year the chorus will offer both Wednesday night and Thursday morning choruses. Interested new and returning singers can find information on the chorus website,, by email at, or by contacting Graber by phone at 802-254-8994

Brattleboro Time Trade receives non-profit status

Brattleboro Time Trade recently received notification from the IRS that it has earned its status as an independent non-profit charitable organization. This is a huge step on the road toward long-term financial stability for the organization. As a 501(c)(3), the Time Trade is eligible for many more grants, stipends, and low-cost office material, such as a more efficient bookkeeping program, they no longer need to pay sales tax, and donations are now tax-deductible.

When the Time Trade began as a pilot program in 2009, it received fiscal sponsorship through Post Oil Solutions. Throughout much of last year, a group of dedicated members researched, wrote, consulted, and re-wrote an extensive application that was mailed to the IRS in August 2013. Last month, they were notified by phone that their application had been approved and back-dated to May 13, 2014.

Volunteers included Kip Tewksbury, Shana Frank, Liz Kenton, Alan Baker, Steven K-Brooks, Abby Mnookin, Beth McKinney, and Cece Bozetarnik, an accountant and legal advisor who reviewed an online version for appropriate legal language. The 2013 and 2014 Board of Directors were also continually supportive and motivating.

Brattleboro Time Trade provides a forum to facilitate the exchange of goods and services for the benefit of the community. The Time Trade creates a system that connects unmet needs with untapped resources. By promoting the skills and knowledge of each member and enabling reciprocity, the organization empowers each of us to share our wealth of experience with others, thereby enriching the local economy. The Time Trade always welcomes new members.

For more information, visit or at 15 Grove Street, Monday and Wednesday from noon to 6 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 802-246-1199 or email

Wilmington’s Nicki Steel joins Vermont Community Loan Fund board

WILMINGTON -- The Vermont Community Loan Fund recently announced that Nicki Steel of Wilmington has joined the Board of the Vermont Community Loan Fund.

Steel grew up in the Midwest, earned a degree in political science from Colorado College and upon graduation, moved to Vermont where she’s resided for more than four decades. Steel’s diverse professional experience includes teaching math, woodworking, meetings facilitations, photography and more. She served on the Wilmington Development Review Board after 22 years, volunteered for Deerfield Valley Affordable Housing, Deerfield Valley Farmers’ Day and Wilmington Old Home Week, and is an avid outdoors person.

Steel has long been involved with the Vermont Community Loan Fund, having been an investor with the organization for 16 years.

Gordon-Macey appointed senior financial planner

BRATTLEBORO -- Scott Gordon-Macey, certified financial planner with the MetLife Premier Client Group, has recently been appointed as a senior financial planner with MetLife Securities, Inc. Senior financial planners are recognized as exceeding the highest level of professionalism and client service within the MetLife retail distribution channel.

Gordon-Macey has worked extensively in the Brattleboro area and has been providing comprehensive financial planning to clients for eight years. He provides holistic advice to clients in areas such as cash flow analysis, debt management, risk management, investments, retirement, and business and estate planning.

Gordon-Macey is a graduate of Babson College, and the University of Massachusetts, where he received an MBA. He is a member of the Brattlebro Sunrise Rotary, and on the board of the Boys and Girls Club.


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