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Brattleboro Centre receives funds for playground

BRATTLEBORO -- The Brattleboro Centre for Children recently received a grant of $1,450 from the Dunham-Mason Fund and the Crosby-Gannet Fund to help realize a playground project.

"We were pleased for the opportunity to work with local partners," said Executive Director Gretchen Horton. "While Vermont is known for its natural beauty, many of our children live in small apartments in town and have little access to outdoor play spaces. Our early care and education center is located in downtown Brattleboro and serves children ages six weeks to kindergarten age and we believe that all children should have access to the natural outdoors.

Horton said the funds will help to continue the development of the Centre’s outdoor play area, where they plan to develop more gardens to help the space feel more natural.

"Creating peripheral gardens with flowers and vines will help as a visual barrier to the car traffic," she said. "The playground design also incorporates a beehive climbing structure addressing the need for climbing and creating space for imaginative play. By choosing a structure with spaces for climbing and hiding we are meeting the needs of all children in their physical, cognitive and social-emotional growth. This project is just one piece of our quality expansion plan as we strive to for quality early care and education for our area families.

Brattleboro Centre for Children is a non-profit early care and education program with a 4-STAR Quality Rating. The program is open full-time, year-round. For more information, call 802-254-0300.

TD Charitable Foundation supports WWHT program

BRATTLEBORO -- The TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, recently awarded $5,000 to Windham & Windsor Housing Trust to support the homeownership division, as part of the Foundation’s commitment to giving back to the community.

WWHT’s HomeOwnership Center Counseling Program takes a "full cycle" approach for renters, homebuyers and homeowners. This approach recognizes that it isn’t enough to assist a low or moderate income family to purchase a home; the real outcome is measured by whether they are successful long term owners. The approach also supports developing financial fitness awareness and skills, whether or not a person chooses to purchase a home. WWHT’s HomeOwnership Center offers comprehensive services to renters and potential homebuyers, as well as ongoing support to existing homeowners in our region.

Local law office offers special rate for veterans

KEENE, N.H. -- The Law Offices of Pamela P. Little, PLLC in Keene will be offering a special rate to veterans for estate planning, simple wills and powers of attorney during the months of July and August. This special is for veterans residing in Cheshire, Sullivan and Merrimack counties in New Hampshire and Windsor and Windham counties in Vermont. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 603-355-8005


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