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BMAC seeks B.E.A.N. Micro-Grant proposals for June 1 dinner

BRATTLEBORO -- The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) presents the 12th B.E.A.N. Micro-Grant Dinner on Sunday, June 1, at 6 p.m. For $12, guests are invited to enjoy dinner and live music at the museum and to help decide which community-oriented art projects will receive the proceeds of the event.

To be eligible for funding, applicants must submit brief project proposals online at by Wednesday, May 28, at midnight. Individuals, groups, teams, businesses, schools, nonprofit organizations, and others may submit proposals. The only criteria are that the proposed projects will contribute to the vitality of art and artists in our community and will benefit from a small grant of just a few hundred dollars.

According to BMAC Director Danny Lichtenfeld, B.E.A.N. ("Brattleboro Essential Arts Network") Micro-Grant Dinners "are fun gatherings that provide artists and others with financial support and encourage dialogue and collaborative decision-making around local art projects." BMAC has hosted 11 such dinners over the past four years, which have raised over $12,000 for a variety of community-oriented art projects. Previous B.E.A.N. Micro-Grants have supported local theater productions, documentary films, art and music lessons, artists’ supplies, and more.

Over the course of the Sunday, June 1, buffet dinner and dessert at BMAC, guests will review and discuss funding requests submitted in advance. These include a collaborative photography and writing project called "Perfect Imperfection," the creation of a website for a new cooperative printmaking studio, and the publication of a book on family farms, among others. At the end of the evening, guests will vote for one or more proposals to receive 90 percent of the proceeds from the event. The remainder will be given to another applicant selected at random. The total amount to be awarded depends on how many people show up for dinner. For more information, visit

New members elected to MSA board

SAXTONS RIVER -- Main Street Arts community arts center recently elected five new members to its board of directors. Elected were Kate Aldrich, Rick Cowan, Beverly Dunbar, Frank Sibley and Kristen Swartwout. Officers elected were Peter Stolley and Gina Cote, board co-chairs, Carol Buchdahl, secretary, and Dunbar, treasurer.

Aldrich is an accountant at Vermont Academy and runs her own tax and bookkeeping practice. Cowan has been a teacher and administrator and is now director of admissions and development at the Compass School. Now retired, Dunbar was a bank trust officer and is the former co-owner of Jancewicz &Son roofing company. Sibley has appeared in a number of MSA musical productions and is a retired mechanical engineer and tool-and-die maker. Swartwout is an attorney with Crispe & Crispe law firm.

"This group of new board members brings a wealth of professional experience and community involvement to the board," said MSA director Margo Ghia. "I look forward to working with them as we continue our building project and move into our next quarter century."

Outgoing board members are James Macri, Jeff Dunbar, Robert Campbell, Owen Dodge, Erin Hennessey, Jill Newton and Susie Peters.

More information about Main Street Arts is available at 802-869-2960,, or on Facebook.

Rathbun promoted to BS&L branch manager

BRATTLEBORO -- Brattleboro Savings & Loan recently promoted Donna Rathbun to the position of branch manager of its main office, located on Main Street. Rathbun has been with the bank since 1994 where she was the manager of the Bank’s office located at the Brattleboro Union High school, Windham Regional Career Center. During her 15 years there she taught over 400 students about banking, work ethic, teller procedures, customer service and various other skills. She continues to work with the faculty at the Career Center and most recently attended the Future Business Leaders of America conference where she participated as a judge.

Rathbun has experience in banking, staff management, consumer lending, customer service, budgeting and training. She is a graduate of Brattleboro Union High School, Train the Trainer Certified, a Dale Carnegie graduate and Graduate Assistant, and has taken numerous courses through the American Bankers Association and the Community College of Vermont.

Prior to joining Brattleboro Savings & Loan, Rathbun held positions in the Consumer Loan Department at Vermont National Bank and was a Consumer Loan Officer and Assistant Manager of the Indirect Lending Department at First Vermont Bank.

In addition to her duties as Manager, she is the Bank’s Assistant BSA Officer and Director of Training & Staff Development. Rathbun can be reached by calling her direct line at 802-275-3980 or by email at She resides in Guilford with her husband, Chris, and son, Troy.

Rescue Inc. announces new leadership team

BRATTLEBORO -- Rescue Inc. has announced the appointment of Drew Hazelton as chief of operations, along with other key leadership changes. Hazelton had been serving as interim chief of operations since June 2013. The board of directors, in announcing Hazelton’s confirmation as chief, said that he has the right mix of vision, business savvy, people skills and political acumen to lead Rescue through today’s rapidly changing healthcare environment.

Joining the team is Michael Hudson as assistant chief of operations and Dr. James Suozzi as EMS Medical Director. Suozzi will lead Rescue’s Clinical Care practice to assure the organization maintains the highest quality of care.

"People are the lifeblood of our agency and we strive to have the most qualified, experienced team to provide the highest quality, risk appropriate, rapid response emergency medical care and transportation services in the region," said Hazelton. "With the new team additions we continue to strengthen our ability to serve the community."

In February Rescue announced a new educational campaign to bring CPR training to every citizen and all area schools and businesses with the goal to become an American Heart Association HeartSafe Community. The project will include strategic placement of public access AED’s throughout Windham County. Rescue is also working closely with Windham Regional Commission to further develop its local Medical Reserve Corps. These are just a few of the new developments at Rescue, Inc. under Hazelton’s leadership.

Hudson is a former Navy Hospital Corpsman (combat medic). He has a strong history involving over 20 years as a beach and ocean lifeguard in Southern California. His first job as a paramedic was on the fourth busiest 24-hour paramedic unit in the country -- Medic 317 City of San Diego Paramedics. He started teaching EMT and Paramedic school in 1994 and was lead instructor for EMT and Paramedic training for the US Navy Seal Teams and the Marine force RECON training cells.

Suozzi has been involved with EMS for over 20 years and worked as a paramedic in New York, Colorado and Connecticut prior to becoming a Physician. He is the Associate Medical Director and EMS/Trauma Medical Director at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth Hitchcock, Keene, N.H. He is also Attending Physician at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services.

In-Sight selling
analog photo gear

BRATTLEBORO -- In-Sight Photography Project is downsizing its extensive collection of photography equipment.

Come to In-Sight’s downtown studio at 45 Flat St. in Brattleboro, Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, May 24-26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Everything is priced to go. For more information, to sign up for classes, or to inquire about the event, call 802-251-9961 or email


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