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Dahlin joins
Berkley & Veller

BRATTLEBORO -- Berkley & Veller Greenwood Country Realtors recently announced the addition of Thom Dahlin to its sales force.

A native Vermonter, Dahlin was born in Middlebury, and grew up in Newfane. After graduating from Leland & Grey Union High School in 1972, he attended Johnson College, The College of The Virgin Islands, and Castleton College, from which he graduated in 1977 with a degree in Theater Arts. After a few years in New York City, he returned to Vermont, and got into the restaurant business, first working at The Autumn Winds Restaurant, before opening the hugely popular Tafts at 142 on Elliot Street. After selling Tafts a few years later, Dahlin moved to Sedona, Ariz. In 1989, Thom and his partner, Gregg Van Iderstine, opened another Brattleboro restaurant, Peter Havens. Dahlin resides in Newfane with Van Iderstine , his partner of 40 years. He is on the Newfane Anew Committee.

Mental health counselor opens office

BRATTLEBORO -- Flynn Johnson, a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, recently announced he now has office hours in Brattleboro.

For more than 20 years as director of The School of Natural Wonder, which has offered wilderness vision quests and counseling, Flynn has worked to help individuals negotiate important life transitions and to create a context for healing and inner transformation.

Instead of viewing an individual’s past as pathology, his focus is on the individual’s journey as a path toward self-discovery and greater life fulfillment. His goal is to assist individuals in accepting wounded parts of themselves with compassion and insight, rather than judgment and rejection. His work draws on many streams of influence, including Jungian/archetypal psychology, body-centered psychotherapy, mindfulness, and Incan energy healing techniques. He is the author of "Journey to the Sacred Mountains: Awakening Your Soul in Nature."

Insurance is accepted. For information or to make an appointment call 802-380-1557, or visit

VBSR to launch southern Vt.chapter

BRATTLEBORO -- Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility recently announced the formation and launch of a southern Vermont VBSR chapter. Designed to give forward-thinking professionals an ongoing forum to network with like-minded peers, learn about operating their businesses in a socially responsible context, and discuss issues unique to the region, the chapter is open to VBSR members and guests from Rutland, Windsor, Windham, and Bennington counties. The first Southern Vermont VBSR Chapter Meeting will be held Feb. 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, at the Marlboro College Graduate Center on Vernon Street.

"VBSR Chapter meetings are a great, informal way for our members to stay connected," said VBSR Executive Director Andrea Cohen. "We are thrilled to be working with C.S. Wurzberger, known as ‘The Green Up Girl’, to organize and launch these meetings, and provide our Southern Vermont members with opportunities to advance their commitment to socially responsible business practices and address issues of importance to the region."

The kick-off meeting will consist of an evening of chapter planning and organizing, networking with colleagues and peers, and a chance to speak with VBSR Development and Communications Manager Scott Buckingham. Additional meetings are scheduled for March 11 and April 8. The events are free to attend and RSVPs are appreciated. To learn more, RSVP or become a chapter sponsor for $100, visit

Roberts posthumously honored with DRM Employee Award

BRATTLEBORO -- The late Laura Roberts of Putney was posthumously awarded Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC’s Diane R. Lynch Distinguished Service Award at the law firm’s holiday party last December. Roberts, who died in May, was an administrative assistant in DRM’s Brattleboro office for seven years.

Established in 2000 to honor the memory of Lynch, the award is given each year to a former or current employee who has demonstrated loyalty, dedication, energy, drive, selflessness, good nature, humor and commitment. The award recognized Roberts for her knowledge and guidance through complex legal matters, along with her organization, dedication and pride in supporting the DRM Labor and Employment Group.

"Laura gave 110 percent to everything she did, whether during regular business hours, on the weekends, or even postponing family vacations to help her group in a crunch," said Peter Robb, a director at the firm. " At DRM, she guided her attorneys through hundreds of pages of briefs, and constant challenges. Keeping Tim Copeland, Jim Walker and me on track was a feat worthy of only the greatest magician. She is sorely missed."

Roberts graduated from the Katharine Gibbs School in Norwalk, Conn., American University in Washington, D.C., and Kennesaw State College in Georgia. She began her career at Melzer & Livolsi in Stamford as an administrative assistant and gained more than 15 years of administrative experience working with senior executives in Fortune 500 companies, including HJ Heinz and General Electric Capital Services. She joined DRM in 2006.

To further honor her memory, DRM has established a college savings trust fund for the future educational needs of Roberts’ daughter, Jessica, who is now 12. For others in the community who would like to contribute, donations can be made out to College America, reference the Roberts Trust and sent to attorney Tom Csatari, at P.O. Box 191 in Lebanon, NH 03766-0191.

Enterprise Holdings gives back

BRATTLEBORO -- In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Clifton Park operations team of Enterprise Holdings, the corporate parent of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands, hosted a food drive for the communities throughout the Capital District in New York, the Hudson Valley, and the state of Vermont.

The food drive, which began on Jan. 1, provided the opportunity for customers in the areas of Albany, Clifton Park and Hudson Valley, N.Y., as well as the state of Vermont, to donate non-perishable items at various branches. The food items collected were distributed to designated food banks in the areas of Brattleboro and Burlington, during the week of Jan. 20.

Snow family purchases Northfield Golf Club properties

MOUNT HERMON, Mass., -- The Snow family and Northfield Mount Hermon recently announced the purchase of the Northfield Golf Club properties by the Snow family of Leyden. The Snows are the owners of Snow & Sons Landscaping of Greenfield, which has a long-standing working relationship with the school, including maintaining the golf course since 2011.

The 156-acre property located in Northfield consists of a semi-private, nine-hole golf course that has operated for more than a century, as well as a community swimming pool, four homes, a clubhouse, a pavilion, and maintenance buildings.

The Snows plan to start the golf season as soon as weather permits. Golf memberships will be for sale at a discounted price through March 31. For more information, call 413-498-2432.

The Snows’ plans currently include making upgrades to the golf course, the pool facility, and the roadways and irrigation system. Building a new clubhouse that will eventually house a restaurant and bar are included in future plans, along with the restoration of the Victorian house that is located between the sixth and seventh greens.

Ed Snow’s overall goal is to create a family destination for everyone to enjoy. The family also hopes to accommodate social events and other gatherings on the grounds.


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