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Paws for Prevention
fundraiser continues

BRATTLEBORO -- Families, pet owners, dogs, a kitten, two babies, a rat, a pig, a Vermont State Trooper and his K-9 visited Achille Agway in Brattleboro on Sunday, Dec. 8, to participate in Paws for Prevention, a fundraiser to benefit the Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition and Windham County Humane Society. The event aimed to raise funds for the two non-profit organizations while educating participants on the effects of secondhand smoke to both pets and kids.

Nearly 50 families and pets were photographed in a festive holiday setting by Liz LaVorgna of Core Photography. Paws for Prevention participants can to download their photo at for use in creative holiday cards, gifts and to share on social media.

Furthering the idea of collaboration between organizations and local businesses, Brattleboro Ford Subaru is providing sponsorship in a unique way -- by hosting the photographs taken at Paws for Prevention as an online photo contest at their Facebook page (

At the end of the contest, Jan. 31, the photo entry with the most votes will win $150 in cash; photos with the second and third most votes will each receive $50 in cash. In addition cash prizes for participants, if the total number of votes throughout all entries exceeds five hundred, Brattleboro Ford Subaru will donate $250 to BAPC and WCHS and if the number of votes reaches one thousand, a donation of $500 will be made. The funds raised will be shared between the two organizations.

In addition to Agway and Subaru, several other businesses provided support. Raffle prize donations were contributed by New Chapter, Magic Mountain Resort, Mary Meyer Toys, Fair Winds Farm, Eddie Justice Books, and Wagatha’s Vermont Dog Biscuits. Sponsorship support was provided by Core Photo, The Commons, WKVT 92.7, West River Valley Veterinary Service, White Rose Pet Memorial Services and Lotus Graphics and Sovernet.

Visit to access the contest page and vote for your favorite photo. The contest permits one vote per facebook account and every vote counts toward raising money for BAPC and WCHS. Contact BAPC, 802-257-2175, with questions or comments about Paws for Prevention and information on the risks of secondhand smoke to pets and kids.

WCCA hires nine
new employees

BRATTLEBORO -- A recent expansion of Windham Child Care Association’s child care program, Sprouts Early Learning Cooperative, has resulted in the hiring of nine new employees: Kaitlin Ford, Tonya Kangas, Erica Mankowsky, Mandi Martin, and Emilee Rogers, as well as a daytime cook, Kelly Pinger and an evening cook, Juanita Lane. The administrative team has also grown with the hiring of eligibility and referral specialist RoseAnn Grimes as well as Dawn Kotapish, a development associate

"It’s incredible how much we’ve grown in a few short years," said Elizabeth Raposa, Executive Director. "The Board of Directors and I are incredibly grateful for the commitment and energy of our staff. Their teamwork and dedication has given us the opportunity to expand and improve our services for children and families throughout the county."

To learn more about the many services for young children and their families offered by Windham Child Care Association, visit


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