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Saturday August 10, 2013

Grafton Village Cheese honored

GRAFTON -- Grafton Village Cheese, a business of the nonprofit Windham Foundation in Grafton, was awarded the Best in Show Second Place for Bear Hill and additional ribbons for its cheeses at the 30th annual American Cheese Society Awards last week in Madison, Wis. Grafton Village Cheese produces handmade aged cheddar and specialty cheese, with the proceeds supporting the charitable efforts of the Windham Foundation.

Grafton Village Cheese took home the following awards:

-- Second place for Vermont Clothbound Cheddar in the Cheddar Wrapped in Cloth (up to 12 months) category;

-- First place for Eweden Apple Pie in the Marinated Sheep’s Milk Cheese category;

-- First place for Bear Hill in the Open Sheep’s Milk Washed Rind Cheeses category.

-- Bear Hill went on to take Best in Show Second Place.

This year’s judging and competition, which was announced on Aug. 2, was its largest ever, with 257 companies submitting 1,794 different products.

Vermont Clothbound Cheddar is currently available for sale in Grafton Village Cheese’s retail stores in Grafton and Brattleboro, as well as in specialty cheese shops. Eweden Apple Pie and Bear Hill will be available this fall.

For more information, visit or call 800-GRAFTON.

Oak Meadow announces new advisory board

BRATTLEBORO -- Oak Meadow, a Brattleboro-based provider of secular homeschooling curriculum for K-12 students around the world, has named 11 members to its newly-formed advisory board.

Founded in 1975 by homeschooling pioneer Lawrence Williams, Oak Meadow develops curriculum that can be used independently or through enrollment in its distance learning school. The advisory board, which includes professional educators, administrators, authors, and innovators, supports Oak Meadow’s mission by providing guidance as the organization broadens its scope and transitions to a nonprofit organization.

The Oak Meadow advisory board members are: Eric Jones, head of Community Partnership School, Philadelphia, Pa.; Yuan-Hsiu Lien, World Language department chair at Eaglebrook School, Deerfield, Mass.; Steve Lorenz, former head of The Grammar School, Putney; John Pandelaki, senior IT analyst at Northfield Mount Hermon, Gill, Mass.; Amory Rowe, founder of In the Arena, Cambridge, Mass.; David Sobel, professor at Antioch New England and author of Childhood and Nature, Keene, N.H.; Adam Weinberg, president of Denison University and former president of World Learning, Granville, Ohio; Nikhil Goyal, student activist and author of "One Size Does Not Fit All," New York, N.Y.; Bruce Hallett, former CEO of Time Magazine and Sports Illustrated, Vt.; Ellen McCulloch-Lovell, president of Marlboro College, Marlboro; and Peggy O’Mara, author and former publisher, editor, and owner of Mothering Magazine, Santa Fe, N.M.

Oak Meadow enrolls more than 600 students. It has been accredited since 1995 and is an approved Independent School in Vermont. Oak Meadow provides an affordable private school alternative for parents, and it empowers students to discover their own inspired path to learning. Visit

Winston Prouty Center welcomes new staff

BRATTLEBORO -- The Winston Prouty Center welcomes Emily Clever as Family Supportive Housing Coordinator and Jillsen Deignan as Developmental Educator.

As Family Supportive Housing Coordinator, Clever will provide support to families with young children who are currently accessing emergency shelter or living in motels. The support aims to help these families find and maintain permanent, affordable housing. She has most recently been a program director at ServiceNet, where she provided direct care and transition support for her clients. Prior to that, she was at Morningside Shelter for three years, as a shelter case manager and the director of Shelter Operations. Clever holds a bachelor of science degree in Business Management from Shippensburg University and a master of arts degree in Sustainable Development from the SIT Graduate Institute.

Deignan joins the Children’s Integrated Services (CIS) Early Intervention team, providing guidance to families of children with a measurable developmental delay or medical condition that may lead to a developmental delay. Deignan comes to Prouty from Seven Hills Rhode Island, where she was an Early Intervention Service Coordinator for three years. Prior to that, she was the Children’s Services Program Coordinator at the Frank Olean Center in Westerly, R.I. Deignan holds a bachelor of science in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Rhode Island.

Since 1969, the Winston Prouty Center for Child Development has provided inclusive education and family support to promote the success of children and families. For more information, visit

Staples holds drive for school supplies for Boys & Girls Club

BRATTLEBORO -- Staples, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and teen actor Jake T. Austin are kicking off the sixth annual Staples for Students National School Supply Drive, which will supply local students with the tools they need to be successful in school.

Beginning Sunday, Aug. 11, teens can drop off supplies at their nearest Staples store through Aug. 18, and Staples will put the supplies in the hands of local BGCA students. Staples customers can also continue to donate $1 or more at their local Staples store through Sept. 28.

All donations at the Staples store on Putney Road will benefit students at Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro.

BMAC hosts
Time Management Workshop

BRATTLEBORO -- Are you an artist trying to get enough time in the studio? Do you find it challenging to make good use of your time when you finally get there? Are you an entrepreneur struggling to get far enough ahead of production deadlines to develop something creative and new?

If you answered "yes," then you may want to register for "Time to Innovate: Managing Time to Support Creativity," a daylong workshop with Integral Master Coach Lyedie Geer, to be held at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center on Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drawing upon her research and experience working with artists and creative entrepreneurs, Geer will help participants better understand their relationship with time and how to work with it instead of against it.

The registration fee for "Time to Innovate: Managing Time to Support Creativity" is $195, or $150 for BMAC members. Space is limited. To register, visit or call 802-257-0124, ext. 101.

Open Music Collective adds board member

BRATTLEBORO -- Open Music Collective announces the addition of Lynda Symans to its board of directors.

Symans has 23 years of experience in nonprofit administration and has worked as a production assistant for Universal City Records and 20th Century Fox. She has a passion for music and learning. Symans is a manager at Cultural Intrigue -- a Vermont corporation that specializes in unique event and home products from all over the world.

For more information, visit


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