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Thursday June 13, 2013

Brattleboro Cheese Shop reopens

BRATTLEBORO -- After being in business for barely four months, a local cheese shop and café had to close unexpectedly in January to the dismay of its many loyal customers. The shop had assumed a sub-lease that the main lease-holder terminated early because it was no longer convenient for them to maintain it. The building’s management offered the shop a month-to-month lease on the space, but the shop’s owner, Wendy M. Levy, declined the offer.

The shop found a new space right across the street. As Levy and her employees were preparing to move into the location, a problem arose: There was a legal dispute between the landlord and the previous tenant. Instead of being closed for maybe three weeks to renovate, the shop ended up being closed for nearly five months. Even though the shop maintains a solid social media presence and a local following, the break in business hit the shop hard.

"I had to lay off all of my employees," Levy said. "I wasn’t sure if I could ever open in the new space, so I had to look for an alternative. Even though there are a small number of commercial spaces vacant in Brattleboro, none had the basic elements necessary for food-service."

Finally, the dispute was settled and Brattleboro Cheese was able to move into its new home: 39 Main Street in downtown Brattleboro. The Cheese Shop & Cafe reopened on April 26.

The shop is open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and light dinner. For more information, call 802-258-9909 or visit

Considine to step
down at Rescue Inc.

BRATTLEBORO -- Rescue Inc. Chief of Operations Mark Considine will be leaving his post at the end of this year in order to assume new duties within the organization, according to Darah Kehnemuyi, board chair. Considine’s new role will be a key position that focuses on critical, high quality pre-hospital care and compliance with developing federal mandates. This is part of the agency’s rapidly expanding program concerning professional standards and quality assurance.

"Considine is the perfect fit for safeguarding the interests of the agency due to his pioneering role in emergency medical services within Vermont," said Kehnemuyi.

Considine has more than 31 years of emergency service experience. He has been a certified paramedic for more than 25 years and an active member at Rescue Inc. since 1986, making him the longest continuously serving paramedic in the department’s history.

Considine has earned numerous citations at the state and national level for his leadership and clinical excellence in the field of emergency medicine. He has been instrumental in developing all hazards emergency planning at both the state and national level.

The organization will soon be launching a search to replace Considine.

U.S. Commerce Association recognizes Turner & Renaud Tree Service & Landscaping

BRATTLEBORO -- For the fifth consecutive year, Turner & Renaud Tree Service & Landscaping has been selected for the 2013 Best of Brattleboro Award in the Landscape Counseling & Planning category by the U.S. Commerce Association.

The USCA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

’The law of attraction’

BRATTLEBORO -- Betsy B. Jacobs, MA ,LCMHC is hosting "The Law of Attraction" and "Art of Allowing" Educational Study and Practice Groups, beginning July 10 and running for five consecutive weeks through Aug. 7, from 8 to 10 a.m. Space is limited to five participants. These groups are based on the body of work by "Abraham-Hicks" and the foundation at In its most basic form these Universal Laws state "Ask and you will Receive."

Jacobs has been studying and practicing these universal laws of attraction throughout her life with great success personally and has witnessed many clients and friends be amazed by the practice.

For more information, call Jacobs at 802-258-0288 or for more information


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