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BRATTLEBORO >> Commonwealth Dairy has been chosen as the sole supplier of 32-ounce Greek yogurt for the USDA National School Lunch Program for October until December 2016. Schools participating in the program are based in California, Mississippi and Vermont. Commonwealth Dairy will also supply the Vermont schools participating in the program later this August, a bid awarded earlier this year.

USDA continuous to include Greek yogurt as one of the food products schools are allowed to consider when spending federal money on the national school lunch program. Commonwealth Dairy has been actively involved and participated in all bids since the start of the program.

Commonwealth Dairy, manufacturer of Green Mountain Creamery Greek yogurt brand, will supply 27,888 pounds of Greek Yogurt to schools in Vermont, California and Mississippi between October and December.

"One of our main goals is to be involved with the community and this program is a way for us to bring our healthy yogurt not only to students, but to schools," said Commonwealth Dairy's Director of Business Development Alfons van Heerwaarden. "Greek yogurt is a great source of protein and dairy for children in schools."

Commonwealth Dairy is a state-of- the art yogurt manufacturing facility located in Brattleboro. The Green Mountain Creamery line of yogurts contains no artificial preservatives, additives or colorings and is made with only the purest ingredients including rBST free milk. Commonwealth Dairy returns 5 percent of its net profits directly back to the farmers who supply its milk.

Body-mind psychotherapist joins InnerWell

BRATTLEBORO >> InnerWell Integrative Counseling Services recently welcomed Heather Kuhn, MA, RSMT, R-DMT, joining its offering of service.

A warm and skillful body-mind psychotherapist, Kuhn holds a Master of Arts in Somatic Counseling Psychology from Naropa University. She is relocating here from Boulder, and begins seeing clients at InnerWell later this month. Specialties include anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions and relationship issues. With the addition of Heather, InnerWell is again welcoming new clients for adult individual psychotherapy and counseling.

Kuhn has a particular passion for working with adults who have lost touch with their sense of self, purpose, and vitality, whether as a result of a traumatic childhood, a recent or distant loss, addiction, or a scary diagnosis. She is guided by an understanding that — with warm and consistent therapeutic attention and a little bit of courage — change, growth, and healing are not only possible but inevitable.

Before joining InnerWell, Kuhn Heather had an integrative psychotherapy practice at a leading counseling center in Denver. She has also enjoyed facilitating movement groups focused on empowerment in community, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy groups focused on helping people learn to more effectively handle strong emotions and to connect with others in meaningful and healthy ways. As someone who embraces difference, Kuhn is committed to social justice in her therapeutic work and in the world.

The addition of Kuhn is part of InnerWell's commitment to meeting the increasing demand for high quality counseling and psychotherapy that is in sync with a truly integrative model of wellness. InnerWell has also just opened registration for its fall Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course ( Daytime and evening therapy appointments are now available, and many insurances are accepted. Visit or call 802-231-2550 for more information or to schedule an appointment today.

Renaissance named 'second coolest' small jewelry store in Vermont

BRATTLEBORO >> Renaissance Fine Jewelry, located at 151 Main Street was voted the second coolest small jewelry store in the country by a panel of jewelry industry judges for Instore Magazine.

One thing that resonated with the judges was Caitlyn Wilknson's personal history of overcoming serious health issues to start her own business. The article also highlighted the history of the 157-year-old building Renaissance is located in, and the dramatic transformation it undertook to become the store that it is today. The judges loved Renaissance's commitment to the community, as well as its distinctive red color scheme.

For 15 years Instore Magazine has run its annual contest to highlight the best examples of independent jewelry retailers in North America. The entrants are judged by a panel of retail experts on the basis of business practices, history, online presence, interior décor, and curb appeal. There are two divisions, Big Cool for stores with more than five employees, and Small Cool, for store with four or less.

The full article can be read in the August, 2016 issue of Instore Magazine, or at!small2_01.

For questions, Renaissance Fine Jewelry can be contacted at 802-251-0600 or

Wheel Pad to be featured at Tiny House Fest

BRATTLEBORO >> Wheel Pad is an eco-friendly 200-square-foot accessible bedroom and bathroom attachable to an existing home. It provides a respectful and supportive space for people with mobility issues, making it easy for friends or family to provide support while figuring out long term solutions.

In 2016 Wheel Pad L3C won its first business plan competition sponsored by Strolling of the Heifers and Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, followed by a Fresh Tracks Road Pitch and Peak Pitch competition wins. This year LaunchVT awarded Wheel Pad L3C the innovation prize.

Construction of our first prototype, with assistance of Norwich University, will be completed Aug. 31, culminating in a Grand Celebration at Norwich University. Wheel Pad will then tour rehab centers and hospitals where interested people can tour through Wheel Pad, which will makes stops on Sept. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and on Sept. 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tiny House Festival on Flat Street.

After the tour, the Norwich Model Wheel Pad will be donated for use to a family in southern Vermont free of charge. Wheel Pad L3C will continue to improve Wheel Pad while we build the second prototype for marketing purposes.

Two local attorneys named 'Best Lawyers'

BRATTLEBORO >> Timothy Copeland and Peter B. Robb, of the Brattleboro office of Downs Rachlin and Martin PLLC were named by their peers as two of the best lawyers in Vermont and New Hampshire.

Copeland and Robb specialize in employment law. They were two of 19 DRM attorneys named to the list.

Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. More than 83,000 leading attorneys globally are eligible to vote, and the firm has received more than 13 million votes to date on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, 7.3 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 55,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition.

DRM attorneys — Peter B. Kunin in Burlington and Peter D. Van Oot in Lebanon, N.H., were named Lawyers of the Year in their respective practices in selected market areas. The results are based on client, lawyer and law firm surveys conducted by Best Lawyers beginning in January of this year.

Other DRM attorneys who were recognized included Robert D. Rachlin, James G. Wheeler, John H. Marshall, Andre D. Bouffard, Marc B. Heath, Robert B. Luce, Johan W. E. Maitland, Lawrence H. Meier, Thomas H. Moody, Paul H. Ode, Jr., Wm. Roger Prescott, Thomas C. Csatari, Willemien Dingemans Miller, and John H. Hollar.


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