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Wednesday January 23, 2013

VFW Post 1034
offers scholarship

BRATTLEBORO -- VFW Post 1034 in Brattleboro is seeking 2013 graduating seniors from any Brattleboro area high school or home school student for its Leroy Dessaint and Angelina Buccossi Dessaint Scholarship administered by Post 1034.

The scholarship committee will be awarding a $1,000 scholarship to the winning applicant. Any senior who will be continuing their education, and is a descendant of a VFW Post 1034 member, living or deceased, may apply for consideration.

To request an application to be mailed, call the Post at 802-257-0438. The application form, including high school transcript and two letters of recommendation from members of the school staff with knowledge of the student's high school years, should be received by the committee by April 15, 2013.

Student submissions sought for essay contest

BURLINGTON - Vermont students are invited to submit essays on "The Road Not Taken," the theme of the 2013 Vermont Flower Show, for a contest co-sponsored by Green Works -- the Vermont Nursery and Landscape Association and University of Vermont (UVM) Extension.

The top three essays in each age group (6 to 9, 10 to 13 and 14 to 18 years old) will be awarded prizes of $50, $30 and $20. The winning essays and other selected entries will be on display at the Vermont Flower Show, March 1-3 at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction.

The contest deadline is Feb. 8 (postmarked or e-mail date). Submissions may be mailed to Essay Contest, attn. Dr. Perry, UVM Department of Plant and Soil Science, Jeffords Hall, 63 Carrigan Dr., Burlington VT 05405 or sent as an e-mail attachment to with the subject line: essay contest. Include name, address, phone, e-mail address, school and age.

Complete rules and a registration form may be found at

All essays must be original and relate to the theme, "The Road Not Taken," a popular poem by Robert Frost, an American poet who lived in Vermont for nearly 40 years and served as its official poet laureate.

Entries should relate to a real or imaginary situation and tell an interesting or compelling story about that personal road not chosen and where it might lead or end. Essays should be 250 words or less and may be hand-written or typed.

Any entries that exceed the word count or are not written legibly will not be judged. The judges will score entries on uniqueness and creativity; use of descriptive language; passion for the topic and spelling and grammar, among other criteria. The judging team will include representatives from the sponsoring organizations and the UVM Extension Master Gardener program.

Montessori has openings in Kindergarten and preschool programs

SAXTONS RIVER - Saxtons River Montessori School is pleased to announce that there is space available in its preschool and kindergarten programs for the 2013-2014 school year. We are excited to accept applications for both the preschool and kindergarten programs at this time.

The Saxtons River Montessori School is a non-profit school for children ages 3 through 6. Our Montessori program is designed to foster independence and self-confidence while respecting the unique qualities of each child. It provides children with creative group and individual play experiences, within a structured, individualized learning atmosphere, under the direction of Montessori-trained teachers. The program is enhanced by enrichment activities such as Music, Art, Nature, Skating, and by visiting community members, such as the Nature Museum of Grafton and Vermont Academy. The Saxtons River Montessori School is a vital part of the Saxtons River community, serving more than two hundred students and their families since its doors opened 20 years ago.

Saxtons River Montessori School partners with local school districts in Springfield, Rockingham, Westminster, and Windsor Southwester Supervisory Union for Act 62 preschool collaborative funds. SRMS offers a variety of scheduling options, including preschool for three-, four-, or five-days and a five-day kindergarten program. Morning preschool is offered from 8:30 to 11:45 a.m., and full-day preschool from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The school's state approved kindergarten is offered from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Saxtons River Montessori School is located at 14 Westminster Street in Saxtons River. For more information, call 802-869-3349. Visit our website at


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