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Brattleboro Class of 1956 holds 60th Reunion

WEST BRATTLEBORO >> Brattleboro High School Class of 1956 celebrated its 60th Reunion on June 22 at the home of Stuart and Beverly Thurber.

Eighteen classmates and nine spouses enjoyed a pot-luck lunch while sharing memories and catching up on children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren. A photograph taken shortly after graduation in 1956, showing seven young men, including three of the classmates, enlisting in the military, evoked poignant recollections of that day 60 years ago this month. A group photo ended the afternoon and classmates parted, amid promises to gather again soon.

Classmate attending the reunion were Chris Angell, Estelle Bailey Holmquist , Thad Betts, Alan Dunklee , Gordon Evans, Harry Evans, Bill Farnham , Muriel Fiedler Taylor, Pete Harrison, Sue Herbert, Phil Holmquist, Roberta Madden Young, Doris Potter, Paul Stone, Jeanette Thurber Wright, Stuart Thurber, John Turner and Phil Turner.

Also attending were Estelle Holmquist's husband Stan, Alan Dunlee's wife Linda, Harry Evans' wife Nancy, Pete Harrison's wife Judy, Phil Holmquist's friend Doris Sprague, Doris Potter's daughter Sheila Wood, Jeanette Thurber Wright's friend Mike Lynch, Stuart Thurber's wife Beverly and Phil Turner's wife Dottie.

Award applications due July 15

BARRE >> The Vermont Historical Society is now accepting applications for the Richard O. Hathaway Award. Applications are due at the Vermont Historical Society by July 15 of each year.

The Hathaway Award is presented annually to an individual, group or organization recognized as making an outstanding contribution to the field of Vermont history. The Vermont Historical Society accepts publications, exhibits, works of art, documentary films, radio programs, websites, and dramatic works.

"The Hathaway Award seeks to inspire, through a variety of formats, the same scholarship, passion, and deep inclusiveness that Richard Hathaway brought to his life and work," said Librarian Paul Carnahan.

Hathaway was on the faculty at Goddard College and also taught at Norwich University and Vermont College. He authored more than 300 articles, essays, book reviews, and commentaries and served as a humanities scholar with the Vermont Humanities Council, president of the Vermont Labor History Society, and trustee of the Vermont Historical Society.

The Hathaway Award was created to stimulate outstanding work in the field of Vermont history. It is dedicated to the memory of Richard O. Hathaway, whose lifelong work teaching Vermont history was an inspiration to his colleagues and to the many students he taught and mentored, both inside and outside academia. The award will be presented at the Society's annual meeting.

For more information about the award, or the application, contact the executive director at Visit the Society's website at

Rotary Club awards grant to local library

WARDSBORO >> The Wardsboro Public Library received a grant from The Deerfield Valley Rotary Club this past year. The monies were used to purchase dozens of large print books and the bulk of the grant went toward creating an outdoor Library sign for the front lawn of the Wardsboro Public Library. The sign was made by Brattleboro Union High School-Windham Regional Career Center with supervision by Tom Fagella, Special Educator.

The Rotary Club of the Deerfield Valley is committed to helping Deerfield Valley residents and providing community service to individuals and organizations for the betterment of all. The Rotary supports local schools and organizations, including Wardsboro Public Library. Rotary Clubs share a key mission: to serve their community and those in need throughout the world. For more information, find the club on Facebook at


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