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Teacher Summer Institute focuses on people and place

BRATTLEBORO >> The Flow of History will hold a summer institute for teachers in Grafton from June 28 to July 1. Participants in "Telling Stories: Investigating Community History," will be joined by Vermont author Natalie Kinsey-Warnock for four days of historical investigations and writing workshops exploring how to help students with narrative writing.

"Telling Stories" begins with the question, "How does an individual's experience help us understand larger histories?" The institute will follow a Common Core Inquiry framework with workshops on developing historical questions, making thinking visible, investigating primary sources, and sharing new understandings through story.

"We see all participants as historians and scientists investigating, sharing, and reflecting on new knowledge as part of a common journey," said Flow of History Director Sarah Rooker.

Kinsey-Warnock will lead daily writer's workshops that build toward best practices for teaching narrative writing.

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The Flow of History is a teacher education network for Vermont and New Hampshire communities along the Connecticut River watershed, originally established through the Teaching American History program of the U.S. Department of Education.

Two-Plus-Two scholarship winners announced

MONTPELIER >> Vermont Technical College and the University of Vermont announced the 2016 Farm and Agricultural Resource Management Stewards (FARMS) 2-Plus-2 scholars during the Green Mountain Dairy Farmers annual Statehouse reception today.

The 2016 2+2 scholars were chosen for their academic potential, their interest in a bachelor's degree in dairy management, and their commitment to the agriculture industry. The students were honored at the Statehouse event by Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Diane Bothfeld, House Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Partridge, Dean of UVM's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Tom Vogelmann, and Vermont Tech President Dan Smith.

Scholars recognized included Keltsey Ruston, of Grafton.

The FARMS 2-plus-2 scholarship is funded by the State for Vermont for students pursuing a bachelor's degree in dairy and agricultural resource management through the unique Vermont Tech-UVM partnership. The program funds half tuitions for two years of study at Vermont Technical College and full tuition for two subsequent years at the University of Vermont. The program includes a semester at Miner Agricultural Research Institute in Chazy, N.Y.

Jazz invitational features Samirah Evans

WESTMINSTER >> Kurn Hattin Homes for Children welcomes the public to attend its Annual Jazz Invitational on Wednesday, April 13, at 7 p.m., with performances by The Dylan Chambers Jazz Ensemble, Vermont Academy Jazz Ensemble, The Vermont Jazz Center High School Jazz Ensemble, and the Kurn Hattin Homes Beginning and Select Jazz Ensembles.

Jazz groups from local schools are invited each year to participate in the annual event to showcase their musical skills. The event will be hosted by Eugene Uman, Artistic Director of the Vermont Jazz Center; and the evening will conclude with performances by jazz and blues vocalist Samirah Evans and The Keene Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Scott Mullett.

Admission is a canned/dry good or cash donation for the Our Place food shelf and day shelter in Bellows Falls. The concert takes place in Higbie Auditorium in the Mayo Memorial Center at Kurn Hattin Homes in Westminster. For more information, contact Lisa Bianconi at 802-721-6931 or visit

Barn fire prevention and preparedness

WINCHESTER, N.H. >> Firefighter and first responder training will be combined with barn fire prevention and preparedness for barn owners, managers, and horse enthusiasts on Saturday, April 16.

The day will include safe horse handling and hands on experience evacuating barns for firefighters. Barn owners, managers, and horse enthusiasts will learn barn fire prevention, how to be prepared for a disaster, and basic emergency first aid including what to include in a barn first aid kit. Instructors for the event include: Roger Lauze, MSPCA, Nevins Farm; Bill Greenwood, FETC Services; and Dr. Stephanie Vassar, Great Falls; Equine & Veterinary Services. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $65 for Hhands-on firefighters, $35 for auditors, and $25 for 4-H or Pony Club Members; lunch is included. Register online at

This is the second annual event hosted by Draft Gratitude, with last year's program on Large Animal Resuce Training attracting 80 attendees. Preventing barn fires and being well prepared to deal with a fire can mean the difference between life and death for animals.

The National Fire Protection Association reports that "From 2006 to 2010, 830 structure fires in barns (properties defined in NFIRS as: livestock or poultry storage, including barns, stockyards, and animal pens) were reported to U.S. municipal fire departments per year. These fires were responsible for annual losses of one civilian death, ten civilian injuries, and $28 million in direct property damage. Heating equipment was the cause of nearly one-quarter (25 percent) of these fires, led by heat lamps (15 percent). NFPA 150, Standard on Fire and Life Safety in Animal Housing Facilities covers barns where animals are housed and is invaluable to anyone interested in safety in this type of property".

Draft Gratitude is a non-profit draft horse rescue located at 148 Ashuelot Street, Winchester. For more information, call Rebecca Roy at 603-762-3266.

Marlboro College, language institute form partnership

MARLBORO >> A new agreement brings the number of International Language Institute's college and university partners to 12, with the addition of Marlboro College.

International students whose first languages are not English have a new opportunity to make a successful transition to programs at Marlboro College. Thanks to a partnership with the International Language Institute in Northampton, Mass., the students will receive academic support designed specifically to help college-bound individuals with moderate English skills.

"This is a perfect match," said Brigid Lawler, Marlboro College's Dean of Admissions. "Many potential international students need help with their English before they start their undergraduate or graduate work in the United States. ILI's well-deserved reputation for excellence in teaching English skills as well as the nuances of U.S. academic culture assures that our students will have a better chance at success. We are excited to get the partnership underway."

ILI Executive Director Caroline Gear extolled the advantages of Marlboro College, saying, Marlboro College is located in a beautiful rural setting, but is still reasonably close to Boston and New York City.

"It is an ideal spot for international students seeking degrees in the United States from a very reputable college and who also want to experience U.S. culture outside of large urban areas. We are extremely pleased to welcome Marlboro College as the twelfth partner in our University Pathways Program. And we look forward to working with students who seek to enroll or are already enrolled at Marlboro. The goal is to make them ready for the college environment and succeed in fulfilling their dreams."

ILI's University Pathway Program includes 12 selected colleges and universities, each of which offers academic courses from the community college through graduate levels that are of interest to international (as well as U.S.) students. Other colleges and universities include Bay Path University, Boston Architectural College, Elms College. Greenfield Community College, Lasell College, Paul Smith's College, School for International Training, Springfield College, Western New England University, Westfield State University, and University of Massachusetts-Amherst Graduate School.

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