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The Death Café returns to Bellow Falls

BELLOWS FALLS >> On Thursday evening, June 16, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Brattleboro Area Hospice will host a Death Café at The Valley Café in downtown Bellows Falls. This free event is part of an international movement begun in Europe ( ), and is dedicated to taking death out of the closet in order to discuss it publicly.

Previous events that have taken place throughout Windham County have been met with tremendous praise. People have reported them as comfortable, supporting a full range of emotions — from tears to raucous laughter, easier than anticipated, energy charged, inspirational and fun. A Death Café is not a support group, a counseling session, or even a workshop. It is simply a gathering of people sharing respectful, thought provoking, life affirming conversation about living and dying in a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere while enjoying warm beverages and delectable treats.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend, but space is limited to 25 people. RSVPs are required. People are asked to arrive promptly, as doors to the event will close at 6:40 p.m.

Brattleboro Area Hospice is an independent, community-based, non-profit volunteer organization that provides grassroots, volunteer-staffed programs to supplement and provide alternatives to the professional services utilized by dying and grieving community members. The home office is located at 191 Canal Street in Brattleboro, however we serve all in Windham County. Visit for more information.

For more information about Brattleboro Area Hospice or to RSVP for the Death Cafe, contact Cicely Carroll at Brattleboro Area Hospice at 802 257 0775, ext. 108, or local to Bellows Falls, 802 460 1142, ext. 108.

BAH hosts unique fundraising opportunity

BRATTLEBORO >> PopUp@77Flat is an online shopping event that will pop-up monthly. Proceeds of the auction benefit Brattleboro Area Hospice. Bidding can take place 24 hours daily from the comfort of your own home. A new themed window at Experienced Goods at 77 Flat St., featuring that month's auction items, will be unveiled on the first Friday of each month. At 5 p.m. on that day, the auction goes live at

The online auction will run throughout the month, closing on the last Saturday at 9 p.m. All communication will take place online with bidders notified of their bid's status. Winners are notified electronically and payment should be made on the site. Auctions will run May through November (seven different auctions in total) with a grand and fun-filled, live pop-up shopping extravaganza taking place in December.

BMH to host job fair for housekeeping positions

BRATTLEBORO >> Brattleboro Memorial Hospital will be holding a job fair targeted at filling positions within their Environmental Services (Housekeeping) department. The event will take place Tuesday, June 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the hospital's Human Resources Department on the 3rd floor of the Dunham Building.

"Our housekeepers are critical members of the BMH team," said Bill Norwood, BMH's Director of Human Resources. "They are responsible for enhancing the safety of our patients and staff by maintaining an impeccably clean environment, and their work is at the heart of our infection control protocols." Norwood hopes that the event will draw the interest of those seeking jobs at one of the region's top employers, and give them an opportunity to meet some of the hospital's leadership team.

"BMH is a great place to start or grow your career in health care," said Robin Heald, BMH's Vice President of Human Resources. "We offer excellent benefits including medical insurance, tuition reimbursement, paid holidays, 401(k) saving plan and much more."

Those with questions about the job fair or with an interest in other career opportunities at BMH are encourage to contact Diane Cooke at 802-257-3199 or

VABVI needs volunteers

BRATTLEBORO >> The Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired has an immediate urgent need for volunteer drivers to get blind and visually impaired people where they need to go.

"If you are blind or visually impaired, you cannot drive which becomes a serious problem for people who have to rely on others," said Coordinator of Volunteer Services Vicki Vest.

For many people, personal independence means the freedom of hopping in the car and going where we want to go anytime. But for others, that freedom is a thing of the past. Imagine when you can no longer do that and your independence is taken away and you become trapped, isolated, and reliant upon others to help.

The volunteer transportation program helps buffer that loss by providing free, personalized transportation services to the blind and visually impaired when others are not available. If you are fortunate enough not to need our services, perhaps you would enjoy helping those who are less fortunate. VABVI volunteer drivers work on an as needed basis and are free to accept or reject any trip to suit their own schedules. Drivers receive mileage reimbursement for the use of their cars.

"Drivers are in short supply," said Vest." "We have an especially urgent on-going need for drivers in and around the Brattleboro areas."

If you can help or would like more information, call 1-877-350- 8840. VABVI is a non-profit organization providing a wide array of services to Vermonters with vision loss.


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