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BRATTLEBORO >> The Catamount Half Marathon, presented by 3 C Race Productions on Sunday, Oct. 16, is being held for the third time in Brattleboro and benefits Youth Services of Windham County.

The race will start again this year at the Brattleboro Retreat grounds on Route 30 at 9 a.m. It will run a very scenic course through rural Vermont crossing both the Dummerston Covered Bridge and the historic Rice Farm Road Bridge in Brattleboro, as well as along Route 30's scenic West River corridor. The accompanying 5k race will give family and friends of the half marathoners their chance to compete as well.

In addition to runners, Youth Services is recruiting 20 to 30 volunteers to staff each of the six water stations and help direct racers on the race course from 8 a.m. to noon the day of the event. As a result of manning water stops and handling course marshal duties, 20 percent of all entry fees will go directly to support Youth Services programs which provides transformative prevention, intervention and development programs for young people and families in Windham County communities.

3 Race Productions is the same team behind the New England Half Marathon Tour featuring the Wolf Hollow Half Marathon, the Killington Half Marathon, The Freeport Half Marathon, the Fall River Half Marathon and the Colt State Park Half Marathon.

According to organizers, all runners will be treated to a first class experience featuring race/result chip timing, technical shirts for all half marathoners, T-shirts for all 5k runners, finisher medals for half marathoners, pint glasses to overall and age group winners, six water stops, port-a-potties on the race course, post-race refreshments including fresh fruit and pastries, and a top notch make-your-own goodie bag.

The half marathon/5k entry fees are $60/$30 before Oct. 8, $70/$35 up until Oct. 15, and $80/$40 on race day.

Lead race sponsor is Sam's Outdoor Outfitters.

To register, visit www.catamounthm.com To volunteer, email info@youthservicesinc.org or call 802-257-0361.

Economic inequality is real

BRATTLEBORO >> Join the fourth Cross-Class Dialogue Circle, on Saturday, Oct. 22, and Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Apply for the two-day circle at www.act4socialjustice.com. Applications due by Oct. 11. What each person will pay is determined through a cost sharing process and is anywhere from nothing to $700 in direct donations, fundraising, and/or work trade.

The Dialogues are hosted by ACT for Social Justice and take place at The Root Social Justice Center on 28 Williams St. Contact Angela for more information at angela@act4socialjustice.com or 802-254-3400.

Cross-Class Dialogue Circles are a powerful way for people across the class spectrum to come together to talk about their experiences with class, listen to each other's stories and perspectives, and then work together as change makers for economic justice. Engaging with each other across class is empowering, healing and liberating.

People of all class backgrounds have a role to play in movements for social and economic justice. The disconnection and isolation between people from different classes hurts our communities and movements. We in Southern VT can be better equipped to work effectively for the just society we want and need when we can create trust and understanding across differences of class and power (including how class intersects with race, gender, disability, etc.), and use all our different strengths in bending the arc of history towards justice.

Davey Shlasko, of Think Again Training, and Angela Berkfield, of ACT for Social Justice, are co-facilitators. Shlasko is a facilitator, author and consultant, of mixed class background, who has been working on classism and other social justice issues since 2000. Berkfield, who identifies as middle class with owning class privilege, has worked with many organizations and groups on understanding class and other social justice issues, with the goal of contributing to an equitable community and world.

This project is supported through fiscal sponsorship of Post Oil Solutions. It received a Small and Inspiring Grant from Vermont Community Foundation and an Economic Justice grant from the Ben and Jerry's Foundation.

Rescued draft horses on the big screen

WINCHESTER, N.H. >> Draft Gratitude's short documentary-style film, created by Bob Pierce and Liz Klein of Hancock-based LightStream Associates, has been chosen to be part of the Equus Film Festival in New York City on Nov. 17 to 20.

The video, named "Draft Gratitude," is less than six minutes long and can be viewed at www.draftgratitude.com.

"The early morning work LightStream did with the horses, just to catch the perfect light, has paid off," said Rebecca Beaman Roy, founder of Draft Gratitude. LightStream Associates donated their services to the nonprofit to highlight the work Draft Gratitude does to save unwanted horses.

"Sometimes it is hard to put into words why we think saving unwanted draft horses is so important. We are so thankful that LightStream Associates were able to tell our story so beautifully," said Roy. "It is an honor to have this film made for us. To have the added exposure of being selected for a New York City film festival, in combination with the true possibly of winning an award for Bob and Liz, is the icing on the cake."

Draft Gratitude has many local and distant supporters stretching across the United States and further. Their mission is saving draft horses from neglect and slaughter, rehabilitating them and adopting them to approved forever homes.

Draft Gratitude is located at 148 Ashuelot St. They host a public open barn visiting day the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon to meet the horses and learn more about the life saving work that they do. To learn more about how you can get involved, visit www.draftgratitude.com or call Rebecca Roy at 603-762-3266.


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