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TOWNSHEND >> On Saturday, July 30, from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Valley Cares' Board of Directors will host a benefit concert on the Townshend Common to raise funds for the improvement of accessible outdoor opportunities at West River Valley Senior Housing.

The concert will feature lively local favorites, such as The Bondville Boys and The Tuesday Night Town Hall Boys. Concert admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Popcorn and baked goods will be on sale, as will the fare of local food truck, Ro's Petite Fete. If it rains, the concert will be held in the Townshend Town Hall.

"We think this will be a real fun, family-friendly event," said Jean Allbee, Vice President of Valley Cares' Board of Directors. "And it's for a great cause!"

Jean and co-concert organizer, Clara Robinson, know well the benefits of exercise and moving around. They teach a strength and balance class for older adults a couple times a week at West River Valley Assisted Living and at Grace Cottage Hospital.

"Walking and other outdoor exercises are extremely beneficial to health and wellbeing — at any age," said Jean.

Funds raised at the concert will be used to increase the availability of accessible outdoor activities at the Townshend senior housing by: improving the surface of walking paths; installing distance markers and guidelines for stretching along the paths; and adding more benches for rest and enjoyment.

"On a beautiful day, where would you rather be?" asked Susanne Shapiro, Valley Cares' Executive Director. "Inside? Or outside enjoying a little fresh air? Outside! The residents at West River Valley Senior Housing couldn't agree more. That's why we are 'extending the living space' at our senior housing to include the great outdoors."

For more information, call Susanne at 802-365-7190, and keep an eye on Valley Cares' Facebook page for event updates.

Valley Cares is a community-based non-profit organization that is committed to providing affordable housing and supportive services to older adults of the West River Valley and surrounding towns. For more details, go to

Putney Cares hosts community meeting

PUTNEY >> Putney Cares Board members, Ann Coakley, Joan Bowman, Bruce Whitney, Tiffin Mabry and Julie Forsythe met with a cross section of Putney community members on July 9 to discuss the strengths and challenges for elders in our community.

They noted that nationally Putney is part of the leading edge in our country, being the oldest county in the oldest state. They addressed the many resources available in town now and discussed possible connections that Putney Cares can make between existing organizations in town to strengthen support for elders to stay healthy in their own homes.

This is part of a process that Putney Cares is undergoing in creating a job description for the position of office manager recently vacated by Pamela Cubbage. At the recent extended board visioning meeting, the board reviewed the wealth of community input, revised its thinking about Putney Cares role in the future, created new criteria for hiring a part time staff assist and agreed on a timeline for hiring. At the Aug. 3 board meeting final decisions will be made. The new job will be posted in early August, and after interviews and board decision, Putney Cares hopes to have the position filled by early September.

This year is an exciting new chapter in Putney Cares, Inc. The board will be focusing on building strong connections with other agencies in town, and expanding collaborative programs that already exist such as the community lunch voucher program with the food shelf and computer training for seniors at the library with Landmark College students.

The board intends to open the Putney Cares Activities Barn to more activities relevant and supportive of Putney's seniors. Putney Cares for its' Elders.

To volunteer to drive for medical appointments, assist with Meals on Wheels and to serve on the Board, email or call 802-387-5593.


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