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Monday November 8, 2010

BaBB presents Yates with award

BRATTLEBORO -- Daniel C. Yates, president and CEO of the Brattleboro Savings & Loan Association, was awarded The Larry Cooke Memorial Service Award from Building a Better Brattleboro at its annual meeting on Sept. 30.

The Larry Cooke Memorial Service Award is given to individuals whose outstanding volunteer work has helped further the growth and prosperity of downtown Brattleboro. This award is presented by BaBB in honor of the late Larry Cooke, a former BaBB director and great friend to downtown Brattleboro. Dan Yates was an obvious candidate for this award due to his dedication to the Brattleboro Community.

Yates is involved in a multitude of projects and committees from BaBB board of directors, to the board of the Latchis Corporation, a member of Brattleboro Rotary, as well as involvement with countless fundraisers.

Slason honored with Gibson Award

BRATTLEBORO -- Windham County Bar Association bestowed the Gibson Award upon local attorney Larry Slason, of Bellows Falls, for his professional excellence and public service on Nov. 4.

The Gibson Award is named after the Gibson family of Brattleboro which includes Ernest W. Gibson Sr., Preston F. Gibson, Ernest W. Gibson Jr., Ernest W. Gibson III, Robert H. Gibson and David A. Gibson. All of these Gibsons were members of the Windham County Bar Association and at various times practiced law in Brattleboro. They founded the firm of Gibson, Gibson and Crispe, a predecessor to Crispe & Crispe, and the firm of Webber, Fisher, Perra & Gibson. The Gibson Family included two United States Senators (Ernest W. Gibson, Sr. and Ernest W. Gibson, Jr.), a Vermont State Senator (David A. Gibson), a Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court (Ernest W. Gibson, III), three Secretaries of the Vermont Senate (Ernest W. Gibson, Jr., Robert H. Gibson and David A. Gibson) and a Federal District Court Judge (Ernest W. Gibson, Jr.).

The award was presented by Windham County Bar Association President Thomas W. Costello.

Slason is a member of the firm of Salmon & Nostrand in Bellows Falls and he has been the head coach for many years of the Bellows Falls Union High School soccer team and his past service as a Selectman for the Town of Rockingham, member of the BFUHS Board of Trustees, and member of the boards of the YMCA and Our Place.

Slason was out of the country and unable to be present for the presentation of the award. His partner and former Gov. Thomas P. Salmon accepted the award on his behalf.

Present also for the presentation were Chief Justice Paul Reiber of the Vermont Supreme Court; Therese Corsones, president of the Vermont Bar Association; and Retired Supreme Court Justice Ernest W. Gibson III and his wife Charlotte.

New board member at BAI

BRATTLEBORO -- Brattleboro Arts Initiative announces the addition of Gordon Hayward to its board of directors.

Hayward is a nationally recognized garden designer, writer and lecturer. He wrote for Horticulture Magazine for 25 years and lectured with the magazine on tours across America. He was a contributing editor at Fine Gardening Magazine and is now a contributing editor at Organic Gardening Magazine. He is the author of 10 books on garden design.

Hayward and his wife Mary divide their time between Putney and the Cotswold Hills of England. Along with his longtime support of the artistic and community spirit of Brattleboro Arts Initiative and the Latchis project, Gordon produced a successful fund-raising event for the Lost Boys of Sudan at the Latchis Theatre, which is how he and Brattleboro Arts Initiative really became acquainted.

Brattleboro Arts Initiative is a non-profit organization whose goal is to preserve the Latchis and promote the arts in Brattleboro.

CCV wins grant

BRATTLEBORO -- The J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation, a supporting organization of the Vermont Community Foundation, has awarded a $50,000 grant to the Community College of Vermont to expand access to CCV’s Introduction to College Studies (ICS) course.

This fall, the J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation awarded additional funding to expand delivery of the program in regions where access to college is a significant barrier for students. CCV’s Introduction to College Studies course helps many Vermont students make the transition from high school to college, serving over 1,200 students each year.

This free, non-credit class offers a fun and effective environment for helping students build skills and confidence for college. Students who successfully complete the ICS course are eligible to apply for a voucher for a free course at any of the Vermont State Colleges or a partnering college.

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Internet marketing workshop Nov. 11

BRATTLEBORO -- On Thursday, Nov. 11, Internet marketing experts will gather to share their social media vision, strategies and discuss ways to help businesses feel "in command" of their marketing while keeping pace with today’s agile internet marketing environment. The event is World Usability Day New England at the Marlboro College Graduate School on 28 Vernon St. in Brattleboro from 8:15 a.m. to noon.

World Usability Day New England will provide an opportunity to explore Social Media from multiple perspectives with experts like Mike Hoefer as he discusses the current landscape of Internet Marketing and forecasts future direction of web marketing strategies.

Social Media and SEO expert and practitioner Patti Fousek will provide simple steps for developing a successful social media strategy and how to apply them to growing a profit or non-profit business. Fousek offers an insider’s look at what’s working and a template for social media success.

Respected industry wide for his transformational contributions, long time Web expert Jason Mark will discuss social usability and share ideas for making social media campaigns more functional for customers and staff.

The half-day session closes with a panel discussion with social media experts including James Lambert and Megan Grocki.

Registration and more information is available at

The cost of registration is $35.

KidsPlayce grand opening Nov. 13

BRATTLEBORO -- KidsPlayce Discovery Center will kick off the season with a grand opening celebration on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission will be free, as well as free Chelsea Royal Diner ice cream and a chance to win a year-long family membership in the $1 per ticket raffle. All donations and proceeds from the raffle will benefit KidsPLAYce, its programming, and future operation.

Established in 1983, the mission of KidsPLAYce is to foster positive adult-child interactions and to expand children’s horizons through interactive exhibits, displays, and special events.

KidsPLAYce is where children, parents, grandparents, caregivers and friends discover, create, and learn together.

For more information including membership, hours of operation, and rental rates call, 802-254-5212. KidsPLAYce is located at 20 Elliot St., under the Hotel Pharmacy, in Brattleboro.


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