Community News in Brief



Can senior cohousing be set up here?

On Sunday from 2 to 3:30 p.m., St. Michael's Episcopal Church will host a discussion of the idea of a senior cohousing community for those seniors who want to downsize but still remain in their community.

Senior cohousing is a planned community of independent homes with neighbors within walking distance. Not a commune (no sharing of finances) but rather shared ownership of a common house and grounds governed by the community. More information can be found at the Sage Cohousing website.

Could such a community be created locally? Annamarie Pluhar will facilitate a preliminary discussion about aging in place in this part of the world. Pluhar is the founder of Sharing Housing, Inc. and is a certified facilitator for Senior Cohousing "Study Group 1."

The meeting will be held at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 16 Bradley Ave., first floor meeting room.

For more information contact Pluhar at or 802-451-1941.

Become a voice for children

Are you looking for a meaningful way to help the next generation of children in our community? The Vermont Guardian ad Litem program seeks advocates to help abused and neglected children thrive in safe and permanent homes through the court system. Attend an Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the Windham Superior Court, 30 Putney Road in Brattleboro. Volunteers receive intensive training and ongoing support. The next training will be held in Rutland, March 11-13. To learn more, visit, or contact

Local media present candidates' forum

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Brattleboro Community Television will team up with The Commons to present a Select Board candidates' forum on Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Brattleboro Select Board Room on the second floor of the Municipal Center, 230 Main Street. The program will be broadcast live on BCTV Channel 10, and streamed live at as well as on Brattleboro Community TV's Facebook page.

Randolph T. Holhut, news editor of The Commons, will moderate. Melanie Winters, news editor of the Brattleboro Reformer, will ask questions, along with Mel Motel, executive director of the Brattleboro Community Justice Center.

Two candidates for a three-year seat, Ben Coplan and incumbent Tim Wessel, will appear, along with four candidates for two one-year seats: Oscar Heller, Elizabeth McLoughlin, Daniel Quipp and Franz Reichsman.

Audience questions for the candidates may be submitted in person or on a 3x5 card during the forum, or as comments on Facebook Live.


Project HOPE hosts workshops at library

Join project HOPE facilitator, Amber Paris, for two free, open materials, page-making workshops at the Putney Public Library in February.

Paris has initiated project HOPE's "Community Book of Hope" at the library as a collaborative, community effort. Artists and writers of all ages are invited to give work created around the prompt: "hope is " which will be collectively hand-bound into a book which will remain at the Library. Workshops will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, and noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24.

For more information about project HOPE and the Community Book of Hope, visit Paris' website at or email her at

Putney Public Library is located at 55 Main St. These events are free and open to the public.


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