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Edwin Smith, of Hinsdale, has been appointed to the Community College System Board of Trustees by Gov. John Sununu and the Executive Council.

Smith is a former member of the N.H. House of Representatives where he served seven terms, three terms as chairman of the Public Works Committee and one term as chairman of the State-Federal Relations & Veterans Affairs Committee. Smith also served as Director of Policy for the N.H. Department of Transportation. He is currently an advisory board member for the Southwest Regional Planning Commission and a member of the Hinsdale Commercial and Industrial Development Committee.


Marlboro College recently announced the launch of the Beautiful Minds Challenge for the 2017-2018 academic year, with significantly expanded opportunities for scholarships and prizes. Inspired high school students from across the nation and around the world are invited to respond to the prompt: "Innovative communication unites people. Share your vision."

"Creative and effective communication is more important than ever, to counter the current climate of divisiveness in national and world discourse," said Kevin Quigley, president of Marlboro. "This year's Beautiful Minds Challenge celebrates the innovation of students working in this crucial area from the local level to a global scale. Anything is possible, and we invite students to explore new ways to bring the world together."

Now in it's sixth year, and based on its great successes over the years, the Beautiful Minds Challenge has been expanded to be even more attractive, with four times as many scholarships available for finalists. A total of 12 full (direct costs of attendance) or partial, four-year scholarships are now offered to seniors interested in enrolling at Marlboro, and more than $2,000 in prizes for other students.

The Beautiful Minds Challenge is open to all teens, age 15 to 19 and not yet enrolled in college full-time. Entries in the form of a creative digital documentation, whether that's words, images, audio, or video, are due by Friday, Dec. 1.

Submissions will be judged by a panel of Marlboro faculty, staff, and students based on their quality, creativity, preparation, and demonstration of original, critical, and innovative thinking. Finalists will be awarded expense-paid trips to one of two Beautiful Minds Symposia, during the spring 2018 semester, where they will share their projects and experience Marlboro College firsthand.

"The Beautiful Minds scholarship has made our community accessible to many, myself included," said senior Alessandro Pane, a finalist in the 2013 challenge now studying music composition, performance, and critical theory. "What prepared me most for Marlboro College during my experience with Beautiful Minds was interacting with current students and faculty. That is why I am a student today."

For more information, including a video of the prompt as well as detailed rules, instructions, and prizes, go to


Brattleboro Solidarity and community members will read voices of working people's history, a play written by Western Massachusetts Jobs for Justice. There will be a dramatic reading of labor organizers, abolitionists,and civil rights organizers, on Oct. 13 and 14.

On Oct. 13, Voices of Working Peoples will be featured at Headroom Stages, 17 Elliot St., from 7 to 9 p.m.

On Oct. 14, Social Justice in the Classroom will be featured at the Marlboro Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The morning session includes presentations by local teachers. Classroom resources, materials, and lessons will be provided. Professional development credits are available through the Spark Teacher Education Institute.

The afternoon session will feature a discussion on how to teach current events in the classroom with attention given to Hurricane Harvey and Irma, and the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville late summer. There will be an opportunity to talk about what's going on in our classrooms and walk away with concrete ideas to use in the classroom.

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Isabel Fredericks, the daughter of Jack Fredricks and Tish Gaynor, of Brattleboro, was named to the Dean's List at Smith College for the 2016-17 school year. Fredericks, a graduate of the Putney School, is majoring in government and French.


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