Health Notes


Relay for Life

needs volunteers

The American Cancer Society is seeking people who believe big goals can be achieved to lead the fight for a world without cancer by becoming part of an inspirational and compassionate team leading the way to revitalize the 2018 Windham County Relay For Life scheduled for June. A fresh 2018 Relay For Life celebration concept will be announced at Ramunto's Brick Oven Pizza, 1111 Putney Rd., on Monday, Oct. 16, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Enjoy free pizza and non-alcoholic beverages while supplies last. Plus, get a chance to win a one-night stay at the Sugarhouse on the Scott Farm, owned and managed by Landmark Trust USA. Uniting communities across the globe, the Relay For Life movement is the world's largest fundraising event for cancer to raise awareness and show all those affected by cancer that the American Cancer Society stands with them. Funds raised help the American Cancer Society attack cancer from every angle.

If you would like to work together as one and become a Relay For Life of Windham County volunteer or team participant, visit us online at or contact Elizabeth Gardner, Community Development Manager, at 404-653-8079.

BMH hires new orthopaedic administrative director

On Sept. 28, the staff at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital welcomed Kristyn Wood as the new administrative director of orthopaedics and sports medicine.

"Kristyn comes to us with impressive experience in specialty practice management, and a great understanding of the ever-evolving health care field," said Steven R. Gordon, president and CEO of BMH. "We're excited to work with her to further develop our orthopaedic and sports medicine services here at BMH."

Wood received her BA in healthcare management from Bellevue University in Bellevue, Neb. Most recently, she served as the manager of cardiovascular ambulatory services for Baystate Health in Springfield, Mass. Prior to her tenure with Baystate Health, Wood was a nuclear medicine technologist for Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Mass.

"What drew me to BMH was the community of caring people who strive to provide great care for their patients," Wood said.

BMH Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine treats acute injuries and chronic conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system (i.e. bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons, nerves). In addition to the three board certified orthopedic surgeons on staff, the practice also offers two physician assistants and a certified athletic trainer.

Learn about eco-friendly burial options

The public is invited to a free presentation at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at Brooks Memorial Library Upstairs Meeting Room to learn about emerging eco-friendly funeral movements that are changing the way we do death in America.

In this hour-long presentation, Lee Webster of New Hampshire Funeral Resources, Education & Advocacy will introduce ways we can plan for a more planet-friendly exit through eco-conscious home care practices and sustainable conservation burial options. Meet others who are interested in authentic and meaningful ways of celebrating and honoring our loved ones.

Webster is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Green Burial Council, a nonprofit that sets standards for green burial in the US. She is also the past president of the National Home Funeral Alliance, a home funeral resource and member organization dedicated to educating and empowering families to care for their own dead. She is the author of several published articles and books on funeral reform topics, including "Changing Landscapes: Exploring the growth of ethical, compassionate, and environmentally sustainable green funeral services."

The presentation and following Q&A are free and open to the public. Brooks Memorial Library is located at 224 Main Street, and is handicap accessible. To ensure there are enough chairs, RSVP at 802-257-0775 or


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