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Putney Foodshelf adds board member

The Putney Foodshelf recently announced that Laura Chapman has joined its board of directors.

Chapman is a community organizer, activist, and blogger for Teach Peace VT, who, with her husband and two sons, has made her home in Putney since 2013. When she is not wrangling children, writing, or working to engage people in the political process, she can likely be found fulfilling her duties as a member of the Putney Central School Board. She is also a volunteer teacher for the Four Winds Nature Institute.

In addition to the above activities, Chapman is a member of the Brattleboro Love Project and has recently begun the Hate Has No Home In The Twin States project, a cross-river effort denouncing hate speech.     

Chapman has worked as a licensed nurse's aide and a hospice care coordinator. She brings to foodshelf work that commitment to people's health and well-being.

"I am a firm believer that the world has enough resources to clothe, feed, house, and provide medical care for every human if we make a choice to do so," Chapman said. "In the meanwhile, I will do what I can to help make that happen locally."

The board looks forward to working with Chapman as it transitions to new leadership. Her dedication to activism will contribute to the board's outreach efforts.

Located on the ramp side entrance at the Putney Community Center, the Putney Foodshelf, a 501(c)(3) organization, is open Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 9 to 10 a.m. Area people in need of supplemental healthy food are welcomed. Currently serving 75-plus families, the Putney Foodshelf relies on volunteers and donations to maintain its mission.

The Putney Foodshelf's Top The Truck food drive will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., rain or shine, at the Tavern parking lot between The Gleanery restaurant and Putney Town Hall


Music center gets $2.5K gift

Community Bank N.A. recently presented Brattleboro Music Center with a $2,500 donation to sponsor the Chamber Music Series for the 2017-18 season. The performances feature internationally renowned and emerging artists and ensembles through a series of five concerts throughout the year.

Community Bank N.A. Trust Officer Katherine Mosenthal presented the check to Brattleboro Music Center Managing Director Mary Greene in support of the center's mission to enrich the lives of people of all ages through the joy and understanding of music.


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