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Town polls RTM members on childcare options

BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Town Manager’s Office is emailing out a poll to Representative Town Meeting members regarding their interest in town-provided childcare for the March 25 meeting at Brattleboro Union High School. This email will come from executive assistant Jessica Sticklor (email address:

Respondents are asked to return the poll as soon as possible, especially if they are interested in childcare being provided.

Workers’ Center offers information about Medicaid cutoffs

BRATTLEBORO — In December 2022, Congress voted to eliminate the extra federal funding and requirement that states keep people on Medicaid. States will be able to start Medicaid re-determinations on April 1. According to the Urban Institute’s projections, as many as 29,000 Vermont Medicaid recipients could be affected.

The Vermont Workers’ Center is hosting two drop-in informational sessions in the Community Room at Brooks Memorial Library on Main Street. The sessions will be on Wednesdays, Jan. 25 and Feb. 8, between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Members of the public are welcome to stop in to find out whether they will be affected, what their rights are in this process, and how to be sure that they aren’t cut off for bureaucratic reasons. People who are not on Medicaid and have questions about health care access are also welcome, as there will be other health care resources available. For more information, email

Conflict resolution facilitation training offered online

SOUTH NEWFANE — Restorative Community Practice of Vermont is offering an eight-week course on learning to facilitate conflict resolution restorative circle conferences. The course meets once each week, on Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:30, Jan. 26 through March 16. The classes will be held on Zoom.

RCPVermont uses nonviolent communication as a basis for preparing folks for a circle conference and teach the protocols and skills need to facilitate the ensuing conference. Instructors are Laurie Rabut and Dan DeWalt. There is a charge for the course, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. To register, contact For more information, contact DeWalt at 802-348-7701 or visit

Vermont FoodBank seeks volunteers

BRATTLEBORO — Want to engage with your neighbors and support food security in your community? Come volunteer at one of the Vermont Foodbank’s fresh produce distributions.

Right now, the Foodbank said it is in urgent need of support at their Whitingham and Brattleboro events. To learn more about volunteer opportunities with the Foodbank, visit or email them at

Newfane Church hosts an evening of story, song, and spaghetti

NEWFANE — Newfane Congregational Church presents an evening of story and song, and a spaghetti supper on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 4:30 p.m.

Participants are invited to enjoy a concert of story and song by mezzo-soprano Miriam Allbee and pianist Mike Kelly, then stay for spaghetti supper following the concert. A free will offering will be available during the concert. Dinner tickets available at the door at $10 per person.

Hospice offers volunteer training

BRATTLEBORO — Brattleboro Area Hospice announces its latest training program for Bereavement Program Volunteers. Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming spring training for the bereavement program. It will be held for eight weeks on Wednesdays, March 15 to May 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Space is limited. Those interested may apply at, or email to have an application emailed or mailed to them. Contact Bereavement Program Coordinator Lars Hunter with any questions at or 802-257-0775, ext. 104.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #699 (Wednesday, January 25, 2023). This story appeared on page B2.

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