Thelma O'Brien

More room for the medicine in Townshend

Messenger Valley Pharmacy enjoys refurbished, expanded quarters

Finally, the prescription has been filled.

It may have taken more than a decade, but Messenger Valley Pharmacy in Townshend has now doubled in size.

The expanded pharmacy formally opened for business last week with a cheerful ribbon-cutting ceremony.

A variety of thanks to fundraisers and staff were offered by Andrea Seaton, vice president of planning and development at Grace Cottage Hospital, which owns the pharmacy, and Jim Heal, its director.

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Andiamo and Au Revoir

Friends gather to say farewell to a woman who wanted to live %u2014 and die %u2014 on her own terms

Recently, an informal memorial took place at the Colonial Motel in Brattleboro. On Tuesday, Nov. 20, about 75 friends and relatives gathered to honor the memory of Ruth Clark of Guilford, who had died Nov. 1 - two months short of her 90th birthday - at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center...

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Co-op gets ready for grand opening festivities this weekend

The last piece of the Brattleboro Food Co-op project has finally been completed. A crew from Rand Stoneworks of Scarborough, Maine, was hard at work on the evening of Nov. 2 preparing drainage layers that go under the paved surface that will be the parking lot serving the new...

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Spirit dance

Townshend artist and enthusiastic movement practitioner Patricia Burleson will be one of the presenters at a three-day “5Rhythms Workshop,” which merges free-form movement and music with spiritual experience and sacred connection, on Oct. 26 to 28 at Grace Cottage Hospital. The workshop will be led by Maine teacher Sara Wilde at the hospital's Wellness Center. According to her website (, Wilde has been teaching 5Rhythms classes and workshops in Maine for 22 years. She has also taught at the Rowe...

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A search for balance

Calling a 75-year-old West Brattleboro family farm paradise on a dazzling autumn day doesn't take a lot of imagination, but it's a tempting metaphor on this clear September Sunday. Huge, round clouds in the sharp, blue skies floated around Round Mountain, and cows made their determined way, on the worn path from the uphill pasture, to the free-stall barn down below, the first stop on the way to daily milking. On this afternoon, the routine has changed slightly as a...

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Here comes the sun

The penultimate step of solar-powering at the new Brattleboro Food Co-op took place late last week as six workers operated a 70-foot-high crane to lift the solar panels and related equipment from truck beds to the roof of the building at the bottom of Main Street in Brattleboro. The last step, installing and turning on the photovoltaic solar array to supply 30.6 kilowatts of electricity to the busy and complex building below, is planned for mid-November, according to Tom Simon,

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Explosion destroys historic Townshend home

The exploded house belonging to Carlton Smith on the Grafton Road in Townshend is slowly sinking backwards on a diagonal, reported Brett Gaylord, one of the several Windham County Sheriff's deputies guarding the place around the clock. He pointed out empty spots in the collapsed rubble, formed by door frames and windows, that have shrunk. The explosion took place not long after 2 a.m. on July 19. Representatives from Cota and Cota of Bellows Falls, which supplied the owner with...

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Touching history

First of all, William Leons doesn't especially like being identified as one of the “hidden children” of the Holocaust, which he was. Nor does he necessarily like being labelled as a Holocaust survivor, which he is. “I've lived 99 percent of my life not being a Holocaust survivor,” he points out. He's more tolerant of being identified as a Freedom Rider during the days of the civil rights movement. “I see a continuity in that I was discriminated against as...

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