Nancy A. Olson

Alice Charkes, who is retiring this summer after more than three decades as a language teacher at Windham County schools, is shown in this 2016 file photo reviewing spelling bee words with three of her Green Street School students: Thomas Hyde, David Berkson-Harvey, and Sylvie Lann.

A tireless foreign language teacher bids au revoir

Alice Charkes retires after 33 years of teaching students young and old throughout Windham County

BRATTLEBORO-After a varied teaching career of 33 years, Alice Charkes, language teacher, is retiring on June 14.

Since 2007 she has taught French to all grades at Green Street School.

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Gonna do their very best

‘Mamma Mia!’ takes center stage at BUHS

Conflict between the generations is a given. The February production by the Brattleboro Union High School Players of the musical Mamma Mia! explores, through the songs of the pop group ABBA, the relationship between a single mother and her daughter. The show was a hugely popular 1999 stage hit...

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Getting a second chance

With his new business, Putney man pays tribute to the opportunity he got to turn his life around

Steven Haisley has developed a CBD-infused salve, which he has named Second Chance. That's because when he was offered a second chance, he took it. And it changed his life. "About 23 years ago, I got sober," he said. "I was one of those people you read about in...

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‘Unsung heroes’ use music to bring people together

Peter and Mary Alice Amidon, local performers and teachers of traditional music, dance, and storytelling, are the 2023 recipients of the Brattleboro Unsung Hero Award from Compassionate Brattleboro. The ceremony will be held on Tuesday, June 13, at 5:30 p.m., at Centre Congregational Church on Main Street. The citation describes them as “two remarkable musicians“ who have “sung so often and so beautifully for the living and the dying, for justice, love and compassion, for members of our community, both...

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Life, love, and tolerance

This year’s musical at Brattleboro Union High School, the 50th to be staged there, is “Fiddler on the Roof,” opening on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. With book by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock, and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, it tells the story of Tevye, a poor dairyman, who lives with his wife Golde and their five daughters in the small Jewish village of Anatevka, in czarist Russia, in 1905. It is based on the short stories of...

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For adoptees, path to healing begins with rejecting secrecy

Abby Jacobson wants other adoptees to have what she never did. That's why she has started her consulting practice to offer adoptees a safe and supportive place to explore questions of identity. “My vision is to offer guidance to other adoptees, ages 16-plus, in order to prevent continued issues of low self-esteem, low self-worth, and an overall sense of loss of connection with others,” she said. Jacobson worked for over 20 years as a licensed substance abuse clinician and psychotherapist.

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For one couple and two kids, exploring, learning, and growing goes both ways

A few hours a month can change a life. And it could be yours. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vermont is looking for adult mentors (known as Bigs) to match one-on-one with youth ages six to 17 and older (known as Littles). Currently, more than 95 children in Vermont are waiting for a mentor. BBBSVT is dedicated to defending the potential of children and youth through one-on-one mentoring, an evidence-based method of prevention that keeps young people engaged, builds resilience,

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The power of young people’s poetry

To open a copy of Another World: Poetry & Art by Young People from The Poetry Studio, edited by Ann Gengarelly and Tony Gengarelly, is to be invited to a magical place where children feel safe enough to be their authentic selves, to express in words and images their hopes, loves, sorrows, and fears, all with a guilelessness that tugs at the reader's heart. For nearly three decades, Ann and Tony have provided after-school and summer poetry programs for young...

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