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Booklet highlights compassion in region

BRATTLEBORO - A new booklet, “Brattleboro Is a Compassionate Town,” is now available on

The booklet, published by the town, the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce, the Brattleboro Area Interfaith Leadership Alliance, and Compassionate Brattleboro, summarizes the multiple compassion-related activities being undertaken in the area and includes a set of “Compassion Stories of the Month.”

It can be found on the page devoted to activities relating to the Charter for Compassion. Other content includes film footage of the Community Conversations on Compassion, information about Unsung Hero Award recipients, and all the monthly Compassion Stories

Information on Brattleboro's sister communities will soon be included on the page, which can be accessed directly at

Red Cross plans blood drives in April

The American Red Cross is calling for donors of all blood types, but especially those with type O blood.

Upcoming blood drives are set for Friday, April 2, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way, Brattleboro; Tuesday, April 6, from noon to 5 p.m., at Fraternal Order of the Eagles, 54 Chickering Dr, Brattleboro; Thursday, April 8, from noon to 6 p.m., at the United Church of Bellows Falls, 8 School St., Bellows Falls; and Tuesday, April 27, from noon to 5 p.m., at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, Putney.

As a special thank you, those who come to give blood or platelets between April 1 and April 15 will automatically be entered to win a VIP trip for four to the 2022 Indianapolis 500.

The Red Cross will also automatically enter all who come to give in April for a chance to win one of five $1,000 e-gift cards to a merchant of choice.

Additional details are available at

Schedule a donation appointment by downloading the Blood Donor app, visiting, or calling 800-733-2767. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.

Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds, and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years old and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Old Vermont sugarhouses get preservation help

Vermont sugarhouses are a vanishing landmark and their history is at risk of being permanently lost.

A project team of sugar-making enthusiasts is compiling a comprehensive and descriptive list of all sugarhouses in the state with a focus on the oldest such structures.

Once the list is complete, the project team will interview sugarmaking families and photograph Vermont sugarhouses. This visual and documented history will be made available for future review and use. The final outcome will be the creation of a photo book to showcase these architectural legacies and landmarks.

The Vermont Division for Historical Preservation makes available barn preservation grants that might offer financial support toward repairing and maintaining the structure.

For more information and to add to the lists of active, inactive, and abandoned sugarhouses, visit

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