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Local news briefs: CCV extends Early College program deadline for high school seniors; applications accepted for community resilience grants

Published: 8/9/2020 9:15:22 PM
Modified: 8/9/2020 9:24:05 PM
CCV extends Early College program deadline for high school seniors

MONTPELIER — The Community College of Vermont, or CCV, is giving high school seniors until Sept. 1 to enroll in its Early College program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Early College allows high school seniors to complete their last year of high school and first year of college simultaneously and tuition-free, according to a news release. CCV will now accept applications for fall 2020 until Sept. 1, a full month beyond its typical Aug. 1 deadline.

During the 2019-2020 academic year, 160 students from 45 high schools participated in Early College. Students can transfer the credits they earn to schools within the Vermont State Colleges System to most other colleges in Vermont and other institutions.

For more information about Early College at CCV, visit gotocollegevt.org.

Applications accepted
for community resilience grants

SOUTH ROYALTON — Building a Local Economy, Community Resilience Organizations and Change the World Kids have joined together to launch community resilience grants.

Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to support projects that encourage and leverage new and emerging leaders, and those that support pilot programs that center on racial, social and environmental justice in the White River and Upper Valley region, according to a news release.

Applications will be accepted from Aug. 15-Sept. 15.

People can contact Mindy Blank at mindy@gocros.org to find out about funding criteria and how to submit an application.

Cornerstone Community Center starts community poetry challenge

HARTFORD — The Cornerstone Community Center is putting together a community-wide crowd-sourced poem.

“We have all been shaken in light of the events of 2020, and our daily lives have changed in so many ways. We don’t have to look far to see bad news, but we want to focus on the good right here in the Upper Valley,” the organization wrote in a news release.

The first line of each submission must begin with “I’m learning that community is.”

People are asked to write no more than six lines per poem.

Entries can be submitted by Aug. 31 to cedwards@cccvt.org along with your name, town and state.

Poetry lines will then be put into a single poem and published in a newsletter, which people can sign up for at https://praisechapeloutreach.dm.networkforgood.com/forms/mailing-list.

White River Junction VAnames Chief of Mental Healthand Behavioral Science Services

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Dr. Robert Scott has been appointed the new Chief of the Department of Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences at the White River Junction VA Medical Center.

Scott is board certified in general adult psychiatry. He received his medical degree from Quillien College of Medicine and completed his psychiatry residency training at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, according to a news release from the VA.

He joined the White River Junction VA in 2016 and was promoted to the Medical Director for the Department of Psychiatry in 2018.

In February, he became the acting chief of mental health and behavioral sciences.

Scott also is an assistant professor of Psychiatry at Geisel School of Medicine.

“He has proven to be a pillar in helping to maintain an optimal therapeutic environment for the rehabilitation among our patient population,” Dr. Daniel O’Rourke, White River Junction VA Healthcare System’s Chief of Staff, said in the release.

Summer concert series continue

CANAAN — The Moonlighters Big Band will play a free concert from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 18, on the Caanan Common as part of the Canaan Lions Club summer concert series.

The common is located at the junction of Routes 4 and 118.

People can social-distance on the common or park in their cars to listen. The event is weather permitting. On Wednesday from 6:30-7:30 p.m., Gerry Grimo & The East Bay Jazz Ensemble will perform at Lyman Point Park in White River Junction.

Social-distance and mask guidelines can be found at hartford-vt.org. On Wednesday, Aug. 19, Green Mountain Roots will perform at the same time and place.

The Flames are scheduled to perform from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday at Ben Mere Park at Main Street in Sunapee.

FLEW-Z-TOO is scheduled to perform the following Wednesday, Aug. 19, at the park from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

— Staff reports

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