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Community news briefs: TLC Center names new executive director

  • Timber framer Tim Baker, of, Canaan N.H. works on what used to be the Shaker Brothers Wood Working building on Feb. 1, 2017 in Enfield, N.H. It was built circa 1819 by the Shakers. Later it was a theater when owned by La Salette. The building is now being restored for the Enfield Shaker Museum. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to

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Published: 7/10/2020 9:54:14 PM
Modified: 7/10/2020 9:54:02 PM

CLAREMONT — TLC Family Resource Center has selected Stephanie Slayton as its new executive director.

Slayton, who will start on Monday, replaces Maggie Monroe-Cassel, who is retiring after more than five years with the Claremont-based nonprofit organization that assists families and youth in Grafton and Sullivan counties.

Slayton previously worked for the Loveland, Colo., housing authority and served as executive director of its Aspire 3D program, which assisted residents living in public housing communities.

“As a leader, I believe that the people we work with are experts in their own lives. As a service organization, our role is to partner with them to clear a path that leads to their personal goals, and to support them in discovering their unique strengths and talents,” Slayton said in a news release. “As a Native Vermonter, I know that our communities are resilient and with a little bit of grit and a lot of determination, we will successfully navigate the new landscape created by current events. ”

Delays expected next week as construction continues on Sykes Mountain Ave.

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Traffic delays may occur from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday as construction crews begin work on the drainage system along the southbound side of Route 5 as part of the Sykes Mountain Avenue roundabout project in White River Junction.

On Monday and Tuesday, access to the Shell and Mobil gas stations on Route 5 will be limited due to work on the waterlines in front of the properties, according to news release from the Vermont Agency of Transportation and the town of Hartford. There are no anticipated water interruptions during those days.

However, scheduled water service interruptions will be required to complete work and the details will be provided in advance via email. Area businesses and residents are instructed to monitor their email for announcements and to be prepared.

The work is part of a larger project to install a roundabout and sidewalks on Sykes Mountain Avenue. Officials anticipate the project will be completed by October 2021. For more information, call 802-496-8963 or email

Upper Valley Waldorf School appoints new administrative director

QUECHEE — Brian Wolff has been named the new administrative director of the Upper Valley Waldorf School.

Wolff will replace Christine Scherding, who has led the Quechee-based preschool-eighth grade school for 11 years.

Wolff earned a master’s degree in human services administration from Spertus College in Chicago, a master’s degree in interpersonal communications from Governor’s State University in University Park, Ill., and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Drake University, in Des Moines, Iowa, according to a news release from the Upper Valley Waldorf School.

He has held leadership roles in Waldorf schools for the past 16 years and was recently employed as the business administrator at the Sanderling Waldorf School in Vista, Calif. He also worked as the director of the Office of Vocational Training and Development at Harold Washington College and financial administrator at Esperanza Community Services.

VNH adds five new board of trustees members

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire has appointmented Catherine Ells, Paul Handley, Katherine Milligan, Rebecca O’Berry, and Kathleen Vasconcelos to its Board of Trustees.

Ells, of Orange, is vice president/controller at Mascoma Bank in Lebanon. She earned a master’s degree in business administration from Plymouth State University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire.

Handley, of Grantham, was most recently employed as global operations controller at Analog Devices Inc. in Norwood, Mass. He earned a master’s degree in business administration from Suffolk University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Salem State University.

Milligan, of Thetford, is program director of the Master of Health Care Delivery Science at Dartmouth College. She earned a Ph.D. and a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College.

O’Berry, of Brookfield, Vt., is vice president of operations at Gifford Health Care in Randolph. She earned a master’s degree in management and health care administration from New England College, a bachelor’s degree in business and management, and a professional coder certificate from the American Academy of Professional Coders.

Vasconcelos, of Woodsville, is executive director at Grafton County Senior Citizens Council. She earned a master’s degree in nonprofit and association management and a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from the University of Maryland and a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Enfield Shaker Museum receives grant to digitize collection

ENFIELD — The Enfield Shaker Museum was awarded a nearly $79,000 grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities through funding provided by the CARES Act in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funding will enable the nonprofit organization to create a website portal full of digitized photographs and information about the hundreds of artifacts in its collection, along with a digital archive of the museum’s quarterly newsletters, enhanced exhibitions, and smartphone tours of property located on Route 4A in Enfield, according to a news release.

“The COVID-19 pandemic challenges museums of all sizes and types to think anew about their collections, interpretation, and programs,” Shirley Wajda, the museum’s interim executive director said in the release. “This six-month grant allows us most importantly to focus on the new and changing needs of our visitors, whether on site or on the web.”

Registration open for Cohase garden tours

FAIRLEE — Take self-guided, socially distanced tours through private gardens in the Cohase region from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. next Sunday, July 19.

Registration, tickets, maps and other information for the Cohase Chamber of Commerce fundraiser will be available at the Fairlee Town Bandstand on Town Common Road. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at They will also be available at the bandstand.

The tours are held rain or shine. Social distancing and masks are required.

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England starts at-home STI testing

CONCORD — Planned Parenthood of Northern New England will begin offering at-home sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing for gonorrhea, chlamydia and trichomoniasis next week.

The organization is offering at-home testing in response to warnings from public health experts that STI rates appear to be on the rise during COVID-19 pandemic. Health centers, including Planned Parenthood, are seeing a decline in in-person visits and STI contact tracers are being diverted to COVID-19 contact tracing, according to a news release from the nonprofit organization.

If left untreated, STIs can have serious health consequences including chronic pain, infertility and certain types of cancer.

New Hampshire in particular has seen an increase in gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis in recent years while gonorrhea and syphilis are both in outbreak status.

“Our at-home STI testing service will help to minimize disruptions in patient care, mitigate the spread of STIs, protect the health of our patients and communities, and reduce the burden on frontline providers,” Donna Burkett, medical director of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, said in the release.

Patients can request the testing from Planned Parenthood, which will mail patients a test kit. Patients will provide their own samples and mail the kits back. The testing process may take up to two weeks. Those interested can schedule a telehealth appointment online or by calling 1-866-476-1321.

Responses need for Vt. youth survey

Researchers from the University of Vermont and the Vermont Department of Health are leading a study about impact of state policies and public awareness campaigns on substance use beliefs and behaviors in 1,200 Vermonters ages 12-25.

The study, titled Policy and Communication Evaluation, or PACE, will be broken into two age groups: Youth ages 12-17 and young adults ages 18-25. Recruitment is taking place now. For one study, participants will be asked to fill out short surveys during a six-month time period. For another, the surveys will be completed during a single month.

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Teen Center opens in Bradford

BRADFORD, Vt. — The Hub, Bradford’s new teen center, is officially open.

The nonprofit organization, located on Barton Street, serves children in grades 7-12 from the towns of Bradford, Newbury, Corinth, Waits River and Topsham. It will be open from 3-6 p.m. on Wednesdays, 3-9 p.m. on Fridays and 2-9 p.m. on Saturdays. Kids can socialize, complete schoolwork, play videogames and use computers at the space.

Visitors must wear masks. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, only 10 youth are allowed to be at The Hub at any given time, so calling ahead at 802-449-3046 is recommended.

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D-Hi, Geisel School make dermatology, emergency medicine full academic departments

LEBANON — The Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) Board of Trustees and the Dartmouth College Board of Trustees has made the Dermatology Section of the Department of Surgery, and the Emergency Medicine Section of the Department of Medicine full, autonomous, academic departments.

“Physicians who are going to dedicate their lives to an academic career in Emergency Medicine, for example, want to know they have an academic home in the form of an independent department,” Emergency Medicine Chair Scott W. Rodi said in a news release. “We’ll be able to recruit and retain strong physicians who want an academic career in a department that has a voice in the institution.”

The change will strengthen recruitment efforts, research opportunities, teaching and patient care.

“As a department, we have the autonomy to create new, specialty academic clinics,” Dermatology Chair M. Shane Chapman said in the release. “That’s important for residents who are interested in niche areas like pediatric dermatology or lymphoma of the skin or multi-disciplinary work like dermatology psychiatry.”

Rodi anticipates that, in time, several specialty areas in the Department of Emergency Medicine will build enough capacity to become department sections.

Hanover High students start math tutoring group

HANOVER — Six Hanover High School students have formed a group called Math Among Peers to offer free virtual tutoring from middle school math through calculus, and SAT math preparation.

Students can sign up to request to be matched with a peer math tutor by emailing Miriam Viazmenski at Tutoring sessions can take place weekly for an extended period of time or be only a few sessions.

Editor’s note: Email community news items to Liz Sauchelli can be reached at or 603-727-3221.

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