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Community and Business News in Brief, Aug. 9, 2023


Capitol Copy Will Not Reopen After the Flood

On July 27, Glenn Sturgis, owner of Capitol Copy, wrote the following letter to the community via Montpelier Alive: 

“After much thought, I have decided not to reopen Capitol Copy. This was not an easy decision, but as I was on the brink of selling the store and retiring, it’s the only decision that makes sense for me.

“Since 1995 Capitol Copy has taken pride in combining top-quality work with top-notch service. What has made it worthwhile, though, is the people. I am grateful to my loyal customers, my dedicated employees, and my friends and colleagues in Montpelier’s small business community. The past 28 years have been a wonderful adventure, and the people I’ve met along the way have enriched my life.

“I wish you all the best as you rebuild Montpelier, and I’m hopeful that it will once again be the thriving city it was before the flood. I look forward to visiting the stores as they reopen and reconnecting with friends in the community on the sidewalks and in the shops and restaurants.

“Gratefully, Glenn Sturgis.”

Good Give Away 

Have you been wondering how to donate items to those who lost so much in the recent flood? Think about offering them to the Good Give Away, a “free garage sale” on Friday, Aug. 18 at the Barre Aldrich Library from 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. This event is being organized by Montpelier resident Jessica Oparowski and a crew of volunteers. Everyone’s welcome. 

Donors are invited to bring donations to the library on Thursday, Aug. 17, between 10 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Please enter by the Jefferson Street door and follow the signs. 

We can accept: 

  • Clean children’s clothing (no rips, tears, or broken zippers) and backpacks, as well as household items of all kinds. Nonperishable food items, e.g., canned goods, will also be accepted 
  • Small furniture pieces can be left at the site; however, if you have a larger piece, please bring a photo and your contact information. A volunteer will connect you with someone who can use your donation. 
  • We cannot accept: 
  • Electronics 
  • Paints 
  • Car seats 
  • Carpeting 
For more information, contact oparowskij@yahoo.com.

—press release

Community for Kids in the Aftermath of Catastrophic Flooding 

All Brains Belong’s “Kid Connections” program is a free, customized, friend-matching program based on shared interests, for kids and teens ages 4 to 17. To date, All Brains Belong has matched 120 kids and teens with peers who love what they love. 

At least one in five people think, learn, or communicate differently than persons with the so-called “typical” brain. Some children have diagnoses such as autism, ADHD, or others — but many do not. Hundreds of children in our state experience social isolation and loneliness as a result of feeling different or not finding belonging in traditional settings. All Brains Belong has been at the forefront of addressing these disparities.

A recent participant said “My son smiled at me the other day and said ‘So this is what it feels like to have a friend!’ Can’t ask for more than that.” Another caregiver said “My child meets with their match online weekly. It’s a highlight of the weekend.”

The Kid Connections program is continuing to enroll participants. To learn more, visit allbrainsbelong.org/kid-connections.

—press release

Emerge Vermont Accepting Applications for Class of 2024

Emerge Vermont, an organization for recruiting and training Democratic women to run for office, is accepting applications for its 2024 Signature Training Program. Applications will be accepted from Aug. 1 to Oct. 20, with the five-month program expected to begin on Jan. 6, 2024.

This year’s chosen group of political leaders will join an impressive network of past alums who come from diverse backgrounds and identities as Emerge continues to work toward the goal of empowering women in the New American Majority.

Emerge Vermont’s training program offers Democratic women who want to run for public office a unique opportunity. Women who are accepted will receive over 70 hours of in-depth education over five months that will inspire them to run for office and will give them the tools to win. 

—press release

Arts Council Seeks Nominees for State Poet Laureate

The Vermont Arts Council and its partners, Vermont Humanities, Poetry Society of Vermont, and Sundog Poetry, are seeking nominations for a new Vermont Poet Laureate. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 30.

Serving as Vermont’s ambassador for the art of poetry, the Poet Laureate is not only honored for their own work and accomplishments, but can also raise awareness and a greater appreciation of the reading and writing of poetry.

All nominations are welcome, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, cultural heritage, socio-economic background, physical ability, or poetic sub-genre in the pursuit of the Poet Laureate being representative of the rich and diverse cultures of poetry in the state of Vermont. Self-nominations are also eligible.

For more information, visit vermontartscouncil.org/programs/vermont-poet-

—press release

Awards and Honors

Sabrina Nicole Bean of Northfield graduated from Saint Michael’s College in May 2023 during the College’s 116th Commencement. Bean was also named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2023 semester.

Ethan Young of Barre was named to Geneva College’s Dean’s List for the spring 2023 semester.

Hayden Kennedy of Barre made the Dean’s List at Wentworth Institute of Technology for the spring 2023 semester.

—press release