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FRESH FAMILY FUN in the Upper Valley PARTNER SPOTLIGHT Hypertherm WEATHERIZE Save Money, Save Energy, and Stay Comfortable

SPRING 2017 CONTENTS Working together, we make the Upper Valley region a great place to live, work, and play. 195 North Main Street White River Junction, VT 05001 Phone: 802.291.9100 Email: Staff:


Letter from the Executive Director



Short Takes

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Weatherize: Save Money, Save Energy, and Stay Comfortable


Staff Tom Roberts, Executive Director, x101 Sarah Brock, Energy, x109 Brian Cook, Executive Assistant, x104 Sara Cottingham, Valley Quest, Volunteers, x107 Rachel Darrow, Finance, Events, Corporate Relations, x115 Bethany Fleishman, Transportation, x111 Stacey Glazer, Leadership Upper Valley, Web Media, x102 Paige Heverly, Transportation, Energy ,x114 Nancy LaRowe, Local First Alliance, Valley Food & Farm, x106 Carole Petrillo, Bookkeeping, x103 Allison Rogers Furbish, Communications, Database, x108 Beth Roy, Valley Food & Farm, x105 Becka Warren, Valley Food & Farm, x112


Fresh Family Fun in the Upper Valley


- Join the POP Club

- Gain Confidence on Two Wheels

- Go on a Valley Quest

- Rainy Day Ride


Staff News and Board Profile

Partner Spotlight: Hypertherm



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Thank You Volunteers

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Upcoming Events

Board of Directors Ellen Arnold, Plainfield, NH Clifton Below, Lebanon, NH Bill Geraghty, Hanover, NH Sally Kraft, Hanover, NH Jenny Levy, Norwich, VT Barry McCabe, West Hartford, VT George Newcomb, Norwich, VT Markell Ripps, East Thetford, VT Ron Shaiko, Hanover, NH Cindi Taylor, Meriden, NH Janet Taylor, Post Mills, VT Peter Thurber, Canaan, NH Dan Weinstein, Etna, NH Stan Williams, Norwich, VT Anna Mac, Revers Board Fellow, Tuck School of Business

Newsletter Thanks Editor: Allison Rogers Furbish Photography: Staff unless indicated otherwise. • Erin McCabe - cover • Molly Drummond pages 2, 3, 6

• Rob Strong page 9 of Rachel Darrow • Hypertherm - pages 10, 11

Printing: Compliments of Dartmouth Printing Company - Sheridan of Hanover, New Hampshire. Design: Nomad Communications of White River Junction, Vermont. On the cover: View from the top of Mt. Ascutney by Erin McCabe of Canaan, winner of the Vital Communities Photo Contest. Thanks to all who entered!

Dear Friends, As spring arrives in the Upper Valley, it is a time of change. With new leaders in Washington, Montpelier, and Concord, it is a time of threefold change and uncertainty for many organizations and individuals in the region. Vital Communities, for example, may see possible cuts in funding—about 10 percent of our budget in recent years comes from federal sources (think U.S. Department of Agriculture for Valley Food & Farm and federal transportation funds through the State of Vermont for our Transportation Management Association). Still, we look to the future with the attitude that working locally to make real, meaningful progress on issues that matter is now more important than ever. A time of change and uncertainty is the perfect time to plan for the future. As part of our strategic planning process, we have heard from more than 1,000 community members who shared their thoughts on what Vital Communities does well, how we might do better, and what we might consider doing over the next three to five years. Thank you to all those who participated in our survey and interviews! What I have heard and read through this process is at once heartening, daunting, and inspiring. Our role as a convener and program provider is highly valued. There is much to be done, and there is enthusiasm and encouragement to take it on. All of this feedback will inform our updated strategic plan, and we’ll share with you what we come up with. Our newsletter highlights our current efforts to weatherize homes, inspire kids to eat local produce, nurture emerging leaders, and so much more. Enjoy! With gratitude,

Tom Roberts, Executive Director 802.291.9100 x101 Spring 2017


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Tasters at our 16th annual Flavors of the Valley got a head start on finding fresh, new, local food favorites for the season. Did you miss the event? Never fear: Our Valley Food & Farm Online Guide is always available and is the most comprehensive place to find your local farmers’ market, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) membership, or pick-your-own farm. You can also search by specific products or locations.

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Building the Confidence to Lead Ron Miller (left) with his Leadership Upper Valley classmate Kyle Fisher, Executive Director of LISTEN Community Services.

“It’s important for citizens to contribute our experiences and our voices to build the community together,” says Ron Miller. “Leadership Upper Valley gives you the confidence to do that.” Ron, a graduate of the Leadership Upper Valley (LUV) Class of 2016, is no stranger to community involvement. The Woodstock resident is the board chair for Sustainable Woodstock, runs The Learning Lab adult learning center there, and helps run the Bookstock Literary Festival, among other endeavors.

In 2016, inspired by his experience in LUV, he ran for a seat in the Vermont legislature. “Being in Leadership Upper Valley gave me the confidence to step up as a leader,” Ron says. “I learned how all the social and economic institutions in the region are interconnected, about the challenges they face, and most importantly about the dedicated and creative people who make them run. Leadership Upper Valley really takes you behind the scenes to understand how the region works.”

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WEATHERIZE SAVE Money, SAVE Energy, and STAY Comfortable Our region is home to some of the oldest and draftiest homes in the country—as any Upper Valley homeowner with a long wish list of home improvement projects will tell you. “We’re planning on being here for a long time and raising children here,” explains Ryan Haac, a Weatherize Upper Valley participant from Sharon. “We want to make the investment in energy efficiency sooner rather than later and live with the benefits as long as we can.”


Weatherize Upper Valley, a new program from Vital Communities, is helping residents in 14 Vermont towns save money and stay warm by weatherizing their homes this year. Participants receive a free professional home visit and energy improvement quote. Those who sign contracts by May 31 can also win up to $2,500 toward their home energy improvement projects. As Haac points out, for many homeowners, weatherizing just makes sense—it comes down to the benefits of lower energy bills and a more comfortable living space.

Weatherize Upper Valley Weatherization projects often focus on air sealing and insulation, two highly cost-effective ways to reduce energy use and improve comfort. According to Efficiency Vermont, typical weatherization projects in Vermont come with an average price tag of $7,800 and result in average energy savings around 26%. Both Vermont and New Hampshire have incentives and low-interest financing available to help cover the cost. Some residents prefer a hands-on approach and work with their contractor to take on pieces of the projects themselves. This might include removing old insulation or helping with some of the air sealing. In most cases, however, there is no substitute for a seasoned professional. “Having a trained professional visit my home was invaluable,” says Haac. “They know what they are looking at, and they know what’s worked in other places.” Vital Communities is partnering with Efficiency Vermont and seven local contractors for the Weatherize program. Each contractor is certified by the Building Performance Institute and trained to address home energy issues, as well as health concerns such as air quality and moisture. Residents in the 14 Vermont towns participating in the first round of Weatherize have until the end of May to commit to a project and be entered to win up to $2,500 in prizes.

Learn more about Weatherize Upper Valley and find do-it-yourself resources at Email to learn more about how to get your town involved in our next round of Weatherize Upper Valley.

Volunteer with Home Repair More of a do-it-yourselfer? Volunteer with COVER Home Repair’s weatherization program and learn great energy savings techniques to try at home while you help a neighbor in need. No experience necessary. Volunteer for a 9 am to 4 pm workday and help incomeeligible homeowners save on average 100 gallons of fuel each year. Volunteers work alongside homeowners and trained COVER staff members to: • Find and seal air leaks using a blower door, infrared camera, caulking, and spray foam. • Install heavy-duty, reusable window film to block drafts. • Install weather-stripping, gaskets, and sweeps to seal up leaky doors. • Wrap water heaters, pipes, and ducts with insulation.

To volunteer, contact Mary at, 802.296.7241 x104, or drop by the COVER Store located at 158 South Main Street, White River Junction. Spring 2017


Things to Do with Kids

FRESH FAMILY FUN IN THE UPPER VALLEY There’s never a shortage of family fun in the Upper Valley—especially during the summer months. Looking for some fresh ideas this season? We’ve got ’em.

Join the Power of Produce Club It’s a sunny summer day and you stop by the farmers’ market with your kids. A market visit is pleasant, but you brace yourself, as it can be tough to shop with kids along. Something new is at the market today, though. A smiling volunteer welcomes the children and guides them over to a Power of Produce table. “Are you POP Club members?” Bewildered, the kids shake their heads, but within moments they’ve signed up for the free Power of Produce (POP) Club, organized by Vital Communities. Their new, very own POP booklet in


one hand and their new, very own POP cloth bag in the other, they listen closely as the market volunteer explains the day’s activity. It might be finding four blue veggies and fruits, identifying six leaves for sale, learning the name of a specific potato variety, hearing what time a farmer woke up, or another fun quiz. The children eagerly run through the market finding answers, meeting farmers, tasting samples, and return to the POP Club table excited, confused, educated. Whether or not they completed the day’s quiz successfully, everyone is a winner! The smiling volunteer helps them figure

Fresh Family Fun out any answers they missed and then gives them their POP Bucks for the day: Three dollars, only for kids, to spend only at the market, only on veggies or fruit. Money that’s all theirs! The kids have already scouted their favorite choice and rush off to get … a bunch of kale?! How strange, and what are you going to do with it? Grab a kale recipe off the POP table and head home, amazed by the strange, kale-loving children you didn’t know you had.

Power of Produce Clubs will be at the following Upper Valley markets and farm stand:

Welcome to the Power of Produce! POP Clubs are rapidly taking off at farmers’ markets around the country, and we’re thrilled to have four POP locations in the Upper Valley this summer! Kids ages 5-12 are cordially invited to join POP. Come once or come often. Get your kid-only POP Bucks, play in the sun, and buy your own fresh produce!

Visit for more details and a complete list of all farmers’ markets in the Upper Valley. See you at the market!

• Hartland Market: Fridays 4–7 pm, Hartland Public Library grounds • Newport Market: Fridays 3–6 pm, Newport Town Common • Edgewater Farmstand: Wednesdays, Route 12A in Plainfield, NH

Upper Valley POP Clubs are made possible with support from the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets, and Food, and the HNH Foundation.

Go on a Valley Quest Looking for a free, family-friendly activity in the Upper Valley? This short treasure hunt in downtown Lebanon, created by Lebanon 5th graders, can be completed in around 45 minutes and is perfect for families with young ones. Park at Colburn Park to begin. COLBURN PARK QUEST

Our map takes you places around our town green. Enjoy the stops that are part of our Lebanon scene. 1. Look across the road and look for a clock big and tall. Go to it; you’ll feel very small. 2. Make a left past the gas station and down the road a bit to the brick building. That’s for recreation with steps where you can sit. 3. Go back to the corner. Take a left. Go up to the big yellow building. There you’ll see a gallery where some people get their salary. 4. Go back up to the corner. Take a left. Go up to that first building. You can go here to get a book or take a look. 5. Go across the street to the middle of the park and face Three Tomatoes. Go to the place Three Tomatoes is in. (Hint: Go northwest. This place rhymes with ball.) 6. Pass Village Pizza, then cross the road. Heading north is where you should go. But take a look before you start and see the place with the big heart.

7. Walk in front of the big brick church and continue to a small park on a small hillside created to honor Lebanon’s first city historian. The water feature is another type of fountain, along with the others near the Green, which remembers when Lebanon was called the City of Fountains. The treasure box is beneath the evergreen.

Get more than 170 Valley Quests on the go with our app, available in the iTunes Store! Spring 2017


Fresh Family Fun

Gain Confidence on Two Wheels Biking and warm weather go hand-in-hand for many of us. Here are some tips and resources for making biking big this summer. And remember—all the local commuter buses are outfitted with a rack to carry two bikes!

Bike Safety Basics: • Wear a helmet every time. • Perform a 1-minute “ABC Quick Check”—learn how at • Wear bright and tight clothing. • Make sure drivers see you, make eye contact when merging or at intersections. • Pay attention to your surroundings. Watch for potholes, glass, railroad tracks, wet leaves, etc. • Ride on the right side of the road, in single file. • Check for traffic and parked cars. • Obey traffic signs and laws. Use hand signals. • Don’t text or talk on the phone while riding!

FREE Everyday Bicycling Workshops: Are you an adult or mature teen who needs bike skills? We can help. Gather a group of 10 neighbors, friends, or coworkers, and Vital Communities staff will teach you the basics on everything from bike mechanics to reading traffic to how to stop and start without toppling to the side (face it, most of us never learned that).


Host a Bike Rodeo: Want to run a bike skills clinic so kids can have a blast while learning bike handling and traffic safety skills? Borrow our FREE bike rodeo kit for a day or a week. The kit includes props, gear, and instructions to run a skills clinic for kids (bikes not included). Staff are happy to show you the ropes before you take the kit home—we love bike rodeos, too!

Rainy Day Activity For an inexpensive rainy weekday activity with kids, download the free Advance Transit real-time app, pick a destination, and catch the bus. The app tells you when the bus will arrive. Go get pizza, visit a new neighborhood, shop the farmers’ market or the plazas, and so much more. Advance Transit is FREE and serves White River Junction, Wilder, Hartford Village, Norwich, Hanover, Lebanon, West Lebanon, Canaan, and Enfield. Younger kids love to pull the cord to signal the driver to stop. Older kids can play around with the app to develop transportation independence. And you get to relax!

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In November, we welcomed Rachel Darrow as our new Finance Manager and Events & Corporate Relations Coordinator. Rachel brings a wealth of nonprofit experience, including most recently at Opera North and the Greensboro Jewish Federation, and has quickly become a critical member of the Vital Communities team.

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In February, we were excited to announce our own Bethany Fleishman as our new Transportation Program Manager, succeeding Aaron Brown, who hm a n s i e moved out of the region after working with us for seven years. A l yF an lifelong Upper Valley resident, passionate bike commuter, longtime advocate for public transit, and Transportation Program Assistant at Vital Communities for three years, Bethany is a natural leader for our transportation efforts. In March, we also welcomed Paige Heverly as our Energy and Transportation Project Coordinator, a new position to support these two closely related programs. A recent graduate of Vermont Law School’s Master of Energy Regulation program, Paige is happy to be back in the Upper Valley after some time in the Northwest.

You can contact any member of our staff using the directory inside the front cover. We’re always happy to hear from you!


Peter Thurber “I firmly believe if you’re going to make a difference, you make a difference where you live first,” says Peter Thurber, a Vital Communities board member since 2015. Pete is also vice chair of the board for the new Mascoma Community Health Center under construction in Canaan, N.H., and volunteers often for the Canaan Library, where his wife, Amy, is the librarian. In addition, he provides private fencing lessons for a Hanover High School student who recently participated in the Junior Olympics. Pete’s day job is at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, where he is a curriculum specialist and course director. People can have a real impact at the local level, Pete says—and in his various roles he sees himself as a “force multiplier” for critical community efforts.

Peter Thurber (left) with fencing student Glen Passow and his father Christian Passow.

“Vital Communities programs are helping people, influencing people, and inspiring people right here,” he says. “I’m proud to work with both the board and staff to further the goal of bringing people together across all kinds of boundaries to make change on a range of regional issues.”

Learn more about our Board at Spring 2017


Social Responsibility at its Core A global company founded and headquartered right here in the Upper Valley, Hypertherm has been a champion of community engagement and environmental responsibility since its founding in 1968. “Our founder, Dick Couch, has always believed that as a business, we’re a citizen of this community, and we’re only going to be as strong as our associates and community and environment allow us to be,” said Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility Jenny Levy, a member of the Vital Communities board.


Hypertherm is a 100 percent associate-owned manufacturer of industrial cutting systems, with 1,100 associates living and working in the Upper Valley. “Our associates want the company to succeed, and they want our region to be strong and resilient,” she said. “There’s a very strong connection between the two when the owners of the business live in the region.”

Partner Spotlight

Hypertherm has also provided many hours of volunteer support for Vital Communities, encouraging employees to help with everything from data entry to monitoring Valley Quest boxes. In 2016, 12 associates participated in two Valley Quest “blitz” days, ensuring the hidden treasure boxes for nine Quests were in place and fully stocked. Hypertherm even hosts a Quest written by their Technical Writing Team on the trails at its Hanover location (you can find it at Jenny Levy takes Leadership Upper Valley participants on a tour of Hypertherm during the program’s Economic Development Day in 2016.

With these values at its core, Hypertherm has been a natural key partner of Vital Communities. “It’s important to our associates to have safer, more economical, and more environmentally sound commuting options. It’s important that they are aware of the region’s challenges and inspired to be part of the solutions. It’s important that we share our best practices and learn from others so we can all move toward greater energy efficiency for our region,” Jenny said. “Vital Communities pulls us together across state lines, town lines, and sectors to address these critical regional issues.” An advocate for Leadership Upper Valley, Hypertherm has made it possible for associates to participate annually since 2010. The experience benefits the associates, the community, and the workplace, said Community Citizenship Manager Stacey Chiocchio, who has both graduated from and taken a guiding role in the program.

In addition to its community work at the corporate level, Hypertherm’s HOPE Foundation makes grants to a range of nonprofit organizations, including Vital Communities. Associates volunteer to serve on the committee that makes the funding decisions, choosing how to multiply the company’s local impact. “Vital Communities does impressive work to make the Upper Valley stronger, convening our region around very important topics for an employer like Hypertherm as well as for our associates who live in the Upper Valley. We want to be part of that work and part of the solutions.” —Jenny Levy, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility, Hypertherm To learn more about how your business can partner with Vital Communities, email

“It gives you a much more in-depth understanding of the issues in the region from experts in the subject matter,” Stacey said. “And you get to share the experience with 29 other people who have different perspectives.” Associates who participate not only bring valuable ideas and networks back to Hypertherm, they become more involved in the community, she said.

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THANK YOU FOR VOLUNTEERING! We’re grateful to those who have volunteered during the past year. If you’d like to learn more about volunteering for Vital Communities, please email Jason Achmoody Clay Adams Edward Adams Watt Alexander Heather Alger Liane Allen Peter Allison Dana Arey Ellen Arnold Michelle Avila Anne Baird Jacqui Baker Tim Ball Marianne Barton Sarah Barton Clifton Below Mitze Bender Dot Benham John Benjamin Michael Bergeron Mary Berlejung Alice Berliner Roberta Berner Alan Berolzheimer Patricia Berry Susan Berry Steve Bingel Bill Bittinger Brandy Blackinton William Blaiklock Peter Blodgett Stuart Blood Adam Blue Jake Blum Sarah Blum Don Blunt Barnes Boffey Mary Bouchard Merilynn Bourne Cindy Brabant Fred Bramante Daniel Brand Tracy Bricchi James Britton Zachary Brock David Brown Margaret Brown Skip Brown Noel Bryant Maureen Buford


Jessica R. Bullock Eric Bunge Mitzie Burger Phil Bush Meghan Butts Len Cadwallader Leigh Cameron Conni Campbell Stephen Campbell Heather Cantagallo Leslie Carleton Lisa Cashdan Dean Cashman David Cate Jon Chaffee Kaitie ChakoianLifvergren Megan Chapman Van Chesnut Stacey Chiocchio Steve Christy Delia Clark Stephanie Clark Cathee Clement Heather Clow Laura Cody McNaughton Joan Collison Matt Coogan Linda Copp Patricia Coppolino Jamie Coughlin Dwayna Covey Gail Dahlstrom Dan Dahmen Gary Daniels Phil Dechert Terri Decker Char Delabar Debbie Diegoli Jordan Dill Ervinna Djunarto Joe Dombroski Molly Drummond Scot Drysdale Nancy DuBosque Kate Duesterberg Richard (Dick) Dumez Misty Dumont

Nancy Dumont Julia Dundorf Carol Dunne Christine F. Dyke Carol Edwards Gordon Ehret Philip Eller Alice Ely Glenn English Kate Epsen John Erickson Dianne Estes Jessie Farnham Barbara Farnsworth Kristin Fauci Charlotte Faulkner Kyle Fisher F. X. Flinn Judith Flint Sharon Francis Ted & Lois Frazer Carolyn Frye Benjamin Gardner Bob Gasser David Gaudet Kevin Geiger Bill Geraghty Wayne Gersen Lucy Gibson John Gietl Selenda Giradin Sue Godin Jen Grant Julia Griffin Arlene Guest Jacqui Guillette Joan Haley Marie Hanson Laurie Harding Byron Hathorn Rick Hausman Bob Haynes Jenn Hayslett Regina Hazel Doug Heavisides Randy Heller Jim Henderson Lori Hibner John Higgins Patricia Higgins

Harvey Hill Debbie Hinman Lori Hirshfield Ron Hiser Sandra Hoeh Henry Homeyer Niko Horster Maggie HowardHeretakis Birgit Humpert Biddy Irwin Alex Jaccaci William Jenney Julia Johns Andy Johnson Amber Johnston Stefanie Johnston Barbara Jones Kevin Jones Amelia Kahl Linda & Tom Kahl Peggy Kannenstine Jeremy Katz Karl Kemnitzer Meredith Kendall Nick Kent Erika Konkel David Kotz Tim Koumrian Eula Kozma Sally Kraft David Lavie Carola Lea John Leigh Joanne Lendaro Jordana Levine Jenny Levy Richard Lewin Jon Liland Karen Liot Hill Lorie Loeb Brett Long Betsy Luce Ginnie Lupi John Lynch Betsy Lynd Denise Lyons Anna Mac Erin Madory Pam Mainville

Timothy Martin Larry Matteau Jim Maximowicz Barry McCabe Brigid McCarthy Betsy McClain Jim McCracken Mike McCrory Pat McGovern Jeanie McIntyre Jane Kitchel McLaughlin Buff McLaughry Gail McPeek Michael McRory Lelia Mellen Scott Merrick John Merrigan Bob Merrill Nancy Merrill Peter Merritt Charlotte Metcalf Carol Miller Nate Miller Ron Miller Sally Miller Janet Miller Haines Sharon MillerDombroski Teri Minelli Whit Mitchell Maggie MonroeCassel Melanie Moore Sheila Moran Martha Mott James Murray Joanne Needham Dave Nelson Bill Neukomm George Newcomb Greg Norman Alanna Ojibway Michelle Ollie John Olson Matt Osborn Nancy Osborn Scott Osgood Jack O’Toole Gayle Ottman

The list has been prepared with care. However, if we’ve inadvertently omitted your name, please contact us.

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR MOLLY DRUMMOND A thousand thank yous to Molly Drummond, a White River Junction resident, talented amateur photographer, and Vital Communities’ 2016 Volunteer of the Year. Molly came in to our office a few years ago offering to combine her passion for photography with her dedication to our mission, and the result has been a transformation of Vital Communities’ photographs. Molly has cheerfully photographed every farmers’ market in our service area, all our events, and many local businesses, logging hours and miles for us with a smile. Her photos tell your stories—stories about all that our communities do to help the Upper Valley flourish. Thank you so much, Molly.

If you are interested in volunteering with Vital Communities, we would love to hear from you. Email or call 802.291.9100 x107.

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Denise Reitsma Ryan Richards Amy Richardson Vanessa Riegler Leslie Rimmer Robert Rinaldi Markell Ripps Annabelle Roberts Joanne Roberts Bonnie Robinson Anita Romain Nichole Romano Bebet Rose Robert Sand Hope Saunders Mark Scarano Kate Schall Rob Schultz Barry Schuster Bruce Schwaegler Richard Seaman Rita Seto

Ron Shaiko Anne Silberfarb Karen Slayton Becky Smith Stuart V. Smith Vicki Smith Marcos Stafne Peter Stanley Peter Stein Daniel Steinberg Kelly Stettner Suzanne Stofflet Judy Stone Brian Stroffolino Ben Swanson Ashley Swasey Eric Tadlock Cindi Taylor Diane Taylor Janet Taylor Steve Taylor Kathy Terami

Fred Thomas Nancy Thornton Peter Thurber Tig Tillinghast Bente Torjusen Victoria Traudt Inge Trebitz Johnathan Tuthill Cynthia Twombly Lisa Ulf Jill Vahey Braedon Vail Peter Van Oot Benjamin Van Vliet Amy Vanderkooi Nicole Vecchi Bob Walker David Watts Dan Weinstein Peter Welch Chris Wellington Ken Wells

Douwe Wieberdink Jennifer Wilcox Kristi Wilkinson Stan Williams Sally Wilson Mundy Wilson Piper Andrew Winter Andrew Wood Clayton Wood Sheryl Wood Chuck Wooster Diana Wright Erica Wygonik Melissa WymanStroffolino David Yesman Tom Yurkosky Pat Zacharski

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Network with other Upper Valley energy committees, hear updates on local energy initiatives, and learn how you can form an energy committee in your town! Learn more and RSVP at Wednesday, May 17, where: Porter Community Room, Montshire Museum of Science, 5–8 pm Norwich, VT 6TH ANNUAL HEROES & LEADERS DINNER

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Honoring young leaders in the Upper Valley. For more information or to reserve your seat, email Wednesday, May 24, where: Quechee Club, Quechee, VT 5:30–9 pm LEADERSHIP UPPER VALLEY APPLICATION DEADLINE

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Build your knowledge and network to become a better local leader. Apply for the Class of 2018 now at Session begins in September. Apply by June 1 where: Various sites around the Upper Valley TREK TO TASTE



A fun day outdoors for the whole family! Hosted by Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park, this event features guided Valley Quest hikes and displays by Upper Valley Farm to School mini-grant recipients. For more information email Saturday, June 3, 10 am–3 pm where: Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Forest Center, Woodstock, VT

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