Workshop addresses childhood trauma’s impact on work;
Yarn shop holds moving sale, invites all to sell;
Businesses participate in Sticker Shock program;
New Chester brochure available

Free program looks at childhood trauma-worklife issues

The River Valley Workforce Investment Board and Springfield Regional Development Corp. are co-sponsoring an informational workshop from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 25 at the Holiday Inn Express in Springfield. The topic will be Adverse Childhood Experiences and the impact on the workforce for businesses in the region.

Bill Brown, an area manager and counselor for Health Care & Rehabilitation Services, will be presenting the program. Research has overwhelmingly demonstrated the connection between negative early life experiences and poor long-term outcomes in adulthood. Chronic toxic stress caused by Adverse Childhood Experiences increases the likelihood that an individual will develop any number of a myriad of physical, mental, economic or social maladies later in life. In addition to the many health consequences, ACEs have a profound impact on workplace performance. The Center for Disease Control estimates that lifelong productivity loss associated with childhood maltreat costs the private sector approximately $83.5 billion.

The program is free of charge and open to the public. Please RSVP to Sandy at the SRDC office at 802-885-3061 or

Six Loose Ladies turns moving sale into a fair

Six Loose Ladies Yarn Shop in Proctorsville is doing a Spring Cleaning in anticipation of its move to Chester, and everyone is invited to do the same. Set up a booth or bring a blanket to layout those fiber-related goods that someone else can find use for.

Yarn, fabric, needles, notions, and any other supplies crammed on a top shelf that you always meant to get to, even that half-knitted baby sweater for the kid who’s now in college, can find a new home. All are welcomed.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 28 at the Proctorsville Green.

Sellers: Please contact to register. There is no booth fee.

Buyers: Come one and all, who knows what treasures are waiting to be discovered?

After 10 years in Proctorsville, Six Loose Ladies, the retail arm of Fiber Arts in Vermont, a non-profit member organization that supports and encourages all creative fiber arts, provides a wide range of educational opportunities, will be moving to its new shop on the Chester Green.

Businesses participate in Sticker Shock alcohol awareness program

This spring, Windsor High School Our Voices eXposed students and the Springfield High School Girls’ Varsity Softball team participated in Project Sticker Shock at Cumberland Farms in Windsor and Joe’s Discount Beverage in Springfield.

Project Sticker Shock

Joe’s Discount Beverage owner Joe Cerniglia, far right, with Springfield students who participated in Project Sticker Shock.

The Windsor High School students were assisted by Youth Outreach coordinator Rachel Williams, while the Springfield High School students were accompanied by Coach Andy Bladyka and Springfield Prevention Coalition members Stephanie Thompson and Courtney Hillhouse.

The students went out and placed stickers on alcoholic beverages to bring awareness to adults of the risk of purchasing alcohol for minors.

Springfield High School senior Ari Rowe said it was the important that those under 21 not drink alcohol, saying, “Drinking can cause young people to make poor decisions.” Windsor OVX member, Brianna Diggs, recognizes the significance of this project, said, “This is important because it spreads awareness of the actual laws that people may not know or care about.”

Joe’s Discount Beverage owner Joe Cerniglia and Cumberland Farms manager Nina Crestuk provided the students the opportunity to conduct Project Sticker Shock at the stores.

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2016-2017 Chester brochure available

Chester brochureThe 2016-2017 edition of the Chester Brochure has been released and is now available at numerous locations around town. Originally designed to attract visitors to Chester, the brochure has become much more. Local residents will appreciate the two panels Calendar of Events section, the photographs of residents and iconic areas and the handy listing of business along with a map.

Ten thousand brochures were printed this year and are being distributed to five Vermont Welcome Centers and 105 CTM Media outlets in south central Vermont. Seed money for the first edition of the brochure was provided by the Rotary Club of Chester and with the support of local businesses it has become self-sustaining this year.


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About the Author: Cynthia Prairie has been a newspaper editor more than 40 years. Cynthia has worked at such publications as the Raleigh Times, the Baltimore News American, the Buffalo Courier Express, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Patuxent Publishing chain of community newspapers in Maryland, and has won numerous state awards for her reporting. As an editor, she has overseen her staffs to win many awards for indepth coverage. She and her family moved to Chester, Vermont in 2004.

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  1. We would love some Chester Brochures to have in our lobby at Snowdon Chalet in Londonderry. We always have guests looking for things to do in the area. Who do I need to contact to get a few? Thanks! 🙂