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‘ Up for Discussion ’ at Middlebury College
Thanks to a grant from Vermont Humanities , Vermont Book Shop ( VBS ) and Town Hall Theater ( THT ) present a new , free , quarterly series designed to spark community conversation . “ Up for Discussion ” features local experts in their fields , many of whom are Middlebury College professors , sharing timely topics that span literature , art , film , and contemporary issues . The first installment of this salon-style series focuses on “ Awe Now ,” with a talk led by History of Art Professor Katy Smith Abbot with Composer and Music Professor Matthew Evan Taylor on March 5 from 5:30pm to 7pm . It is free , but registration is required as space is limited . It takes place at the Town Hall Theater , 68 South Pleasant St . in Middlebury , VT .
Awe Now asks the question : When was the last time you felt awe – the kind that brings you up short , stops you in your tracks , and leaves you slack-jawed with wonder ? Is awe a universal feeling , or is it highly personal ? A 2023 book by psychologist Dacher Keltner got lots of people talking about awe , as have recent journal articles and podcasts . For the full schedule and more , visit : townhalltheatre . org .
Winona Smith Scholarship Opportunities
The League of Women Voters of Vermont Education Fund is now accepting applications for its Winona Smith Scholarship program . Created in 1998 to honor the legacy of League leader Winona Smith , the scholarship is awarded annually to local high school seniors who embody the characteristics and qualities Smith displayed of civic participation and community service . Three $ 2,000 scholarships will be awarded to students who demonstrate financial need , scholastic achievement , and come highly recommended by their teacher .
Applications , due on May 1 , can be completed online at bit . ly / LWVScholarshipDetails . Students need to submit two essays ( 500 words ), one on issues concerning voting rights , and the other on the impact of a recent civic , national or world event . A letter of recommendation from a teacher is also required , bit . ly / LWVTeacherRec .
The scholarship can be applied towards continuation of education in an accredited vocational-technical or trade school and two- or fouryear college or university . Scholarship recipients will be announced on June 1 . Questions ? Becky Miller : lwvofvt . edfund @ gmail . com
The Vermont Food Security Roadmap
Members of the Vermont Food System have a shared goal : in 2035 all Vermonters will be food secure . The Vermont Food Security Roadmap to 2035 guides the way to that future . Vermont has the tools , knowledge , and resources to create food security and ensure that every person living here has the food they want and need to be healthy and nourished .
Join Hunger Free Vermont , the Vermont Hunger Councils , and Vermont Farm to Plate Network to explore the Vermont Food Security : Roadmap to 2035 . These ten in-person events are open to all community organizations and individuals . RSVP required and coming soon , stipends available .
A few local events : Bennington County Hunger Council , in Bennington ( April 17 from 11:30am to 1pm ); Rutland County Hunger Council , in Rutland ( March 21 from 2pm to 3:30pm ); Windham Region Hunger Council , in Bellows Falls ( April 3 from 10am to 11:30am ). To view all the events in each county , visit : vtfarmtoplate . com .


TD Bank Names Don Baker Northern New England Commercial Market President
TD Bank has named Don Baker Commercial Market President of Northern New England . In this expanded role , Baker will lead the commercial and small business banking teams in Maine , New Hampshire , and Vermont .
Baker has more than 30 years of banking experience . He most recently served as TD ’ s Commercial Market President for Vermont , where he was responsible for the growth and expansion of commercial and small business lending and deposits in the state . Prior to assuming this role , Baker served in middle market and commercial leadership roles , including the Vermont Market President & Team Leader , Middle Market , at Key Bank .
“ I am thrilled to work with TD ’ s long-standing teams as well as our network of community and business organizations as we expand on our roots in Maine , New Hampshire and Vermont ,” Baker said . “ I look forward to growing our customer and community relationships across northern New England .” Baker will maintain offices in all three states .
Beyond his work with TD , Baker sits on the board of the Lake Champlain Opportunity Fund and is a member of the Vermont Business Roundtable . He is a former board member of the Lake Champlain Chamber , Vermont Bankers Association and Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center . Baker received his bachelor ’ s degree from Colby College in Waterville , ME , and his master ’ s in business administration from Saint Michael ’ s College in Colchester , VT .
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