Anita Flanagan

This December marks Anita’s Flanagan’s 100th birthday. Currently a resident of The Gardens in Williamstown, Anita moved to Berlin in 1964 with her parents, Walter and Martha Picker. She worked at National Life in Montpelier until her retirement in 1986. Anita continues to be an active member of the First Congregational Church of Berlin, including singing in the choir until she moved to The Gardens in 2015. Anita was also a longtime member of the Barre Choraliers and served on the Berlin Cemetery Commission.

She is very grateful for her continued good health, for the beautiful place where she lives and for the love and support she receives from her friends and family. She takes walks outside nearly every day, listens to music and books-on-tape regularly and enjoys meals and companionship with the other residents at The Gardens. She’s very glad of the calls and cards, and looks forward to a time when everyone can once again visit in person.

To join in the celebration of Anita’s 100th birthday, please send a donation on her behalf to your favorite charity or to the First Congregational Church of Berlin, P.O. Box 1157, Montpelier, VT 05601. No presents, please.


Central Vermont Medical Center

A boy, Charles Xavier Buck, was born Oct. 12, 2020, to Rebecca Carlson and Shawn Buck of Berlin.

A girl, Kendall Elaine Hutchins, was born Nov. 24, 2020, to Alyssa Hutchins and Eric Hutchins Jr of Lyndonville.

A girl, Ellie Taylor Ferno, was born on Nov. 25, 2020, to Brooke Avery and Mason Ferno of Washington.


Science enrichment for teens

For free, one-hour presentations by neuropsychologist Dr. Sharon Leach and pediatric psychiatrist Dr. Feyza Basoglu, including interactive case studies for students to diagnose, register in advance at

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 3:45-5 p.m., Virtual Brain Club — Neuroscience Session: Childhood and Psychiatric Disorders

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 3:45-5 p.m., Virtual Brain Club — Neuroscience Session: Brain Injury and Addiction

Online gift certificates

MONTPELIER — Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department offers an online hunting and fishing license gift certificate. The gift certificate has a link in the license section of the website ( The person who receives the certificate must go to the website to redeem their certificate and purchase their licenses.

Employees Donate

BAR HARBOR, Maine — Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employees recently presented donations totaling more than $11,000 to seven northern New England nonprofit organizations. The donations were collected during Q3 2020 through the bank’s employee-driven charitable giving program, Casual for a Cause. Bank employees dress casually on Fridays in exchange for a contribution to a pool of funds collected during each quarter. The employees then select and vote on the nonprofits to receive their contributions.

The recipients of the employee donations collected during Q3 2020 are: American Red Cross of Northern New England, Eastern Area Agency on Aging, Gifford Medical Center, Lubec Community Food Pantry, Machias Food Pantry, Maine Seacoast Mission Family Food Center and Rutland Regional Medical Center.

Honorary chairs

BARRE — Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice welcomes Ed and Trish Read of Fayston as honorary chairs of its 2020 Fall Appeal. Ed, a former Vermont State Representative, serves on the Fayston Select Board and joined CVHHH’s Board of Directors and Finance Committee in 2020. Ed and Trish say that CVHHH’s hospice team treated Trish’s father, Len, as if he were the most important patient they had ever cared for. The Reads support CVHHH because they believe central Vermonters should have the opportunity to receive exceptional health care in the security of home.

ADA awards

MONTPELIER — The Vermont Governor’s Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities announced the employer award recipients for the “Spirit of the ADA” awards given to employers who reflect the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act in their employment practices. The following employers will be recognized for hiring and retaining employees with disabilities:

The Alchemist Brewery, Jen & John Kimmich; The Vermont Country Store, Beth Wirsul; Copeland Furniture, Mike Kimber; Gardner’s Supply Co., Christie Kane and Susan Elliot; Vermont Soap, Nichole Faulker.

Impact analysis

MONTPELIER — The Vermont Community Loan Fund, a 501©3, nonprofit, mission-driven, alternative lender, released its first Carbon Impact Analysis Report, analyzing the environmental impacts of its work. Data from this and future carbon impact analyses will be used to help understand and manage environmental impacts generated by the loan fund’s loan portfolio businesses and organizations.

VCLF, a U.S. Department of Treasury-certified Community Development Financial Institution, is the first organization of its kind in the nation to produce such an environmental impact analysis.

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