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Jon Thatcher, MD

Why I Support BMH – Dr. Jon Thatcher

As a Dartmouth undergrad, Jonathan Thatcher mused on the possibility of living in Vermont. He made a few ski trips up this way while in high school and found the open landscapes preferable to his northern New Jersey home. But his path to a life in New England as an orthopedic surgeon started in an […]

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Helen Lord

“This is about Mom.” Sue Flagler and Jane Deubler wanted to make that clear, as the two sisters sat side-by-side on the living room sofa in the Deubler family’s Brattleboro vacation home. Jane and her husband, Tom, had come up from Brockton for the holidays, while Sue and her husband, Rick, drove over from their […]

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Jeff and Nancy Hagstrom

This past May, Jeff and Nancy Hagstrom celebrated 20 years as owners of Newton Business. Jeff says the company itself dates back to the 1950s, when Fred Newton “sold and repaired business equipment right out of his house on Route 30.” He’s not exactly sure when Fred sold it to Bob Parro, but he knew […]

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Triple T Trucking – Norman and Mary Mallory

Vernon Road’s proximity to the Connecticut River, and subsequently the rail yard, has afforded it a significant historical role in Brattleboro commerce. And while the paper mills that once inhabited the windowless warehouses have come and gone, Triple T Trucking has been in the same spot for over 40 years, providing solid waste management solutions […]

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Christopher Schmidt, MD

Christopher Schmidt, MD

From his vantage point behind the check-out counter of his family’s pharmacy in Holyoke, Massachusetts, sixteen year-old Christopher Schmidt observed the way customers came in seeking his father’s counsel. He saw the trust those customers, mostly poor people without family physicians, had in his father’s advice. Doctors would also come into the pharmacy and engage […]

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Mara William Oakes

The term “sense of place” can denote one’s space in an environment, culture, or community, among other usages. None of those registered with Mara Williams when she was first asked to be the director of the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center almost 20 years ago, however. For her, it only meant time. “I came up […]

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Pam & Lawrin Crispe

Pam Crispe has volunteered her time and energy to nearly every one of BMH’s Annual Clambake and Auctions, so it is bittersweet for her to acknowledge that this year’s will be the final of a 25-year run. She defines herself as a “project person,” and the clambake was a project to which she could readily […]

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Toni Franke

Toni Franke sits in her formal dining room and sips coffee from ornately-patterned china. Under five feet tall, her purple sweater clasped with a sparkling silver brooch in the classic fashion, one wouldn’t necessarily anticipate the lifetime of adventures this 92 year old woman could relate with a still-discernible Bronx accent and sharp New York […]

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In Remembrance of Max Huestis

Max Huestis  was a rugged, healthy-looking young man, just 44 years old, when he unexpectedly died from a severe heart attack on August 13, 2009. The impact of his death affected many. He was a husband, father, son, brother, nephew, cousin, uncle and good friend. His wife, Stephanie, can readily recite the details of that […]

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Paul Shield

Paul Shield scans a print-out of an email listing his fellow committee members who helped plan the first Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Clambake and Auction back in 1986. It was Susan Fenn who came up with the idea of a clambake, he recalls. She had just been hired as the hospital’s Foundation director. He continues down […]

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