Category Archives: Circles of Community

Circles of Community are posts about the local communities.

Dear Rip: Thank you for the music!

CIRCLES OF COMMUNITY | By JOANNA TEBBS YOUNG It’s no secret I love choral music, both as an audience member and as a vocalist. I’ve been singing since I was…

A community-written column about community

CIRCLES OF COMMUNITY | By JOANNA TEBBS YOUNG I have a love-hate relationship with Facebook. I hate how it distracts me from my work (and, I’ll admit, family at times),…

True Empathy: A story of compassion

CIRCLES OF COMMUNITY | By JOANNA TEBBS YOUNG Newly published local author and former home-health-care business owner, Melissa Forgey, wrote her book, “True Empathy,” from a place of deep concern…

Three simple questions, deep answers

  CIRCLES OF COMMUNITY | By JOANNA TEBBS YOUNG Sometimes the simplest questions are the hardest to answer. Sometimes they elicit the most compelling, creative, and introspective responses. And it…

Ode to the washing line

CIRCLES OF COMMUNITY  |  By JOANNA TEBBS YOUNG Anyone who knows me even moderately, whether personally or merely facebookly, knows I’m not a fan of housework. And those who know…

Green Up Girls

CIRCLES OF COMMUNITY | By JOANNA TEBBS YOUNG “If I could help the world every day, I would!” says Cecilia Murray. A bubbly 10-year-old, Cecilia is one of eight tween…

Singing in memory of a woman who inspired us to sing

CIRCLES OF COMMUNITY | By JOANNA TEBBS YOUNG Francis C. (Fran) LaPlaca was one of my favorite teachers at Fair Haven Union High School. I was in chorus every year…

Woodstoves and Stove-up Bees

CIRCLES OF COMMUNITY | By JOANNA TEBBS YOUNG When I refreshed my smartphone and the temperature came up as 50, I literally whooped. Not figuratively, but literally woo-HOOed. It took…

Rosie’s Girls: Beyond tradition to strength and confidence

CIRCLES OF COMMUNITY | By JOANNA TEBBS YOUNG Sue May, director of Rosie’s Girls Rutland, tells of a visit to the Proctor Firehouse. Her middle-school charges, girls of 11, 12,…

Slightly Off Center is right on target

CIRCLES OF COMMUNITY | By JOANNA TEBBS YOUNG “Everyone leaves with a gift, whether it’s for themselves or for someone else,” says Jaymie Gudelis, as she hands me my tissue-wrapped,…