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LNA training session offered

Southwestern Vermont Health Care will be holding a free paid training opportunity in January for those interested in becoming licensed nursing assistants. The application deadline is Dec. 9. Program entrants agree to a one-year contract, receive free training and earn the starting hourly rate while they train.

Those who are interested apply and are hired at SVHC in the care assistant role. From there, they might be considered for a slot in the class and are provided with time off to complete the three-week training and study for the state licensing exam. The course will take place from Jan. 13 to Jan. 31. The state licensing exam is Feb. 14.

To apply, go to the "current openings" link at and search for "care assistant." Follow the medical center on Facebook for future class dates. Information: Eileen Wood, 802-447-5457,


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Pop-up flower shop debuts as cafe reopens

Beginning this weekend, floral designer Ariella Chezar will be hosting a pop-up flower market and holiday gift shop at Botanica, a Railroad Street cafe that has reopened for business.

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Botanica has been closed for the past year. It will serve coffee and light fare through the holiday season, with plans to increase hours in the future.

The pop-up flower shop and cafe will be open Thursdays through Sundays through New Year's Day. The cafe will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the flower shop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Single-family home sales drop

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Year-to-year sales of single-family homes in Berkshire County dropped 9 percent in October, according to The Warren Group of Boston, which tracks state real estate transactions.

A total of 153 sales took place in October, compared with 169 during the same month last year. Year-to-date sales are down 0.3 percent, with four less sold during the first 10 months of the year compared with 2018.

The median sales price has increased 1.3 percent, to $215,000, on a year-to-year basis, and is up 7.6 percent so far this year.

Condominium sales in the Berkshire increased significantly in October on a year-to-year basis, as 25 were sold, compared with 11 during the same month last year. Year-to-date sales of Berkshire condominiums are up 14.2 percent.

The median sales price is up 24.5 percent, to $178,000, year to year but has dropped 8.5 percent, from $188,000 to $172,000, year to date.


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