Parenting Teens Wisely

Get Paid to Improve Communications with Your Teenager  Parents, grandparents and caregivers of children ages 10-19 are invited to attend a complimentary workshop to improve communications with their children.

Parenting does not come with a handbook but Parenting Teens Wisely does. In an effort to promote positive communications between parents, caregivers and teens, the Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition (BAPC) is offering the Parenting Teens Wisely workshop, on Tuesday, April 9 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the Putney Central School Library. This free three hour workshop teaches parents skills and techniques to help them better understand and deal with children ages 10-19. Participants will learn how to problem-solve and encourage cooperation with their teen and learn to develop fair and effective discipline skills.
Two trained facilitators will guide participants to help build understanding and communication among all members of the family. The course teaches constructive skills proven to lessen drug and alcohol abuse in youth, school and homework problems, delinquency and other problem behaviors, as well as family conflict.

All participants will receive a Parenting Teens Wisely workbook, a parent resource packet, a certificate of completion and a $25 gift card upon completion. Snacks will also be provided during the course.

Space is limited. Register online at or call BAPC at 802-257-2175. This workshop is presented by BAPC in collaboration with Putney Family Services.

Parenting Wisely is published by Family Works, Inc. and complete information on all versions of the curriculum, as well a demo of its online course, can be found at

Harvest Festival was successful!

On October 7, Putney Family Services participated in the annual Harvest Festival at the Putney School. Our food concession was very successful thanks to the many generous donations from the community. The chilly and gray October morning began with volunteers setting up the tent, delivering baked goods, and just general prep work. Others set up the huge grill and warmed it up to begin grilling hamburgs and hot dogs for the hungry festival-goers. The day started slow, but the aroma of the burgers and dogs soon drew many our way.

Many thanks to the following businesses and individuals who made this so successful and fun: C&S Wholesale Grocers, Price Chopper, Cota & Cota, Leader Distribution Systems, Green Mountain Orchard, Wal-Mart, Amber & Jason Hubner, Crystal Kennett, Julie Forsythe, Meghan Benzel, Landmark College Students, Annette & Greg Wilson, Kerri Harlow, Dylan Devlin, Jacqueline Lichtenberg, Paul Gustafson, Tom Ehrenberg, Steve Ingram, Kate Cleghorn, and Henny Walsh. Thanks to all of you, we had a great day!

5Th Annual Jr. Iron Chef

Putney Family Services, Putney Central School and the Putney Co-op have sponsored two teams that competed in the 5th Annual Jr. Iron Chef on March 24th in Burlington, VT. The Jr. Iron Chef VT is a statewide competition that gives students an opportunity to gain hands-on experience preparing and cooking nutritious, farm-fresh foods. The competition highlights local agriculture and encourages students to make healthy eating choices and understand more about nutrition, farm-fresh foods, the culinary arts and school food systems. The teams selected and practiced their recipes before the competition.

Team Will of the Wisk whipped together their presentation of “Smackin’ Cheese”. This dish highlighted 5 seasonal VT ingredients that included cheddar cheese, parsnips, carrots, butternut squash and tomatoes. Team Will of the Whisk was coached by Kerri Harlow. The team members in the photo are: Sean Donovan, Breanna Sheehan, Susanna Strothman and Chris Renouf.

The second team, Narwhal Chefs, was coached by Kristina Israel. The team members are: Adam Hinckley, Piper Field, Audrey Maples, Izabel Estrin, and Kira Boucher. Their recipe is called “Three-Way Tofu Chili,” and based on a Cincinnati regional favorite. This is a chili served over spaghetti and topped with cheddar cheese. Their 5 local ingredients included root vegetables like parsnips, celeriac and carrots.

New Website

Welcome to the new Putney Family Services website.  Please bear with us as we transition to our new home on the internet. Please let us know if you see anything wrong or missing or if there is something that should be here that we haven’t though of yet.