To the Editor:

Thank you to the scores of residents who attended the Manchester 20/20 community meetings, sponsored by the town of Manchester and the Vermont Council on Rural Development, with support from the Vermont Country Store and the Drunsic family.

Three facilitated discussions drew out four priorities for action behind a common vision of enriching our community as a vibrant and healthy place to live, work and raise a family.

With four committed volunteers in the lead, many residents contributed time and energy at the initial meeting of each group within the last week or so.

Ellen Ogden, food and garden writer, is leading the Biking Destination group; Bill Laberge, master furniture maker, is leading the River Walk group; Jen Hyatt, BBA Academic Dean, is leading the Higher Education group; and John Conte, marketing and branding professional, is leading the Incubator group.

If you want to follow the progress more closely, please contract Tricia Hayes, our communications specialist, at T.Hayes@manchester-vt.gov.

Brian Keefe

Manchester 20/20 Chairman