Heidi Ballentine moved to Newfane in September of 2012 with her family. She holds a B.S. in Wellness and Alternative Medicine from Johnson State College of Vermont and an M.B.A. in Health Administration from Franklin Pierce University. Her husband, Danny Ballentine, is a Physician Assistant at Grace Cottage Hospital and her son, Cypress, just turned one. Currently she is enjoying motherhood.
Suzanne d’Corsey happily makes her home in Brookline, where she enjoys tending her gardens, hiking the Pinnacle, star-gazing, wood-sculpting, and living the contemplative life of the writer, when not working as Congregational Administrator at All Souls UU Church. She is a Medievalist from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, which opened the door to many curious and interesting jobs, such as resource manager/librarian in a large architects’ firm in Edinburgh, various archival positions in this country, i.e. National Archives of the Episcopal Church, years as a professional playwright, which included a commissioned live broadcast radio play for NPR affiliate KWGS; and writer of many published short stories and poems, one of which was nominated for a Pushcart prize. The best thing she ever made, however, is her beloved daughter Julie. Suzanne is on the selection committee of the Brattleboro Film Festival, the Planning Commission of Brookline, the Pinnacle Association, an enthusiastic dancer with the Putney Mountain Women Morris ‘side,’ and for the past few years has Addressed the Haggis at the Annual Robert Burns Dinner in Walpole. She is proud to serve on the vibrant Board of the Moore Free Library.
After entering college and becoming disenchanted with academics Bob McCandless opted to serve time in the military during the Viet Nam crisis. After an honorable discharge he reentered schooling then worked in corporate America at an exciting time when the Internet exploded onto the global scene. He became involved in analytical technology over twenty some years in the business sector but opted to become an entrepreneur by buying a hospitality business and then establishing it as a successful pet friendly venue on Cape Cod for fourteen years. Now retired, Bob is spending his time transforming a multi-building complex into a bed and breakfast in Newfane which his partner will manage. Bob will then segue to his studio on the complex to engage in his passions which include but are not limited to gardening, stained glass making, wood sculpting, painting and any other form of artistic, innovative expression his right-brain thinking explores. Learning from life’s educational experiences, Bob leaves his ego at the door and lives from the heart which has proven to be a much kinder, gentler way to share life’s lessons and a greater, more self evident way to enjoy the enchantment of community, people and the art.
Bobbe Nemes Ragouzeos resides in Newfane, with her husband, artist Leonard Ragouzeos since 2004. She has a BS in developmental psychology from Hunter College, an MSW in clinical therapy from the University of Iowa and an M.Ed in Educational Administration from Millersville University of PA. She has worked as a therapist with children, adolescents and families, was a college professor and worked in international adoption. She and Leonard are the parents of two adult children and their spouses, and are the proud grandparents of Avery Elaine with two more to arrive this summer.
Steve Squires has lived in Newfane since 1999, successfully transitioning from a long career in software development to a new life somewhere between retired and homesteading. Visible roles in the community include singing in a church choir and local choral groups, working or speaking as a UVM Extension Master Gardener volunteer, and as a working member at the Brattleboro Food Coop. Steve has served several terms on his church board, holding positions including treasurer and board president. He joined the library board in 2012. Steve is happily married to Kathy Squires, whose volunteer activities eclipse his by a wide margin.
Helen Prescott enjoyed teaching secondary mathematics in Montreal and in Connecticut for many years after earning a BA in Russian from Bryn Mawr and an MALS from Wesleyan specializing in Math. She and Blake, her husband for nearly sixty years (July 2016), and a retired physician, moved to Newfane in 2001. In the course of these years, we welcomed four daughters, two sons-in-law, and four grandsons, all of whom we treasure. Two special favorites in her list of passions are skiing and gardening, and she has always been an avid reader.