Hildene debuts new series

MANCHESTER -- President Lincoln appealed to "the better angels of our nature" when he urged citizens to rededicate themselves to the promise of American democracy as "the last best hope of earth." Award-winning producer and director Daniel Karslake will likewise reawaken "the better angels of our nature" when he delivers the inaugural talk for Hildene's Last Best Hope series. On Thursday, Sept. 18, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., at Hildene, Karslake will explore what it means to rise above cynicism and to find fulfillment in choosing action over apathy in order to make the world a better place. The Last Best Hope series seeks to challenge people to become a part of something larger than themselves echoing Hildene's mission: Values into Action.

Karslake's highly acclaimed work deals with social justice issues both domestic and international. His film "For the Bible Tells Me So," a Sundance Film Festival favorite and a 2008 Academy Award short-list film, was recognized by Entertainment Weekly magazine as one of five films that has changed the world. Anticipation is building for his next film, "Every Three Seconds," which is to be released this fall. The film examines the role each of us can play in ending two of mankind's greatest challenges: global hunger and extreme poverty.

Karslake is president of DK Works, a production company dedicated to creating high quality, thought-provoking theatre, television and film.

He teaches documentary filmmaking at Duke University.


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He has also been a visiting scholar at Stanford University where he first began work on "Every Three Seconds."

Prior to his documentary film work, Karslake was an Emmy Award nominated producer of the PBS newsmagazine In the Life.

While this program is free and open to all, reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Call Stephanie at 802-367-7960 or email her at stephanie@hildene.org.

Equinox Village executive director promoted to CEO

MANCHESTER CENTER -- Equinox Village continues to strengthen local decision making and ownership just as many other senior living communities are being bought by larger and larger corporations. Equinox Village's owners John Russell and Dr. Jim Russell are proud to announce that Equinox Village's Executive Director Kirt Sampson has been appointed Chief Executive Officer, as well as part owner.

"When we hired Kirt, what impressed us most was his successful career in senior living and care services, and also his deep compassion and commitment. Residents and their families can be assured that Kirt and the Equinox Village staff will care for them just as Jim and I would have wanted our parents to be cared for," said John Russell.

Since being hired in 2009 and relocating to this area, Sampson has had increasing on-site decision-making, because local on-site owners and managers understand local and resident needs. Since Equinox Village is family owned, the Russell Family was able to make Sampson a partner in the business as well.

Sampson has had a long career in senior living and care services since 1979.

He has a bachelor of science degree in business management from Franklin Pierce College, and a master of science degree in Health Care Administration from the University of Colorado. In addition, he is President of the Vermont Health Care Association, was past president from 2008-2009, and serves on the Vermont Health Care Association's Independent Informal Dispute Resolution Panel. Among his colleagues and staff members, Sampson is best known for his sincerity, his openness to suggestions, and his unyielding commitment to the highest standards of quality for the residents of senior communities.

Equinox Village was founded in 2006 by brothers Dr. Jim Russell and John Russell. It is a vibrant independent and supportive living community situated on eleven beautiful Manchester Center acres in the heart of the Green Mountains' rich cultural and recreational opportunities.

Residents enjoy private, spacious apartments with exquisite views and fine dining in the community's full-service white-tablecloth dining room.

Well-appointed common areas provide ideal places to meet family and friends and to participate in cultural events, health and wellness programs, and educational opportunities. The caring professionals at Equinox Village offer the premier independent and supportive living experience in the region.