November Penny Jar Proceeds Will Go To....


For November's Penny Jar, we are collecting donations for Jim Caterino's family and funeral costs after his recent passing. Jim Caterino was an active member of the local community. Not only was he a coach to numerous children over the years, but a husband of 15 years to his wife, Kelly, and father of his 7th grader son, Kenny. He passed away on October 26th, unexpectedly, leaving his family and community at a loss.

For those interested in helping, we are welcoming people to donate to the Caterino family in the penny jar (found at our front counter) whilst you're shopping in our store.

For alternate contributions, there is a gofundme site set up so that you can donate online through the following link: You can also stop by a Passumpsic Bank and let the teller know you'd like to deposit into the "Kelly Caterino Fund" that has been set up for the Caterino family.

June Penny Jar Proceeds will go to...

Ethan's Cancer Battle

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Angie's nephew, Ethan, is an outgoing and energetic young man who is attending 8th grade at Mountview Middle School in Holden, MA. Achieving excellent grades and close relationships with his friends are something that comes natural for him. Him and his group of friends can be found during the week after school at the local light department fields, trips to Dunkin Donuts, McDonald's and any other place that can feed a hungry 13 year old.  Ethan's passions become part of his lifestyle, including creating and mixing music, playing and training in paintball, and well of course, eating.

In early May of 2016, a small lump was found on his right temple. It grew slightly and was brought to the doctors for a checkup. After 3-4 weeks of doctors visits, the lump developed in a large golf ball sized lump . He went in for surgery to have it removed in early September. A biopsy was performed on the tissue, and was found to be malignant. Ethan was diagnosed with Synovial Cell Sarcoma on September 19th, 2016.

Synovial Cell Sarcoma is a rare soft tissue cancer that is usually found in joints in adolescents.

It was discovered this May that Ethan’s Cancer has metastasized to his lungs, in such a way that is now incurable. This disease will now live inside of him forever. We are helping Ethan navigate thru different options as to how the treatment should go.




Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide

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Have you heard all the buzz about Girls Auto Clinic?

Girls Auto Clinic is a female empowerment company that educates, empowers, and caters to women by offering automotive buying and repair resources, services, and products based on trust, education, inclusion, and empowerment.

It’s no secret most women hate their automotive buying and repair experiences because we feel misunderstood, taken advantage of, and/or mistreated.  To make things worse, the automotive industry has not done much to ease concerns, anxiety, and fear despite the fact more than half their customers are women and spend $200 Billion (with a B) a year on buying and repairing their cars.

Patrice Banks was once one of these women.  A self-proclaimed “auto airhead,” Patrice created a business model that supports a need in the lives of millions. Girls Auto Clinic.

Now she's written a book: Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide

Too many of us women feel powerless when it comes to their cars. Mechanic-speak sounds like a foreign language, and the auto repair bill contains a lot of unnecessary or overpriced repairs. How do you tell if you need new brakes? How often are you supposed to change your air filter? What does that light on your dashboard mean?

THE GIRLS AUTO CLINIC GLOVE BOX GUIDE has all the answers. It’s a one-stop do-it- herself guide to auto maintenance, repairs, and roadside emergencies. Author Patrice Banks, a self-described “auto-airhead,” was like many of us: she didn’t know the first thing about her car, and was accustomed to ignoring the dashboard lights because she felt so uncomfortable taking her car in. She sought out a female mechanic and found that, despite making up the majority of car owners and licensed drivers, women account for less than 2% of auto mechanics. So Patrice took her engineering degree and became a certified automotive technician, giving auto-workshops to women and girls all across the Philadelphia area. Now with THE GIRLS AUTO CLINIC GLOVE BOX GUIDE, Patrice will empower all women to take care of their cars.

"It’s simply written, it’s not condescending or cutesy, and it removes the mystery from something that many of us find a little scary. “Girls Auto Clinic” is not about how we feel about our cars; it’s about what we can learn to do. And that’s some pretty excellent roaring right there."
-The New York Times Book Review

"This comprehensive DIY guide is indispensable for everyone who owns and maintains an automobile."
-The Library Journal

"It’s quite a remarkable feat to make such an extensive automotive manual not only informative but also so relatable and entertaining. Banks’ reassuring voice and vast knowledge jumps off the page, and it feels like you’re learning from a trusted friend."
-The News Wheel

Now available at Little Village Toy & Book Shop (in the Reference section)