2006-03-09 / People

Schley Named New Executive Director of Frost Place

Schley Named New Executive Director of Frost Place

The Board of Trustees of the Frost Place, a museum and poetry education center based at Robert Frost’s homestead in Franconia, N.H., have announced that Strafford resident Jim Schley has been hired as executive director.

Schley has extensive experience in the fields of publishing, education and theater. He has been co-editor of the literary quarterly "New England Review," and editor in chief of the book publisher Chelsea Green and has worked as a teacher with Community College of Vermont and the Vermont Humanities Council. Schley has toured internationally with Bread & Puppet Theater of Glover, and Les Montreurs d’Images of Geneva, Switzerland, performing often in recent years with the FLOCK Dance Troupe.

Schley is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and an associate of the journalists collective Homelands Reserach Group, and his writings have been published in books such as Garrison Keillor’s "Good Poems" anthology, and in newspapers and magazines, including an essay in "Newsweek" about the experience of having two dozen part-time jobs in one year. Before accepting the Frost Place position he was working as a senior editor and researcher at Leadership in Medicine, Inc.

The Frost Place was founded in 1976 when a group of neighbors persuaded the Franconia town meeting to approve the purchase of the farmhouse where Robert Frost and his family lived full-time from 1915-1920 and spent 14 summers. From 1977-2005, teacher and scholar Donald Sheehan from Sharon served as the organization’s executive director.

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Conservaton Comm. Mtg. Next Monday

The Strafford Conservation Commission will host a public meeting to describe the results of Phase 1 and 2 Stream Geomorphic Assessments Monday, March 13, at 7 p.m. at Barrett Hall.

These studies of the West Branch of the Ompompanoosuc River in Strafford were done to learn how changes to river channels and stream banks may be impacting the river and lands nearby. The commission will present the results of these assessments and describe its plans to address problems identified.

Presentations will be made by river scientists from Bear Creek Environmental. Vermont Agency of Natural Resources staff and other experts will be on hand to answer questions.

Refreshments will be served and attendance is free. All are welcome! For more information call Sally Mansur, Regional Planner, at (802) 457-3188 ext. 17.

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