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LIBRARY CLOSING: Due to construction demands for the Rockingham Public Library’s renovation, the library will be temporarily closed for two weeks, beginning Saturday, Aug. 18, through Monday, Sept. 3.
The library will reopen on Sept. 4 with services provided on the main floor. Until then, patrons are encouraged to come in by Friday, Aug. 17, and borrow extra books and other materials, to last through the two week closure. An exterior book drop will be available by the sidewalk to allow for easy return of materials while the library is closed.
Currently, handicap access to the main floor is available with a temporary lift that now sits in front of the main front door entrance. The old elevator has been removed to make way for the new stairwell and elevator which will enable access to all three floors.
When reopening on Sept. 4, construction on the ground floor and top floor will continue, with installation of updated electrical, sprinkler, plumbing and heating systems. Other work to be completed includes masonry repair, painting, insulation, and slate roof repair.
Regular updates on construction, and library services and programs will be in all local media, and posted on the library’s website at www.rockinghamlibrary.org. For more information, call 802-463-4270.
DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS: The Rockingham Town
Information is available by contacting Town Chair Matthew Trieber at 802-463-3338 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
EARLY BIRD WALK: Southern Vermont Audubon Society will sponsor a bird walk on Saturday, Aug. 18. The walk will be through a private preserve, "Phyllis’ Marsh," with mixed edge, forest, and wetland habitats and a potential for a wide variety of species, including early fall migrants.
Birders should meet at 7 a.m. in Hannaford’s parking lot on Putney Road.
RIDE FOR HEROES: The Brattleboro Retreat will host the Third Annual Ride for Heroes event starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18, with registration beginning at 10 a.m. The motorcycle ride starts at the Retreat and ends with a barbecue lunch back on the Retreat campus.
This is the third annual Ride for Heroes to support the Retreat’s growing Uniformed Service Program (USP). USP was founded in 2009 to offer specialized trauma and addiction treatment for people who are, or have been, active military, police officers, firefighters, veterans, EMS and corrections personnel.
The ride will take bikers on a route through southern Vermont’s scenic hills and valleys, by rivers and historic villages. Registration for the ride is $20 per person and includes both the ride and barbecue lunch. The first 200 riders to register will receive a free T-shirt.
The afternoon will include music and vendors as well as raffles and prizes with many items donated by local businesses. This is an alcohol- and smoke-free event, and will be held rain or shine. While participants must be 18 years of age or older to ride, all adult riders and types of motorcycles are welcome.
PROPERTY TAXES DUE: Dummerston Property Taxes are due on Monday, Aug. 20. The Town Office will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.