Saturday January 12, 2013

In Brattleboro...

SKI TICKETS: The Boys & Girls Club is selling lift tickets at Mount Snow to help fund its operations at its facility on Flat Street.

Tickets are good any day from Jan. 21 through Jan. 27 and cost only $39, of which $34 supports the programs of the Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro.

Tickets can be purchased at www.bgcbrattleboro.com or by calling or stopping by the Flat Street clubhouse.

Tickets are also available at the Brattleboro Bowl, Burrows, the 99 Restaurant, the Vermont Country Deli, and Ted’s Shoe & Sport in Keene, N.H. Tickets will be on sale until Jan. 18.

For more information, call 802-254-5990.

COLLECTORS’ SHOW: The Tri Town Collectors Club will hold a special scholarship fundraising committee meeting during its show and collector meetings on Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Holiday Inn Express on Chickering Drive in Brattleboro. Area collectors of all ages are invited to meet various hobbyist.

The event, which will offer door prizes, begins at 9 a.m. with a club business meeting during the shows start up session. Special door prizes this month include sports cards, donated stamps from a Bellows Falls collector and a group of Indian head cents, buffalo nickels and slabbed Presidential Dollars. The event will run until 3 p.m.

After a family fun day of buying and selling collectibles, dealers will join the Tri Town Numismatic Society at 3:30 p.


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m. for its monthly meeting. There is no admission charge and anyone looking to sell or trade their collectible items such as coins, comic books, sports/postcards and other interesting items may set up a card table by calling show chairman Joe Fuller at 802-297-1274 or e-mail Pepsijoseph@yahoo.com.

This collectors expo will be followed by Brattleboro shows regularly on the second Saturday of the month. In the past five years the group has participated in many charitable events in Southern Vermont, Keene, N.H., and western Massachusetts.

MERRY MULCH PROGRAM: The Brattleboro Union High School Music Department’s Merry Mulch program is about to enter its final week. This program offers Christmas tree collection to Brattleboro residents who request it.

Now in its 22nd year, Merry Mulch is endorsed by the Vermont Department of Agriculture as well as the New Hampshire/Vermont Christmas Tree Association. For a $10 donation, members of the band and chorus will transport undecorated trees from homes to a community garden in West Brattleboro where they will be chipped into mulch to be used by the community.

Since the town does not offer curbside pick-up of trees, the service saves residents the hassle of transporting their own trees. The final tree pick up will occur on Saturday, Jan. 19. All pick-ups must be prearranged by calling one of the following numbers by Thursday, Jan. 17: 802-387-3794, 802-254-3360, or 802-579-1577. Proceeds will benefit a planned trip to New York in May 2013.

In Dummerston...

SINGING GROUP: The Ridgetones, an informal singing group, invites new members to gather on Sunday, Jan. 13. No experience is necessary. The only requirement is the desire to enjoy singing with others, mostly a cappella. Songbooks are provided, although the group welcomes new songs.

The evening will begin with a potluck supper at 6 p.m. and singing at 7 p.m. On Sunday the group will meet at Linda Rubinstein’s house on Miller Road in Dummerston.

For further information, call Ron Minnes at 802-257-1640 or e-mail minnesron48 @gmail.com.

In Hinsdale, N.H. ...

SAND FOR SENIORS: The Hinsdale Lions Club will provide sand for senior citizens living in Hinsdale. Seniors interested should call either 603-256-6133 or 603-336-5804 and leave their name and street address to receive a delivery. A phone number would also be helpful so they may contacted if there are any questions.

Containers, five gallon buckets or smaller, should be placed so that they are visible from the main road. Members of the club will make deliveries on Saturday, Jan. 12.

In Putney...

HEMLOCK WOOLY ADELGID: The Putney Conservation Commission will sponsor a presentation by Jim Esden, a forestry specialist with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation on the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

The Hemlock Wooly Adelgid is a tiny insect from east Asia that attacks forest and ornamental hemlock trees. This insect has recently been found in Putney.

The presentation will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Putney Firehouse with time for questions after the presentation. For more information, contact Pamela Cubbage of the Putney Conservation Commission at 802-387-2338.

In Saxtons River...

LAZY SUSAN WORKSHOP: Local folk artist Debbie Wetzel is offering a workshop on painting a lazy Susan at Main Street Arts four Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. beginning Jan. 15.

Participants will learn how to use acrylic paints on wood to create a functional piece of art with a blueberry motif, creating a lazy Susan and another piece of painted furniture brought from home.

The fee for the workshop is $71 for members and $87 for non-members and includes all materials, including a kit containing brushes, a water holder and four tubes of paint.

Pre-registration is required by contacting MSA at 802-869-2960 or info@mainstreetarts.org.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE SUPPERS: Main Street Arts began it winter series of foreign language potluck suppers with a potluck for Spanish speakers on Jan. 6. Potlucks for French and German speakers will be Sunday, Jan. 13 and 20, respectively, at 6 p.m..

The next month’s potlucks will be Feb. 3 (Spanish), Feb. 10 (French) and Feb. 17 (German).

The potlucks are generally a small group of friendly people with a wide range of proficiency in the language who join in an informal sharing of culture and language practice. Those who want to listen more than join in the conversation are also welcome. Native speakers are often present to lend encouragement.

There is no fee, and potluck contributions need not be ethnic. A beverage is provided.

Information is available by calling MSA at 802-869-2960, e-mailing info@mainstreetarts.org or visiting www.MainStreetArts.org.

THRIFT SHOP HOURS: The Worn Again Thrift Shop on Main Street in Saxtons River is changing its hours. The shop will be open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting on Wednesday, Jan. 16.

At the present time the thrift shop is having a sweater sale with sweaters priced at $1 each.

For those wishing to donate items, the shop is in need of infants’ and children’s clothing, and queen- and king-sized sheets as well as ladies’ and men’s jeans. The thrift shop accepts donations of clothing, shoes, boots, kitchen utensils, small appliances, blankets and sheets, towels, and knickknacks. Donations may be dropped off during store hours.

The thrift shop will be having surprise or pop-up sales. This week it is sweaters. The next sale is still in the planning stages.

The thrift shop is run by volunteers and is sponsored by the West River Missions with local Catholic churches: Our Lady of Mercy in Putney, Our Lady of the Valley in Townshend and Chapel of the Snows on Stratton Mountain.

In Westminster...

WARM SOCKS FOR KIDS: Each year, with the goal to get warm socks out to children who need them most, the Vermont Caring Foundation has coordinated an effort called the "Blue Socks for Kids" Project in partnership with Cabot Mills and Darn Tough Vermont in Northfield and regional Community Action Agencies to help keep some of Vermont’s most vulnerable children a little warmer this winter.

The Vermont Caring Foundation is a charitable, non-profit foundation formed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont. The Foundation’s mission is to work to promote and improve the health of Vermonters, particularly children and teenagers. The Foundation purchased approximately 8,400 pairs of new children’s socks from Cabot Hosiery Mills, Vermont’s only sock manufacturer.

Families in Windham County who have a need for socks for their children can contact Southeastern Vermont Community Action Family Services Outreach Workers Denice Brown at the Brattleboro office at 802-254-2795 or Susan Howes in Westminster at 802-722-4575.