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Saxtons River Volunteer Fire Department Chief Arthur Smith, Jr. shows TransCanada's Matthew Cole some of the worn out fire hose that TransCanada's grant will help replace.

BRATTLEBORO >> United Way of Windham County is recruiting more than 150 volunteers from local communities, companies, schools and civic organizations to participate in volunteer service projects across Windham County on Saturday, Sept. 10 during its 7th annual Day of Caring.

An estimated $10,000 worth of labor will be donated during the largest one-day volunteer service event in the county.

Day of Caring is sponsored by Cersosimo Lumber, Holstein Association USA, The Richards Group, D.M.I., and Derby Building & Woodwork, with in-kind support from C&S Wholesale Grocers, the Elks No. 1499, Leader Distribution Systems, and Farrell Distributing Corporation. United Way's year-round volunteer engagement efforts are supported by a grant from the Thomas Thompson Trust.

Day of Caring is a great opportunity for businesses, organizations and families to form a volunteer team and work together to help our community — everyone is invited and encouraged to participate. The day will begin for volunteers at 8 a.m. with kick-off breakfasts at the Elks in Brattleboro and Our Place Drop-In Center in Bellows Falls. From 9 a.m. to noon, individuals, families, and volunteer teams, dressed in their finest United Way T-shirts, will spread out to sites throughout Windham County to provide volunteer service.


"The mission of the United Way of Windham County is to mobilize the caring power of the community," said Carmen Derby, Executive Director. "Day of Caring is the most visible time for volunteer engagement and it honors the ongoing work of our volunteers and supporters. We are so grateful to everyone who volunteers their time and talent throughout the year to create a strong Windham County for everyone,"

2016 Day of Caring project sites include: Bellows Falls — Our Place Drop-in Center; Brattleboro — Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center; Brattleboro Area Hospice; Groundworks Drop-In Center; The Family Garden; Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro Little League Field, New England Youth Theatre, Camp Waubanong, Winston Prouty Center for Child Development, The Gathering Place; Dummerston — Windham Child Care Association's Bookmobile; and Westminster — Vermont Foodbank.

Volunteer registration is now open for all of these projects. Visit and click on Volunteer or call 802-257-4011 to register, or for more information. To join United Way in creating HOPE in Windham County through health, opportunity, prosperity, and education initiatives, please contact the United Way of Windham County office at 802-257-4011 or visit

Historical Society hosts bake sale, silent auction

GRAFTON >> The Grafton Historical Society will hold its annual fund raising event, a bake sale and silent auction, on Saturday Sept. 3, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of the museum on Main Street.

A collection of home-baked foods will be for sale. Early birds get the best selection. Coffee and doughnuts will be available for morning shoppers. Lunch will be offered beginning about 11 a.m. for hot dogs and sodas.

As part of the sale large and small pots of mums will be available in various fall colors.

The silent auction offerings are extensive. A getaway vacation in Santa Barbara , Calif., is a featured item as well as antiques from local residents and the antiques and widget shop. Among the popular offerings again this year will be a pizza dinner by the Bank family, Bill Brown's famous apple pies, a cord of green wood from David Rodgers, and Plummers Maple Syrup

Other individual items in the auction will include a quilt made by Joan Lake, a glass creation from Hunter Gallery of Fine Art, and a framed photo from the Yellow Door. Gift certificates will be included from Chester Flowers, Grafton Garage, and the Grafton Inn., and food basket items from MKT and the Grafton Cheese Co. Other surprise items will also be offered. The silent auction will close at 3 p.m.

The Grafton Historical Society funds that are raised from this event will go towards the operation of the museum and the renovation of the Brick Meeting House. For more information, contact Maureen Fletcher at 802-843-2485 or

Grant will help replace old fire hose

SAXTONS RIVER >> Another 500 feet of new fire hose will replace the Saxtons River Volunteer Fire Department's aging supply thanks to a grant from TransCanada.

TransCanada's U.S. East Community Relations Officer Matthew Cole presented a $5,000 check to SRVFD Chief Arthur Smith, Jr. at the village's fire station as part of the fire company's project to replace 6,000 foot of its worn hose.

Village volunteers have also raised about $5,000 towards the project by making and selling wristbands, key fobs and other items out of some of the fire hose that is no longer usable due to the wear and tear of many years of firefighting activity.

"We are concerned that deteriorating fire hose may not only make it difficult to fight fires," said Village Trustee chair Louise Luring, "but it may put firefighters in danger of bursting hose or kickback."

The TransCanada grant reflects the company's goal of supporting and developing tools and resources to safeguard communities so they can thrive. Their safety focus area supports first responders and emergency personnel and emergency response and preparedness.