STOCKING REMINDER: The deadline for applications for the 2012 Brattleboro Reformer Christmas Stocking is Monday, Oct. 15. Applicants need to have them back to their social service or school officials so they can be processed.
Self-referrals are not accepted and the staff of the newspaper is not involved in the process. Do not bring or mail applications to the Reformer.
The Stocking is a program that outfits needy children in the Windham County area with warm, winter outerwear. For information, call Betty Elwell at 802-254-6815 or Veronica Wheelock at 802-257-0486.
PHOTO WALK: Tom Singleton will be leading a photo walk in downtown Brattleboro on Saturday, Oct. 13, starting at 9:45 a.m. in the Flat Street parking lot next to Dunklee’s Machine Shop. There is no charge for the event.
Singleton has been taking pictures for more than 40 years and has exhibited at the Vermont Center for Photography, Mocha Joe’s and the Brooks Memorial Library.
Photographers of all ages and abilities are welcome. It is part of Scott Kelby’s fifth annual worldwide photo walk. This will be the first time that Brattleboro will be involved.
BUDDY WALK: Brattleboro will host its 4th annual Buddy Walk on Saturday, Oct. 13. The Buddy Walk was developed by the National Down Syndrome Society in 1995 to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.
The Brattleboro Buddy Walk will be a celebration of the community’s accomplishments. It will include a special keynote address and a one-mile walk through town which will be followed by lunch, live music, games, prizes, vendors and other resource information. Check-in will begin at 10 a.m. on the Common in Brattleboro. Everyone is invited.
To register, join a team, or securely donate online, visit www.BrattleboroBuddyWalk.org or call Jim Nicholson at 802-258-4699.
FALL RUMMAGE SALE: The United Methodist Women of the First United Methodist Church will be holding its fall rummage sale on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon. New and used clothing will be featured. Prices are not marked. Customers may take what they need and pay what they can.
Monies received are given to both local and Methodist Mission needs. The church is located at 18 Town Crier Drive, off Putney Road, across from the Shell station. The entryway is handicapped accessible. For information call the church at 802-254-4218 or e-mail email@example.com.
SWAP PROGRAM: The Windham Solid Waste Management District Swap Program on Old Ferry Road is open every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until noon. It is a free outlet for materials that are still usable, but for which there is no traditional re-use program. People are asked to use all other available outlets before bringing items to the Swap Program. Items brought in may be passed along to other non-profit groups.
Items brought in must be in usable condition and must be accepted by a staff member before being left. Due to the need to close promptly at noon, large loads of donations may not be accepted after 11:45 a.m. Everyone is welcome to bring in or take out materials. It is not necessary to do both.
Some items that usually are not accepted are appliances, upholstered furniture, carpet, computers, mattresses, clothes and tires. These items may be placed on Freecycle at www.freecycle.org.
Items available this week include: Tables, washed fleece, pool ladder, corner computer desk, desk chairs, weight bench, electric coffee pot, blender, exercise bicycles, women’s golf clubs, picnic table, children’s potty chairs, child’s rocker, children’s ride on toys, Dirt Devil PowerStick, aluminum sink, dish drainer, Brita water pitcher, and televisions.
VILLAGE DANCE: An evening of community contra and square dances will take place at the Evening Star Grange on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 6:30 to 9:30. Paul Smith of Dummerston Center will be calling the dances. Live music on fiddle and piano will be provided by Laurie Indenbaum and Andy Davis. A traditional folktale will be told during the break.
The dance will be preceded by a community potluck supper at 5:30 p.m. Bring a dish to share and your own plates and silverware.
The Village Dance Series provides an opportunity for families and friends to come together to enjoy one of New England’s traditional pastimes. Experience is not necessary, as all the dances are taught. Although the dances are geared for school-aged children through adults, all ages and abilities are welcome. Students in middle and high school are encouraged to attend.
Refreshments will be available. The program will include traditional New England contra dances, square dances, circle mixers, and couple dances. Admission is $4 for children, $7 for adults and $20 for a family.
For more information call Robin or Andy Davis at 802-257-1819, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALL ABOUT RENEWABLES: Nicholas and Margaret Bartenhagen are hosting a presentation, "All About Renewable Solar Electric and Geo-Thermal," on Saturday, Oct. 13, starting at 1 p.m. in the Halifax School gymnasium. The event is being presented by Integrated Solar and will be followed by a solar demonstration at the Bartenhagen home at 3 p.m.
The program, open to the public, will cover benefits of photovoltaics and geo-thermal, what they are, how they work and how residents and businesses can reduce up to 100 percent of their electric bills and up to 75 percent of their heating costs. The presentation will also explain what the bundle of incentives consist of and how affordable and cost efficient renewable energy sources are.
SIDEWALK CELEBRATION: Putney’s new, long-awaited sidewalk will be the scene of celebration on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to noon. At 10 a.m., town officials will "open" the sidewalk near Town Hall.
Following the ceremony, townspeople of all ages are invited to promenade south, with prams, parasols, hats and costumes of days past, present or future, or come as they are. Children can stop along the way and engage in sidewalk chalking and other art activities at the library and the Putney Food Co-op. Other surprises and frolic are encouraged.
FAMILY WALK: The Putney Mountain Second Annual Family Walk and Hike-a-thon, hosted by the Putney Mountain Association board of trustees, will be held on a gentle trail leading to the Dine property on Holland Hill Road. Families are encouraged and there will also be a Nature Scavenger Hunt for children. Meet at the Association’s parking area, off Putney Mountain Road, at 10 a.m., on Saturday, Oct. 13.
The total distance is 2.5 miles and a shuttle will be provided back to the main parking lot until 2 p.m.
This is a free event, but pledges or donations will help with taxes, insurance, newsletter and upkeep of this beautiful shared recreational resource.
The rain date is Sunday, Oct. 14. For further information, call 802-387-4537.
PUMPKIN FESTIVAL: The 28th Annual Pumpkin Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13, on the Common, in Townshend from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The festival includes a Craft Fair with 70-plus vendors. There will also be artists displaying their works and antique and food vendors. Local non-profits and school organizations are also participating.
There will be many fun-activities for children such as Kids’ Pumpkin Decorating contest. A free pumpkin is given to each child to decorate with his or her own materials. Prize ribbons are awarded.
This is followed by a Halloween Costume Parade. Each youngster prepares a costume ahead of time and wears it in the parade. Prize ribbons are also awarded. The pumpkin decorating and the costume events are open to all school children, including preschool, nursery school and elementary school students.
The Scarecrow Decorating Contest starts at 10 a.m. with judging at 1:30 p.m. There are Free Pony Rides from noon to 3 p.m. The events of the day will wrap-up at 4 p.m.
Admission and parking are free. There will be locally grown pumpkins, apples and cider for sale.
The Pumpkin Festival is sponsored by the Townshend Business Association and is supported by donations from over 60 local businesses.
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CIVIL WAR EXHIBIT: The Dover Historical Society’s Harris House Museum’s final season exhibit on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Deerfield Valley Civil War Day will include a large collection of Civil War items. There will also be a video program and re-enactors featuring Dover’s original copy of the newly-restored Soldier’s Roster from the Deerfield Valley who fought in the Civil War.
The roster was recently restored by the town and is generally not on display, as it resides in the town vault. There will be free refreshments and a pumpkin pie sale will take place. The Harris House Museum is located at 103 Route 100 in West Dover. Admission is $1, and members are free. For more information, call 802-348-7859.