Tuesday January 29, 2013

In Brattleboro and Westminster...

FREE TAX HELP: The United Way of Windham County is offering free tax help by appointment on Wednesdays at the Marlboro College Graduate Center located at 28 Vernon St. and on Tuesdays at SEVCA, located at 91 Buck Drive in Westminster.

To be eligible for this free service, a person must live or work in Windham County, and their household income must be at or below $51,000.

In addition to helping people prepare their tax returns, an objective of the program is to support individuals who qualify for Earned Income Tax Credit to realize that benefit. The EITC not only can reduce, dollar-for-dollar, the amount of taxes an individual or a couple would otherwise owe, but it also provides for eligible taxpayers to receive a check, sometimes thousands of dollars, if the amount of the credit to which they are entitled exceeds the amount of tax owed.

To schedule an appointment to have taxes prepared for free, call 2-1-1.

For more information on Southeastern Vermont Community Action visit www.sevca.org. For more information on United Way of Windham County visit www.unitedwaywindham.org.

In Brattleboro...

BASKETBALL CLINIC: The Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department has rescheduled its basketball clinic for Saturday, Feb.


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2, in the Brattleboro Union High School Gymnasium. The clinic is for children in grades K through 6.

The cost for this one-day clinic is $5 for Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Players and $10 for all others. The clinic is co-ed and for all ages and abilities. Children in grades K through 2 will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Children in grades 3 through 6 will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Paul Freed and the BUHS Varsity Girls Basketball players will instruct the clinic. Call to register at 802-254-5808.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Overnight volunteers are needed for the Winter Overflow Shelter at the First Baptist Church at 190 Main St. The hours of the shifts are 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. or 1 a.m. to 7 a.m.

Contact the Drop In Center at overflow.bratt@gmail.com or call 802-257-5415.

In Chesterfield, N.H. ...

SUPER BOWL BREAKFAST: The Annual Super Bowl Sunday Breakfast will be hosted by the Chesterfield Lions Club on Sunday, Feb. 3, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Chesterfield School on Route 63. Tickets are $7 and children under 6 are free. The menu will include pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, English muffins, cereal, juice, coffee and milk.

Proceeds will benefit the scholarship fund. For more information about the Chesterfield Lions, visit www.nhlions.org/chesterfield.

In GraftonĊ 

HOMESCHOOLERS GEOLOGY: Homeschooling families are invited to gather at The Nature Museum at Grafton on Thursday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a geology program titled "Rocks: Building Blocks of the Earth." The Nature Museum is located at 186 Townshend Road in Grafton.

Participants will learn to identify rocks and minerals, explore ways that rocks are used, and visit both the Grafton Forge and Grafton’s Vermont Museum of Mining and Minerals. This program is intended for homeschooling children ages 9 to 14.

This program costs $18 per child for Nature Museum members ($36 maximum per family) and $20 per child for non-members ($40 maximum per family). The Museum offers scholarships for those needing them, contact info@nature-museum.org.

Registration is required, visit www.nature-museum.org or call The Nature Museum at 802-843-2111.

TREE SALE: The Nature Museum at Grafton is hosting its 2013 Native Tree and Shrub Sale to benefit the Museum’s school and community nature programs. The new plants chosen for this year are white fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus) and fothergilla "Mt. Airy" (Fothergilla major), two selections with unusual flowers that are undeservedly under the radar for most people.

The sale will also include selections from the past two years: winterberry, serviceberry, alternate-leaf dogwood, and common sweetshrub. This will bring the roster of natives up to six, where it will stay. Two new native plants will be offered each year, and all plants will be on a three-year rotation, enabling buyers to build their collections in subsequent years.

For more details or to order trees and shrubs, visit www.nature-museum.org, call 802-843-2111, or e-mail the Museum at info@nature-museum.org. Orders must be placed by March 15. Plants will be available for pickup at The Nature Museum in the spring.

In Winchester, N.H. Ċ 

BEAN SUPPER: The United Church of Winchester will hold its monthly Bean Supper on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the church building on Main Street in Winchester. Served family style, the cost is $8 for adults, $3 for children, and $20 for up to 5 family members (adults with children).

The building is accessible to all and proceeds help to fund missions of the church. For more information, call 603-239-4465. There are no advanced ticket sales.

In Windham County...

HEAT FUND DONATIONS: The Windham County Heat Fund presently has families on the waiting list for fuel. The program is for those either not eligible for current fuel assistance programs or who have run out of their assistance allotments.

There is no overhead, all money received goes directly to buying fuel.

Tax deductible donations may be sent to the Windham County Heat Fund, c/o Richard Davis, 679 Weatherhead Hollow Road, Guilford, VT 05301 or stop by at Brattleboro Savings & Loan Assn., 221 Main St. to donate directly.