Friday March 1, 2013

In Brattleboro...

YOUTH ICE FISHING DAY: Sportsmen Inc., a local hunting, fishing, shooting club in Guilford, will hold its annual youth ice fishing day on Saturday, March 2. The club members will be on the ice with equipment, minnows and holes drilled. This will be a fun time and a chance to learn to ice fish. The event is free and there will be hot cocoa for participants.

The event will take place in Brattleboro at Hunt’s Meadow setback which is located on Route 142, just south of the Morningside Commons traffic light. For further information, call Lee at 802-258-4709. Licenses are not required for children. Dress warmly and wear boots.

SCHOOL VIOLENCE PROGRAM: St. Michael’s Episcopal Church at 16 Bradley Ave. in Brattleboro will hold the third in its series of programs on violence on Tuesday, March 5. The program on "Violence in Our Schools: Bullying and Aggression Within Institutions" will be led by Thad Bennett. All people in the community are invited to come to any or all parts of the evening:

-- 5:30-6:15 p.m., light supper of soup and sandwiches in the undercroft;

-- 6:15-7:15 p.m., program on "Violence in Our Schools" in the second floor meeting room;

-- 7:15 -7:35 p.m., a brief candlelight worship service in the sanctuary.

Children are welcome to join the adults for supper and there will be childcare from 6:15 to 7:35 p.m. when worship ends.


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The fourth Tuesday evening program, beginning at 5:30 p.m. on March 12 will focus on "Violence in the Media" and will be led by Susan and Paul Dedell. For further information, call 802-254-6048.

WINTER SWAP PROGRAM: The Swap Program at the Windham Solid Waste Management District is now on winter hours. The program will be open the second Saturday of each month, weather permitting, from 9 a.m. to noon. The next scheduled opening will be March 9.

Swap Program information is available at www.windhamsolidwaste.org, e-mail questions to swapshop@windhamsolidwaste.org.

In Chesterfield, N.H. Š

SNOWSHOE EXPLORATION: The Chesterfield Conservation Commission will offer a Backcountry Snowshoe Exploration on Saturday, March 2, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Kilburn Road Trailhead.

The two- to three-hour "sturdy" snowshoe loop hike will explore private land, the Hinsdale Town Forest and the Beaver Pond/Kilburn Pond area of Pisgah State Park.

Participants should meet at the Kilbourne Road Trailhead. Directions: Take Route 63 toward Hinsdale from Route 9 in Chesterfield, continue for 4.5 miles. The trailhead is on left.

Dogs should be left at home. For more information, call Tom at 603-256-6082.

In Dummerston...

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION: Dummerston Kindergarten registration will be held on Tuesday, March 26. Anyone who lives in Dummerston or knows a child in Dummerston who will be 5 years old before Sept. 1, 2013, should contact the Dummerston School for an appointment or further information at 802-254-2733.

In Grafton...

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 West Brattleboro...

COMMUNITY GARDEN: The Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department is taking reservations for the Stockwell Drive Community Garden Site. Returning gardeners have until March 15 to sign up for the regular fee of $25, after which the fee increases to $35. New gardeners can sign up beginning April 1 for $25, but after May 1 it will increase to $35.

Space is limited to 17 100-square-foot garden plots. Reservations will be on a first-come first-served basis. To reserve a garden plot, stop by the Recreation & Parks office at 207 Main St. in Brattleboro, weekdays between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon and 1 and 4 p.m.

For information, contact the Recreation & Parks Department at 802-254-5808; the garden overseer, Peter Gaskill at 802-257-9346; or mispeat@comcast.net.