I-91 BRIDGE PROJECT INFO: The Interstate 91 Brattleboro Bridge Improvements Project is located on I-91 in Brattleboro over the West River. It will include the demolition of four existing bridges between Exits 2 and 3 and replacing the four bridges with new structures. The new bridges will be designed by FIGG Bridge Engineers, Inc. and built by PCL Civil Constructors, Inc. for the Vermont Agency of Transportation.
Construction is expected to begin this fall and the new structures will be open to traffic by late 2015. Project completion is scheduled for the summer of 2016.
Additional information will be provided during the free public information meeting on Tuesday, July 23, in the Multi-Purpose Room at Brattleboro Union High School on Fairground Road. The schedule for the evening will be: 6:30-7 p.m., Open house and view displays; 7-7:15 p.m., Welcome and introductions by VTrans; 7:15-7:45 p.m., "A Bridge to Nature" presentation by FIGG; 7:45-8 p.m., Construction overview by PCL; 8-9 p.m., Question and answer session.
COUNTRY BLUEGRASS: Thompson House will host a free country bluegrass concert on Saturday, July 20, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on the lawn and grounds at 80 Maple St.
Several musicians will perform, including singer-songwriter Jim Knapp and the Town Hall Boys, Allen Bills and the Bills Band and Gin Mill Bill. Those attending should bring lawn chairs or blankets. For information, contact Sandy Ware at 802-254-4977, ext. 242.
BINGO FOR CANCER!: The VFW Ladies Auxiliary will host Bingo For Cancer! on Sunday, Aug. 11, at the VFW Post 1034, 40 Black Mountain Road, in Brattleboro. All proceeds will benefit the VFW Ladies Auxiliary’s Cancer Aid and Research Program.
Doors open at 11 a.m., and games begin at 1 p.m. Admission us $40 at the door which includes a packet containing all games except 50/50’s and the special jackpot game. Regular games pay $70 and $100.
Tickets purchased before Saturday, Aug. 10, will be $35. Contact Rita Chabre at 802-257-5132 to save $5.
SENIOR LUNCHEON: Evening Star Grange and Senior Solutions will present its second monthly luncheon on Wednesday, July 24, at noon at the Grange Hall in Dummerston Center. Chefs Sallie May and Larry Lynch Jr. will serve a summer salads buffet, which will include cold ham, potato salad, tuna and macaroni salad, chicken salad, gelatin fruit salad, and coleslaw, bread and a dessert.
Take-outs can be ordered by calling the Grange at 802-254-1138 on Wednesday morning. Suggested donations are $3 for those over 60 and $3.50 for others. Books from the Lydia Pratt Taft Library will be available to borrow until the next senior meal.
TEEN CAMP: The Summer Skool Teen Camp is half free skool and half summer camp. It’s an affordable day camp for teens with no teachers and no classes: Just teenagers, adults and their projects.
The camp takes place from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, Aug. 12 to 23. The cost is $100 to $200 a week, on a sliding scale, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. For more information or to register, visit summerskoolvermont.webs.com or call 940-600-8195. Donations are also accepted at www.indiegogo.com/projects/summer-skool-2013.
BOOK GROUP: The Putney Library Book Group will meet Sunday, July 21, at 7 p.m. to discuss "The Painter of Battles" by Arturo Perez-Reverte. The group meets the third Sunday of each month at the library and welcomes new members at any time. Discussion is low-key, friendly and stimulating. Information about the group is available by calling 802-387-5548 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The Aug. 18 selection is "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn.
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PICK-UP SOFTBALL GAME: West Brattleboro residents are invited to join the West Brattleboro Baptist Church for a pick-up softball game at noon on Sunday, July 21, at Living Memorial Park on the Lower Field.
Bring a bag lunch and a glove (if you have one). Drinks, bats and softballs will be provided. Come on out and watch or play with friends and neighbors in the West Brattleboro community. For more information, call the West Brattleboro Baptist Church office at 802-257-0187.
WHITTLING DEMONSTRATION: Richard Taylor will demonstrate the art of whittling on Sunday, July 21, at the Westminster Historical Society. Visitors may watch him at work and see the many items in the exhibit.
The special exhibit this year features Early Childhood in Westminster. Each Sunday in July and August the museum will be open between 2 and 4 p.m. Docents will be available to show off the collections and to answer questions. Richard and Barbara Taylor will be hosting the museum on Sunday.
Also on exhibit are paintings by Barbara Greenough that replicate some photographs from the recent "Westminster Vermont Township Number One 1735-2000" history book by Jessie Haas. The Historical Society is located on Route 5 in Westminster.
CHICKEN BARBECUE: Windham’s 30-plus year traditional chicken barbecue will be held on Saturday at the Windham Meeting House starting at 5 p.m. There will be music, raffles and homemade food. The menu features Windham’s famous barbecued chicken, potato salad, baked beans, tossed salad, sweet breads, ice tea, lemonade, and ending with strawberry shortcake topped with real whipped cream. The cost for the meal is $10 for adults, $25 for families (two adults and two or more children). There will be homemade crafts and 50/50 raffles.
This event is sponsored by the Windham Community Organization to promote community and raise funds to assist those who have fallen on hard times.