Monday February 27, 2012

In Bellows Falls ...

LUNCH AND LECTURE: The Rockingham Historical Commission is proud to present a "Lunch and Lecture" event catered by the Vermont Pretzel & Cookie Cafe. The lecture, led by expert paper conservator Carolyn Frisa, will cover the history, care and conservation of wallpaper. Frisa is the Head Conservator and owner of Works on Paper, www.work-on-paper.net. She specializes in the conservation of art on paper, maps, historic documents, wallpaper and parchment.

The event will take place on Saturday, March 3 at 1:30 p.m. in the Newberry Gallery at Vermont Pretzel & Cookie Cafe, located in downtown Bellows Falls. Those wishing to purchase lunch before the lecture should plan to arrive by 12:30 p.m. For further details, or to reserve a seat, please email the Rockingham Historical Commission at clg@rockbf.org or call 802-463-3456 ext 110.

In Brattleboro ...

TOUR DE HEIFER: On Monday, Feb. 27, at 10 a.m., the organizers of the 2012 Strolling of the Heifers are hosting a launch announcement for the 2012 Tour de Heifer, a set of farm-to-farm cycling rides which will take place on Sunday, June 3.

Strolling of the Heifers founder/executive director Orly Munzing, Tour de Heifer coordinator Dede Cummings, Stroll GM & marketing manager Martin Langeveld and other members of the Tour de Heifer organization committee will be on hand to discuss a unique fundraising opportunity for other non-profit organizations, the site of the Tour’s starting/ending farm location, registration information, details of the 10-mile, 30-mile, 60-mile ride options and an option for walkers.

The meeting is scheduled at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center in downtown Brattleboro.

The Tour de Heifer is one of the Stroll’s major fundraising events, with proceeds earmarked to support the Stroll’s Farm/Food Business Plan Competition, which awards $30,000 in prizes to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in the food and agriculture sector, for both startup and existing businesses.

For more information, visit strollingoftheheifers.com/parade-a-weekend-2012.

SHAKESPEARE: Vermont Theatre Company’s discussion series on Shakespeare’s Henry V continues in the Brooks Memorial Library Meeting Room on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m., with "How Patriotism Inspires Action."

A panel of war veterans will present their stories about how patriotism inspired or changed them, and what their respective experiences mean to them. Members of the audience will then be invited to offer their own stories about war and patriotism. Discussion will be spurred by readings from Shakespeare’s Henry V, this June’s Shakespeare-in-the-Park production.

The discussion is open to the public and there is no charge. All members of the public are invited to participate in this exploration of issues that are as relevant to contemporary life as they were 400 years ago, when Shakespeare wrote about them.

For more information, contact Jessica Callahan, at jcallahan.84@gmail.com

FREE TECH WORKSHOP: "Make Your Presentations Zing!" will be offered at Marlboro College Graduate School in Brattleboro on Wednesday, Feb. 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. The event will focus on how to use existing digital images and short videos to create engaging media presentations through tools like Animoto, Stupeflix and Prezi. All tools demonstrated at the workshop have free and premium options for use.

This workshop is free to the public and is perfect for teachers, small business owners, artists, communications professionals and anyone interested in harnessing the power of the Internet.

The class is presented by the Grad School’s EdTech Program and is part of their "HOT (Hands On Tech) Workshops" series.

This is a hands-on workshop and participants should bring their own laptops.

Will deBock will conduct the class. He is a graduate of both Marlboro College and Marlboro College Graduate School. He has taught at the Grad School and has been a faculty member for Kaplan, a vice president, and the founder of its Innovations Lab. DeBock is also founder of Prof. deBock’s Innovator Network. Visit his blog at http://innovationslab.wordpress.com.

For additional information, contact deBock at debock@marlboro.edu or 802-451-0674.

RINK CLOSING: The Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department announces that the Nelson Withington Skating Facility at Living Memorial Park will be closing for the season on Sunday, March 4, at 10:15 p.m.

KINDERGARTEN: Kindergarten registration for the Brattleboro Town Schools will be held from March 5-13. Registration for all Brattleboro students entering kindergarten will be held in individual kindergarten classrooms throughout the town. Any Brattleboro resident with a child who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, should call Sue Dyer at 802-254-3742, ext. 124, for further information and to schedule an appointment. Anyone wishing an exception to the policy regarding age for entrance must send a request in writing to Sue Dyer, Coordinator of Kindergarten Registration, Early Education Services, 130 Birge St., Brattleboro, VT 05301, by April 1. Vermont law requires proof of immunization for school enrollment. Children may be exempt from immunization for medical, religious or moral reasons.

DOG LICENSES: Brattleboro dog and wolf-hybrid licenses are available for the 2012 licensing period. All Vermont dogs and wolf-hybrids 6 months of age and older must be licensed on or before April 1. For dogs not previously licensed in Brattleboro, a first-time license must be obtained in person from the Town Clerk’s office, 230 Main St. Licenses being renewed may be processed in the Town Clerk’s office, through the mail or online at www.brattleboro.org.

Vaccination against rabies is required by Vermont Statutes before licensing. A current vaccination means all dogs and wolf-hybrids over 3 months of age must be vaccinated against rabies. The initial vaccination will be valid for 12 months. Within 9 to 12 months of the initial vaccination, the animal must receive a booster vaccination. All subsequent vaccinations following the initial vaccination will be valid for 36 months.

If an animal has been spayed or neutered, the certificate issued by the veterinarian must be presented when licensing the animal for the first time. A current rabies certificate issued and signed by a veterinarian must be filed with the Town Clerk.

The licensing fees on or before April 1 are: Neutered, $15; unneutered, $22. Specially trained assistance dogs may be eligible for a reduced licensing fee.

Owners of dogs and wolf-hybrids licensed after April 1 will be charged a penalty. In addition, any person failing to license a dog or wolf-hybrid may be fined up to $100 and the dog or wolf-hybrid may be impounded. If an animal licensed last year has died or been given away, contact the Town Clerk’s office at 802-251-8157, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or e-mail townclerk@brattleboro.org.

In Dover ...

SCREENING OF ‘THE HELP’: On Monday, Feb. 27, the Dover Free Library will present the feature film "The Help," starring Viola Davis, Emma Stone and Octavia Spencer at 6 p.m. The film runs 146 minutes and is rated PG-13. This event is free and open to the public. For information, call 802-348-7488

Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, Skeeter (Stone) is a southern society girl who returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends’ lives -- and a Mississippi town -- upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Aibileen (Davis), Skeeter’s best friend’s housekeeper, is the first to open up -- to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community. Skeeter and Aibileen continue their collaboration and soon more women come forward to tell their stories -- and as it turns out, they have a lot to say.

In Putney ...

FACING HORROR: Rowland Brucken, associate professor of history at Norwich University, will address the issue "Facing Horror: Responding to Human Rights Atrocities," as part of Landmark’s spring speakers series, "Art, Emphathy and Social Change" on Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 7 p.m., in the East Academic Building on the Landmark College campus.

Brucken will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of using trials, truth commissions, indigenous processes, and amnesty laws in the aftermath of mass suffering. Brucken’s latest Amnesty International project was to coordinate a strategic meeting to develop a plan to help the abused struggling in Zimbabwe.

The public is invited. Admission is free. For more details visit www.landmark.edu/about/speaker-series/index.cfm.

In West Brattleboro...

SUGAR-ON-SNOW SUPPER: The traditional Sugar-on-Snow Supper at First Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave. in West Brattleboro, will be held on Saturday, March 10. There will be two sittings, 5 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. The prices are adults, $10; children ages 5-12, $5; ages 4 and under, $2. For reservations, call 802-257-7495 or 802-779-5552 (evenings).

The menu includes ham, baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad, deviled eggs, rolls, sugar on snow, homemade doughnuts, pickles, coffee, tea and milk.

All proceeds benefit the church, which supports over eight programs that serve the local community. For more information, call the church at 802-254-9767.

In West Dummerston ...

DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE: The Windham County Democratic Committee will meet Monday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. at the Dummerston Community Center.

Tim Stevenson of Post Oil Solutions and Paul Levasseur and Simon Renault of Transition Putney will be featured guests. The WCDC will also hear legislative, committee and officer reports.

The meeting is open to the public, with refreshments provided by the Democratic Committee of Dover.

The community center is located on West Street in West Dummerston, just off Route 30.

Further information is available by contacting WCDC Chair Bill Johnson at 802-257-1020.