AUSTINE MUSEUM OPEN: The Austine Heritage Museum will be opening Friday, June 15, in conjunction with the Austine Holton Hall 100th Anniversary Alumni Weekend. The museum is located on the third floor of Holton Hall on the Austine campus. It is fully handicapped accessible. The open house will take place between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday, June 15, and Saturday, June 16. Thereafter, the museum will be open on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. or by appointment.
Admission is free with donations accepted. For more information, contact Kathy Achilles at firstname.lastname@example.org, videophone: 866-300-9095, or pager/text: 603-762-8560.
Austine School is the founding subsidiary of the Vermont Center for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing, Inc., which provides comprehensive educational and support services to Deaf and Hard of Hearing children, adults, and families. For additional information on the Vermont Center or Austine School at 802-258-9500, www.vcdhh.org.
PADDLE TRIPS: The Brattleboro Outing Club is hosting a paddle trip on Tully Lake and Long Pond in Royalston, Mass., on Saturday, June 16. Participants should meet at 9 a.m. in the parking lot at the new Wal-Mart in Hinsdale, N.H.
On Wednesday, June 20, the first day of summer, the Outing Club will host another paddle trip. This time on
FARMERS’ MARKET: The Brattleboro Farmers’ Market hosts music by Animaterra from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday, June 16. Animaterra is a women’s chorus from Keene, N.H. performing multi-cultural melodies. Also this week at the market, the UVM Extension Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer garden questions.
Open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine, the Brattleboro Farmers’ Market hosts over 50 juried vendors selling all homemade, homegrown, and handcrafted goods. Strawberries are now ready. Other items offered will be produce and crafts including lawn furniture, jewelry, pottery, soap and more. Vendors sell meats and cheeses, wines and juices, preserves, maple, breads and pastries.
Local chefs offer wood-fired pizza and globe-spanning ethnic foods for lunch. EBT and debit welcome. The is a children’s area, picnic space, and ample parking. For more information, call 802-254-8885.
SWAP PROGRAM: The Windham Solid Waste Management District Swap Program on Old Ferry Road has begun its summer hours. The program will be 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: 15x45 solar pool cover and vac hose, chairs, car top carrier, televisions, queen-sized wooden headboard, small child’s bike, wheeled trash can carrier, iron horse exercise equipment, twin bed, placemats, toaster oven, CryoCuff, suitcases, and baseball bats.
POOL TO OPEN: The Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department has announced that the swimming pool at Living Memorial Park will be opening for the season on Saturday, June 16, at 1 p.m. for general swim. Ten percent discount passes are available at the Recreation & Parks office before June 16.
Swimming lessons registration will take place at the pool. Brattleboro residents may register on Saturday, June 16, from 9 a.m. to noon, or on Thursday, June 21, from 9 a.m. to noon. Non-residents may register on Friday, June 22, from 9 a.m. to noon. Swim lessons are primarily for Brattleboro residents and non-residents will be accepted if space is available.
Lesson fees are $30 for Brattleboro residents and $45 for non-residents. Five dollars of the fee goes to the Red Cross. The Red Cross has developed a new system for lessons, which is considerably different than lesson criteria in past years. Each child must be tested before being placed in a class and should be prepared to go in the pool at registration. If a child has a Red Cross card from last summer, bring it to registration, which takes place rain or shine. To be eligible for swim lessons, children must be 3 by June 16.
There will be three sessions offered: Session 1: June 25 to July 6; Session 2: July 9 to July 20; and Session 3: July 23 to Aug. 3.
For further information, call the Recreation Department at 802-254-5808. Visit the website for a complete listing/description of events at www.brattleboro.org.
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HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL: The Windham Solid Waste Management District (WSWMD) will hold a 2012 Rural Rover Collection of household hazardous waste on Saturday, June 16, in Brookline, Putney and Westminster.
This is an opportunity to dispose of home improvement and car care products, like paints, stains, antifreeze, and old gasoline, or insect sprays, pesticides, and fungicides. Also accepted will be pool chemicals, mothballs, and protective pet products.
Hazardous products include label warnings with words such as "caution," "hazard," "flammable," and "corrosive."
The WSWMD collection sites on Saturday will be at Westminster Center School from 9 to 10 a.m.; Brookline Elementary School from 11 a.m. to noon; and Putney Fire Station from 1 to 2 p.m.
All residents in the district’s communities may bring items to the collection site.
This collection is not for businesses, municipalities, or schools. Only hazardous products used at home will be accepted. Less than 10 gallons of household hazardous waste is free of charge. There is a $4/gallon fee if a household brings more than 10 gallons.
For more information, a list of hazardous household products, fees, and details on latex paint, visit windhamsolidwaste.org or call 802-257-0272.
CIVIL WAR EXHIBIT: The Guilford Historical Society will be presenting an exhibit on Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17, at the Vermont History Expo in Tunbridge along with 80 other town societies around the state. The collective theme will be "Vermont in the Civil War." Visitors will learn how Vermonters lived through this time and how the state was forever changed during and after the war.
The Guilford exhibit will tell the story of General John Wolcott Phelps of Guilford who was the first general to take a regiment of volunteers from Vermont to the conflict in the south. This exhibit will return to the museum on Guilford Center Road after the expo for the remainder of the summer. For further information, call 802-254-5910.
CHESTNUT TREE TALK: The American Chestnut tree once made up a huge part of the eastern forests. Starting in 1903, over a period of 50 years, a blight wiped out these majestic trees over their entire range from Maine to Georgia. Over the past 28 years, the American Chestnut Foundation (www.acf.org) has been working to breed blight resistant trees that will help to restore this tree to its former home range.
Former American Chestnut Foundation employee and museum director, Ed Metcalfe, will give an interesting and informative free talk about this work and its current state of progress. His talk will be held at the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum on Hogback Mountain, Route 9, in Marlboro on Saturday, June 16, at 4 p.m. For further information, call 802-464-5494 and ask for Metcalfe.
FREE MOVIE NIGHT: The Williamsville Hall will present a series of children and families free movie nights beginning on Friday, June 15, at 7:30 p.m.
This week’s movie will be "Hugo." It is rated PG for mild thematic material, some action/peril and smoking.
Orphaned and alone except for an uncle, Hugo Cabret lives in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. His job is to oil and maintain the station’s clocks, but to him, his more important task is to protect a broken automaton and notebook left to him by his late father. Accompanied by the goddaughter of an embittered toy merchant, Hugo embarks on a quest to solve the mystery of the automaton and find a place he can call home.
The movies are Blu-Ray quality videos and will have five-speaker surround-sound. The next movie, "Moneyball," will be shown on June 29.