Tuesday January 15, 2013

In Brattleboro...

I-91 TRAFFIC UPDATE: Work on Interstate 91 in Brattleboro on the bridges over Williams Street continues. Both lanes of the southbound direction of travel will remain open. Northbound currently has the left lane closed.

Beck and Bellucci, Inc. expects that if conditions permit, starting Tuesday night, Jan. 15, both lanes will open at night and the lane closure will be during work days only.

The lane closure will not be in effect from Saturday through Monday due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 22, the daily closure will resume for a few days, as needed to finish work for the winter.

VETERANS’ FLU SHOTS: The White River Junction VA Medical Center will be giving flu shots to all veterans, Champ VA and Tri-care members who are eligible for care. Veterans who have not previously enrolled in VA Healthcare and who are interested in enrolling, can bring their DD Form 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge) to the outpatient clinics to enroll and receive a flu vaccine if they qualify for VA care.

A flu shot clinic will held in Brattleboro at the Community Based Outpatient Clinic at 71 GSP Drive on Friday, Jan. 18, from noon to 4 p.m.

Also, there will be flu shot clinics for veterans in Keene, N.H., at the Community Based Outpatient Clinic at 640 Marlboro St. on Thursday, Jan. 17, from 4 to 7 p.m. and on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For information about these flu shot clinics and enrollment opportunities, contact Andy LaCasse, White River Junction VA Medical Center Public Affairs Officer, at 802-295-9363, ext. 5424 or Andrew.LaCasse@va.gov.

BCTV BOARD MEETING: The Board of Directors of Brattleboro Community Television, Inc. (BCTV) will hold its monthly board meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 6 p.m. in Hanna Cosman Room of the Municipal Center, 230 Main St., in Brattleboro,

Members of the public are welcome to attend. For further information, call 802-257-0888.

SWEDE’S OF BRATTLEBORO: Professor Paul Searls will speak about his research for an upcoming book on Swedish immigration to Vermont in the 19th century on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m.

Searls’ talk, "Major Valentine’s Swedes: the story of Brattleboro’s Andersons," will be held at Brooks Memorial Library in the Meeting Room, 224 Main St. in Brattleboro.

In 1890, Vermont’s Commissioner of Agricultural and Manufacturing Interests, Alonzo B. Valentine, launched a program to repopulate Vermont’s "abandoned" farms with farmers recruited from Scandinavia.

The program brought a handful of Swedes to three towns in the state, was immediately discontinued, and generally has been dismissed, both by contemporaries and by historians, as a preposterous fiasco. But, in fact, the program had a remarkable legacy, both in terms of its impact on the promotion of summer tourism, and as measured by the subsequent lives of the Swedes and their descendants.

Searls is the author of "Two Vermonts: Geography and Identity, 1865-1910."

Descendants of the Brattleboro Andersons are encouraged to attend. The talk is free and open to the public. A snow date, if necessary, is planned for Saturday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m.

COIN/CURRENCY CLUB: The Tri-State Coin & Currency Club will meet Thursday, Jan. 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Brattleboro Savings & Loan, 221 Main St. (use the rear door, ring the bell). The meeting is free and open to the public.

Anyone interested in coins, currency, collectibles, etc., is encouraged to participate. Activities include: discussing the economy, investments, gold prices, buying, selling, trading collectibles, sharing knowledge and interesting stories, and free opinions of value of collectibles.

In Dummerston...

HISTORIANS MEET: The Dummerston Historical Society’s annual membership meeting and program is Thursday, Jan. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Dummerston Center Schoolhouse. There will be a short business meeting with election of officers, budget adoption and review of past year’s activities followed by a program on "Old Time Sayings" a.k.a. colloquialisms.

Jog your memories to recall any of those odd or old-fashioned phrases you used to hear from generations ahead of you when you were a child, such as gulley-washer, pop, raining cats and dogs, etc. How did they sound and what did they mean? Come share them with others on Jan. 17.

Free, handicapped accessible, refreshments. All are welcome. Information: Gail at 802-254-9311.

In Guilford...

SENIOR LUNCH: The Guilford Senior Lunch, sponsored by Senior Solutions will be held on Friday, Jan. 18, at noon at the Guilford Community Church. The menu includes easy chicken bake and biscuits with Vermont maple carrot cake for dessert.

Books will be available on loan from the Guilford Free Library. Blood pressures will be taken courtesy of Guilford Cares.

For more information and to make reservations call 802-254-9774 no later than Wednesday, Jan. 16.

In Halifax...

SENIOR MEAL: The monthly senior meal will be held at noon on Friday, Jan. 18, at the Halifax Community Hall which is located at the intersection of Brook and Branch roads in West Halifax.

The menu will be meatballs, gravy, mashed potatoes, vegetable, rolls and a dessert. The meal is sponsored by Senior Solutions. All seniors are welcome. Reservations are appreciated, call Joan at 802-368-7733.

In Putney...

HEMLOCK WOOLY ADELGID: The Putney Conservation Commission will sponsor a presentation by Jim Esden, a forestry specialist with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation on the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

The Hemlock Wooly Adelgid is a tiny insect from east Asia that attacks forest and ornamental hemlock trees. This insect has recently been found in Putney.

The presentation will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Putney Fire Station with time for questions after the presentation. For more information, contact Pamela Cubbage of the Putney Conservation Commission at 802-387-2338.

In Townshend...

SENIOR MEAL: A dinner for the community will be held at noon on Thursday, Jan. 17, at The Townshend Church. The meal is sponsored by Senior Solutions. The suggested donation is $3 for people over 60, and $4 for all others.

Blood pressure screening will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. sponsored by VT/NH Visiting Nurse Association.

Everyone is welcome.