Evening Star Grange
Christmas gathering

VERNON -- The next meeting of the Evening Star Grange will be the annual Christmas gathering at the home of George and Polly Pond on Newton Road in Vernon on Monday, Dec. 9, at 6:30 p.m. All members are invited to attend and bring a favorite holiday treat to share and a gift to exchange. Carpooling or directions will be available by calling Master Larry Lynch at 802-387-5745 or Carol Lynch at 802-254-2517.

The Ponds have decorated their home for this occasion and it is hoped that all members can attend.

Brattleboro Camera Club
meets Monday

BRATTLEBORO -- The Brattleboro Camera Club will meet Monday, Dec. 9, at 6:30 p.m. at Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St.

Club member and professional photographer Donald Dill will present a slide show of member prints with music. For many years this has been an annual event to showcase the work of the club in a specialized format.

Members will also submit for review recent prints showing some kind of action. The subject matter varies, but the presentation and evaluation is a regular monthly feature as part of the club’s emphasis on the development of skills.

There is no charge for this program and the public is welcome to attend.

Daughters of Isabella
Circle No. 128

BRATTLEBORO -- The Daughters of Isabella held their installation of officers for the next year on Nov. 17 at St. Michael’s School. The master of ceremony was Mildred Maloskie. The Marshal was Gail Stankiewicz and installing of officer was the State Regent Jeanette Cavanaugh.

New officers are: Regent, Terry Mercier; Vice Regent, Lois Dunham; Past Regent, Rebecca Koski; Financial Secretary, Kathi Renaud; Recording Secretary, Stephanie Cary; Treasurer, Kathleen Leclaire; Chaplain, Father James Dodson; Chancellor, Jean Dunham; Custodian, Cindy Camara; Scribe, Elizabeth Snyder; Monitor, Julie Bronson; First Guide, Mildred Maloskie. Auditors, Kathleen Saunders, Connie Weldon, and Gail Stankiewicz Banner Bearer, Bernice Dominique.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 6 p.m. which is the Christmas party.

Tri Town Collectors Club
plan Family Hobby Show

BRATTLEBORO -- The Tri Town Collectors Club will hold a Coin, Sports, Postcard, Family Hobby Show on Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Holiday Inn Express on Chickering Drive in Brattleboro from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Many dealers and collectors from the tri-state area meet monthly for a scholarship auction, coupled with a daylong series of fun hobby activities for the whole family.

Besides the usual offerings of coins, currency, stamps and sports cards, there will be a special quiz for collectors at the coin club table. Anyone reaching into the collectable grab bag and selecting a free Indian Head cent or Buffalo nickel will be able to double their prize if they can say who was president in the year the coin was minted.

The Indian Head cents were issued from 1859 until 1909 while the Buffalo nickels were released from 1913-1938. Other door prizes will also be available for hobbyist of all ages.

This month, three new coin collectors will be present, including a Canadian coin specialist. There also will be a collector with a large presentation of vintage local postcards.

There is no admission charge and anyone wishing to set up a card table to sell their material may do so by calling Joe Fuller at 802-297-1274.

There will not be another Brattleboro show until February.

Bellows Falls
Woman’s Club
to meet on Tuesday

BELLOWS FALLS -- The Bellows Falls Woman’s Club, member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the United Church of Bellows Falls, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Students from Westminster Center School, under the direction of Ashley Paine, will entertain with seasonal music.

The club’s Nov. 12 meeting featured a luncheon hosted by the executive board. The program was presented by two Rockingham librarians. Emily Zervas presented a slide show of before and after pictures of the recent renovation of the library building. Youth librarian, Samantha Maskell, detailed her work with the Vermont Early Learning Initiative, a program designed to assist parents and caregivers of preschoolers with fostering the skills needed for learning to read.

An added feature at the November meeting was a silent auction of themed boxes, provided by the officers and directors. Members voted to make monetary donations to the Police Department’s Angel Tree project and to the Rockingham Christmas Fund.

Club members will provide cookies for the Dec. 7 Rotary Club sponsored movie and time with Santa. Cookies should be taken to the Lower Theater of town hall by 1 p.m. that day, or may be left prior to that at Village Square Booksellers.

Members agreed to provide warm hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, socks for the Warming Shelter. These items should be brought to the Dec. 10 meeting. Also, the winning tickets in the current raffle of a hand embroidered table cloth and a $100 Irving gas card will be drawn; members are reminded to bring their sold ticket stubs and money to the meeting.

Several members plan to attend the Kurn Hattin holiday luncheon and concert on Dec. 12.