Around Windham County

Tuesday December 11, 2012

In Brattleboro...

SENIOR MEALS: Menus for the remainder of this week at the Brattleboro Senior Center at 207 Main St. in Brattleboro are as follows:

Tuesday: Breakfast, 7:45-8:15 a.m., Vegetable frittata, home fries, yogurt, fruit, juice, muffin. Lunch: Turkey tetrazzini, glazed carrots, cauliflower, gingerbread.

Wednesday: Unstuffed cabbage with tomato meat sauce, potato pirogues, broccoli, grapenut pudding.

Thursday: Barbecued chicken, Brussels sprouts, sweet potato wedges, cake and ice cream.

Friday: Breakfast, 7:45-8:15 a.m., Eggs Benedict with ham on an English muffin, potato pancake, fruit, juice, yogurt. Lunch: Hot dogs, baked beans, coleslaw, mangos.

For information or reservations, contact Chris McAvoy, Meals Director, at 802-257-1236.

ANNUAL COOKIE SWAP: The Brattleboro Senior Center will be holding its Annual Cookie Swap on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 11 a.m. at the Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St.

Participants should bring several dozen of the same kind of cookie. Each person will leave with the same number of cookies they came with.

For further information, call the Center at 802-257-7570.

FARMS/GARDENS SERIES: The series on Farms & Gardens will continue on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. at Brooks Memorial Library with Jane Brox’ "Here and Nowhere Else."

After years of living away Brox returns to the family farm of her birth, where her aging father still tended the crops. She captures the cadences of farm life and those who sustain it, at a time when the viability of both are waning.

Part of the Vermont Humanities Council Reading and Discussion Series. This final of a four book discussion series about Farms and Gardens will be led by VHC scholar, Richard Wizansky. Books are available now at the Main Circulation desk. The Library is located at 224 Main St. in Brattleboro.

COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS: Transition Town Brattleboro will hold its monthly Community Conversations on Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Brattleboro Food Co-op.

Learn about the latest incentives to save energy and money on home heating and electricity and hear about organizing neighborhood outreach efforts for home energy savings in Brattleboro neighborhoods in conjunction with the Vermont Home Energy Challenge. Bring snacks to share, socializing starts at 6 p.m.

To reach the Co-op Community Room, enter from 7 Canal St., at the brown awning. Parking is recommended on Canal, the Flat Street parking lot or at the Transportation Center. Parking at the Co-op is for current shoppers. Wheelchair or other mobility tools may enter at 9 Canal St. These monthly gatherings are free and newcomers are welcome. For more information, call Bea Blake at 802-579-1174.

BEVERAGE TRAINING: The Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition (BAPC) in collaboration with the Vermont Department of Liquor Control (DLC), will co-sponsor the DLC’s Responsible Beverage Service Trainings to be held at the Marlboro College Graduate Center in Brattleboro. Two three-hour trainings will be offered. The training for store clerks, cashiers and managers of retail stores that sell alcohol and tobacco products is offered on Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 3 to 6 p.m. The training for restaurant, club and hotel services who serve alcohol is offered on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 1 to 4 p.m. All staff and managers are encouraged to attend. No registration is required and all participants are eligible to win a door prize. Late attendees will not be admitted.

Visit the DLC website for more information at or contact BAPC by calling 802-257-2175 or

AARP NOTICES: Members of Brattleboro AARP Chapter No. 763 are invited to attend the Chapter’s Christmas Buffet Luncheon to be held at the American Legion on 32 Linden St. on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at noon. The menu will be roast pork with applesauce, mashed potatoes and gravy, a green vegetable and brownies a la mode for dessert. The St. Michael’s School Choir with their angelic voices will present a Christmas concert of seasonal music for the entertainment.

The cost is $7 per person. Make checks payable to AARP Chapter No. 763 and send to Bernice Murdock, 166 Morningside Commons, Brattleboro, VT 05301. Reservations must be made before Dec. 12, call 802-254-8436.

In 2009 the Vermont AARP petitioned the Vermont Public Service Board to allow CVPS and Green Mountain Power to implement low income rates for electricity. The Vt. Legislature has authorized the low income rate effective Dec. 15, 2012, for people with incomes 150 percent of the poverty level. Customers with past due balances who think they may be eligible may also apply between Dec. 15 and March 15 for forgiveness to the Vt. Agency of Human Services Benefit Service Center after Dec. 15, when applications will become available. The number to call after Dec. 15 is 1-800-775-0516 or e-mail

TRACTOR SAFETY: The Windham Regional Career Center and UVM Extension will offer a short course on safer tractor operation, for new and experienced farmers and those who train or supervise young people using a tractor. Using WRCC’s brand new tractor, the hands-on workshop will cover basic farm safety, introduce the parts and proper operation of a 50-hp tractor and implements, and review current agricultural labor law and available training resources.

The course will take place Saturday, Dec. 15, 9 to 11:30 am. Cost: $15 (includes handouts and refreshments).

To register or for more information, contact Betsy Gentile, WRCC at or 802-451-3965.

In Dummerston...

SENIOR LUNCH: Senior Solutions will sponsor its senior lunch on Wednesday, Dec. 12, beginning at noon at the Evening Star Grange in Dummerston Center.

The menu will include pork roast, onion sauce, oven potatoes, cabbage casserole, succotash, and cake with everyday sauce for dessert. The meal will be prepared by Linda Hellus.

Takeouts are available by calling 802-254-1138. A donation of $3 is suggested for those over 60, and $4 for guests under that age. Information the morning of the meal is available at the above number.

Books from the Lydia Taft Pratt Library will be available for borrowing until the next meal.

In Guilford...

CHANTING AND MEDITATION: Chanting and meditation will be offered on Wednesdays during Advent, Dec. 12 and 19, at the Guilford Community Church. The Rev. Larrimore Crockett will open and close the hour in the sanctuary between 4 and 5 p.m. with chants from the Taizé tradition. Come for some or all of the hour for candlelight, chanting and a time of shared silence.

From 5 to 6 p.m. informal fellowship will focus on the book and film, "The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem," by Adam Hamilton.

For information call 802-257-2776 or visit Everyone is welcome.

In NewfaneĊ 

SENIOR LUNCH: There will be dinner for seniors in Newfane and surrounding communities on Thursday, Dec. 13, at noon at the Newfane Congregational Church. On the menu will be deviled eggs, coleslaw, roast loin of pork, peas, potatoes, corn bread, and apple bread pudding with cream.

The meal is prepared by Winnie Dolan, hosted by Barbara Brooks and served by volunteers from the church and community. It is sponsored by Senior Solutions. The suggested donation for the meal is $3.50 for age 60 and over and $4 for under age 60. Call Winnie Dolan at 802-365-7870 for information and reservations.

In Putney...

SENIOR LUNCH: Putney Cares and Senior Solutions will sponsor lunch in Putney on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at noon. Friends and neighbors are invited to enjoy lunch, conversation, and holiday music played by Steve Damon in the Putney Cares Activities Barn, located at 54 Kimball Hill Road.

On the menu will be roasted turkey (or vegetarian alternative), cranberry sauce, roasted root vegetables, Orchard Hill bread, Apple Crostata, and coffee and tea.

The lunch will be prepared by Pamela Cubbage. For more information or to make a reservation, call 802-387-5593.

In Wardsboro...

SEASONAL MUSIC CONCERT: The West River Valley Chorus will present a concert of seasonal music at the Wardsboro Methodist Church on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m.

Ken Olsson will direct and accompany the 20 singers. Selections include the old English carol, "The Holly and the Ivy," and J.S. Bach’s "Sheep May Safely Graze." Featured artists include dramatic soprano Julie Olsson ("Rejoice Greatly" from Handel’s Messiah) and three tenors ("O Holy Night"). Townshend Ring-a-Lings handbell choir will play during audience carol singing.

Now in its 23rd year, the West River Valley Chorus welcomes new members. Anyone who enjoys singing and being part of something special is welcome to join. The group rehearses at the Townshend Church on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. starting on March 6 for the spring concert.

For more information contact Olsson at


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