Around Windham County

Wednesday December 12, 2012

In Athens...

DOUGH FOR COLLEGE: Krista Gay, a 2012 Leland & Gray Union High School graduate and a current student at John Brown University, is again selling organic cookie dough to help pay for college. Her goal is to raise $200 this holiday season to help pay for spring semester textbooks.

Krista makes each batch individually, so she is able to make dough that works with customer’s dietary needs such as gluten free, vegan and reduced sugar. She will be offering free delivery to local customers Dec. 17 and Jan. 5. Customers can also have dough shipped to any state for just $10. Orders can be placed by visiting

In Brattleboro...

AUTISM SUPPORT: The Autism Support Group that had been meeting the third Thursday of each month at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital will be taking the winter months off. It will be starting up again in the spring.

HAY NEEDED: Living Memorial Park Snow Sports Inc. is looking for bales of hay to cover the road area before the snow flies with natural snow or with snow guns. The group is grateful for the support they have received for the past 15 years from the community and look forward to the coming season.

Anyone who has hay is asked to call 802-254-6772 to arrange for pick up.

PERMACULTURE TALK: Peter Bane, an expert in the design of sustainable landscapes, communities and economic systems, will be reading from his recently published book, "The Permaculture Handbook," on Thursday, Dec. 13.

Directed at individuals and communities who are working to develop local resilience and self-reliance, this book includes sections on learning the language of design, water in the farm and garden, labor, plants-crops-seeds, animals for the garden farm, productive trees and where to plant them, forest gardens, and structures-energy-technology.

In focusing on the productive transformation of the suburban landscape, Bane shows how water- and fertilizer-intensive yards could become localized solutions in a world of dwindling resources, worsening climate change, expensive and unreliable energy and economic contraction.

This talk is sponsored by the Brattleboro Permaculture Guild and Transition Brattleboro and is scheduled for 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Brattleboro Food Coop’s Community Meeting Room. It is free and open to the public. For more information, call Tad Montgomery at 802-251-0502.

HO HO HOTLINE: Pine Heights at Brattleboro Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation will serve as a North Pole Substation for the greater Brattleboro area from Dec. 17 to 21. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be taking calls from children from 5 to 7 p.m. at 1-866-99-SANTA (866-997-2682) toll free.

COLLEGE EXHIBITIONS: An exhibition featuring 20 students in the master of arts in Teaching for Social Justice program at Marlboro College Graduate School will be held on Friday, Dec. 14, from 1 to 4 p.m., and on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Each student will highlight and discuss an important topic or endeavor from his or her full-year teaching internship in grades K-12.

Topics are wide-ranging, from democratizing the classroom, cooperative learning communities, teaching about South African Apartheid, the school-to-prison pipeline, to activism in the classroom.

The exhibition is free and open to the public, and visitors are invited to talk with the students about their work.

The event will be held at Marlboro College Graduate School, 28 Vernon St., Brattleboro.

For further information contact Mikaela Simms at 802-451-3429, or email

In Dover...

ELF’S WORKSHOP: Parents with children ages 5 and up are invited to join the Dover library elf for a time of holiday crafts, music, stories and refreshments on Friday, Dec. 14, anytime between 3:30 and 6 p.m., or on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

This will be an opportunity for children to create and wrap personal gifts for their family and friends. This free workshop will be held at the Dover Free Library. To register, call 802-348-7488 or e-mail to

In Hinsdale, N.H. Š

HOLIDAY EVENT: An Old-Fashioned Winter Holiday Event is planned at The Colonel Ebenezer Hinsdale House on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 13 and 14, from 6 to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 15, from 2 to 8 p.m.

A hearth cooking demonstration will take place on Saturday given by an expert who has recently moved to the area from Gettysburg, Pa.

Tours will be given of the 18th Century home decorated for the holiday with greenery, vintage ornaments, trees hung with old-fashioned trimmings, festive lighting and yuletide samplings.

Admission will be $5, with children under 10 free.

The house is located at 609 Brattleboro Road, Route 119 in Hinsdale. The event is sponsored by the Hinsdale Historical Society.

In TownshendŠ

CONTRA SQUARE DANCE: There will be a Contra and Square Dance at the Old West Townshend Country Store on Friday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m. Music and calling will be provided by Sally Newton, Michael Donahue and Friends.

The building has been renovated with more space and a new floor for dancing. There will be pizza for sale from 6 until 8 p.m., baked in the new outdoor wood-fired oven. Bring a salad or dessert to share for dinner before the dance. The store is located on Route 30 in West Townshend. For further information, call 802-874-7141.

Donations will be accepted to support the work of the West River Community Project.

In West BrattleboroŠ

WEST B HOLIDAY PARTY: The West Brattleboro Association will host its annual Holiday Party on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the New England House, 254 Marlboro Road. This is a time for people and businesses in West Brattleboro to get together socially and to celebrate the Association’s numerous accomplishments in this past year. The evening will feature a cash bar with complimentary hors d’oeuvres prepared by the restaurant. The WBA suggests a voluntary donation from members of $5 toward the food.

The Association’s board president Michael Bosworth will give a short "State of the Association" report after which the group will present the 2nd Annual Community Leader of the Year to a deserving entity. Last year the WBA honored Todd Darrah, owner of Chelsea Royal Diner. Darrah was recognized for providing a good eating and meeting place, steady employment, support for other businesses, and respect for open space.

The regular meetings (which are held on the second Thursday of the month at this time and venue alternately with a morning meeting at Sunny’s Deli on Western Avenue) are open to all residents. The next business meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 10.

MARY’S CLOSET: Mary’s Closet will be open on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 9 a.m. to noon at First Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave. in West Brattleboro. New arriving merchandise includes women’s winter coats, dresses, and fleece shirts. There is a nice inventory of men’s and women’s jeans, sweaters, blouses, shirts, all at sale prices, just in time for Christmas shopping.


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