Around Windham County

Saturday December 1, 2012

In Bellows Falls...

ORNAMENT FUNDRAISER: Windham Antique Center is hosting a fundraiser during the holiday season for the Vermont Children’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.

Anyone with extra vintage holiday ornaments may donate them or purchase an ornament. All of the proceeds raised by the sale will go to the Vermont Children’s Hospital.

Ornaments may be dropped off or purchased at the Windham Antique Center at 5 The Square, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. or Sundays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information: 802-732-8081.

HISTORICAL CALENDAR: Each year for the past five years, the rich history of Bellows Falls and Rockingham comes to life in a calendar showcasing historical photographs from the Rockingham Library’s collections. Emily Zervas, Reference and Historical Collections Librarian at the Rockingham Library, produces the annual calendar with a different theme using images from the library’s archives. This year’s calendar features historical group portraits, with an emphasis on revealing the community that lived in the old townscapes.

Calendars can be purchased at the Rockingham Library, Village Square Booksellers, and Town Hall in Bellows Falls for $10 with all proceeds going to the Friends of the Rockingham Library, an independent nonprofit group whose mission is to promote and enhance library services.

In Brattleboro...

MESSIAH SING: The Friends of Music at Guilford’s 42nd Community Messiah Sing will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., Brattleboro. Clark Anderson again conducts Christian Huebner, organist, and the grand choir of 250 or more tri-state residents who gather for this joyful and "soundful" occasion featuring soloists Aurora Phillips, soprano, Jessica Callahan Gelter, alto, Michael Duffin, tenor, and Larrimore C. Crockett, bass.

All donations at the door are divided between the Morningside Shelter and the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center; over $8,500 has been collected since 2007. A van from the Drop In Center will be collecting nonperishable food, winter clothing, outerwear and blankets, as well as unwrapped new toys during the afternoon.

Singers can bring their own vocal score, borrow or buy one at the door, or pick up a copy at Maple Leaf Music in Brattleboro. For further information, contact the Friends of Music office at 802-254-3600 or; visit

OPEN HOUSE: The New England Coalition will hold an open house from 3 to 4 p.m. at its new office at the Hooker-Dunham building at 139 Main St., Room 701. Light refreshments, followed by the 41st Annual Membership Meeting from 4 to 5 p.m. Get an update on NEC’s legal and regulatory initiatives following a brief business portion of the meeting. For more information: 802-257-0336 or

LEGAL CLINIC: The Brattleboro Senior Center is hosting a free Legal Advice Clinic on Monday, Dec. 3. An attorney from the Senior Citizens Law Project of Vermont Legal Aid will be conducting a legal advice clinic for Vermonters age 60 and older at the Brattleboro Senior Center. This clinic is sponsored by Vermont Legal Aid and by Senior Solutions. To sign up for a free 20-minute consultation between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., call The Senior Center at 802-257-7570.

ROTARY DINNER RAFFLE: The Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club kicked off its annual dinner raffle to raise funds for various club projects including Project Feed the Thousands. First prize will be five $100 gift certificates to area restaurants, including Peter Havens, The Putney Inn, The Marina, New England House and Panda North. Second prize is a gift certificate from Windham Wines, and third prize is a gift certificate from North End Butchers.

A limited number of tickets is available and may be purchased for $5 each or six for $25 through any Sunrise Rotarian, or by calling Jason at 802-380-0848. The drawing will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 5.

BLOOD DONOR DAY: The American Red Cross, in conjunction with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, is sponsoring a Toys for Kids Blood Drive on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the VFW Post No. 1034 at 40 Black Mountain Road in Brattleboro from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Healthy people ages 17 and older may donate. Positive ID is required.

The U.S. Marine Corps is asking all potential blood donors to bring a new unwrapped gift to the blood drive. They request no toy guns or knives be donated. To schedule an appointment, visit or call 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767). Walk-ins are also welcome. For information, call the Red Cross office at 802-254-2377.

LECTURE RESCHEDULED: Vermont Humanities Council and Brooks Memorial Library has rescheduled the First Wednesday Lecture with David Sanger from Dec. 5 to Monday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. to be held at the First Baptist Church, 190 Main St.

In Chesterfield, N.H. ...

2013 CALENDARS: The 2013 Chesterfield Historical Society calendars feature three of Walter "Winky" Wall’s sketches. The cover is a scene of Centre Village from Wetherbee Hill with a number of recognizable buildings such as the town hall and church. The calendars are a fundraiser for the historical society and are available at Toadstool Bookstore and at the Chesterfield Library and Chesterfield Town Clerk’s Office for $12.

In Dummerston...

TREE LIGHTING: The Town Tree Lighting and Caroling will take place on the Common in Dummerston Center on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 4:30 p.m. A reception will follow in the Dummerston Congregational Church. Bring some cookies to share. For information, contact or 802-257-0577.

In Newfane...

GARDEN CLUB: The Newfane Garden Club will meet on Thursday, Dec. 6, at noon at the Newfane Congregational Church. The theme of the meeting will be wreath decorating and a holiday party. Members are asked to bring a small, wrapped gift suitable for patients at Grace Cottage Hospital or for the Newfane Meals-on-Wheels recipients. Each should indicate whether their gift is for a "man," "woman" or "special person."

Following a potluck luncheon, members will decorate wreaths for public buildings in Newfane, Brookline and Townshend. Hostess is Carolyn Katz. Guests are welcome.

In Westminster...

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: The Westmoreland Town Band will present a Christmas Musical Extravaganza on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 4 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, Route 5, Westminster. The band will kick off the Christmas season at the church.

A selection of Christmas music will be performed upstairs in the church. After the concert refreshments will be served and there will be a chance to meet the band, purchase a CD and visit with friends and neighbors.

In Winchester, N.H. Š

BEAN SUPPER: The United Church of Winchester will hold its monthly Bean Supper on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the church building on Main Street. Served family style, the cost is $8 for adults, $3 for children, and $20 for up to five family members (adults with children).

For more information, call 603-239-4465. There will be no advanced ticket sales.


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