Around Windham County

Saturday October 13, 2012

In Brattleboro...

WHITE CANE DAY: The 5th Annual White Cane Awareness Day Celebration will take place on Monday, Oct. 15, on the Brattleboro Common. The event is planned to celebrate the independence and self-sufficiency of blind people in America and the white cane as a symbol of that independence and self-reliance. The celebration will begin at 3 p.m. at 38 Park Place, followed by a brief walk along the roads near the Common. Refreshments and information about community resources will be provided before and after the walk. Everyone is invited to participate and a limited supply of free T-shirts will be given out.

White Cane Safety Day was authorized by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 after advocacy by the National Federation of the Blind gained congressional approval the year before.

The White Cane Awareness Day Walk is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (VABVI), Vermont’s Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DBVI), and the Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL). For more information, call 802-254-8761.

FALL LEAF PICKUP: The Brattleboro curbside fall leaf pickup dates are scheduled for all residents on Fridays, Oct. 26 and Nov. 9.

All leaves and clippings must be in brown paper leaf bags and at the curb by 7 a.m. on scheduled leaf collection days. Acceptable waste includes leaves, grass, clippings, garden waste, twigs, no branches larger than 1-inch diameter and 2-feet long. No other household trash is to be included.

No plastic bags or other containers will be accepted. Brown paper leaf bags are available for purchase at local businesses.

These will be the only days scheduled for curbside leaf pick up this year. There will be no Saturday pickups.

BELLY DANCING: Belly Dance classes will be offered on Thursdays at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital beginning on Oct. 18. Described as a "fun beginner and beyond" class, they will be held for eight weeks. There is a fee and participants may pay for the full eight weeks or for one class at a time. To register, call 802-257-8877.

TAI CHI CLASSES: Tai Chi classes will be held on Mondays from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St., in the first floor gym. The classes will begin on Oct. 15 and run through Dec. 17.

Tai Chi exercise is especially beneficial for people over 50, but all ages are welcome to join the class. Tai Chi is easy, safe and effective. There are also health benefits, such as improvement of balance, and flexibility and overall health. There is a fee for the class with a sliding scale available.

The class instructor, Susan Hebson, has been teaching Tai Chi for over 20 years and is certified to teach Sun Style.

To register call Hebson at 802-257-9425 or e-mail

COMMITTEE VOLUNTEERS: Several Brattleboro committees are looking for volunteers to serve.

The committees with vacancies are: Agricultural Advisory Board; Conservation Commission; Council on Aging; Development Review Board Alternate; Energy Committee; Fence Viewer (by statute, must be legal voter of the Town); Honor Roll Committee; Inspector, Lumber Shingles & Wood; SEVCA; Town Service Officer; and Tree Advisory Committee.

Applications and more information about committees may be found on the Brattleboro website, The Selectboard will make appointments at a meeting following receipt of the application. Any Brattleboro resident interested in serving on a committee should submit their application on-line to the Town Manager’s office, or mail to: Brattleboro Town Manager, Attn.: Committee Vacancy, 230 Main St., Suite 208, Brattleboro, VT 05301.

SOLAR WORKSHOP: Homeowners, landlords, small business owners, and other residents looking for ways to cut rising energy bills are invited to a free solar workshop presented by Brattleboro Climate Protection and the Brattleboro Energy Committee. The workshop will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St., in Brattleboro.

Workshop attendees will learn the advantages of installing solar hot water and solar electric systems, and about the different types of systems that are available. Local solar installers will be on hand to offer real-life case studies of solar installations and to answer questions about solar and its affordability.

The workshop will feature a presentation by Nick Ziter of SunFarm Community Solar of Putney. Ziter is starting a solar farm that allows community members to invest in the project and then receive a credit for the solar power on their electric bill. Other workshop presenters and installers will include Southern Vermont Renewable Energy, Putney, Integrated Solar, Brattleboro, Solar Source, Keene, N.H., and Co-op Power, Greenfield, Mass.

The workshop is free, open to the general public, and is limited to 60 participants. Pre-registration is required. To sign up, contact Paul Cameron at 802-251-8135 or at Light refreshments will be served. The workshop is sponsored by Brattleboro Climate Protection, Brattleboro Energy Committee, Marlboro College Graduate Center, and River Valley Credit Union.

In Grafton...

HIKE FOR HUNGER: The Southern Vermont Hike for Hunger will take place today at Grafton Ponds Outdoor Family Center in Grafton. Check-in will start at 10 a.m. and the hike will begin at 11 a.m. The event will not only heighten awareness about the issue of hunger in communities, but will raise support for Hunger Free Vermont’s programs that feed children, families, neighbors, and teach communities to cook.

Hunger Free Vermont’s programs, such as their School Meals Outreach Program and Early Childhood Nutrition Outreach Program, work to end the injustice of hunger and malnutrition for all Vermonters.

The event will consist of a 3 mile or 1.5 mile hike option, followed by a community celebration with snacks from the event’s sponsors and prizes for top fundraisers. Participants will receive T-shirts and giveaway bags.

To register, visit Hike for Hunger online at Registration is $25.

In Putney...

OUTING CLUB CELEBRATION: The Brattleboro Outing Club will hold its 90th Anniversary Gala Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 3, at The Putney Inn. This event will begin at 6 p.m. with the BOC’s annual meeting, followed by cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The Phil and Mary Dunham Scholarship Award will be presented. Buffet dinner and dancing will begin at 7:15 p.m. with music by Electric Fence.

Tickets are $30 per person if purchased by Oct. 22; $40 after. Checks should be sent to Roni Byrne, P.O. Box 78, West Dummerston, VT 05357.

Anyone who cannot attend this 90th Anniversary Celebration, but wishing to support the BOC, may send donations to the above address.

For more information, visit

In Townshend...

MEDICARE D INFORMATION: Grace Cottage Hospital will provide a free program, "What’s New With Medicare D?" for the public on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 5 p.m., in the hospital’s Community Wellness Center, 133 Grafton Rd., Route 35, in Townshend.

Presenters will include Grace Cottage Hospital Director of Pharmacy Jim Heal and PharmD candidates Matthew Clark, from Albany College of Pharmacy, and Michael Schultz, from Ohio Northern University School of Pharmacy.

This program will begin with an overview of recent changes to the Medicare D program. A question and answer session will follow. Assistance with changes will be available.

For more information or to register, call 802-365-3649. For information about other Grace Cottage Hospital wellness events, visit


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