Around Windham County

Friday November 2, 2012

In Brattleboro...

SKI TOW WORKBEE: Living Memorial Park Snow Sports is looking for volunteers to help ready the hill for the winter season. A workbee is planned for Sunday, Nov. 4, beginning at 10 a.m.

For further information, contact Ray Blow at 802-380-2977,

SWAP PROGRAM: The Windham Solid Waste Management District Swap Program on Old Ferry Road is open every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until noon. It is a free outlet for materials that are still usable, but for which there is no traditional re-use program. People are asked to use all other available outlets before bringing items to the Swap Program. Items brought in may be passed along to other non-profit groups.

Items brought in must be in usable condition and must be accepted by a staff member before being left. Due to the need to close promptly at noon, large loads of donations may not be accepted after 11:45 a.m. Everyone is welcome to bring in or take out materials. It is not necessary to do both.

Some items that usually are not accepted are appliances, upholstered furniture, carpet, computers, mattresses, clothes and tires. These items may be placed on Freecycle at

Items available this week include: Cooler, dresser, fireplace screen, baby bouncer, two-drawer file cabinet, child’s desk, baby bath, Monopoly Junior, table lamps, dish drainers, plastic trays, and televisions.

Swap Program information is available at, e-mail questions to or call Stewart at 802-254-3555.

In Dummerston...

OSHER LECTURE: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) presents the fifth in this fall’s six-week series of lectures on Monday, Nov. 5.

In the morning program, Meg Mott discusses Aldo Leopold’s land ethic as it applies to loss of wildlife and related issues. Mott teaches political theory at Marlboro College and is a popular OLLI lecturer.

In the afternoon lectures, Bob Engel, also of the Marlboro faculty and also an experienced leader of past OLLI programs, examines nerve cells, their communication, and their assembly in the brain.

The morning program begins at 10 and runs until noon. The afternoon program runs from 1 to 3. All lectures take place at the Southeast Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471 Vermont Route 5, in Dummerston. Parking and handicapped access are available. Light refreshments are served at all lectures.

The OLLI lectures are produced by the local chapter of The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, now in its ninth year in Brattleboro. The Institute is a nationwide membership organization sponsoring programs for people aged 50 and over who wish to continue their education without tests, papers, or grades. Payment of full dues entitles members to attend all 12 lectures in the present series. Lectures are also open to non-members for a fee of $5 per lecture.

For more information call 802-257-8600 or toll-free 866-889-0042.

In Marlboro...

GALBRAITH LEGACY: Marlboro College will dedicate the John Kenneth and Catherine Atwater Galbraith Library Collection on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 4 p.m. in Ragle Hall at the college.

The collection is a gift from the Galbraiths’ sons Peter, James and Alan in recognition of their parents’ relationship with Marlboro as trustee, friend and neighbor.

Peter Galbraith and James Galbraith will each offer their views on the legacy of their father in the context of current economic and foreign policies and in anticipation of the Nov. 6 election. A discussion with other experts and members of the audience will follow.

Peter Galbraith is the former U.S. Ambassador to Croatia, a senior diplomatic fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation and a Vermont state senator.

James Galbraith holds the Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations and is professor of government at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas/Austin. The latter Galbraith’s latest book, "Inequality and Instability: A Study of the World Economy Just Before the Great Crisis," was published in March of 2012.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information: 802-251-7644 or

In Townshend...

GRACE’S GOT TALENT: The 3rd Annual "Grace Cottage’s Got Talent" variety show will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the Townshend Town Hall. All performers are Grace Cottage employees and family members. The master of ceremonies will be Grace Cottage’s Dr. Robert Backus, and a variety of skits (music, dancing, singing and comedy) will be performed by a variety of talented people.

Admission is by free-will donation. Refreshments will be available at intermission. The proceeds will help Grace Cottage expand its Messenger Valley Pharmacy.

For more information, call 802-365-9109.

In West Brattleboro...

RIDE TO THE POLLS: The West Brattleboro Association, in partnership with Westgate Housing, is offering free van service between West Brattleboro and the polls at Brattleboro Union High School on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Three round trips will leave West Brattleboro at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Pick-ups will be made at Westgate, Mountain Home, Hayes Court, Village Green, Melrose Terrace, and Brookside apartments. Return trip will leave BUHS as soon as all have voted.

This van service is non-partisan and aims to increase civic participation, accommodate West Brattleboro residents without cars, and to encourage reduced use of automobiles.

Detailed van schedule is posted on For further information, contact Michael Bosworth at or 802-258-6475.


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