Around Windham County

Saturday December 15, 2012

In Ashuelot, N.H. ...

HISTORIC WALKING TOUR: Ashuelot Village, (between Hinsdale and Winchester on Route 119) will have its first Historic House Holiday Walking Tour, on Sunday, Dec. 16, from 1 to 4 p.m. The Tour will start at the Thayer Public Library, 3 Main Street (across from the covered bridge), and continue across the bridge to the Jenkins Homestead, with stops along the way. Holiday decorations will bring a festive touch to the tour. Suggested donation is $1.

Call the Thayer Public Library for more information is 603-392-0175.

In Brattleboro...

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.

END OF LIFE FORUM: "Patient Choice at End of Life" will be the topic of a forum hosted by State Sen. Jeanette White and State Rep. Mike Mrowicki on Tuesday, Dec. 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Brooks Memorial Library, Main Street in Brattleboro.

This discussion will be held in the public meeting room on the top floor of the library, moderated by the two legislators. It is free and open to all.

CHILD CARE ART: Windham Child Care Association invites the community to visit its new online store. In October, 100 child and adult artists generously donated artwork for the agency’s Fall Into Art benefit. The art that was not raffled off that night can be now purchased at Artists include: photographers Evie Lovett and Lynne Weinstein, painters Lydia Thomson and Jason Alden and more. Also for sale are beautiful note cards designed by young children in local child care programs. Orders are processed through Paypal (no account required) and shipping is free.

Proceeds from the sale go to supporting WCCA’s mission, which is "to improve the lives of young children and their families in Windham County." This includes training and career support for early childhood educators, free child care referrals to families, early literacy activities through their Early Learning Express program and much more. Call 802-254-5332.

In Guilford...

SENIOR LUNCH: The Guilford Golden Agers Senior Lunch, sponsored by Senior Solutions, will take place on Friday, Dec. 21, at noon at the Guilford Community Church. The menu will be a Christmas dinner.

Books will be available on loan from the Guilford Free Library. Blood pressures will be taken courtesy of Guilford Cares.

For more information and to make reservations call 802-254-9774 no later than Wednesday, Dec. 19.

In Keene, N.H. ...

THE DUST BOWL: Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan will be at the Toadstool Bookshop on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. to discuss their new historical documentary and book "The Dust Bowl: An Illustrated History."

Burns and Duncan collected more than 300 photographs, some never before published, scoured private letters, government reports, and newspaper articles, and conducted in-depth interviews to produce a document that may likely be the last recorded testimony of the generation who lived through this defining decade.

For more information, call The Toadstool Bookshop at 352-8815. This event is free, and everyone is welcome to attend.

LITTLE JOE: Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace will be at the Toadstool Bookshop on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m. to discuss and sign copies of their children’s books "Little Joe" and the "Kickers" series. This is the first book of four in the "Kickers" soccer series,.

For more than 15 years, Sandra Neil Wallace reported on and anchored network news, then became a sports announcer with ESPN. "Little Joe" is her first novel, she has a young adult novel coming out in 2013.

Award-winning sports novelist Rich Wallace introduces the "Kickers" soccer series, filled with lively black-and-white art and fast-paced, on-the-field action.

For more information call The Toadstool Bookshop at 603-352-8815. This event is free, and everyone is welcome to attend.

In Londonderry...

FIRST RESPONDER CLASS: The Londonderry Volunteer Rescue Squad (LVRS) will be offering a first responder class (EMR) after the New Year. Completion of this course and passage of the state certification examination will qualify individuals as First responders. The class begins Jan. 7 and runs Monday and Wednesdays from 6 to 10 p.m. through mid-March. The cost is $175.

The class will be held at the Londonderry Rescue Squad building on Route 100. Class size is limited and preference will be given to students who live in LVRS’s immediate coverage area and plan to join the squad.

For further information, or to register, contact Marge Fish at 802-824-3662 or

In Putney...

DIGESTION DISCUSSION: Emily Samet, MS, Nutritionist, will lead a free workshop on digestive health on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. at Medicine For the People in Putney. This will be an opportunity to understand how the GI tract works, what can go wrong, and why it is so important to address digestive concerns.

Medicine for the People is located at 125 Main St. (behind Town Hall) in Putney. For more information, call 802-387-3028 or visit

In Walpole, N.H. Š

HOLIDAY BAKE SALE: The Walpole Unitarian Church will hold its annual Holiday Bake Sale on Saturday, Dec. 15, in front of the Post Office from 9 to 11:15 a.m.

Shoppers will find homemade products including: holiday cookies boxed for gift giving; a variety of yeast breads including special holiday breads and cinnamon rolls; preserves, candies, cakes, pies, and other items.

SHELTER TRAINING: The Greater Falls Warming Shelter will hold a training session for volunteers Sunday, Dec. 16, at 3 p.m. at the shelter at 23 Church St.

Volunteers are needed to staff the shelter in two nightly shifts from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. or 1 a.m. to 7 p.m. or for the entire evening. Volunteer duties include being awake and available to supervise those sleeping at the shelter and doing some light duties involving the serving and cleanup of the evening meal and snacks. Volunteers can sign up on a regular basis or as their schedules permit. Anyone interested in volunteering or to learn more about the shelter is welcome to attend the training session.

The training will include a review and update of shelter rules and protocols, plus an update on how plans for the space are progressing.

No experience is needed other than a concern for the homeless in the community who are outside during the winter months. Volunteers will work with a staff coordinator who has overall responsibility.

The training will be conducted by Susan Howes and Barbara Ternes, warming shelter board members. For more information contact Howes at SEVCA at 802-722-4575, ext. 124, or Ternes at Parks Place at 802-463-9927, or by e-mailing gfwarmingshelter


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