Around Windham County

Saturday December 22, 2012

In Bellows Falls Š

HISTORY CALENDAR: Rockingham Library publishes its 2013 local history 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, both formal and candid, with an emphasis on revealing the community that lived in the old townscapes," says Zervas. Calendars can be purchased at the Rockingham Library, Village Square Booksellers, and Town Hall in Bellows Falls. The cost is $10 with all proceeds going to the Friends of the Rockingham Library. The Friends of the Rockingham Library are an independent nonprofit whose mission is to promote and enhance library services.

TAX VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: For the past six years, AARP Tax-Aide volunteers in Bellows Falls and the surrounding communities have helped residents prepare their federal and state tax returns. To continue this free service, AARP is seeking new volunteers for the coming tax season, especially people to work at the Bellows Falls Senior Center or Rockingham Library.

If you have four hours per week between Feb. 1 and April 15, AARP can provide you with the skills necessary to assist people with their taxes and the opportunity to give back to your community, especially important now when so many people are stressed and concerned about money. You do not have to be an AARP member or tax accountant to apply.

For more information, e-mail or call Jean Cornish at 802-365-7222.

In Brattleboro...

VACATION EVENTS: The Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department will sponsor several special events during the Christmas vacation listed below.

Winter Mini Camp - Dec. 26 to 28, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Gibson Aiken Center for children 5 to 11. A snack will be provided. Join the Rec & Parks Staff for a fun-filled morning packed with games, sports, activities, arts and crafts, skating and more!

Bowling Day - Friday, Dec. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Brattleboro Bowl on Putney Road. This day is for children and adults of all ages. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. The cost of the program is $7. (The price includes 2 games, shoes, a hot dog and a drink). For more information, call the Rec & Parks Dept at 802-254-5808.

Hockey Clinic - Dec. 26 to 28 at the Nelson Withington Skating Facility. Registration can be found at The Gibson-Aiken Ctr. 207 Main St. Children can participate in one day or all three. For more information, visit or call 802-254-5808.

Basketball Clinic - by Paul Freed and the BUHS girls varsity team on Thursday, Dec. 27 at the Gibson-Aiken Ctr. Grades K-2nd Coed 10:30 to 11:45 a.m., and Grades 3-6 Coed noon to 1:30 p.m. The fees are $5 for Bratt. Rec. & Parks players and $10 for all other players. Call 802-254-5808 to register for more information.

Movie Matinee - On Wednesday, Dec. 26 at 2 p.m.come join the Rec & Parks Staff for a special free viewing of "Madagascar 3" at the Gibson-Aiken Ctr. Conf. Room. Juice & Popcorn will be provided. Call 802-254-5808 for more information.

Additional public skating hours at the rink - The Skating Rink will be open for Pubic Skating from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on the following days: Dec. 26 to 28 , 31 and Jan. 1.

The rink will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Additional stick time hours at the rink - Thursday, Dec. 27, 11 a.m. to noon.

Holiday schedule for open gym and game room - The open gym and game room will be operating the following days and times: Dec. 26 to 28, and 31 from 1:30 to 5 p.m. for all ages. There will be no open gym and game room Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or New Year’s Day.

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 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 Maynard and Grimes Farms as they looked with all their buildings in the 1960s and ‘70s are another special addition. The calendars, a fundraiser for the historical society, have become great keepsakes and collectibles and are often given as gifts. The calendars are available at Toadstool Bookstore and at the Chesterfield Library and Chesterfield Town Clerk’s Office for $12.

In Dummerston...

CALENDARS AND T-SHIRTS: The 2013 Scenes of Dummerston Calendar featuring color photographs by 11 talented photographers is now available. The calendar contains scenes from East Dummerston to the West River. Also available is the new black, short-sleeved Dummerston T-shirts with a graphic of the West Dummerston Covered Bridge. The writing on the shirt says "Dummerston ... the longest one in Vermont."

Calendars are $10 and T-shirts are $18 for M-XL and $20 for XXL. Both will make great gifts for family and friends, near and far, and are available at the Dummerston Town Office or by calling Muriel at 802-257-9358 or Gail at 802-254-9311.

In Guilford ...

WISH I’D KNOWN: A panel discussion -- "What I Wish I Had Known in High School!" -- among high school graduates will share insights into college, work and life in a free presentation on Sunday, Dec. 23, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Guilford Community Church.

Alumni from area public and private schools have been recruited to serve as panelists to share some of their missteps, discoveries, lessons learning and observations on many topics of import to high school students making critical decisions about their future such as continued education, gap year, which college, employment, finances, relationships, location, housing, etc.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Nanci Leitch at 802-258-8348 or e-mail Directions: 1-91 to Vermont Exit 1 (Brattleboro), south on Route 5 to just past the Guilford Country Store, left on Bee Barn Road, left again on Church Drive.

In Newfane ...

MUSIC NITE: The Old Schoolhouse in South Newfane will host a special "Music Nite" on Friday, Dec. 28. Local resident Dan DeWalt will be joined by Dan and Bruce Rosow, with special guest Lizzy Mandell, for an evening of family-friendly tunes.

Music starts at 7:30 p.m. There is no cover charge. The Old Schoolhouse is located in the village of South Newfane at the intersection of Dover Road and Auger Hole Road. Parking is free along Auger Hole Road. Guests are encouraged to bring drinks and snacks.

In West Chesterfield, N.H. Š

LUMINARIA DISPLAY: The First Universalist Church of West Chesterfield will host its fifth-annual outdoor Holiday Luminaria display to take place during the church’s Holiday Candlelight Service on Sunday, Dec. 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. Community members are invited to donate luminarias in memory, honor or appreciation of a loved one. The names of all those who are being honored will appear in the service program.

A luminaria, or farolito, is a light or little lantern, usually a candle inside a paper lampshade, which is significant in Mexican culture at Christmastime. In New Mexico and west Texas, luminaries are made from brown paper bags weighted down with sand and illuminated from within by a lit candle and traditionally displayed on Christmas Eve. These are typically arranged in rows to create large and elaborate displays. The hope among Christian believers is that the lights will guide the spirit of the Christ child to one’s home. In recent times they are seen more as a secular decoration, akin to holiday lights, and have gained popularity in other parts of the country. Last year, approximately 175 luminarias were on display at the West Chesterfield church, located at 10 Main St.

The display will serve as a year-end fundraiser for the church. Donation forms may be downloaded from the church’s website at

For more information, call Nancy Brooks at 603-256-6346.


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