Around Windham County

Tuesday November 13, 2012

In Brattleboro...

LITTLE PEOPLES PROGRAM: The Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department announces they will sponsor a new session of "Little Peoples" program for girls and boys ages 3 to 5. The program will be held Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. at the Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. Activities planned include sports and games, arts and crafts, music, story time and more. It’s a time for parents or caregivers to have some time for themselves while the child participates in this fun program with others. The instructor will be Tom Cote, recreation program coordinator.

This 5-week program will begin on Nov. 14 and run through Dec. 13. Participants may sign up for one or both days. Enrollment is limited, so early registration is recommended. Children must be potty-trained. The fee for Brattleboro residents is $20 and $35 for non-residents for one day and $40 and $55 for both days.

If there are special needs required or more information, call 802-254-5808 or visit

COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS: Transition Town Brattleboro will hold its monthly Community Conversations on Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the new Community Room at the Brattleboro Food Co-op. This month will include the Vermont Home Energy Challenge: Neighbors helping neighbors to save through efficiency. If heating and electric bills seem too high, join in taking action to fight climate change, create community and lower the bills.

Paul Cameron, the director of Brattleboro Climate Protection, will speak and answer questions. Bring food and snacks to share. There will be hot water and lots of teas provided. Socializing begins at 6 p.m. The structured conversations run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The entrance to the Co-op Community Room is from Canal Street, behind the building’s Food Co-op entrance, at the brown awning for No. 7.

Parking is recommended on Canal Street, the Flat Street parking lot or the Transportation Center. These monthly gatherings are free and newcomers are encouraged to attend. For further information, including handicap parking, call Bea Blake at 802-579-1174.

SENIORS’ THANKSGIVING: The Brattleboro Senior Center and Brattleboro Senior Meals will be hosting its annual Thanksgiving Luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 15. The menu will include appetizer trays, roast tom turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, butternut squash, assorted bread and assorted pies.

Appetizers will be served at 11:30 a.m. Suggested donation for seniors over 60 is $4 and for all others is $6. Reservations are needed soon as seating is limited to the first 150 callers. For reservations call 802-257-1236 or 802-257-7570.

TOYS FOR KIDS: Brattleboro Detachment and Auxiliary Unit 798, Marine Corps League will began scheduling appointments for the Toys for Kids project on Nov. 5. The program helps families in need of assistance for their children at Christmas.

Appointments will be taken between 4 to 7 p.m. only, weekdays only, now through Nov. 21. No appointments will be made after Nov. 21.

Those wishing to participate in this program must call 802-257-0001 on the specified dates only between 4 to 7 p.m. time. Do not call the American Legion, as they cannot make appointments.

When calling, participants must have Social Security or Medicaid numbers for their children, ages 12 and under, and when coming for the scheduled appointment, they must bring their cards with them.

This program is only for those families who have a genuine need for assistance.

In Dummerston...

HARVEST MEAL: Senior Solutions will sponsor a community Harvest Meal on Wednesday, Nov. 14, beginning at noon in the Evening Star Grange in Dummerston Center.

The menu will include turkey with all the fixings and assorted desserts. The meal will be prepared by Linda Hellus.

Takeouts are available by calling 802-254-1138. A donation of $3 is suggested for those over 60, and $4 for guests under that age. Information the morning of the meal is available at the above number.

Books from the Lydia Taft Pratt Library will be available for borrowing until the next meal.

In Guilford...

SENIOR LUNCH: The Guilford Golden Agers Senior Lunch, sponsored by Senior Solutions, will take place on Friday, Nov. 16, at the Guilford Community Church. The menu is a harvest dinner. A suggested donation of $5 for seniors is asked.

Books will be available on loan from the Guilford Free Library. Blood pressures will be taken courtesy of Guilford Cares. Reservations would be appreciated for this dinner, for more information and to make reservations call 802-254-9774 no later than Wednesday, Nov. 14.

In Hinsdale, N.H. ...

PISGAH FRIENDS: Friends of Pisgah will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. at Mill Stream Community Center in Hinsdale. The business meeting agenda will include the President’s Report by Kathy Thatcher, news about the park, committee reports and election of officers.

The Nominating Committee headed by John Summers have chosen nominees for officers for 2013:

All of the following nominees have agreed to serve if elected: President, Kathy Thatcher of Chesterfield; Vice President, Gary Montgomery of Chesterfield; Treasurer, John Hudachek of Chesterfield; Secretary, Robert Parisi of Chesterfield.

Council members: To serve a three-year term, expiring in November 2015: Laurel Powell of Hinsdale, John Summers of Winchester, and Matt Edson of Hinsdale. One-year term, Jon Knickerbocker of Brattleboro.

The program, "How You Can Help Rebuild Pisgah’s Hiking Infrastructure," will follow. Speaker will be Kim Nielsen, a member of Friends of Pisgah and founder, past president, and current chairman of the board of directors of the Cohos Trail Association in Coos County.

The talk will focus on the restoration of the Wildlife Habitat Trail and the South Woods Trail Bridge.

In Putney...

WILDLIFE TRACKING TALK: Patti Smith of the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center (BEEC) will give pointers on wildlife tracking on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. at the Putney Cares Barn on Kimball Hill Road. The program is sponsored by the Putney Conservation Commission which is welcoming back last winter’s trackers and inviting others to join its Wildlife Corridor Tracking Program.

Smith’s talk will answer questions raised by some of the more than 30 volunteers who searched for paw and hoof prints along 34 sections of Putney roads last winter. These questions include how to distinguish different members of the canid family (including red and gray foxes), and different members of the cat and weasel families.

The Putney Conservation Commission’s Wildlife Corridor Tracking program was designed with help from Jens Hilke of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.

Road section assignments will be confirmed and new volunteers added after Smith’s talk. The sections are about one mile long, and most provide beautiful, wooded walks with few houses. Each pair of volunteers is asked to walk their road section five times or more during the winter, and to record where wide ranging animals -- such as bear, bobcat, eastern coyote, moose, deer, fox, turkey and fisher -- have crossed.

The program will continue through the winter of 2015-2016, but volunteers are only asked to commit to one winter of tracking. It is not necessary to sign up to come and learn how to identify the tracks left by the wild animals in the woods.


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