Around Windham County

Wednesday November 14, 2012

In Bellows Falls...

APARTMENT RAFFLE: Robert McBride, director of Rockingham Arts and Museum Project (RAMP), has announced that a drawing for an apartment raffle for five apartments, on the East Coast, will take place on Friday, Nov. 16, in Bellows Falls.

"Five generous supporters of RAMP have donated five apartments for a weekend stay or more, in locations up and down the east coast: New York City, St. Petersburg, Fla., Branford, Conn., Portland, Maine, and Bellows Falls. Five lucky winners will be announced Nov. 16," he said.

The apartment raffle is one of three fundraisers a year that RAMP hosts, McBride said.

The raffle will take place at the RAMP headquarters at 7 Canal St. in Bellows Falls. Tickets are $25 each or five for $100, and can be purchased and apartments viewed online at or call 802-463-3252, or e-mail, subject line, "RAMP Apartment Raffle."

WINTER FARMERS’ MARKET: The Bellows Falls Farmers’ Market is extending its regular season with a series of winter markets. On Friday, Nov. 16, the market will hold its first winter market of the season, indoors at the Train Station, just across the street from the market’s regular location, from 4 to 7 p.m. The market will run from November through March the third Friday of each month.

There are new vendors at the market: Blake Hill Preserves; Sawyers Artisanal Cheese; and Wicks and Stones. Other vendors include: Harlow Farm; Orchard Hill Breadworks; Guerilla Grown Produce; AlpineGlo Farm; local jewelry artist Tristan Wandzy; Pumpkin Seeds; Grace and Miss Mouse Soaps; and Sowing Peace Farm.

The market accepts both EBT/debit. For information: Rachel Ware at or 802-463-2018.

In Brattleboro...

AUTHOR READING: Author Kristen Iversen will speak on her gripping memoir, "Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats," tonight at 7 p.m., at the Centre Congregational Church parlor, 193 Main St.

The event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by Everyone’s Books.

A gripping work of narrative nonfiction, 10 years in the making, "Full Body Burden" is about a young woman growing up next to Rocky Flats, a secret nuclear weapons plant once designated "the most contaminated site in America."

Iversen’s memoir was chosen by Barnes and Noble and Amazon as books of the month. Goodreads wrote: "As this memoir unfolds, it reveals itself as a brilliant work of investigative journalism -- a detailed and shocking account of the government’s sustained attempt to conceal the effects of the toxic and radioactive waste released by Rocky Flats, and of local residents’ vain attempts to seek justice in court."

WOMEN VOTERS: The Southeast Unit of the Vermont League of Women Voters will be meeting on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Selectboard Room, second floor, Municipal Center, to review State League positions.

Every two years the Vermont League of Women Voters holds its convention. One of the things members do at convention is reaffirm support of existing State League positions. As a consequence, members are asked to review those position statements every two years to determine they still want to: Support existing State League positions or to update or modify an existing position; or pursue a new position on a new issue. This is part of the League’s bottom-up process making sure that all members have a say in shaping our advocacy work. All State League position statements are available at the Vermont League of Women Voters web site at

AMERICAN LEGION: The American Legion Post No. 5 family will hold its Early Bird Dinner on Friday, Nov. 16, at the Legion Home, 32 Linden St., in Brattleboro. Any member of the Post, Auxiliary, or Sons of the American Legion who has paid their dues by Nov. 11 is entitled to a free roast beef dinner. They must bring their membership card with them.

The donation for those that are not Early Birds is $10 per person. Dancing will follow to Early Times. There will be a cover charge of $5 at the door for those not attending the supper, but attending the dance. Reservations may be made by calling the Post home at 802-257-1872.

THANKSGIVING MARKET: The Brattleboro Farmers’ Market hosts the annual outdoor Thanksgiving Market on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Route 9, in West Brattleboro

The last outdoor market of the year traditionally hosts many local growers offering fall greens, potatoes and sweet potatoes, onions and turnips, winter squashes and garlic, and apples. Fresh sweet cider and artisan hard cider are available, and grass-fed meats, cornmeal, maple syrup, preserves, and other products from local farms will be offered. Other vendors offer granola and other quality handmade products.

EBT and debit are welcome. For more information, please call 802-254-8885.

OPEN HOUSE: The Yoga Center at Solar Hill will host an open house on Thursday, Nov. 15, for people interested in learning about the 2013 Hits The Spot Yoga Teacher Training Program.

The open house is for anyone who wants to make yoga a bigger part of their lives, to spend a year focusing on their personal practice, or to expand their professional potential. It will take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at The Yoga Center at Solar Hill, 229 Western Ave., Brattleboro.

In Dummerston...

MAKE-UP LECTURE: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will hold a make-up lecture on Monday, Nov. 19, in this fall’s six-week series of lectures on the human body.

Bob Engel will present what was to have been the last lecture in the series, on the neuroendocrine system and the metaphysics of the human machine. This lecture, which runs from 1 to 3 p.m., makes up for the fourth scheduled lecture, which was canceled due to Hurricane Sandy.

Engel’s lecture will 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 lectures are produced by the local chapter of The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute 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 Halifax...

SENIOR MEAL: The November senior meal at Halifax Community Hall will be held on Friday, Nov. 16, at noon. On the menu will be turkey stroganoff over noodles, vegetables, roll and dessert

The community hall is located at the intersection of Branch and Brook roads in West Halifax, and is handicapped accessible.

All seniors are welcome. Reservations are appreciated, call Joan at 802-368-7733.

In Townshend...

THANKSGIVING DINNER: The community Thanksgiving dinner will be held at noon on Thursday, Nov. 15, at The Townshend Church on the Common. The meal is sponsored by Senior Solutions. The suggested donation is $3 for people over 60 years, for all others $4.

Blood pressure screening will be taken starting at 11:30 a.m. by Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of Vt. & N.H. Everyone is welcome.

MEDICATION SAFETY: Grace Cottage Hospital is holding a free session of the Medication Use Safety Training for Seniors program on Thursday, Nov. 15, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. to provide important information about safe medicine use to older adults and their caregivers.

The session will be led by Grace Cottage Hospital Pharmacist Jim Heal and will be held in the hospital’s Holt Conference Room in the Heins Building, 133 Grafton Road (Route 35).

Designed by the National Council on Patient Information and Education, the goal of the program is to encourage older adults and their caregivers to learn about the medicines they use and to be active partners in their healthcare by routinely talking with providers about their medicines.

To sign up to attend this free session, call 802-365-3649.


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