Around Windham County

Friday November 16, 2012

In Bellows FallsŠ

CARTOON TALK: Hilary Price, cartoonist of the syndicated comic strip "Rhymes With Orange," will talk about cartooning and finding inspiration on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 6 p.m. at the Rockingham Free Public Library. Her talk, "How to Write Really Short Sentences, Creating a Cartoon Strip," is for teens and adults.

Price’s work appears in 175 papers across the country. For more information, contact or visit the Library at 802-463-4270,, or 65 Westminster St. in Bellows Falls.

In Brattleboro...

ROTARY DINNER RAFFLE: The Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club kicked off its annual dinner raffle to raise funds for various club projects including Project Feed the Thousands.

First prize will be five $100 gift certificates to area restaurants, including Peter Havens, The Putney Inn, The Marina, New England House and Panda North. Second prize is a gift certificate from Windham Wines, and third prize is a gift certificate from North End Butchers.

A limited number of tickets are available and may be purchased for $5 each or six for $25 through any Sunrise Rotarian, or by calling Jason at 802-380-0848. The drawing will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 5.

SWAP PROGRAM: This is the final weekend for the summer hours at the Windham Solid Waste Management District’s Swap Program on Old Ferry Road. It will be open this Saturday, Nov. 17, from 8:30 a.m. until noon, as it has been all summer.

Starting Dec. 8, the Swap Program will be open the second Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon throughout the winter.

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: A globe, covered wastebasket, mirrors, booth seat, candles, plastic pitchers, ice cube trays, dish drainers, Christmas tree stands, artificial Christmas tree, women’s ice skates, bathroom sinks, Nordic Track, manual treadmill, fondue pot, toaster oven, strollers, leaf blower, bed frames, bird feeder, Nash Rambler hub cap, and a thistle feeder.

Swap Program information is available at, e-mail questions to

TURKEY TROT: The Brattleboro Turkey Trot will be held on Thanksgiving Day, with a one-mile kids’ race at 9 a.m., followed by a three-mile race at 9:15 a.m. Both courses are out-and-back on Upper Dummerston Road, starting and ending near the Brattleboro Country Club.

There is no entry fee, but participants should bring a food item (canned goods, baked goods, dessert, something Thanksgiving related, etc.).

Register by Wednesday, Nov. 21, to be included in the official results. It is not necessary to register to run. Information: or Bob Aube at 802-896-9424.

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.

SECRET SANTA: The Secret Santa program has kicked off its 13th year. Less fortunate local children write letters to Santa, and Secret Santas in the area fulfill some, if not all, of the wishes on the lists.

Last year over 400 children were served and it is expected that the numbers will rise significantly this year.

Letters can be obtained by calling the office of Dr. Robert Fagelson at 802-257-0557. Letters will also be available beginning Thanksgiving week at Baker’s Hallmark, 896 Putney Road; Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters, 74 Main St.; Vermont Artisan Designs, 106 Main St.; and at Curves, 464 Putney Road.

DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM: The AARP Driver Safety Program, a classroom driver refresher course for mature drivers, will hold a class in Brattleboro at the Brattleboro Senior Center on Monday, Nov. 19. The course explains the changes that occur in vision, hearing, and reaction time as one ages. Content includes coverage of changes in highways, vehicles, and Vermont state law that affect drivers.

This class is being offered at no cost to veterans, those serving in the military, and their spouses. The regular cost of the class is $14, reduced to $12 for AARP members.

AARP volunteer instructor Elliott Greenblott will offer the course using a combination lecture, discussion, and video presentation which will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at approximately 1 p.m.

To register or for more information, contact Greenblott at 802-254-4489 or by e-mail at or by going online to and selecting the home-garden link.

THOREAU TALK: Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society will sponsor a free program with English Professor Robert Fay on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. at Brooks Memorial Library.

Fay’s talk and photographs are titled "Henry David Thoreau -- The Theatre of the Natural World." He visited the regions of New England which were of special interest to Thoreau to see them through the eyes of the famous naturalist and writer: Walden Woods, The Monadnock Region, Cape Cod, The White Mountains, The Maine Woods.

The photographs that resulted from the visits represent the theater of the natural world. They encourage the viewer to see, understand, and interpret the inner dramas that exist within the natural world and within each image.

The library is located at 224 Main St. in Brattleboro.

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 Dover...

HUNGER GAMES: The Dover Free Library is hosting a "Hunger Games" movie event on Tuesday, Nov. 20, beginning at 7 p.m. in the library’s community room. This event includes games, activities, "Hunger Games" door prizes and a movie. Admission for this event is a monetary or a non-perishable food donation for the Deerfield Valley Food Pantry. This event is for participants ages 13 and older.

For more information, call the library at 802-348-7488 or visit

In Dummerston...

APPLE PIE SALE: Dummerston Congregational Church will offer their famous apple pies for sale on Tuesday, Nov. 20, from 2 to 6 p.m. or by appointment. The pies are $12 each. Buy one for Thanksgiving or leave frozen for Christmas.

Information: 802-257-0544 or

In Jacksonville...

ITALIAN BUFFET: An Italian Buffet will be held at the Jacksonville Community Church on Route 112 in Jacksonville on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. The cost will be adults $10 and children over 3, $3. The meal will benefit the Jacksonville Church Driveway Fund.

In MarlboroŠ

WREATH SALE: The Marlboro Alliance will offer locally made wreaths for sale to benefit local causes. The costs of the wreaths will be: 14-inch, $18; 22-inch, $24; and 30-inch, $35. Orders may be sent to Marlboro Alliance, P.O. Box 42, Marlboro, VT 05344. Include name and phone number with the order.

All orders must be received by Monday, Nov. 21. Wreath pick up will be at the Marlboro Post Office on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information e-mail

In Walpole, N.H. Š

THANKSGIVING PIE SALE: Fresh, homemade pies for Thanksgiving will be offered for sale in front of the Post Office/Burdick’s on Wednesday, Nov. 21, between 9 a.m. and noon. There will also be a few cakes available. For the widest selection of pies, arrive early.

For more information, contact Bruce Martin at 603-756-3439. The sale is sponsored by the trustees of the First Congregational Church of Walpole.

In West Dummerston...

MEET ARCHER MAYOR: Archer Mayor will discuss his newest novel, "Paradise City," with the return of Joe Gunther, on Monday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Dummerston Community Center.

Mayor will discuss his tales of mystery and suspense, fiction and non-fiction. Autographed books, new and recent novels, will be available for purchasing, benefit the Community Center which is hosting the event.

The Community Center is handicapped accessible and located at 150 West St., off Route 30, in the West Dummerston Village. For information, call Ann at 802-254-2415 or Jean at 802-254-9212.


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