Around Windham County


In Brattleboro...

BLOOD DONOR DAY: The Brattleboro July Blood Donor Day was held at the VFW on July 1. A total of 84 pints were donated with 10 deferrals.

Multiple gallon donors were: Hubey Folsom, 18 gallons; Meredith MacDonald, 16; Robert A. Dunbar, 13; Amy Farnam and Anna Wheeler, eight each; Katherine M. Brown and Sheri Leclaire, seven each; David Shoales, six; Leslie Kramsky, five; James H. LaValley Jr., four; and Rae S. Barber and Benjamin B. Boyarko, two each.

Bethany A. Martin was a first time donor.

There will be two Blood Donor Days in August: Tuesday, Aug. 5, from 11:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.; and Saturday, Aug. 30, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Both will take place at the Carl M. Dessaint VFW Post No. 1034 at 40 Black Mountain Road.

BOOK DISCUSSION: The Brattleboro Great Books Discussion Group will be discussing the novel "Crossing to Safety" by Wallace Stegner (325 pp., Modern Library Edition) on Monday, July 28, from 7 to 10 p.m., in the upstairs Meeting Room at Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., in Brattleboro.

"Crossing to Safety" is a 1987 semi-autobiographical novel which gained broad literary acclaim and commercial popularity. It is Stegner's exploration into the mysteries of friendship, an eloquent and deeply moving meditation on the idealism and spirit of youth.

The Aug. 25 Great Books meeting will discuss Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Blithedale Romance" (156 pp., Dover Thrift Edition).

For further information, call Michael N. Landis at 802-257-1851, or e-mail

MAD SCIENCE CAMP: The Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department is hosting a "Mad Science -- Eureka Invention Week" for children ages 6 to 12. Each day students will be given a series of challenges they must overcome using basic materials, simple machines, tips from world famous inventors and the most important thing of all -- their minds. Because of the team-based approach to problem solving these challenges, this program is never the same twice. Participants will make their own light sabers, a marshmallow shooter, and much more. The camp will take place at the Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St., from July 28 to Aug. 11, from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $119 for Brattleboro residents and $134 for non-residents.

If special needs are required or information is needed, call the office at 802-254-5808 or visit or

FOOTBALL CAMP: The Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department is hosting a Football Camp for children entering 4th, 5th and 6th grades. This camp will run the week of July 28 to Aug. 1, from 9 a.m. to noon at West River Park and will be instructed by Brattleboro Union High School Head Coach John Callahan.

This is a non-contact, no-equipment camp. This program is open to non-experienced and experienced football players. Players will work on basic skills, drills, agility for both offense and defense, flag football scrimmages and more. All levels welcome. Bring cleats, mouth guard, T-shirt and shorts.

For more information, or if there are special needs required for this program, call 802-254-5808 or visit

DUCK DERBY: The Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro and the Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Department are hosting their annual Duck Derby on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at Living Memorial Park, starting at 4 p.m. There will be face painting, cardboard boat building and race, free swimming, music, dinner provided by The 99 Restaurant, and the Duck Pluck just before 6 p.m.

"Adopt" a duck at Brattleboro Savings & Loan, River Valley Credit Union and The Boys & Girls Club on Flat Street. You can also "adopt" that afternoon at the park. Ducks are $5 each, five ducks for $20 or 50 ducks for $100.

For more information, call 802-254-5990, ext. 4.

SWAP PROGRAM: The Windham Solid Waste Management District Swap Program on Ferry Road is open every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until noon.

This is a free outlet for materials that are still usable, but for which there is no traditional re-use program. Items brought in must be clean and in usable condition and must be accepted by a staff member before being left.

Items available this week include: Manual treadmill, three-ring binders, artificial Christmas trees, stands and decorations, televisions, bird cages, small humidifier, Green Thumb spreader, four-drawer file cabinet, child's play kitchen, small bike, baby swing, assorted chairs, child's booster seat, Juice Man Jr., automatic crepe maker, suitcases, mugs, VHS movies, table lamps, lawn chair, Dell keyboard, paper shredder.

Information: or

In Dover...

MOVIES: On Tuesday, July 29, starting at 6 p.m., the Dover Free Library is hosting a nature movie night for children 6 years old and older. Craft or activity, door prizes and refreshments will be provided.

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

In Hinsdale, N.H. ...

CHICKEN DINNER: There will be a chicken dinner and Chinese auction at 105 Meetinghouse Road on Saturday, July 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. The menu includes applesauce, baked beans, coleslaw, rolls and dessert. The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for children. Those 4 and under are free. Advance tickets are $6/$4 and can be purchased by calling 603-256-6930 or e-mailing

In Walpole, N.H. ...

CONCERT ON THE GREEN: The Temple Band will perform on Sunday, July 27, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the Green in Walpole. The concert is free and open to the public. The summer concerts are sponsored by the Savings Bank of Walpole.

Those attending should bring a blanket or lawn chair. In event of rain, the concert may be canceled.

In West Brattleboro...

OUTREACH LUNCHEON: West Brattleboro Baptist Church will continue its free monthly Community Outreach Luncheon Ministry at 979 Western Ave. on Sunday, July 27.

The luncheon will be held from noon to 2 p.m. On the menu will be chicken cacciatore, tossed salad, Italian bread, watermelon, dessert and beverage. The entrée has been changed from the flyers that were handed out at the June luncheon.

For further information, or for a ride, call the church office at 802-257-0187, leave message. All are welcome to attend.


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