Around Windham County


In Brattleboro...

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

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 westnewnegland.

BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL: The First United Methodist Church will hold its annual Blueberry Festival, rain or shine, on Saturday, Aug. 9. Festivities will begin at 7 a.m. with a family-style blueberry pancake breakfast until 10:30 a.m. The cost is $7. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served for lunch at $5/$6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event continues through 2:30 p.m.

Featured outside will be crafts of jewelry, homemade chocolates, baby items, wood items, gift baskets, cloth items, glass edge. Fresh blueberries, baked blueberry items, pies and ice cream may be purchased at the Blueberry Pavilion. Other festivities include a silent auction and music by three different bands.

Interest crafters are invited to be a part of this festival by calling the church office at 802-254-4218 or e-mail at The crafter's table fee will be $25, paid in advance. Checks may be made payable to First United Methodist Church with the notation "Table fee."

The church is located at 18 Town Crier Drive, off Putney Road, across from Cota and Cota. There is ample parking and the entryway is handicap accessible. For further information, visit or contact or 802-254-4218.

In Townshend...

JEWELRY DONATIONS NEEDED: Donations are needed for the jewelry booth to be held at the Grace Cottage Hospital Fair Day on Saturday, Aug. 2. The costume jewelry booth plans to display a bigger and better presentation of jewelry priced from 50 cents to $10 and above.

This year's donations of jewelry have been coming in slowly. More earrings, necklaces, bracelets, wrist watches and any other type of costume jewelry is needed.

Low cost jewelry for 50 cents and $1 that youngsters might buy will be offered, in addition jewelry for $2, $5, and $10 will be the major focus this year. The better jewelry at $10 and up was an important part of last year's sale.

If anyone has costume jewelry they wish to donate for Fair Day, they can drop it off at the upper level of Grace Cottage Hospital at the nurse's station or at the doctor's offices on the lower level; or at Messenger Valley Pharmacy across the street from the hospital.

In Walpole, N.H. ...

GENEALOGY WORKSHOP: The Walpole Historical Society will sponsor a free genealogy workshop on Thursday, July 24, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Beginners as well as experienced persons are welcome to attend. Hints regarding research sources as well as stone walls will be shared. Call for reservation at 603-756-2933. For more information visit

GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Walpole Historical Society will hold its second annual Vintage Golf Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 2. This will be played at the Hooper Golf Club in Walpole and tee time is 3 p.m. Format will be a nine-hole scramble. Participants may sign up as a foursome or the pro, Ron Rosko, will set golfers up with others to make a foursome. The old clubs and golf balls will be supplied. Prizes and picnic on the porch will follow with food homemade desserts. Wine and beer will be available, but not included in the cost of registration/picnic.

The cost for the event is $50 per golfer if walking, or $6 with a cart. This includes the picnic. Registration will be confirmed when payment is received. For further information, contact Rosko at Hooper Golf Club, 603-756-4080, or emailronaldjrosko@ Let Rosko know if left handed clubs are needed.

To partake of the Picnic on the Porch only, call the Walpole Historical Society at 603-756-3449 and leave a message. Price for the picnic only is $20. Registration deadline is July 27. This is to benefit the Walpole Historical Society.

In Williamsville...

SENIOR LUNCH: There will be a dinner for seniors in Williamsville and the surrounding communities on Thursday, July 24, at noon at the Williamsville Town Hall in the downstairs dining room.

The menu will be barbecued chicken, pulled pork, coleslaw, corn bread, and beans, with blueberry pie for dessert.

The meal is prepared at the Williamsville Town Hall in the kitchen by Jon Julian, owner/chef of Top of the Hill Grill. The meal is sponsored by Senior Solutions. The suggested donation for this meal is $3.50 for age 60 and over and $4 for under age 60.

For information or reservations, call the hosts of the dinner, Nancy Rysz at 802-348-7729 or Nissa Petrak at 802-348-6301.

In Wilmington...

PUBLIC MEETING: The Wilmington Selectboard will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, July 23, at 6 p.m. at the Wilmington Town Hall in the Meeting Room to discuss the new Vermont Shorelands Protection Act that went into effect July 1, 2014. The Selectboard is inviting input from the public to decide whether the town should assume enforcement of the act or the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.

For further information about the act, visit the town website


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