Around Windham County


In Bellows Falls...

FATHER/DAUGHTER: Chester author Donna Dearborn will show slides and talk about her memoir, "Every Sunday -- a Father and Daughter’s Enduring Connection," on Thursday, July 10, at 7 p.m. at the Village Square Booksellers, 32 the Square.

Dearborn will read tales and excerpts from this tribute to her father, Frank Dearborn, a man who touched many people with his kind smile, words, and actions. Her book is filled with outdoor adventures and reflections on their Sunday letters and nursing home visits, "Every Sunday." Frank Dearborn was the director of the Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department for many years.

Call 802-463-9404 for book and event reservations. For more information about the book, visit

In Brattleboro...

SUMMER BAND CAMP: A week-long summer band camp will be held Aug. 11 through 15 at the Vermont Jazz Center at the Cotton Mill Complex. The instructors will be Jim Kurty and Mary Bandish, both area band directors.

The Brattleboro Summer Band Camp offers the opportunity to rehearse, learn, perform, and have fun new ways with music to youths that have completed grades 5 through 8.

The daily schedule is concert band from 9 a.m. to noon and jazz band from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

A special evening concert, on Thursday night that week, helps to culminate the work in each ensemble along with tickets to the Vermont Jazz Center Summer Camp concerts at Putney School.

To register or for further information, call Mary Harvey-Bandish at 802-380-6282 or, or Jim Kurty at 802-254-6997 or

The registration deadline is Sunday, July 20.

LUNCH WITH THE GOVERNOR: Gov. Peter Shumlin and Patricia Moulton, Secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, will host a lunch on Wednesday, July 9, starting at 12:30 p.m. at the American Legion at 32 Linden St. They will be discussing the Windham County Economic Development Program, which is the $10 million in economic development funding from Entergy as part of the settlement agreement between Entergy and the state of Vermont. This funding is being administered by the Agency of Commerce and Community Development specifically for Windham County.

This will be an opportunity to hear how the $10 million will be used to begin implementing this groundbreaking plan in the upcoming year.

For reservations, e-mail or call 802-254-4565. The cost is $15.

TGIF MORNING MATINEE: The Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department as part of the TGIF Morning Matinee will present Michael Zerphy, juggler, at the Living Memorial Park Rotary Theater on Friday, July 11, at 10:30 a.m. This is the first performance of the TGIF Morning Matinees.

Zerphy is an actor, storyteller, clown and teacher. His solo shows include Cahoots, Zany Acts, and FoolzJourney. Zerphy co-created The Clown Conspiracy, which was presented by TheatreWorks USA.

This show is free and day care groups are welcome to attend. If there are special needs required, call the Recreation & Parks Office at 802-254-5808. In case of rain, the show will be moved inside to the Nelson Withington Skating Facility. For more information, call the office at 802-254-5808 or visit

In Dummerston...

SENIOR LUNCH: Senior Solutions will sponsor its senior lunch on Wednesday, July 9, beginning at noon at the Evening Star Grange in Dummerston Center.

New Chef Larry Lynch Jr. and his trusty crew will present the following menu: Chicken parmesan, rice pilaf, marinated carrots, and gelatin salads. Dessert will be rhubarb crisp.

Walk-ins are welcome. For information, reservations or takeout, call 802-254-1138. A donation of $3 is suggested for those 60 and over, and $4 for guests under that age.

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

In Guilford...

ASD FAMILIES: "Bringing Families Together," a social event for ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders) family members and service providers will be held Friday, July 11, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Guilford Community Church, 38 Church Drive, in Guilford.

Families may bring their child, as well as a dessert or activity to share.

For more information, contact Lynette Howard at 716-969-3394 (cell) or 802-257-3532.

In Halifax...

HISTORICAL SOCIETY: The Halifax Historical Society will kick off its 2014 season with the annual meeting and potluck supper at 6 p.m. on Friday. July 11, in the West Halifax Community Hall.

Wayne Courser, Chief of the Halifax Volunteer Fire Department, will speak about the history of the department and various methods of firefighting in the past.

The August meeting, scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 10, will be a joint meeting with the Whitingham Historical Society at the Jacksonville Municipal Building. Paul Woods, artifacts in hand, is the featured speaker and his topic will cover Ancient Farm Tools and Machinery.

On Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m., Kristine Sweeter, librarian of the Whitingham Free Library, has chosen as her topic library history and the recent renovations to the building. That meeting will be held in the West Halifax Community Hall.

An October foliage walk in Halifax, date undecided, will conclude the season. All events are free and open to the public.

In Keene, N.H. ...

WCCA FUNDRAISER: On Thursday, July 10, from 4 p.m. to close, Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant on Main Street will donate 15 percent of its food and beverage sales to the Windham Child Care Association. To reserve seating, call 603-357-4492.

In Newfane...

SENIOR DINNER: There will be a dinner for seniors in Newfane on Thursday, July 10, at noon at the Newfane Congregational Church.

The menu will be cucumber cups, green salad, baked ham, coleslaw and potato salad, corn bread, and butterscotch pudding with whipped cream for dessert.

The meal, sponsored by Senior Solutions, will be prepared by Winnie Dolan, hosted by Barbara Brooks. The suggested donation for this meal is $3.50 for age 60 and over and $4 for under age 60. Call Winnie Dolan at 802-365-7870 for information and reservations.


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