Around Windham County


In Brattleboro...

SKI LESSONS: Free ski lessons at Living Memorial Park Snow Sports for Thursday, Jan. 16, have been postponed and will resume Thursday, Jan. 23.

ROAST PORK DINNER: First United Methodist Church, 18 Town Crier Drive in Brattleboro, will hold a roast pork dinner on Friday, Jan. 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. The meal is open to the public.

The menu will include roast pork with gravy, mashed potatoes and corn, with ice cream sundae and cookies for dessert. The beverage will be a choice of coffee, tea or lemonade.

The cost is $10 for adults, with children 12 and under with an adult free. Advance tickets are available at Avenue Grocery and will also be sold at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Methodist Church outreach programs.

In Dummerston...

PEACE CORPS TALK: The Dummerston Historical Society’s annual meeting will be held on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the Society’s Schoolhouse in Dummerston Center. Following a short business meeting to adopt a budget and elect officers, a program on the SIT Peace Corps training will be presented.

In the summer of 1964, the School for International Training was overwhelmed with groups being trained for the Peace Corps. It chose to train a group destined for Afghanistan at Camp Arden in Dummerston, which had not been used for over 20 years.

Now, 50 years later, Len Oppenheim, one of the Peace Corps volunteers, and Tom Zopf, the director of the training, will describe the resurrection of Camp Arden and the experiences of the volunteers in Dummerston and abroad.

The program is free, accessible to people with disabilities and open to the public. For information, call Gail at 802-254-9311.

In Grafton...

INDUSTRIAL WIND: A public forum on the impact of industrial wind towers on property values will take place on Friday, Jan. 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the White Church, 55 Main St. This is the second of three forums on Wind Development in Rural Communities sponsored by Vermonters for a Clean Environment, a statewide not-for-profit organization. The forums are in response to a proposal to build a wind farm in Grafton and Windham.

Michael McCann, a professional real estate appraiser, will be the main speaker. McCann is a Chicago-based appraiser who has studied wind project impacts on property values from coast to coast, and has qualified and testified as an expert witness on this subject before various zoning boards, siting committees and litigated cases. He will inform attendees regarding appropriate methodology for such evaluations that meet professional and legal standards of evidence. He will present examples of independent value study results as well as wind industry funded studies, and provide a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of different methodologies used.

Joining McCann on the panel will be Vermont residents who live near the wind turbine project on Georgia Mountain and have experienced first-hand the impact on their property values. Annette Smith, Executive Director of VCE will facilitate.

All are welcome to attend this free event. Pizza and beverages will be served. The next forum on the impacts of industrial wind will be held on Friday evening, Feb. 21.

In Townshend...

COMMUNITY DINNER: The community is invited to dinner at noon at The Townshend Church on Thursday, Jan. 16. The meal is sponsored by Senior Solutions. Suggested donation is $3 for those over 60 years and $4 for all others. Take-out meals are available at the same price.

Free blood pressure screening will be provided by the Visiting Nurses Association of Vermont and New Hampshire beginning at 11:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome.

In West Townshend...

PIZZA NIGHT: The West Townshend Country Store Pizza and Concert Night will feature Rhythm and Blues on Friday, Jan. 17. Performing will be Jason Sperling on guitar, Pat Stevens on bass and vocals, Pete Biolsi on drums and Ron Kelley on saxophone.

The outdoor oven will be ready for baking at 5 p.m. Build your own pizza, at $10 a pie, from a selection of toppings. Beer, wine and other refreshments are also available. Music starts at 7 p.m.


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