Around Windham County

Saturday May 25, 2013

In Brattleboro...

SWAP PROGRAM: The Windham Solid Waste Management District Swap Program on Old Ferry Road is open every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until noon. It 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 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: Nordic Track, ironing board, kitchen wares, puzzles, child’s suitcase, baby bath, dish drainer, televisions Hoover vacuum, Underwood manual typewriter, Avon bottles, golf bags, toaster, Ford Ranger bedliner, and a dresser.

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

FREE TENNIS MIXER: The Brattleboro Outing Club will hold a free Tennis Community Memorial Day Mixer and Barbecue on Monday, May 27, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The event will be a fun activity for people who enjoy tennis. Doubles can be arranged for anyone of any age and skill level who wants to play. There will be free hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, and soft drinks. Families are welcome. Those attending may bring a potluck dish if they wish. The Club is located at 202 Cedar St. For information, contact Julia Chase, brattleborotennis or committee chair, Hyam Siegel at, 802-257-0691.

BOOK DISCUSSION: The Brattleboro Great Books Discussion Group will be discussing two short stories on the evening of Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Community Room of Hayes Court, Garfield Drive, West Brattleboro. (Note change of venue due to Memorial Day holiday.)

The first short story, "The Country Husband" (26 pp.) by John Cheever, is a tale of suburban angst and alienation of the 1950s. The second story, "The Ledge," (16 pp.) by Lawrence Sargent Hall, concerns a hunting trip by father, son and nephew, gone awry.

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

The Great Books reading for June will be former Marlboro resident Saul Bellow’s "Looking for Mr. Green," and James Baldwin’s "Sonny’s Blues."

SLOW TRANSPORTATION: Post Oil Solutions will host its fourth Tuesday Community Meeting on May 28 starting at 6 p.m. with refreshments and socializing at Brooks Memorial Library, in the Community Room, 224 Main St.

This month’s agenda will include a discussion about Post Oil’s Health and Wellness project and a proposal to develop community resistance to Big Oil, as well as a presentation by Brattleboro resident, David Cohen, on the Slow Transportation Movement in Brattleboro.

Everyone is welcome to participate. For information, call Tim Stevenson at 802-869-2141 or e-mail

SEARCH ENGINE WORKSHOP: "Search Engine Optimization" will be held at Marlboro College Graduate School in Brattleboro on Tuesday, May 28, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

This workshop will demystify the basics of creating Google-friendly content, review linking strategies, explain meta tags and robots, and provide some context and insights learned from experience in getting great organic search results with the Brattleboro-based website Brattleborology.

The workshop is free, but participants are asked to register at

Leading the workshop will be Jason Jensen, who has over eight years of experience developing websites, databases, and web applications for organizations as diverse as Lockheed Martin, World Learning, the Student Conservation Association, and as a consultant working with his own creative agency, J. Jensen Creative.

This workshop is provided by Marlboro College Graduate School’s EdTech Program as part of its community-focused H.O.T. (Hands On Technology) workshop series.

For more information, contact Ariel Brooks at

In Guilford...

TOWN PLAN FORUM: Vermont towns revise their Town Plans every five years. The Guilford Planning Commissioin is mid-process and is currently collecting feedback from the community through surveys and public forums.

The next public forum is planned for Wednesday, May 29, at 7 p.m. at the Grange. Residents welcome to come have their say in Guilford’s future.

In Newfane...

TAG SALE SPACES: The Friends of the Moore Free Library in Newfane are reserving spaces now for the 11th Annual Community Tag Sale to be held on the Newfane Common on Saturday, June 29, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Spaces cost $15 if reserved by June 1, or $20 each after that date.

Sellers must provide their own tables. The sale will be held rain or shine, with no refunds given. To reserve a space, contact Julie at 802-365-7278 or julielav or pick up a reservation form at the Library, 23 West St., Newfane.

In Whitingham...

FREE LIBRARY EVENTS: Muriel Phelps, owner and operator of Day Lilly Pet Care, will be demonstrating basic first aid skills for cats and dogs on Wednesday, May 29, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Phelps is a trained vet tech and specializes in animal behavior. Leave animals at home, models will be provided for hands-on activities.

On Thursday, May 30, starting at 7 p.m., there will be a screening of "Les Miserables," with free popcorn and refreshments. For more information, call 802-368-7506.

The library is located in the Whitingham Municipal Center in the village of Jacksonville.


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